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Why India is such a terrible place for innovation

India has one of the most hostile environments in the world for driving innovation.<p>Asia’s third-largest economy stood 54th in a recent ranking of 56 countries on the basis of how their domestic policies support global innovation. The report (pdf) by the Information Technology and Innovation …

The Missing Data on Gun Violence

Restrictions on research, and a subsequent lack of evidence, make it hard to pinpoint the best ways to prevent firearm deaths and injuries.<p>The recurrent, violent phenomenon of mass shootings, including recent attacks in California and Oregon, has fueled Americans’ anxieties and reinvigorated a …

Guns

The ‘Obama is a Muslim’ conspiracy theory is still reverberating in the Middle East

When Barack Obama stepped onto the national political stage almost a decade ago, rumors swirled that he was secretly a Muslim. These rumors have frequently been debunked — the U.S. president is a practicing Christian — but they persist nonetheless: In a poll conducted in 2014, 54 percent of …

Middle East

Some of Hillary Clinton's emails were 'more than top secret', official says

Inspector General Charles McCullough wrote that of ‘several dozen’ classified emails found, some contained highly sensitive ‘special access programs’ details<p>Some of the classified emails found on former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s home server were even more sensitive than top secret, …

Hillary Clinton

This tech CEO has been given $200 million to invest in 'garage' start-ups

CEO CP Gurnani told Business Insider he has a remit from his board to find some of the world's most exciting startups in artificial intelligence, automation and computing to invest in.<p>"The board has said I can spend up to $200 million in startups from across the world. In tandem, the board has also …

Batteries With A Less Fiery Future

Lithium-ion batteries are extremely popular because they are lightweight and pack a lot of power.<p>But when they overheat, they can catch fire. This has been a problem in airplanes, cars and now the popular gift item, "hoverboards." The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it's investigating 37 …

Saudi Arabia Hints It Could Pursue Nuclear Capability Timed to Expiration of Iran Deal

An editorial in a pro-Saudi government newspaper as well as the words of Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister suggest that the Sunni kingdom may be considering aiming to develop a nuclear capability timed to coincide with the expiration of the international nuclear deal with Saudi Arabia’s archrival …

Groundbreaking Pornography Study Yields Shocking Results: ‘Our Future Is At Risk’

Nearly half of young people are actively seeking pornography weekly or more frequently — and more than one-in-four individuals between the ages of 25 and 30 first viewed smut before hitting puberty, according to a groundbreaking new study about porn consumption.<p>One of the more startling themes in …

Oceans to have more plastic than fish by 2050: Report

The world's oceans may have more plastic debris than fish by the year 2050, according to a report produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and published by the World Economic Forum.<p>Facts on plastic waste<p>Use of plastic bags has increased by 20 times in the past 50 years<p>Most plastic packaging is …

By 2030, South China Sea will be ‘virtually a Chinese lake,’ study warns

China will have so many aircraft carriers by 2030 that the South China Sea will be “virtually a Chinese lake,” a new U.S. study warns, arguing that the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region was shifting away from the United States.<p>Meanwhile, President Obama’s strategic “rebalance” to Asia has …

10 Books Recommended By Warren Buffett

Can you get rich if you read these 10 books? Maybe. We offer the list and a plan to read these books in the next 12 months.<p>Eighty-five-year-old …

Why are we looking on helplessly as markets crash all over the world?

There has always been a tension at the heart of capitalism. Although it is the best wealth-creating mechanism we’ve made, it can’t be left to its own devices. Its self-regulating properties, contrary to the efforts of generations of economists trying to prove otherwise, are weak.<p>It needs embedded …

Economics

‘For the Record’: How the U.S. Set the Stage for the Islamic State in Libya

The Obama administration has come under fire for its handling of the 2011 Middle East uprisings known as the “Arab Spring.” Even top Democrats have blamed Obama’s policies for inadvertently paving the way for the spread of the Islamic State.<p>In 2011, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was …

9 UX Secrets I Stole From People Smarter Than Me

The best ideas are the ones someone else has. Here, UX advice from experts at Ideo, Polar, CapitalOne, and more.<p>Like most people, I like to think I have good taste. But if I do, it’s only because I’ve been ruthless about one thing: stealing secrets and strategies from people a lot smarter than …

Top Economic Analyst Says ‘the Game Is Up’ for China — and the World Is in Trouble

Andrew Roberts, research chief for European economics and rates at the Royal Bank of Scotland, recently made international headlines when he advised clients to “sell everything” in the RBS European Rates Weekly newsletter ahead of a potential global economic crisis.<p>He’s issued another warning about …

Should I invest my nest egg like Warren Buffett recommends?

