Aqif Ismail

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Don't fear the oil price crash - unless it heralds the beginning of a global downturn

Cheaper oil should provide a massive stimulus to the global economy, unless the commodity is getting cheaper for the wrong reasons<p>No one watching the past week’s oil price moves could be more smug than a Scottish unionist. As the price of Brent has plunged, many will be glad that Scotland did not …

Why Gold and Other Commodities Are Getting Killed

Commodities like gold, iron ore, and copper have been taking it on the chin of late as the globe prepares for higher interest rates in the U.S. and …

Saudi Arabia's mission to blow everyone out of the oil market isn't over yet

The country's policy of pumping so much oil that prices stay too low for competitors to make a profit has led to losses at big oil companies, suppressed inflation globally, and even seen Saudi Arabia's own sovereign debt downgraded.<p>And the country has no plans to stop.<p>The chairman of Saudi Aramco, …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

These maps show what could happen next in Yemen — and how it could impact global politics

As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of partner Sunni states intervenes in the growing war within Yemen, the south Arabian country is taking on major geopolitical significance.<p>The conflict in Yemen is the the largest and most dangerous escalation in an ongoing series of proxy-battles between Sunni …

Crazy-Efficient Rotary Engine Lands Million-Dollar DARPA Contract

The LiquidPiston motor could be used in killer UAVs—and lawn mowers<p>We love when a tiny company does big things.<p>LiquidPiston, Inc., of Bloomfield, CT, recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, to use the hyper-efficient rotary engine …

DARPA

A couple has been road tripping across the US for 3 years and took these incredible pictures

They soon fell in love with the lifestyle and decided to make their Volkswagen bus — Sunshine — their permanent home.<p>The couple carries everything they own in the van; they have nothing in storage, and they like it that way.<p>"I think that there's an extreme freedom in having nothing to lose," Rachel …

Steve Jobs named #1 in CNBC’s list of the most influential leaders in the past 25 years

Steve Jobs has been ranked #1 in CNBC’s <i>First 25: Rebels, Icons & Leaders</i>, described as “a definitive list of people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and created the most disruption in business over the past quarter century.”<p>Steve Jobs earned the top spot for both …

12 Steps to Building a Cafe Racer

The first feature on ‘How to Build a Café Racer’ struck a chord. Not everybody who read it agreed with the content, but when it comes to style, there are several different schools of taste.<p>I’m going to focus on the performance side of building a cafe racer. Or street tracker, scrambler, or any …

Motorcycles

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …