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A $200 Million Dollar Shell Game in Seychelles

One of the world’s richer men allegedly used bankruptcy for fun and profit.<p>An Indian-born oligarch who purchased M.C. Hammer’s former mansion in …

Forget Flying Commercial: The Personal Airplane Is Taking Off

Delays. Cramped seats. Interminable security lines. Flying commercial can be a drag. But a clever new class of small aircraft offers a way out—and getting a license to pilot one yourself (yes, you) is surprisingly easy<p>By<p>Jonathan Welsh<p>Jonathan Welsh<p>The Wall Street …

Aviation

Secret bank accounts, income inequality—and why Luxembourg matters

Gabriel Zucman is on a mission.<p>The 28-year-old French economist, currently at the University of California, Berkeley, has built his career remarkably quickly, and in the process has made a place for himself among the most influential economists working today.<p>Zucman decided, in part, to pursue a …

Income Inequality

Across the USA by Train for Just $186

Turns out, you don’t need a car to see America.<p>Interested in this trip?<p>Traveling coast-to-coast across the United States by train is one of the …

Are You In It for the Long Haul?

I’m fond of saying that the best companies in the world are built, not bought.<p>I’m fond of saying that the best companies in the world are built, not bought. That’s our investment thesis at the end of the day. I’m equally fond of entrepreneurs who are in it to win it, to build something. If you’re …

Startups

IKEA products: Made in Uttar Pradesh, sold in Sweden

Juvencio Maeztu, IKEA’s India CEO<p>Every day at 8.30 am, Sulekha Bharti steps out of her house in Keshopur Sarpataha in Sant Ravidas Nagar district, …

The 1% Career Advice That’s Actually Useful

From Silicon Valley’s Best Coaches<p>Google “career advice” and you’ll see 72 million+ results. Like everything else on the web, 99% of that is useless. …

Employment

The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital

It’s a fascinating time to take stock of startup innovation in the Netherlands, a rare turning point where you can watch the hard work of the past give way to the immense promise of the future.<p>Behind London and Berlin, the Dutch startup scene is already considered to be one of the most prominent in …

Startups

The Zero-Armed Bandit

Listen to this episode“I don’t think it belongs here.” Such was the assessment of Bob Vinson, the graveyard shift supervisor at Harvey’s Wagon Wheel …

Extracted

An Economic Hit Man Speaks Out

Over at Truth-out.org, there's a tremendous interview with John Perkins, whose well-known book, <i>Confessions of an Economic Hit Man</i>, reveals how …

My Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science Books: Part One

I was recently interviewed by Fog Creek and one of the questions was about my favorite programming, coding and development books. I got very excited …

List-Worthy

Robert Goodwin on 16th-century Spain

ROBERT GOODWIN is research fellow at University College London and author of “Crossing the Continent 1527-1540” (2009) and “Spain: The Centre of the …

Mark Twain

Antimony

about<p>Antimony is a computer-aided design (CAD) tool from a parallel universe in which CAD software evolved from Lisp machines rather than drafting …

Wind Power Without The Mills

Vortex Bladeless is a radical company. It wants to completely change the way we get energy from the wind. Think wind stick instead of a massive tower with blades that capture blowing winds.<p>Wind stick. Really. Lest you think I’m mad, I’ve included a picture of this bladeless generator that helps …

Renewable Energy

Game theory’s cure for corruption? Make us all cops – Suzanne Sadedin

Naturalists have long regarded ants and bees as a sort of living parable on the benefits of universal virtue. ‘Karl Marx was right, socialism works,’ …

Papua New Guinea

Samsung is imploding in China

In Q1 of 2014, Samsung shipped 20.5 million smartphones; in Q1 of 2015, that figure has plummeted to 9.6 million.<p>Meanwhile, Apple has enjoyed year-on-year growth of more than 62%, making it the single-largest smartphone seller in China.<p>This explosive growth — at Samsung's expense — is due to the …

Profit

Why so many Dutch people work part time

THE Dutch are generally a pretty content bunch. The Netherlands consistently ranks as one of the best places in the world to live. Dutch kids are …

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

"<b>There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom</b>" was a lecture given by physicist Richard Feynman at an American Physical Society meeting at Caltech on …

After 350 years of academic journals it’s time to shake things up

Writing and reviewing journal articles is part of the core business of a scientist. But it’s not an efficient way to communicate research results.<p>Researchers are estimated to waste 15 million person-hours a year on unpublished submissions to scientific journals. How can we make scientific …

Humanities

Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?

There was once a time when most Americans took streetcars to work every day. Nowadays, 85 percent of workers drive.<p>And although a few different factors fueled this transition, the biggest one may have been a $425 billion investment over half a century in the world's most advanced network of …

Urban Design

A Self-Made Billionaire Uses This Easy Trick for Decisions

The first chapter in Seymour Schulich’s book, Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons, offers a decision tool that adds to the simple pro-and-con list …

UK inflation rate turns negative

<b>The main measure of UK inflation turned negative in April for the first time on record, with the rate falling to -0.1%.</b><p>It is the first time Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has turned negative since 1960, based on comparable historic estimates, the Office for National Statistics said.<p>The …

Economics

Europe Is Struggling to Foster a Startup Culture

Resistance to risk-taking makes rivaling U.S. tech giants tough<p>BRUSSELS—When Adrian Johnson saw a request for volunteers to speak at his children’s career fair, the high-tech entrepreneur jumped at the chance to explain his profession. But the school in Fontainebleau, France, turned him down.<p>“They …

Europe

Sprite: portable and rugged. A totally different drone.

When we set out to design a new small unmanned aerial vehicle, we were completely focused on two things: portability and durability. That led us to …

I quit working full-time years ago—here’s why I recommend it highly

Life is too short for a full-time job. Too short, and too precious.<p>Time unwatched is its own treasure, gracious host to conversations that drift and swoop, afternoons that stretch into evenings, dinners that slur into a last coffee.<p>And, if you’re like me, and can spend entire winters watching …

Homemade

Your Home Doesn't Matter for Tesla's Dream of a Battery-Powered Planet

Elon Musk has done something remarkable. He built a 220-pound battery to hang on the garage wall and convinced a huge number of people that owning …

Solar Power