<i>I'm retired and living off withdrawals from my savings. I would like to simplify my portfolio, so I'm thinking of following a strategy Warren Buffett has suggested: put 90% of my money in a Standard & Poor's 500 index fund and 10% in bonds. Good idea? --Mark, California</i><p>The strategy you mention …

How big your retirement fund should be at every age, according to one guide

Many people are overwhelmed by the responsibility of having to amass enough cash for retirement.<p>Only about half of workers participate in a workplace retirement savings plan, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And once they have a retirement account, few people ever do the math on how …

Retirement

Mark Zuckerberg Keeps Pissing Off His Neighbors

"I’m sure you all agree that it can be cumbersome living next to Zuck."<p>Neighbors near Mark Zuckerberg's $10 million San Francisco pied-à-terre say the billionaire's security detail is parking illegally, and have circulated a letter — obtained by BuzzFeed News — urging residents to report the …

The China bubble pops

The China bubble has burst. No longer are the country’s economic managers viewed as magicians who can orchestrate rapid growth whatever the obstacles. No one ever believed that China’s economy would grow 10 percent annually forever, but the retreat from double-digit growth has been faster than …

Economics

ALBERT EDWARDS: If I'm right, the US stock market will fall 75%

Edwards' most recent call is that if the US economy plunges into a recession led by weak manufacturing output, stocks will be worth about a quarter of what they're priced at now.<p>It's a heavy-duty prediction.<p>On Tuesday the S&P 500 was at 1,938.68. Edwards sees it possibly passing the low of 666 it …

12 Mind Tricks That Make You Likable and Help You Get Ahead

Dr. Travis Bradberry shows you how to use the brain's natural quirks to your advantage.<p>When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the …

Learn any of these 16 programming languages and you'll always have a job

There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others.<p>When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — even as new languages like Apple Swift start to make a splash.<p>Here …

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Could just two people repopulate Earth?

The last man on Earth is a common trope in fiction – but what if it actually happened? How many people would it take to save our species?<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>The alien predators arrived by boat. Within two years, everyone was …

The Top 5 Reasons That These 734 Ex-Pastors Quit — and Why It Matters

A recent poll of more than 700 former Protestant pastors who quit their jobs before retirement age has found that the most cited reasons for their departures was a new calling, conflict in churches and burnout, yielding results that could help churches to better retain preachers.<p>The LifeWay …

The 'hidden airport' travel hack could save you as much as 80% on flights

But a new travel website called Tripdelta says it has created a unique algorithm that can save travelers as much as 80% on flight prices compared with those found on the bigger websites.<p>The website, which has been in the works for over two years, was put together by a team of developers who created …

Sell everything ahead of stock market crash, say RBS economists

Investors face a “cataclysmic year” where stock markets could fall by up to 20% and oil could slump to $16 a barrel, economists at the Royal Bank of Scotland have warned.<p>In a note to its clients the bank said: “Sell everything except high quality bonds. This is about return of capital, not return …

Stock Markets

End-Times Prophecy Author Reveals the Essential Thing That the Next U.S. President ‘Must Understand’

End-times author Joel C. Rosenberg believes that the next U.S. president “must understand” that so-called “apocalyptic Islam” — a dangerous, end times philosophy — is the “greatest challenge facing the Western alliance in the Middle East.”<p>Bible expert Joel Rosenberg (Photo Credit: Facebook/Joel …

FDA Announces the Chemicals Used for Pizza Boxes Are No Longer Safe

The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday its move to ban three chemical substances typically used “as oil and water repellents for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods.”<p>The new proposal would affect pizza lovers nationwide, as the substances in question are …