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Germany slips out of global competitiveness top 10, study says | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has slipped out of the top 10 most competitive economies in the world, falling two places to 12 from last year, a study by Swiss business school IMD showed on Monday.<p>Construction workers are silhouetted while standing on scaffolding at the construction site of the new …

7 books to read before the movie versions come out

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase</i><p>The next several months offer a myriad of movies that are based on bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Whether you're looking …

Watch an 18-rotor electric helicopter take its first manned flight

E-Volo has been talking about the prospect of using many-rotor electric helicopters (aka multicopters) as semi-affordable personal transport for years, and it now looks like this isn't just a far-fetched dream. The company recently completed the first manned test flight of the first certified …

Ford Begins Lights Out Nighttime Autonomous Vehicle Testing

If humans had the night vision capabilities of cats, driving would surely be a lot safer than it is. However, we are not creatures evolved to move about without light so Ford has begun a new phase of its testing of autonomous vehicles. Recently a prototype self-driving Fusion sedan made its way …

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Self-Lacing Sneakers Are Just The Beginning Of Going 'Back To The Future'

When Nike introduced the HyperAdapt 1.0 at its innovation event last month, sneakerheads and <i>Back to the Future</i> fans alike lost it. The self-lacing shoes use a technology called EARL (electro-adaptive reactive laces) that Jayce Wagner at Inquisitr says “uses digital sensors throughout the shoe …

This Software Company in Florida Grew 25% Last Year

When Ultimate Software’s headquarters was in Pembroke Pines, Fla., employees often could be spotted at a nearby Italian restaurant called …

Citibank likes the look of emerging market stocks

"Our emerging market (EM) strategist, Markus Rosgen, has been highlighting attractive valuations for some time.<p>However, we were being held back by the prospect of US dollar strength which is usually not helpful for EM equities," says the bank.<p>"As our FX strategists no longer forecast a strong US …

8 quick and easy fish and shellfish recipes

Sometimes, you're in the mood for seafood, but want to keep things simple. Recently, I received an email from Patti in San Jose:<p>"I look forward to your recipes. As a working mom with three teenagers, I'm always on the hunt for simple, flavorful, non-cream-based recipes. We especially enjoy …

First head transplant successfully carried out on monkey, claims surgeon

WARNING: Graphic picture. Italian surgeon Dr Sergio Canavero claims the first head transplant has been carried out on a monkey<p>A surgeon claims to have carried out the first head transplant on a monkey ahead of plans to attempt the controversial procedure on a human by the end of next year.<p>Italian …

Brazil's bust is worse than we thought

Brazil's economy endured a brutal 2015 and it's looking like it may be deja vu in 2016.<p>The International Monetary Fund sharply downgraded its economic forecast for Brazil Tuesday. It was by far the largest revision of all major countries, according to its World Economic Outlook.<p>Brazil fell deep …

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8 Psychological Insights Into the Brain That Will Improve Your Marketing

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The better you understand the human mind, the better you’ll be able to persuade customers to convert. And, if you think about it, marketing is really about applied psychology.<p>What this means is that buyers act in certain ways …

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12 Essential Pieces That Will Help You Survive Your Winter Workouts

A selection of cold-weather gear that will keep you, your body, and your stuff warm and dry.

Books To Read While You Wait For George R.R. Martin To Finish 'GoT'

There are other books in the sea.<p>George R.R. Martin recently ‘fessed up that the final installment of <i>Game of Thrones</i> won’t be done anytime soon -- or at least not quickly enough to please his ravenous fans, whose love for him has proven to have limits.<p>If you’re of the hungrier and hungrier …

32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016

New year, new TBR pile.<p>Whether you’ve promised yourself that 2016 will be the year you’ll read more books, the year you’ll read books more thoughtfully or the year you’ll read fewer curmudgeonly comments sections, we have a few new releases worth considering.<p>We’re looking forward to bold familial …

The best novels of 2015

Best books of 2015,Books,Fiction,Marlon James,Kazuo Ishiguro,Elena Ferrante,Benjamin Markovits,Anne Enright,Marilynne Robinson,2015 in review,Best books,Best books of the year<p>A truly vintage year for fiction with a strong Booker shortlist, dazzling debuts and a real masterpiece from an old hand

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Best crime and thriller books of 2015

From Girl on the Train to Girl in the Spider’s Web – a look back on a year that lived up to the hype<p><b>Vote:</b> What was your favourite book of the year?• <b><br>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural highlights, chosen by the Guardian’s writers and critics<p>Books that arrive on a tide of chatter about …

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What You Should Eat for Breakfast

I know you've been told, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," more times than you care to hear it, and I hate to break it to ya, but it's true. Think of your body as a car - it can't run without fuel. Studies have shown that breakfast is both a physiological and psychological need. …

10 of the best B&Bs in Europe

Photograph: Casa Amora<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/11/6/1446824650572/a7f94271-47b9-40b1-8832-bd464aeda905-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Casa …

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Microsoft has trapped its biggest partners between a rock and a hard place

Sales in the PC industry are declining at around 11% per quarter, according to IDC, causing drops in profits for PC makers. Microsoft is somewhat insulated from this decline thanks to big enterprise sales, but the company's increased focus on hardware with the new Surface Book Pro — a high-end …

There's no way around it: Brazil is a disaster

In a report to clients on Friday, economists at Deutsche Bank took a detailed look at South America's flagging economy and found that, any way you cut it up, things are not good.<p>In recent weeks, the government has seen its debt rating cut to junk, and in response it introduced a $17 billion …

32 photos that will make you want to travel to Iceland

Most of the island is an uninhabited landscape of jagged lava rock, fields of bright green moss, hot springs, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes.<p>Many visitors say that the country is reminiscent of another world.<p>Plus, it is a perfect place for any adventurous traveler — visitors to the …

These are some of the cool things Airbnb is doing to learn more about you

More than 25 million people in 190-plus countries have used its service, helping it reach a massive $13 billion valuation.<p>One of the biggest reasons for its rapid growth is its strong data science technology. By collecting and analyzing its massive trove of data, Airbnb is able to make better …

21 tools that will help your remote team work better together

Working as a remote team can be difficult, but doesn’t have to be. Here at The Next Web, much of our team is remote.<p>We have staff in the UK, India, The Netherlands, USA and New Zealand all working together across time zones successfully, even though the time differences can be confusing …