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DNA smeared on a rocket survives re-entry and tells of life's origins

Well, would you look at that: scientists have discovered that DNA can make it through the hellish ordeal of atmospheric re-entry after all. German and Swiss researchers dotted a rocket's grooves and screw heads with fragments of genetic blueprints to see how they'd fare in situations that could've …

In Washington, It's Sean Parker versus Sean Parker

Sean Parker’s money is picking a fight with itself in Washington.<p>Two of the tech entrepreneur’s pet political causes are working at cross-purposes, …

7 Daily Tasks You Can Put on Autopilot

Putting your daily tasks on autopilot isn't just an efficient way to conduct your life: It’s the smart way.<p>We're all triple-taskers nowadays, and …

Here's Why Mark Zuckerberg Studies Chinese Every Day

To the delight and amazement of the crowd, he spoke in Mandarin Chinese.<p>"I'm very glad to be in Beijing," he said to the group. "I love this city. My Chinese is really a mess, but I study using Chinese every day."<p>Students and faculty cheered, the New York Times reports.<p>The Facebook CEO was holding …

Google’s New Inbox App Is Going To Really Annoy Advertisers

Google's Inbox app could make some advertisers really ticked off.Flickr/Gerry ThomasenGoogle just announced a new app called "Inbox" that has the potential to transform the way we email. But it also looks like it's going to seriously annoy advertisers as a result.<p>One of the key features of the …

Original 'Shark Tank' Investor Kevin Harrington On The Worst Marketing Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

He's also one of the cofounders of the Entrepreneurs' Organization and has worked with founders to launch over 500 products that have brought in more than $4 billion worldwide.<p>When we recently asked him about the biggest marketing mistakes that small-business owners make, he told us it comes down …

Jay Leno

This Map Identifies The Skill Set That Defines Each Big City

LinkedIn's Sohan Murthy posted a fascinating interactive map showing the most disproportionately common skills listed by LinkedIn users in cities across the US and Europe.<p>Here's a screengrab of the basic map for the US:<p>Cities are color-coded based on what skill group most outperformed the nation as …

10 Real Wall Street Stories That Should Be Movies

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, promises to be a classic.<p>It wouldn't be the first great Wall Street movie. From "Trading Places" to "American Psycho," we can't get enough of Wall Street culture on the silver screen.<p>But there are some "based-on-a-true-story" tales that have yet to become …

7 Risks Every Entrepreneur Must Take

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Risk-taking is almost synonymous with entrepreneurship. To start and support your own business, you’ll have to put your career, personal finances and even your mental health at stake.<p>For most, the prospect of making your own decisions and …

Entrepreneurship

Investing Is About Time In The Market, Not Market Timing

We've illustrated this rule with one of the longest-running index data sets available: the daily returns of the S&P 500 from January 2, 1928, through 2014.<p>You can explore the difference that a few years makes by changing the slider or pressing the play button.<p>The interactive presents the …

Investing

The Single Most Important Risk To Stock Market Investors

That really is the single most important risk to investors.<p>Even when you think you're well-diversified, you could see the value of your investments quickly plunge or perhaps slowly bleed 90% of its value over years as the Greek stock market did during the eurozone crisis.<p>Citi's Jonathan Stubbs …

The $5 Billion Startup Club: The 9 Highest Valued Startups That You Should Definitely Keep An Eye On

But in recent years, there's been so many of them that billion-dollar valuations are almost starting to feel routine in tech.<p>So we've raised the bar and narrowed down WSJ's "The Billion-Dollar Startup Club" list to companies that are valued at more than $5 billion.<p>These startups are transforming …

What Some Of Google's Most Elite, Entrepreneurial Employees Are Doing Now

Mayer started the two-year rotational training program to home-grow managers who would be "Googley." The program has since become rather legendary, and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Steven Levy that he expects an APM alumni to run the company someday.<p>When you pick people who are leaders and …

Updated: “Alex from Target” was a stunt, one that shows the sophistication of the teen social media machine

It happened again. The internet, including mainstream sites from CNN to ABC, fell for viral meme #AlexFromTarget, which appears to be a marketing …

Sunset Overdrive Review: A Genuinely Fun Game, Once You Get Past First Impressions

Microsoft’s console exclusives are arguably what it needs to make up ground on PlayStation, despite its continued hold on the beloved Halo series. Its brand new Xbox One game, Sunset Overdrive, looks in part to be an answer to Sony’s fan favorite Infamous series, since both offer a lot of grinding, …

5 Bootstrapped Startup Tips to Survive the First Year

<i>Brian Casel is a designer and founder of a few bootstrapped startups. Connect with Brian on Twitter @CasJam.</i><p>Bootstrapping a startup is no easy task. …

3 Reasons Why Snapchat Is On A Rocket Ship To A Mega-IPO

I am now more bullish on Snapchat than ever. There are three factors that will drive additional growth and an ultimate IPO:<p>1) Snapchat's daily usage among the under-25 crowd is insane. This demographic continues to send multiple Snaps a day, similar to their text messaging rates. It has become …

‘Shark Tank’ Investor Says This Is The One Thing You Need To Master Before Going On The Show

The contestants need to show the "sharks," or the panel of investors, that they have a great product and strategy that can sell to the market. And then they need to prove their team knows how to execute. On top of that, they need to have a great leader with the desire and passion to succeed.<p>But …

Famous Words of Fashion's Greatest: Part Two

A second set of style musings and sage advice from the most quotable names in fashion. Plus, see the first installment for 50 more.<p>"The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be." —<b>Bill Cunningham</b><p>"Women who wear black lead colorful lives." —<b>Neiman Marcus</b><p>"All …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

<i>This story has been corrected.</i><p>The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned out 747 fuselages for …

Space Travel

Homer's Last Theorem

David S. Cohen pictured in the Dwight Morrow High School yearbook of 1984. The running joke was that everyone on the Math Team was co-captain, so …

The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy

When the editor’s gorgeous sister-in-law was killed, Bradlee rushed to find her diary. But why was James Jesus Angleton looking for it too?<p>On October …

Galvanize Announces GalvanizeU, A Year-Long Bootcamp That Gives You A Master’s Degree

Tech education startup Galvanize has announced a program that offers practical skills needed to land a job as a data scientist and awards participants an accredited Master of Engineering degree in one year.<p>The year-long program, which will begin in January 2015, will cost you a whopping $48,000, …

The big business version of 'Just Google it'

In the rush to simplify business intelligence, some software companies sidestep IT compliance and access control considerations. ThoughtSpot, an …

This Chrome extension will brighten your day every time you open a new tab

If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, do yourself a favor and install this extension right now. Just do it:<p>The extension, released earlier this month by Google, displays a beautiful satellite photograph from somewhere in the world every time you open a new tab. And if you are anything like …

Google Chrome

Video of Apple’s Next Huge Project Emerges

Eight and a half minutes. Remarkably crisp. Shot in Cupertino, Calif., last week with a $1,000 DJI Phantom 2 drone and a $400 GoPro Hero 3+ Wi-Fi …

Selfies from outer space: Self-portraits by astronauts and robots far from Earth

Inside Seattle's invitation-only VR summit

Tech aficionados have been flocking to Seattle's Living Computer Museum for the past few years to get up close and personal with relics from computer technology's past. For one night earlier this month, though, I got a chance to peek at its possible future. Nearly two dozen exhibitors filled the …