Brian Boilla

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Gold just had its worst year since 1981

Alas, it seems like gold bugs have given up on the arrival of the long-awaited, Weimar-style hyper-inflation in US.<p>The dawning realization has sent futures prices for the precious metal down a bit more than 28% this year, to just above $1,200 per troy ounce. And that’s made it one of the worst …

How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body

Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture. I know.<p>I awoke in a bed for the first time in days. My joints ached and my eyelids, which had been open for so long, now lay heavy as old hinges above my cheekbones. I …

Lavishing Kids With Praise Can Make Them Feel Worse About Themselves

The dangers of overdoing the compliments<p>"Hollywood dishes out too much praise for small things," the great actor Jimmy Stewart once said. "I won't let it get me, but too much praise can turn a fellow's head if he doesn't watch his step." He was talking about the sick power compliments can have on a …

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.<p>Some of the greatest moments in human history were fueled by emotional intelligence. When Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his …

Will 2014 Be the Year the Economy (Finally) Works for Workers?

The story of 2013 will be the story of 2014 and many years to come: the tension between labor and capital, between stock and job markets.<p>Since the global recession ended, economic forecasters have been trying to call the Next Big Crash that would once again drag the world back into the sewer. It …

What If Wealthy College Kids Were Required to Do Low-Wage Jobs?

The pros and cons of an internship program that tries to teach students about class divisions<p>Sawsene Nejjar is a student at L'Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie, a private college in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The summer after her first year at the school, she prepared for an unusual aspect of …

The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago