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How one California professor beat Las Vegas and Wall Street

Las Vegas in the 1960s: It was a place run by men who ordered hits over cappuccinos and made offers nobody refused. Men who were feared, and feared …

30 firms earn half the total profit made by all US public companies

There were 4,819 public US companies in 1975. Forty years on, that number has fallen by more than a fifth, hitting 3,766 in 2015. This peculiar dwindling is but one of the dramatic changes in US public corporations described in a new study published in the <i>Journal of Economic Perspectives</i>.<p>How else, …

Administrative Law

North Koreans in Russia Work ‘Basically in the Situation of Slaves’

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Across Western Europe and the United States, immigrants from poorer countries, whether plumbers from Poland or farmhands from Mexico, have become a lightning rod for economic anxieties over cheap labor.<p>The Russian city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, however, has eagerly …

When US and Russian presidents meet - a timeline of relations

They are meetings that can define moments in history and shape the future of the world.<p>From the Second World War to the Cold War, summits between the US and Russia have carried a weight that other political events rarely match.<p>But while past leaders have often been tackling an external threat, US …

Here’s How You Can Game The System And Travel For Free This Summer

When I was 22, I was in a Victoria’s Secret buying a new bra when I was offered an interesting proposition (though not like Penthouse forum letter interesting so… don’t get too excited). They told me that if I got a Victoria’s Secret credit card then I would get two free bras! All I had to do was …

Learn How to Sharpen Your Photos Using Lightroom to Achieve Great Image Results (VIDEO)

It’s always important to refresh the basics of photo editing especially when it comes to a comprehensive and often confusing piece of imaging …

Tutorials

A former Google engineer uses the same 5-minute practice to defuse tension at home and at work

As in: There's a slim chance your partner would blow up at a coworker for playing his music slightly too loud. But she might very well let into <i>you</i> for listening to an annoying podcast without headphones while she's trying to sleep.<p>In his 2012 book, "Search Inside Yourself," former Google engineer …

Headphones

These industries will explode along with China's middle class

As we've told you before, China today is on the verge of something similar.<p>In 2000, just four percent of China's urban population was considered middle class. By 2022, that figure will be a whopping 76 percent. That's over 550 million middle-class people in China. To put this in perspective, it's …

Middle-class

5 Amazing Day Trip Options from Bangalore

Are you traveling to Bangalore with an extra couple of days to spare? Are you looking for some fantastic day trip options to make the most of your …

Here's How Steve Jobs and Tim Cook (Plus 10 Other CEOs) Responded to Customer Complaint Emails

Got a customer problem? Let the CEO know. It works more often than you'd think.<p>Recently, I bought an electric lawnmower at the local big-box store. Unfortunately, it was dead on arrival, and let's just say I wasn't blown away by the manufacturer's customer service department. So, after a few hours …

This simple yoga technique can boost focus and make your skin glow

You know it’s called a monkey mind because it keeps jumping from one thought to another. Ancient yogis estimated that we think—on an average—about …

How One Little Company Is Making Backpacking Cheaper—and More Inclusive

Passport Required will plan an all-inclusive backpacking trip for you. But Darnell Lamont Walker isn’t trying to make buck. He’s trying to start a movement.<p>Darnell Lamont Walker is the sort of guy who’s used to carrying his biography on his back. His idea of traveling is less about staying up on …

'Kissing bug' disease more deadly than thought

<b>(CNN) —</b> The nickname given to the insects that spread Chagas disease is somewhat bittersweet: kissing bugs.<p>Their name stems from the fact that they like biting humans around their lips and faces as they sleep, after which they defecate into the wound with feces that harbor an infectious parasite, …

Public Health

Elon Musk: Robot software will make Tesla worth as much as Apple

Elon Musk thinks his robot software can make Tesla Inc. worth as much as Apple Inc. He has the chance to prove it very soon.<p>In three different …

Tesla

The best practices for convincing someone to respond to your cold email

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the best practices for sending “cold” sales emails?</i> <i>Answer by Noah Kagan, Chief Sumo of Sumo.com and Appsumo.com.</i><p>There’s a simple framework that I’ve found extremely effective at getting a super high response rate from my cold emails.<p><b>1. Subject</b> …

Cinematic COLOUR GRADING like a PRO in 5 mins

Our friend Chris Harvey is back and this is Harvey´s Colour grade example. It's quick easy and simple way of Add that kick ass punch to your images …

Take Great Wildlife Photographs by NOT Making These Image-Killing Mistakes (VIDEO)

We often turn to Chelsea and Tony Northrup for great tips on things you can do to improve your photography. The video below takes the opposite …

Landscape Photography Accessories You Can't Live Without

When it comes to landscape photography accessories, there's no shortage of possibilities out there.There's the essentials, like filters, a solid …

Landscape Photography

Setting Up and Calibrating a Dedicated External Reference Monitor

Anyone that has dabbled in the world of color grading knows it's a complicated art and science that can require a certain level of dedication and …

Are Travel Credit Cards Worth It?

There are countless travel credit cards on the market today. They all promise the joy of travel, just for spending like you usually do. Accumulate points and miles towards your next vacation just by buying dish soap and toilet paper.<p>But are they really worth it? Are they really worth tens, even …

3 Basic Techniques for Lighting Everything

Director/Cinematographer Matthew Rosen demonstrates 3 cool techniques for lighting everything, even mirrors, and glass.

Serifos, Greece: great interiors, even better outdoors

For beauty, Serifos is up there with the Cyclades’ more famous islands – but it surpasses them for easygoing charm, which is why Athenians come here. That and the stylish places to stay<p>How do you choose which Greek island to visit? There are thousands, and of course the most famous cannot be the …

Greece

6 Books to Get You Unhooked from Negative Habits

1) THE CRAVING MIND<b>From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—How We Get Hooked & How We Can Break Bad Habits</b><br>Judson Brewer (Yale)We’re forever reaching …

Mindfulness

How Mindfulness Stops You from Being a Slave to Your Bad Habits

Meditation is no longer a mystery, and no longer remains on the periphery of medical theory in the recent decades thanks to the work of pioneers like …

Mindfulness

U.S. May Not Be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles, Say Experts

Top generals have been insisting for years that if North Korea launched a missile at the United States, the U.S military would be able to shoot it down.<p>But that is a highly questionable assertion, according to independent scientists and government investigators.<p>In making it, the generals fail to …

North Korea