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Are Municipal Bonds Currently A Good Investment?

The short answer is probably not. Certificates of deposit (CDs) are safer and have a major yield advantage, even after factoring in the tax benefits of municipal bonds.<p>There are two main reasons that investors like to buy municipal bonds: The income they produce is generally not taxable, and they …


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Sun Porch by Eric Cohler at Adamsleigh Show House #hpmkt

Striped ceiling in Eric Cohler's Sun Porch - crisp! #hpmkt Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

Love the minimal modern look at Calvin Klein showroom #hpmkt The Sun House by Guz Architects House E16 by Wessels Joyce Associates

Luxurious Open Air Home Built for Two

• 8 |<p>A wall of locally cut stone acts as a dramatic partition in the open plan living room and the primary material in the tactile twin bathroom. It …

Gene wars: the last-ditch battle over who owns the rights to our DNA

Tracey Barraclough made a grim discovery in 1998. She found she possessed a gene that predisposed her to cancer. "I was told I had up to an 85% …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

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Sky Lantern Festival, Taiwan(o)

Contemporary Californian Apartment Promises Gorgeous Harbor Views And Refined Interiors

California is renowned for sporting some of the most audacious and gorgeous homes in the region. It comes as a surprise to none, considering all the …

The Eater French Fry Heatmap: The Hottest New French Fries Across America

As Burger Week draws to a close, Eater would like to take a moment to consider hamburger's loyal sidekick, <b>the French fry</b>. These days it seems everyone has their own riff on the humble fry, whether they serve them with burgers or mussels or steaks or by themselves, loaded high with toppings on late …

Hangover Helper: Corncakes and Honey Pie at Sweedeedee in Portland, OR

The food scene in Portland, Oregon, often feels split between two objectives: one-upping the status quo with dishes you don't often find here, and reinforcing an obsession with comfort food. At Sweedeedee, a newish brunch spot in North Portland that entered my radar when Michael Russell of the</i> …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

The Top 10 Food Lover's Hotels in The United States

The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners: The Complete Guide - 40 Delicious Recipes, 7-Day Diet Meal Plan, and 10 Tips for Success

• <b>Author:</b> Rockridge Press<p>“When eating well tastes like a yearlong vacation, it’s easy and exciting to do.”<b>—From Rockridge Press, the publisher of Amazon bestsellers, Paleo for Beginners and The Wicked Good Ketogenic Diet Cookbook</b><br>For most people, dieting and deprivation of variety and flavor go hand …

@hannahharts @bonappetitmag Steak salad awaits

Microsoft shrugs off the impending death of the PC

<b>The numbers:</b> Software company Microsoft beat analyst expectations with a profit of $6.06 billion, or $0.72 earnings per share in its fiscal third quarter. Revenues rose to $20.49 billion, representing an almost 18% jump from the same period a year ago.<p><b>The takeaway:</b> Shareholders and investors alike …


Life on Mars to become a reality in 2023, Dutch firm claims

A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a message of hope to would-be Mars explorers, telling them: "Whatever the reason you're on Mars is, …

In Boston, our bloated surveillance state didn’t work

Beefed-up expenditures and laws failed to stop the Boston bombing, and did little to help capture the suspects<p>The subtext of the official state view and media coverage coming out of Boston over the last week carried a crucial message to the American public: It was a vindication of the …

Rope wrapped table @Drexel_Heritage. Updated organic modernism. #hpmkt

More Evidence That The Gourmet Cupcake Bubble Has Popped

Crumbs, the world's largest cupcake company, isn't doing very well.<p>The company's stock plunged shortly after its 2011 IPO from $13 to $3.75 when its earnings missed Wall Street estimates. It started tanking again last week when Crumbs announced that sales would be 22% lower than projected.<p>Crumbs …


10 Questions Startups Use to Make Change Happen

Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it’s easy for them to become frustrated and give up, since most have never been …