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Saudi Arabia to run out of cash in less than 5 years

Not even the mighty Middle East can survive cheap oil forever.<p>If oil stays around $50 a barrel, most countries in the region will run out of cash in five years or less, warned a dire report from the International Monetary Fund this week. That includes OPEC leader Saudi Arabia as well as Oman and …

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ROSENBERG: My favorite predictive tool nailed what happened in 1987

It's the 28th anniversary of Black Monday, when in 1987, the Dow had its worst day ever and plunged 22.6%.<p>Surprisingly, for at least another four years from Black Monday, there was no recession or bear market.<p>One thing that could have signaled impending doom was an inverted yield curve. This rarity …

7 unsung American delicacies that don't get enough credit

When you go to New York City, the first thing everyone asks is whether you've eaten a slice of pizza. When you go to Philadelphia, everyone expects …

Looking Online for a Roommate? Craigslist Isn't the Only Answer

Social Media<p>Before the Internet, people found roommates through friends or the classified section. Then came Craigslist in the '90s. Now a new generation of services like Roomi and RoomZoom are helping people shack up with perfect strangers.<p>Roomi is kind of like Tinder, but for roommates. (One …

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Instamic packs big recording power into a tiny form factor

Calling itself the “GoPro of microphones,” Instamic wants to assert itself as the new standard for audio recording. If its Indiegogo campaign goes as planned, it just might achieve that goal.<p>Instamic is a tiny clip-on (there are also magnetic or adhesives mounts) microphone that wants to replace …

Money Transfer Startup Azimo Raises $20M At A $100M Valuation

Azimo, a mobile money transfer startup out of London that was once feted by Facebook, is jumping into the funding ring with a $20 million raise. CEO and co-founder Michael Kent says the company will use the investment to continue to build out its operations across Europe and deeper into the …

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The best coffeemaker

<i>This post was done in partnership with the Sweethome, a list of the best gear for your home. Read the full article at</i> <i>TheSweethome.com</i><p>After two months surveying readers; interviewing coffee experts; researching makes, models, and reviews; and testing five finalist machines with a 10-person tasting …

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For The First Time, Researchers Edit The Genes Of Human Embryos

Rumors that this research was underway turn out to be true<p>Rumors have been buzzing for months that a team of Chinese researchers was intending to edit the genes of a human embryo. According to a study published this week in <i>Protein & Cell</i>, the rumors are true. And though the researchers took pains, …

Write is My New Favorite Text Editor for Drafting Articles

When I joined The Next Web full-time nearly six months ago, I was looking for ways to streamline my workflow — writing up articles, in particular.<p>I tried out a ton of Windows apps to help me compose posts, but nothing to seemed to fit the bill. I previously used a combination of a little-known …

Canadian banks eyeing low-cost robo-adviser industry to attract millennials

Canada's financial services industry is set for a shakeup, and some of the country's biggest banks are taking note.<p>Fed up with pricey mutual funds, a growing number of Canadian investors are turning to robo-advisers, low-cost online investment managers. Tech-savvy millennials with a tendency to …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

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Now anybody can use Robinhood, the no-fee trading app backed by Snoop Dogg and Marc Andreessen

And after months of waiting, it's now open to anyone who wants to join.<p>Robinhood, a zero-commission brokerage app for iPhone that launched in December to a 700,000-person waitlist, is now available to the general public.<p>Here's why Robinhood is unlike any existing stock market app.<p>For starters, it's …

Love is Not Enough

In 1967, John Lennon wrote a song called, “All You Need is Love.” He also beat both of his wives, abandoned one of his children, verbally abused his …

Photographer Unveils the Rainbow World of Ice Crystals

How a former high school science teacher discovered an optical phenomenon in ice.<p>High school science teacher and former industrial photographer Tom Wagner discovered a fascinating world of colors trapped within thin layers of ice. He explained the trick to us: "The colors in the crystals of the …

Kim Dotcom launches end-to-end encrypted voice chat ‘Skype killer’

