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Americans take fewer steps than people in China and the U.K., new study reveals

Which countries boast the best walkers? A major new study published in the journal Nature by a group of Stanford University scientists offers some clues.<p>The research team analyzed the number of daily steps taken by more than 700,000 people, collected via the smartphone Argus activity monitoring …

Beyond Income Inequality | Washington's Blog

<b>Judging by the mainstream media, the most pressing problems facing capitalism are 1) income inequality</b>, the basis of Thomas Piketty’s …

Guide to Traveling Europe on a Budget With Cheap Alternatives for Hotels, Transportation, and Dining

Guide to Traveling Europe on a Budget With Cheap Alternatives for Hotels, Transportation, and Dining<p>Updated on November 22, 2017<p>Europe has garnered a …

The Sad Truth That Apple and Exxon Reveal About Our Economy

How the mighty have fallen.<p>Tuesday brought two seismic announcements in the business world. First, ExxonMobil was stripped of its AAA rating by S&P, …

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Can’t Get Enough Pizza and Sushi

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'Still Not Asking For It': Striking topless photographs call out rape culture

An Australian photographer has created a project called "Still Not Asking For It" that takes a stand against "rape culture" and sexual assault.<p>Rory …

Sexual Harassment

Break Your Industry’s Bottlenecks

If you want to create a successful business, you have to do more than win your share of customers or control costs—you have to break the rules and overturn the received wisdom about how things work.<p>Consider the airline industry. High-priced landing fees are just a cost of doing business, right? …

A Better Way to Map Brand Strategy

Marketers have always had to juggle two seemingly contradictory goals: making their brands distinctive and making them central in their category. Central brands, such as Coca-Cola in soft drinks and McDonald’s in fast food, are those that are most representative of their type. They’re the first …

Rising inequality holding back economic growth, report warns

PARIS (AP) — The widening gap between haves and have-nots in much of the developed world not only raises concerns about the fraying social fabric — …

Why Warren Buffett Is Torn on the Minimum Wage

Economists can't agree on the right ways to fight inequality.<p>Around this time last year, Warren Buffett seemed stumped by the question of minimum wage. "I thought about it for 50 years and I just don't know the answer on it," he told CNN. He hinted at the direction he was leaning—if minimum wage …

Economics

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …

Psychology

Quran Is Not for Muslims

The very first verse in Quran reads, "1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist)," and the very last chapter opens with this line, "114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind," and there is a whole lot in between. God chose to …

Good, in parts

THE sky has never looked brighter for the world’s big planemakers. Airbus’s A320neo, a more efficient version of its most popular model, made its …

Food for Thought

It's hard to grapple with the fact that the food you find at grocery stores is not always safe for consumption. Food scandals happen all over the world. And much more frequently and with much larger consequences than most of us realize. In 2008, contaminated infant formula affected 300,000 babies …

Jose Mourinho: 'I have a problem. I'm getting better at everything'

Exclusive interview: The Chelsea manager talks religion, 'fearing nothing' and Machiavelli. Plus, he finally reveals the one thing he and title rival Arsene Wenger actually agree on<p>"I think,” the Chelsea manager José Mourinho says, “I have a problem, which is I’m getting better at everything …

Meet Cyanogen, The Startup That Wants To Steal Android From Google

It’s a little hard to take Kirt McMaster seriously at first. He tends to run on his own schedule, and when he shows up 20 minutes late for a meeting on a recent weekday, there’s not so much as a mention of his tardiness, let alone an apology. In black jeans, a black hoodie that looks a half-size …

Oil Is Never Going To Reach $200, Not For Any Length Of Time At Least

We’ve two interesting announcements from various players in Opec today, one that the oil price might have hit bottom just at the moment and the second that oil might reach $200 at some point in the future. It’s possible that oil might have reached bottom: but the idea that oil will ever reach $200 …

Oil

Krugman: Why the “balanced budget fetish” is “deeply irresponsible”

<b>Paul Krugman (Screen shot, Big Think)</b><p>Look no further than Europe’s economic mess for a lesson in the folly of austerity<p>Luke Brinker<p>January 23, 2015 1:45pm (UTC)<p>This week, the United States and Europe offered a study in contrasts. Buoyed by an increasingly robust economic recovery and, not …

The Day Marissa Mayer's Honeymoon At Yahoo Ended

Nearly 4,000 Yahoo employees sat and waited for Marissa Mayer to explain herself.<p>It was around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.<p>Some of the employees, those in Yahoo's Santa Monica and New York offices, sat at their desks watching a video feed on their computer monitors.<p>At Yahoo's headquarters …

Pictures: Volcano Covers Indonesian Cities With Ash

Indonesia's Mount Kelud erupted this week, sending ash into the air, causing 100,000 people to evacuate and killing three.<p>An explosive nighttime volcano eruption on February 13 caused chaos on Indonesia's most populous island, covering cities with ash and killing three people.<p>Mount Kelud, long …

A Facebook Life

On Facebook, life begins at conception. “We’re expecting!”, your parents post. You don’t have fingers but you’re already accruing likes. A shared sonogram means hundreds have seen you before you’ve even opened your eyes. You have a Facebook presence despite lacking a physical one.<p>Think about that …

You’d Be Surprised By What Really Motivates Users

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This article is adapted from Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products, a new book by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover.</i><p>Earlier this month, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone unveiled his mysterious startup Jelly. The question-and-answer app was met with a mix of criticism and head …

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

Good Job, Humanity: As Of Today We Are Consuming More Than Earth Can Replenish This Year

Cue the slow clapping.<p>Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Happy Earth Overshoot Day! Except, well, we don't much feel like celebrating.<p>That's because Earth Overshoot Day is the day each year when we've consumed natural resources at a rate beyond which our planet can replenish, and have produced more …

One Thing We Know About Autism: Vaccines Aren't to Blame

Anti-vaccine advocate Jenny McCarthy has a new platform on The View. Experts hope she won't spread more lies.<p><b>It all started with bad science. The now-debunked theory that autism is caused by the common immunizations nearly all children receive beginning in infancy began with a fabricated piece of</b> …

August 2013

What is wrong with India's economy?

<b>On Tuesday, India further eased rules on foreign direct investment in a range of industries in an attempt to boost the economy which grew at its slowest pace in a decade during the 2012-13 financial year. Economic analyst Paranjoy Guha Thakurta explains what ails Asia's third-largest economy.</b><p>For …

Study: Unattractive People Are Targets For Cruelty At Work

Your workplace probably differs from the social scene of a typical high school in significant ways, and most would agree that’s a good thing. But a recent study reveals that when it comes to how attractive and unattractive people are treated, your office and your high school aren’t so far …