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What Do Your Employees Really Cost You?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book No B.S. Ruthless Management of People & Profits, business coach and consultant Dan S. Kennedy</i> <i>presents a straightforward assessment of the real relationship between employers and their employees, and dares you to take action.</i> <i>In</i> …

Employment

Net Neutrality Emails Reveal a Cozy 'Social Network' Between the FCC and Telecoms | VICE News

The Federal Communications Commission has long been accused of having a close relationship with the industry it regulates.<p>The accusations are usually leveled because of the revolving door that has seen FCC officials leave the agency to work as lobbyists for telecom companies, and lobbyists for …

Minimum Wage Hike Can Help Close San Francisco's Extreme Income Gap, Study Finds

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new study released Wednesday finds that increasing San Francisco's minimum wage would give raises to 23 percent of the city's workforce, helping to reduce the city's growing income inequality.<p>San Francisco voters this fall are set to consider a ballot measure that would raise the …

6 Strange Body Hacks That Are Actually Useful

Some people choose not to accept those limits.<p>Neil Harbisson was born without the ability to see color. Now, he can perceive more than 360 colors and even discern the infrared spectrum. Kevin Warwick, the U.K.-based cybernetics professor and author of "I, Cyborg," was the first person to implant a …

Singularity

California vs. Texas in fight to attract and retain businesses

When California rolled out a $750-million plan this year to attract and retain businesses, many aspects mirrored longtime perks used by Texas — where officials love nothing more than stealing jobs from the Golden State.<p>For more than a decade, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has touted the "deal-closing" …

Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

Is your payment information safe? It’s hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don’t even know it.<p>According to a New York Times report published Friday, more than 1,000 businesses, including Supervalu and United Parcel Service (UPS), were caught up in a …

Deval Patrick Signs Overhaul Of Massachusetts Gun Laws

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed an extensive package of gun control measures on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.<p>The legislation allows police chiefs to ask courts to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy guns to individuals they feel are unfit to obtain them, …

How an Underappreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World

A curious download hit Apple’s App Store this week: a messaging app called FireChat.<p>It’s a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their …

High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block …

Double The Fun: Monkeys Control Two Virtual Arms With Just Their Thoughts

It's yet another step toward creating lifelike, mind-controlled prosthetics for those who have lost use of their limbs.<p>Those old Doublemint chewing gum ads got it right: Two is better than one. That's the idea behind a new study, published today, that showed off a system that hooked up monkeys' …

Engineered 'Glue' Helps Wounds Heal Faster

By Jesse Emspak, Contributing writer<p>Published: 02/20/2014 03:58 PM EST on LiveScience<p>In the movies, superheroes' and vampires' wounds heal so quickly that life-threatening cuts and gashes close up in minutes. These super healing abilities may be out of reach, but researchers in Switzerland have now …

This $1 origami microscope could boost education and healthcare in developing nations

You remember your high school biology lab’s microscopes: heavy, complicated and expensive machines that you wouldn’t dare take home, let alone into …

W.H. pushes on patent reforms

The White House on Thursday will unveil a handful of new actions designed to improve the patent system by stopping bad applications in their tracks, part of an ongoing effort against litigious “patent trolls,” according to several people familiar with the announcement.<p>This marks the next phase of …

LiFi: Internet connection powered by light

Imagine a future where your internet connection is beamed across your office from the overhead lights.<p>Using a standard light fitting attached to an internet connection, LiFi sends data to a receiver attached to a computer by means of rapid, invisible, flickering of the light source.<p>Professor Harald …

CBO: Wage hike will cause job loss

Raising the minimum wage would cost thousands of jobs while simultaneously lifting wages for millions more, according to a new report that instantly inflamed an election-year battle over income inequality.<p>Giving fodder to both Democrats and Republicans, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday …

Technology used in Europe would better protect U.S. shopper data

SACRAMENTO — Personal information collected from credit card shoppers would be better protected by upgrading the country's entire payment system to technology that has dramatically reduced fraud in Europe.<p>That was the consensus of a group of retailers, bankers, credit card companies and consumer …

WATCH: Scientists Suspend Objects in Midair with Sound Waves

No smoke, no mirrors, just sound was all scientists needed to levitate objects in midair.<p>NPR reports that researchers at the University of Tokyo have …

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Roger Stein: A bold new way to fund drug research

Inside California's $25 billion plot to save its water supply

The state's key estuary is in serious jeopardy, but can a bold new plan solve the problem?<p>Behind many of the shiny fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle, there's a decidedly ominous backstory: California, supplier of much of our domestic produce, is just one earthquake away from drying up.<p>The …

These Backpacks For Cow Farts Reduce Climate Change And Generate Power

Bovine farts are powerful enough to power your refrigerator. The trick, which this gear nicely solves, is capturing the gas that is passed.<p>Argentine researchers are using special backpacks made for cows to capture cow belches and turn them into power while fighting climate change.<p>The cows are each …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

Promising cancer therapy treatment: Vitamin C

Scientists have identified a simple, inexpensive compound that made cancer drugs more effective in mice and helped human patients weather the toxic side effects of chemotherapy.<p>But even as they touted their experimental results, they acknowledged that their remedy was unlikely to inspire the …

Cancer

Investors want Microsoft’s new CEO to kill Xbox, Bing and Surface

It's the morning after Satya Nadella's first day as Microsoft's CEO. Now that the confetti has cleared, Nadella faces tough choices about the path forward for the company.<p>Two influential Microsoft shareholders have been pushing the Redmond software giant to abandon what they view as non-essential …

23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free

The FDA has banned 23andMe from selling its personal genetic testing kits. But consumers should know the truth about themselves—and so policymakers …

Associated Press News

Apple just procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200M ~5-inch iPhone displays in Arizona

Last year, Apple and GT Advanced struck a deal to open and operate a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona related to sapphire crystal components.<p>Earlier this year, we learned that Apple is “aggressively” pushing to make the facility operational by February 2014 and that the building would …

Amazon Puts Image Recognition Into Its Main iOS App – Prepare To Be Even More Showroomed, Retailers

People already use their mobile devices for comparative shopping when paying visits to brick-and-mortar retailers – but it’s about to get a lot worse. Amazon has integrated shopping-by-camera functionality into its main iOS application, which is even easier than the previous barcode scanning …