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One of the key forces behind the bubbles that led to the financial crisis is back

From subprime mortgages to lax regulation over the financial industry, there are many places to lay blame for the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.<p>One of the biggest spots was the global imbalance of current accounts, according to HSBC Chief Economist Janet Henry.<p>The imbalance …

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

Maps

Scientists accidentally discover the secret to long-lived batteries

Scientists have discovered technology that could potentially make batteries last hundreds of thousands of recharge cycles, rather than just …

The Ultimate Hotel Room Workout: 7 Body-Sculpting Moves With Model Irina Shayk

It’s Monday afternoon at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, where, in a seventh-floor studio with slick concrete floors, Irina Shayk is busy stretching. “This will be fun!” she says, a towel grasped firmly between her hands, as she performs an extended, angular twist toward the Manhattan …

Charted: What the landmark Trans-Pacific trade deal really means

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam, came to terms Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a landmark free-trade deal that’s being described as the most ambitious in a generation. What exactly does it all mean?<p>If the participants all ratify …

Economy

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.<p>The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the …

Self-improvement

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Why the Stock Market Is So Turbulent

Last week, global financial markets were churning, but it really only mattered if you were an oil trader, a Chinese bureaucrat or a hedge fund manager.<p>Now it’s starting to get scary for everyone.<p>An 8.5 percent drop in the Shanghai Composite index in Monday’s trading session spread to financial …

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Weird & Wild<p>Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the …

Chemistry

Don’t Be Afraid to Do Things Alone, You’ll Have Just as Much Fun

When you see someone at the movies alone, you might pity them. Don’t—chances are, they’re enjoying themselves as much as they would be with company.<p>A …

Research

NASA and the US Air Force successfully tested a plane with shapeshifting wings

It’s not quite a Transformer, but it’s getting there: NASA and the United States Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) have teamed up to develop a plane with wings that can change shape mid-flight. NASA has flown 22 research flights over the past six months using the technology, and it passed with flying …

Military

Four Paths to Business Model Innovation

Business model innovation is a wonderful thing. At its simplest, it demands neither new technologies nor the creation of brand-new markets: It’s about delivering <i>existing</i> products that are produced by <i>existing</i> technologies to <i>existing</i> markets. And because it often involves changes invisible to the …

Watch Now: Why NOT to Be an Entrepreneur

Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Phil Libin, the founder and CEO of Evernote, gives you a piece of advice…<p>Don’t do it.<p>He discourages everyone from being an entrepreneur, at least when the person does it for the wrong reasons.<p>We’ve just added Phil Libin’s talk from TNW Europe Conference 2012 to …

Audi is making fuel from air and water

Audi has begun production of a synthetic diesel fuel made from water, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen. Unlike fossil fuels, which release additional carbon into the atmosphere, Audi’s “e-diesel,” which is being produced at a plant in Dresden in conjunction with the German alternative energy company …

Carbon Dioxide

This video camera is powered by light

No, you haven't stumbled across an internet video from 1997 -- that's the output of one of the cleverest cameras you'll see in a while. Columbia University researchers have developed a self-powered camera whose pixels both record light and turn it into electricity. The trick is the use of …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

This company was 13 years early to virtual reality — and it's getting ready to try again

Second Life, the original virtual reality, may not be the media sensation it once was back in the heady days of 2003.<p>Back then, the world was ooh-ing and aah-ing at virtual real estate millionaires who were appearing on the cover of magazines like Businessweek, buying and selling land and goods in …

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, following prior experiments from other researchers. Now, for the first time, a handheld extinguisher exists that …

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. …

Al Gore

12 Stereotypes at Meetings: Meet the Meeting Killers

We all had those meetings, where you need some help and finally come to a decision or a solution. Furthermore, you have scheduled the meeting, so all the necessary people are there. Everything seems well prepared, but somehow the time went by so quickly and nothing productive came out of that …

Stop Distinguishing Between Execution and Strategy

It’s impossible to have a good strategy poorly executed. That’s because execution actually <i>is</i> strategy – trying to separate the two only leads to confusion.<p>Consider the recent article, “Why Strategy Execution Unravels — and What to Do About It“ by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull, in …

Management

The Tesla P85D sounds so weird on a drag launch

We've seen a lot of videos of the P85D racing other cars, but alone? It sounds completely eerie.<p>If you've been on the internet lately, you've seen plenty of videos of a Tesla Model S P85D racing various things.<p>You've seen it go up against a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. We've seen it get schooled …

Is Innovation More About People or Process?

What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation – finding creative people or finding creative ideas? This is a question Pixar head Ed Catmull has asked a great many people, and he says they tend to be pretty much split on it 50/50.<p>This astonished Catmull. Fresh off eight blockbuster …

Innovation

Pebble CEO: Apple Watch is 'Lacking'

Pebble announced another new smartwatch at MWC 2015 today – the Pebble Time Steel – but with the Apple Watch set to come to market next month, there’s about to be another huge competitor on the market.<p>Nonetheless, Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky told TNW that he’s not too concerned about the impending …

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Anurag Bhatia's answer to Which are the best financial trades ever carried out?

<b>1. Jesse Livermore shorted during the crash of 1929 and made $100 million.</b><p>One of the first famous short-sellers in the history of the the U.S. stock …

What Millennials Want from Work, Charted Across the World

Courtesy of NASA GSFC<p>As more Millennials assume leadership positions around the world, organizations are becoming increasingly concerned with how to ensure their success. However, most existing research on those born between the early ‘80s and late ‘90s is skewed toward understanding what a narrow, …

10 Free Sans Serif Fonts Everyone Should Have

Sans serif fonts are great because of their versatility. They can be used in virtually any context. It never hurts to have a lot of them at your …

UK intercepts Russian aircraft

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two UK Royal Air Force jets intercepted a pair of Russian aircraft flying near British airspace this week, the British Defence Ministry said Thursday, marking the latest in what NATO has said is an increase in Russian military flights near alliance members' territory.<p>The British Typhoon …

Military