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Why stars twinkle, but planets don’t

Stars and planets both shine steadily, when seen from outer space. But – from Earth – stars twinkle while planets (usually) don’t. Why?<p>Stars twinkle, …

The Science of Smell: How the Most Direct of Our Senses Works

<i>“Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes,”</i> Anna Quindlen advised in her indispensable <i>Short Guide to a Happy Life</i>. Susan Sontag listed “linen” and “the smell of newly mown grass” among her favorite things. <i>“A man may have lived all of his life</i> …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

WSJ Live | Hulu

WSJ Live is currently unavailable to stream on-demand, but may be available on Hulu with Live TV depending on regional availability. Try Live TV for …

NASA spacecraft slams into dark side of the moon as planned

At roughly 12:30AM ET early on Friday morning, a soda machine-sized NASA spacecraft slammed into the far side of the moon at 3,600 miles per hour. The impact was entirely planned by NASA engineers in order to conclude the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) program, which …

Swimwear Roundup

Sand and surf is-finally-upon us; celebrate in a bikini or maillot swimsuit that hits one of the season's top trends.<p>Sand and surf is—finally—upon us, celebrate in a bikini or maillot swimsuit that hits one of the season's top trends.

Five Things to Know About Alibaba, 'The Hottest Thing in Tech'

Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth that's relatively unknown in the U.S., is preparing to file the prospectus for a U.S.-based initial public offering next week, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Recent estimates value Alibaba between $153 billion and $200 billion and indicate that the IPO could …

eCommerce

Switzerland May Soon Have The World's Highest Minimum Wage

On May 18, Swiss voters will decide a referendum that would create a national minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs ($24.99) per hour, or 4,000 francs per month. If approved, the measure would give Switzerland the highest minimum wage in the world. The initiative was proposed by SBG, the country's …

Economics

James Dyson Is Designing A Giant Vacuum-On-A-Boat To Clean Ocean Trash

James Dyson invented the best vacuum cleaners. Now, with the M.V. Recyclone barge, he’s applying the same ideas to sucking up plastic pollution from the world’s rivers. We talked to him about his plans.<p>If you’ve seen pictures of the “great garbage patches” in the world’s oceans, you already know …

Africa’s Illegal Charcoal Trade Engulfs Cheetah Habitat

Changing Planet<p><b>In rural northern Tanzania, an African country famous for charismatic megafauna, including free-roaming cheetah and other big cats, impoverished and under-employed Swahili villagers struggle to survive. One way to earn money and make cooking fuel is to cut forests for wood that can</b> …

China just revealed a major state secret: nearly 20% of its farmland is polluted

Almost one-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted, according to a government report released this week. Officials have acknowledged the country’s problems with water and air pollution, but the extent of soil contamination has been a closely guarded “state secret,” for fear of incriminating certain …

Pollution

How Facebook Could Use Banking to Pull Off a Smart Pivot | Inc.com

Facebook wants to bank its financial future on more than online advertising. In fact, the company wants to become a bank.<p>According to the <i>Financial Times,</i> Facebook is awaiting authorization from Ireland's central bank to become an "e-money" institution, which would allow users in that country to …

Payment Systems

Saudi Arabia Prepares to Build the World's Tallest Building

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Construction on Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower, which will be one whopping, expense kilometer tall, is …

5 Ways to Make Your Brand Thrive in the Sharing Economy | Inc.com

Top-down business is dead. People are now bypassing established brands entirely to get what they need from each other. Welcome to the sharing economy, just one part of an overarching collaborative ethos that is fundamentally revolutionizing not only our global economic system, but also our lives …

Innovation

Entrepreneurs reveal their failures en route to success

<b>Millions of people dream of starting their own company, but only some are brave enough to take the leap.</b><p>Fewer still go on to great success.<p>Talking to BBC Radio 5 live's On the Money, some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs share their tips for business success - as well as revealing some of …

Entrepreneurship

Bye-Bye FuelBand: Nike Won't Be the Last Company to Get Out of Wearable Hardware

Nick Statt of Cnet has a scoop: He’s reporting that Nike is laying off most of the people on its team responsible for the FuelBand fitness tracker. …

Wearable Tech

Marissa Mayer’s genius plot to turn Apple against Google

Is Marissa Mayer about to play two of Silicon Valley’s fiercest rivals off each other?<p>Kara Swisher of Re/Code was out with a fascinating scoop on Yahoo late yesterday. According to her report, which cited sources inside the company, Yahoo is looking to convince Apple to dump Google as the default …

Silicon Valley

Gas Makes Wind Affordable Even Without Tax Credit: Alliant CEO

Cheap natural gas is making wind energy affordable, even without a federal tax credit, the chief executive officer of Alliant Energy said in Chicago Wednesday.<p>Installation of wind farms fell by 93 percent after Congress did not renew wind’s production tax credit last year. The tax credit is back …

GM to battle VW in China with $12 billion investment and new plants | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. car giant General Motors Corp (GM) (GM.N) plans to invest $12 billion in China from 2014 to 2017 and build more plants next year as it competes with aggressive rivals in the world’s largest auto market.<p>The grille of the Cadillac Elmiraj concept car as the vehicle is …