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Kevin Schmidt Of Debevoise On Private Equity: The Repeal Of Dodd-Frank, Deal Trends, And PE's Future

The private equity market has shown attractive returns for decades, especially in comparison to the public markets. 2016 faired quite well, with funds delivering 6% end-to-end pooled IRR, compared to 4% for the S&P 500. Of course, along with attractive returns comes closer scrutiny from regulators …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Janet Yellen: U.S. economy not good enough yet

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen thinks the economy is improving ... but that it should be doing much better.<p>In a speech Friday afternoon in San Francisco, Yellen was more blunt than usual in her assessment of the economy.<p>"If underlying conditions had truly returned to normal, the economy should …

The End Of Brazilian Growth

Brazil’s latest GDP figure was slightly stronger than expected but no one is the least bit excited. Most economists believe the trend will be negative from here on.<p>“The growth in the fourth quarter was nothing spectacular and is going to be as good as it gets this year,” says Alex Wolf, an …

Warren Buffett | Fortune.com

Warren Buffett, chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, drinks a Cherry Coca-Cola as he tours the exhibition floor prior to the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Buffett, the Wall Street critic who invested $5 billion in Goldman Sachs Group …

First they killed all the accountants: How big banks, corporations and government made themselves unauditable

<b>Kenneth Lay (AP/Pat Sullivan/David J. Phillip/Salon)</b><p>The response to scandals has been to gut auditing power — when we most need transparency from banks and government<p>Jacob Soll<p>May 4, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations”<p>In the …

JP Morgan makes $63 billion case for Apple laptop-tablet hybrid

JP Morgan is convinced a laptop hybrid product running iOS should be in Apple's future.<p>The premise of the JP Morgan argument, via Barron's Tech Trader Daily, is that Apple is missing a $63 billion market opportunity by not building a device that does more than the iPad, i.e., a laptop-tablet hybrid …

Kids With Rare Disease May Hold Secret to Stopping Viruses

Health news<p>A brother and sister with an extremely rare genetic condition have a stunning ability to fight off viruses — an ability that could lead to a new family of antiviral drugs.<p>Their bodies stop viruses from building a protective shell, which leaves viruses "naked" and vulnerable, researchers …

Immune System

Nano-Robots That Compute With DNA Installed Into Living Cockroach

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "computer bug."<p>Scientists have inserted DNA-based nanobots into a living cockroach, which are able to perform logical operations. Researchers say the nanobots could eventually be able to carry out complex programs, to diagnose and treat disease.<p>These DNA …

U.S. Navy Has Found A Way To Turn Seawater Into Fuel

Scientists with the United States Navy say they have successfully developed a way to convert seawater into jet fuel, calling it a potentially revolutionary advancement.<p>Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater while …

My Day: Japanese sushi chef Yosuke Imada

<b>Yosuke Imada is among Japan's most renowned sushi chefs. Mr Imada, 68, heads Kyubey, a family-run sushi restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, with branches in Osaka and four major hotels.</b><p>My father opened a sushi restaurant in Ginza in 1935. During the Second World War, my family escaped to my father's …

The Weird Way Captain Crunch Makes You Love Him

The Captain and other cereal mascots make eye contact until you accept their brand goodness into your heart.<p>No surprise: The Brands want you to want them. What's odd are the lengths—often subliminal—they'll go to make you a repeat customer.<p>Researchers at Cornell's Food and Brand Lab recently …

Ink Dropped into Water on a Black Background

Alberto Seveso is an Italian artist specializing in illustration, graphic design and photography (featured previously here, here and here). Born in …

13 Unexpected Sources of Energy that Could Save the World

If humans are going to keep living in the style to which we're accustomed, we need to find alternatives for fossil fuels. Partly that's because we …

'Nanobionics' aims to give plants superpowers

Plants are an engineering marvel of nature. Fueled by sunlight, they recycle our carbon dioxide waste into fresh oxygen for us to breathe. Plus, they make the world prettier. But, with a little help from us humans, can they be coaxed to do even more?<p>Researchers at MIT have been experimenting with …

Ten Ratios To Make You Money In Stocks

Evaluating stocks to buy and sell can be a tricky business, even with all of the data available at your fingertips. Out of the dozens of ratios and metrics that give clues to the financial health of a company, a few of them are extremely useful for their simplicity and effectiveness.<p>Here are ten …

What If Your Favorite TV Shows Were Your Favorite Rappers?

LOST and Kanye West have way more in common than you'd think.

TV

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Jackson Pollock

15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs To Know

The rules are slightly different from standard social settings, yet business schools rarely discuss professional etiquette topics.<p>In her new book "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette," Barbara Pachter writes about the specific skills professionals need to understand when presenting themselves in a …

Etiquette

Top Birthday Freebies Include Free Entrees, Desserts

Don't you hate it when you realize <i>after</i> your birthday that you missed out on loads of freebies that could have helped you celebrate your big day even …

Stock Market Survival School w/ Cramer in Friday's Mad Money Recap http://ow.ly/nNIHu

Disposable Spy Computers Are Disturbingly Easy and Cheap to Make

Be honest, how often do you use unsecured Wi-Fi for something you shouldn't? You know, just a quick Facebook login at Starbucks. If you've done it …

Raspberry Pi

Build Up Your Portfolio With These Infrastructure Stocks

We name eight stocks that will benefit from the growing need to build and repair roads, bridges, water systems, telecom infrastructure and more.<p>In …

Roads

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

[Money Ning] Despite the odd title, this post is really just an attempt to get you to refocus on the basics of proper money management. It has advice …

On the Job: Tips to turn your internship into a job

Not all companies close the deal on their 'test drives.'<p>Most summer interns are now about halfway through their stint, and the tension may be building for many who hope their hard work will pay off with a full-time job.<p>More companies are using internships to test drive recent graduates, says Yair …

Hedge Funds: You Name It, They Trade It

The hedge fund manager's answers to my questions revealed what I don't like about that style of investing.<p><i>Note from Knight Kiplinger: Hedge funds are</i> …

Smart Kiddies Duck Tax

Fearful that prosperous families might skirt progressive income taxes, Congress in 1986 imposed a “kiddie tax” throwing the investment income of youngsters into their parents’ higher income tax bracket. The tax used to stop at age 14. Now it dogs the little tykes until they turn 24, if they are in …