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Gadget helps GoPro users create jaw-dropping panoramas

Sometimes a good idea can advance technology without an app or motherboard. Photographer Ruoguo Zhou proved that last year with a hunk of plastic called SLOPES, an indispensable accessory for GoPro users that cradles the camera and provides 20 different angles for shooting.<p>Zhou again applies simple …

Love Beer And Coffee? You Might Be A Psychopath

A new study associates taste preferences with personality traits<p>Humans have a unique affinity for bitter food, like dark chocolate, coffee, and broccoli. Most other animals interpret a bitter taste as a warning to stay away from a non-edible material, but some humans can’t get enough of it, though …

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Don't give blood, grow it in a lab

Back In 2007, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) issued an open call for a project. It required applicants to make a bioreactor …

Cell Biology

London Real Estate, Beyond Insane

With the U.K. election over and the Conservative Party installed in Parliament with a surprise majority, the U.K. housing market can go back to …

When does Greece run out of money? Try May 29

When does Greece finally run out of money? At what point will depositors have drawn so much cash out of the Greek financial system that its banks are …

European Central Bank

Indian Stocks Are Ripping Higher After A Surprise Interest-Rate Cut

India got a surprise interest-rate cut overnight, and investors are enjoying it: Stocks are up 2.5% as of 8:30 a.m. GMT.<p>Inflation is down to just 5% in India, and that has given the central bank the confidence to cut rates. That figure sounds pretty high by the standards of developed economies, but …

India

Swiss franc surges as central bank removes peg to euro

Central bank’s abandonment of Swiss franc-euro cap described as a ‘tsunami of pain’ for exporters and tourism industry<p>Watch makers, ski resorts and currency traders were facing big losses on Thursday when the Swiss central bank stunned the financial markets by abandoning its currency peg against …

Economics

Tesla Gets Crushed

The stock dipped as low as $188 before recovering.<p>The drop was signaled Tuesday when CEO Elon Musk told a group of journalists at the Detroit Auto Show that Tesla sales in China were disappointing in the fourth quarter and that the company would not achieve profitability until 2020.<p>Tesla is down …

Tesla

Citizenship Renunciation Fee Hiked 422%, And You Can't Come Back

Tax rules for U.S. citizens are notoriously unforgiving and notoriously expansive, even for those living abroad. They are one reason the uptick in American expatriations is continuing. In fact, given the demand, the State Department raised the fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship from $450 to …

Finance

Copper Is Getting Annihilated

And now copper is getting crushed.<p>In overnight trading in New York, the price of copper was down about 6% to below $2.50 a pound, a more-than-four-year low for the commodity.<p>The crash in copper prices is the latest in a global commodities sell-off that has been highlighted by the decline in the …

Stock Markets

Inflation plunges to all-time low of 0.5pc

Inflation has slipped to a 14-year low of 0.5pc, lower than economists and the markets had expected<p>The UK economy is in danger of falling into deflation, the Bank of England’s Governor warned on Tuesday as data showed that inflation had fallen to a 14-year low.<p>Price growth fell to 0.5pc in …

Economics