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How to Find Fulfilling Work

<i>“If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment,”</i> wrote Dostoevsky, <i>“all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”</i> Indeed, the quest to avoid work and make a living of doing …

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Obama Says U.S. And South Korea Stand Firm Against Pyongyang

President Obama says the United States and South Korea are determined to stand firm against North Korean threats and that the days of Pyongyang manufacturing a crisis to get international concessions "are over."<p>In a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, Obama …

New Meat-Eating Plant Species Found In Japan

"Meat-eating," not "man-eating." Still cool though.<p>According to Japan Times, a new species of carnivorous plant has been found in Aichi Prefecture, on the central-southern coast of Japan's main island. The Japan Times calls it a "pitcher plant," which it is not; as a species related to (and …

Volts for volks

<b>How electricity prices vary across what is supposed to be a single market</b><p>FOR Germans it is the cost of subsidising renewables. For Italians it is an …

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As iPhone Growth Slows, Apple’s iPad Sales Surge

After weeks of negative speculation on the Street, Apple hit its numbers in its second-quarter earnings released on Tuesday.<p>The stand-out product …

Pique: No excuses for defeat

Gerard Pique said Barcelona's chances of reaching the Champions League final are "almost impossible" following a 4-0 defeat against Bayern Munich.<p>The …

Soccer

You’re not welcome

<b>The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration.</b> By David Goodhart. <i>Atlantic; 381 pages; £20.</i> Buy from Amazon.co.uk<p>DAVID GOODHART …

West Africa

Why are your friends more popular than you?

DO YOU ever feel like your friends are more popular than you are? That may be because it is true—for nearly everyone. This odd result, dubbed the …

Owner of Texas fertiliser plant sued over deadly explosion

The owner of a fertiliser plant that exploded last week killing 14 people and destroying dozens of homes and an apartment complex in a tiny Texas town is being sued by a single mother and by several insurance companies.<p>Two lawsuits, filed in McLennan County district court, have accused Adair Grain, …

Boston Marathon bombing: FBI quizzed over Tamerlan Tsarnaev

<b>US security officials have been questioned by Congress over whether they mishandled information about the Boston bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.</b><p>The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating whether the FBI failed to act on Russian concerns that Tsarnaev was becoming radicalised.<p>Tsarnaev was …

Apple posts $9.5b profit on $43.6b in revenue, but iPhone growth slows at 37.4m units sold

Apple beats the Street, but iPhone sales aren't growing<p>Apple just posted its hotly-anticipated Q2 2013 earnings, and the company posted a profit of $9.5b on revenues of $43.6b, compared to $11.6b in profit on $39.2b in revenue this quarter last year and $13.1b in profit on $54.5b in revenue last …

How About Some 'Happy' With That Happy Meal?

Let’s congratulate McDonald’s. If rehab requires admitting you have a problem, then the company’s first step was a webinar with franchisees, noting that 20 percent of customer complaints are due to “unfriendly service.” Steve Levigne, the fast food behemoth’s vice president of business research, …

Apple pins its China hopes on the iPhone 4. Yes, the iPhone 4

Apple CEO Tim Cook just said something at once unsurprising and totally amazing. Asked on the company’s earnings call how Apple is planning to tackle China, he said, “We’ve seen a significant interest in iPhone 4 there and have recently made it even more affordable, to make it more attractive to …