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A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.<p>The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles …

Tesla CTO hopes to reduce EV charging times to 10 minutes or less

Charging time is the bane of every EV driver; even the half-hour for a partial fuel-up at a Tesla Supercharger station can feel like an eternity next to the few minutes required for gasoline. Tesla CTO JB Straubel sees this as just a temporary obstacle, however -- he tells <i>MIT Technology Review</i> that …

Your App Is Slow Because Our World Is Ending

The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb piece <i>Why mobile web apps are slow</i>. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.<p>Its upshot: …

Best and worst cities for small business workers

<i>(This story has been updated to correct the No. 5 position on the worst cities list. It's San Diego, not Detroit, which was incorrectly listed twice.)</i><p>Jobs growth on Main Street—a traditional driver of past U.S. economic recoveries—so far has been largely stagnant.<p>Faced with challenges, from taxes …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

Income Inequality

The Great Barrier Reef we stand to lose – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jun/19/great-barrier-reef-in-pictures<p>720<p>As the UN pressures Australia to better protect the reef, …

The clearest lake in the world – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jun/12/clearest-lake-in-the-world-in-pictures<p>720<p>The visibility of distilled water is about 80 …

Report: 70 percent of Americans “emotionally disconnected” at work

According to Gallup.com, nearly one in five hates work so much they sabotage their employers<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>June 19, 2013 3:43pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If you thought that Americans who kept their jobs during the Great Recession were glad to be working, you would be dead …

Dear Class of ’13: You’ve been scammed

Class of 2013,<p>No one else is going to tell you this, so I might as well.<p>You sit here today, $30,000 or $40,000 in debt, as the latest victims of what …

Student loan loads block home, car purchases

Should college students get a re-do on their student loan debt? Maybe be offered a way to refinance high-price private college debt to a lower rate? What about some options for cleaning up a credit history after running into trouble with college debt?<p>The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau …

Colleges Soak Poor U.S. Students to Funnel Aid to Rich

U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to …

5 Ways To Be Productive When The Pressure Is On

The key is "being able to keep up the intensity even though there's no external accountability," says Sharon Melnick, a business psychologist and author of Success Under Stress. This means you need to be able to "manage your stress levels and stay motivated even when you're not," she says, because …

Time Management

The College Bubble Is Finally Bursting

Some schools are seeing just 20% of the students they accepted enrolling, versus the usual rate of 33%. These schools have raised tuition discount rate — the price after grants and scholarships — to an all-time high of 45%.<p>Meanwhile, the median sticker price increased just 3.9% last fall, the …

College & University

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

Listen, you tech-savvy, trend-resisting cynic you. I want you to stop dismissing wearable computing as a pointless, narcissistic fad.<p>Wearable computing is not for people too lazy to look at their phones. It’s not a trendy toy for wealthy yuppies. And it’s not about joining Robert Scoble in the …