Alex Matias

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Peek Inside a Star System That May Be About to Blow

No Place Like Home<p>The roiling stars of Eta Carinae could explode any day, so it’s probably worth staring at them while they still exist.<p>No Place Like Home<p>If I could choose one star to go supernova during my lifetime, it would be either Betelgeuse—the red giant marking Orion’s right shoulder—or Eta …

19 beautiful places where you'll find heaven on Earth

Can I Hold or Store Precious Metals owned by a Self Directed IRA in a Safe Deposit Box?

August 14th, 2011<p>Internal Revenue Code Section 408(m) states:<p>Investment in collectibles treated as distributions.<p>(1) In general.<br>The acquisition by an …

20 Best Foreign Retirement Havens For 2015

You don't have to retire in the United States. We've identified 20 appealing foreign countries based on our review of such factors as cost of living, taxes, medical care, climate, security and crime, cultural attractions and hospitality, and ease of return to the U.S. Not all score high on all of …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 9 Things

Or do them all. They work. Science says so.<p>Everyone wants to be happy, but many people aren't (especially people who live in Burundi).<p>So how can you be happier?<p>There's good news and bad. Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your happiness, your "happiness set-point," is determined by …

Overstock: Broker-Dealer Deal Will Open Blockchain Floodgates

It will only take one broker-dealer to usher in the era of distributed securities settlement, according to Overstock's blockchain innovation …

How blockchain is transforming business models

The traditional business model is under attack… as well it should be.<p>In this era of disruption, it’s absolutely necessary to redefine business models and archetypes as a whole. This post dives into the benefits of blockchain, its impact on the financial system, and how some companies are …

Blockchain

How to Live Off the Grid: A Beginner's Guide

Some people embrace modern-day technology. Others dream of a simpler life -- <i>much</i> simpler. If you're in the latter group, you've probably wondered how to live off the grid, so to speak.<p>But just how do you do that? And what exactly is the "grid," anyway?<p>Originally, the grid referred to the United …

Under pressure, Silicon Valley workers turn to LSD microdosing

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Another Billionaire Goes All In On The "Barbarous Relic" Gold While Mainstream Media Remains Silent

Billionaire Crispin Odey recently released a management letter to his hedge fund clients praising gold and explaining gold products constituted the …

What You Need To Know About Palawan, The 'Best Island In The World'

Warning: These pictures will give you serious wanderlust.<p>If you're thinking of where to go on your next tropical beach getaway, you may want to look a little farther than the Caribbean.<p>For the second time, the Palawan archipelago in the Philippines has been named 'Best Island In The World' by the …

The 8 Bad Eating Habits You Need to Break in Your 20s

We all know how it goes. You're away from home for the first time. You're completely in charge of your own meals. Mom and Dad always said you couldn't have cake and Cocoa Puffs for dinner? Well now you can have the whole cake and no one is there to say a word.<p>Eventually, though, your body is not …

Nutrition

The Essence Of Spiritual Practice

The essence of spiritual practice is change - the self-transformation kinda change. If you are on any spiritual path you have to be ready and willing to not fit in where you used to, with the people you used to and or the way you're used to. Why? Spiritual practice changes you. It changes you at …

13 habits science shows will help you fall asleep faster and sleep better

But not sleeping, in addition to making you less efficient and more stressed, is terrible for your health.<p>Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep per night, down an hour from 1942. Four in 10 Americans don't even get the minimum of seven hours of sleep doctors recommend. That's a public …

Here's Why Humans Have an Innate Desire to Get High

An evolutionary life hack.<p>It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward …

Entrepreneurs Who Are In It for the Money Never Get Rich

If you're in it just for the money, find another line of work.<p>Some founders I coach hate hearing that. Real entrepreneurs get it. A founder’s focus on being rich is one criteria I use to filter out seed investment opportunities. I do so because if someone is too concerned with lining their own …

Choose the Mandala that Calls to You & Discover the Meaning.

<b>Mandala is a Sanskrit word</b> meaning “sacred circle,” and they represent the universe, unity, harmony and wholeness.<p>They symbolize infinity and the …

How Blockchain Technology Could Change The World

There’s a lot of hype in the air about blockchain technology at the moment. A recent World Economic Forum report predicts that by 2025 10% of GDP will be stored on blockchains or blockchain related technology. This means it’s probably something which everyone involved in business should take notice …

Blockchain

6 Delicious Dinners You Can Make With Salmon Fillets

Whether grilled, pan-seared, or broiled, salmon fillets make an easy (and healthy) weeknight dinner. From Cedar Planked Salmon with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs to Thai Chili-Glazed Salmon, these recipes are all serious family-pleasers.<p><b>1. Cedar Planked Salmon with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs</b><p>Cedar planked salmon …

Recipes

What’s Your Life Goal? Success or Significance?

<i>Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?</i> <i>—Bob Marley</i><p>In my forties, I was unhappy with my career and where it was …

There’s a mysterious new planet hiding in our solar system. What do we know about it so far?

Scientists have narrowed down the location of the mysterious Planet Nine.<p><b>Wait, isn’t Pluto the ninth planet?</b><p>Not since 2006, when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded it to a dwarf planet. Ever since, astronomers have been lobbying the IAU to change its mind.<p>The latest attempt was …

Entrepreneurs on How They Handle Stress to Stay Focused on Success

Ah, that emotional roller-coaster that is entrepreneurship--when you ask the question on "how do you manage it"- even the busiest entrepreneur has an answer. As I noted in a prior post, I decided to reach out to a variety of entrepreneurs (tech, established, funded, bootstrapped, local and global) …

Startups

Opinion: The death cross is saying to stay away from U.S. stocks

The “death cross” technical indicator is still flashing red on the stock market, and those who respect it should stay on the sidelines or at least …

There was a secret meeting at the G20 to 'take down' the dollar

The term "Shanghaied" refers to the 19th-century practice of sailors forced to serve against their will on vessels bound for Shanghai and other ports in China. Victims were often from West Coast port cities such as San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Tactics used included kidnapping, beatings and …

6 Warm-Up Moves You Can Do Before Any Workout

We've all been there. Rushing to get a workout out of the way, we crank up the speed and incline on the treadmill right off the bat or jump into a …

Workouts

47 Amazingly Talented Artists and Designers to Follow on Instagram

There you are, hunched over your laptop trying with all your might to write a catchy headline or design an engaging graphic…and you’re feeling …

To Win Customers, Stop Selling And Start Seducing

If you want to win over customers, stop selling and start seducing them instead. This was the underlying message of a talk I heard recently by behavioral economics professor and bestselling author Dan Ariely. Ariely has mounds of data to prove that people have irrational tendencies. His studies and …

Customer Experience

What Is the I Ching?

The I Ching has served for thousands of years as a philosophical taxonomy of the universe, a guide to an ethical life, a manual for rulers, and an …