New MegaChat promises secure, encrypted and ‘private’ video chatting through a browser<p>Kim Dotcom’s encrypted file sharing service has added free end-to-end encrypted voice and video chat through the browser.<p>MegaChat, which promises to keep video chats secure and private, has been developed by the …

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The New Electric Car That Can Upstage Tesla

Unlike with most previous electric cars, the price range will be around that of the average new gas-fueled vehicle.<p>With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the …

How to Make the Best Italian-American Meatball Sandwich

What do you get when you have a killer meatball recipe and several great tomato sauce recipes? Easy: the fixings for all kinds of amazing meals.<p>You can eat them as-is, the way I presented them in my Italian-American meatball piece. You could toss the sauce with spaghetti and set the meatballs on …

Exploring the dark side of leadership

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' Leadership Lab series, where executives and experts share their views and advice about leadership and management. Follow us at</i> @Globe_Careers<i>. Find all Leadership Lab stories at</i> tgam.ca/leadershiplab<p>You are now entering the dark side of leadership. What if I …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Three ex-Google engineers have created a Microsoft Surface clone

Naturally, it runs Android<p>Microsoft’s Surface tablet has inspired a few clones during its short history, but the latest rip off comes from three ex-Google engineers. Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk used to work on products like Google Maps and search at the web giant, and formed Jide Technology …

Breast cancer breakthrough as Cambridge University finds gene behind killer disease

Cambridge University and the Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute have discovered the gene responsible for triple negative breast cancer<p>Scientists have identified the gene behind one of most aggressive forms of breast cancer in a breakthrough which could bring life-saving new …

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

<i>What would you do if you were locked in your body, your brain intact but with no way to communicate? How do you survive emotionally when you are invisible to everyone you know and love?</i><p><i>That's the first question asked by NPR's new program on human behavior,</i> Invisibilia.<p><i>The first show tells the story</i> …

A new breakthrough could end our antibiotic crisis

The rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is a growing worry and threatens to put healthcare back to the early 20th century. Such resistance to drugs was inevitable, because bacteria evolve and learn to defend themselves. But we are worried now because new classes of antibiotics aren’t …

10 essential apps for your tablet

The thing that makes tablets really useful is the apps. Unfortunately, there are literally millions of apps available. Fear not! I've done the research for you, and am bringing you the apps that every tablet owner needs to install. By the way, these apps are also great for your smartphone.<p><b>1. Don't</b> …

7 top stocks to buy for 2015

Need a reason to invest in stocks? How about the beginning of a new year.<p>To help you find solid stock ideas we asked Motley Fool contributors covering technology and consumer goods stocks to talk about top stocks for 2015.<p><b>1. Ashraf Eassa likes Qualcomm</b>: It's hard not to be pleased with the …

The secret to motivation? It lies within

<b>Why Motivating People Doesn't Work … and What Does</b><p><i>By Susan Fowler</i><p><i>(Berrett-Koehler,</i> <i>218 pages, $29.95)</i><p>Are you a pecking pigeon?<p>Of course not. Nor are your colleagues.<p>Yet the motivational theories that dominate our workplace trace back to noted psychologist B.F. Skinner and his studies on how to …

Are We In Another 1990s Style Super Bull Market?

Bull markets normally last an average of 4.5 years. By that time, stocks are usually over-valued, the market is over-extended, the Fed is making plans to cool off the enthusiasm, and the bull market/ bear market cycle begins to sequence into the next bear market.<p>Super bull markets, those that go …

The Google engineer teaching happiness in three steps

Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan claims he has the secret to a contented, stress-free life. David G Allan tried out his happiness advice and looked at the science – does it work?<p>Deep inside the global tech behemoth Google sits an engineer with an unusual job description: to make people happier and …

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Human cognition-affecting virus discovered

Researchers at the John Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska have discovered a virus that infects our brains and "makes us more …

This Woman's Revolutionary Idea Made Her A Billionaire — And Could Change Medicine

No more wondering to yourself, "Ah, how much more can they take before I pass out?"<p>Instead you might be able to walk into a Walgreens pharmacy for a reportedly painless fingerprick that will draw just a tiny drop of blood, thanks to Elizabeth Holmes, 30, the youngest woman and third-youngest …