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How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

Robocop nation: 4 disturbing facts about American police militarization

SWAT teams are increasingly being deployed across the country — and it’s happening with almost no supervision<p>For nearly half a century, America’s police forces have undergone a process of “militarization.” They've upped their cache of assault weapons and military defense gear, increasingly deployed …

Argentina president defies US court order on repayment of debts

Argentina's president has said that she would refuse to comply with a U.S. judge's order to pay $1.5 billion to winners of a decade-long legal battle over defaulted debt after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government's final appeal.<p>Delivering a nationally broadcast address Monday …

Administration fears part of health care system so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies

While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself.<p>"Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy …

Obama's New IT Project Initiative - A Step In The Right Direction

The Wall Street Journal on Saturday had a front page article on the White House initiative to create a new agency to manage large IT projects and increase federal hiring of key IT specialists from industry. The White House has stated this is in response to the failure of the Healthcare.gov …

Please enjoy this video of dancing drones

Listen, it's CES. We're tired, you're tired and yet there's no end to the madness in sight. So, please, take a minute and enjoy this video from the gentleman who brought you that really amazing video of drones playing the James Bond theme. And don't forget to breathe.

Latest NSA Leak Nears Science Fiction Levels

The latest in­tel­li­gence leak from Ed­ward Snowden may be the most sci­ence-fic­tion-like rev­el­a­tion yet: The Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency is …

Quantum Computing

Netflix is testing multiple new subscription plans, like 3 streams for $9.99

Netflix likes to run small tests of features and packages before it offers them widely (like its new unified UI), and that includes the "1 SD stream for $6.99" some have started seeing recently. Another offer currently in testing covers the hole between the standard $7.99/month offer that provides …

Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese

Earlier in December, the normally sedate Japanese Parliament disintegrated into chaos. Opposition party members screamed, pounded the speaker's desk and flapped papers in his face — but all in vain.<p>In a shocking display of brute force, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party, the Liberal …

Federal judge wonders who stole people’s money

You will never hear a federal judge complain that federal prosecutors do not put drug lords behind bars.<p>You will never see a federal judge lament …

Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data?

As biotech giant pays huge sums for data analysis about farms, many are terrified about how it might be harnessed<p>Imagine cows fed and milked entirely by robots. Or tomatoes that send an e-mail when they need more water. Or a farm where all the decisions about where to plant seeds, spray fertilizer …

The 22 Most Important Finance Books Ever Written

In case you missed them, we've compiled a list of 22 classic works that every Wall Streeter should read.<p>These are the books that show up time and again in lists of books recommended by the pros themselves.<p>Topics covered include everything from the fundamentals of investing to the stories behind …

Risk And Reality In The US Economy

<b>The US economy is stabilizing, but it's not truly recovering.</b> That's the view of Saxo Bank's Chief Investment Officer, Steen Jakobsen. Following the …

If a Drone Strike Hit an American Wedding, We'd Ground Our Fleet

But after a dozen or more deaths at a Yemeni wedding, don't expect anything to change.<p>On my wedding day, my wife and I hired a couple of shuttle vans to ferry guests between a San Clemente hotel and the nearby site where we held our ceremony and reception. I thought of our friends and family …

Bread, Beef and Other Foods That Will Cost Way More Next Year

Got milk? You probably will next year — reports of $8-a-gallon milk are overblown, but there are some food items that will have you digging deeper in …

Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care …

Health Care

Average rate on 30-year loan rises to 4.47%

WASHINGTON — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels.<p>Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.47% from 4.42% last week. The average on the 15-year fixed loan rose to 3.51% from …

Scientists draw up definitive list of genes that make us human

Genetic changes that distinguish us from Neanderthals could throw light on how humans came to dominate planet<p>Researchers have drawn up the first definitive list of genetic changes that make modern humans different from our nearest ancient ancestors, who died out tens of thousands of years ago.<p>The …

Half of the UK 'suitable for fracking', report says

<b>More than half of the UK could be suitable for shale gas fracking, according to a government-commissioned report.</b><p>Under the maximum scenario, up to 2,880 wells could be drilled for oil or gas in a new licensing round, the report says, generating 16,000 to 32,000 jobs.<p>This would markedly increase …

Fracking

Giant leap for China as moon probe lands safely in Bay of Rainbows

The unmanned Chang'e lander, with its six-wheeled rover Jade Rabbit, is the first to make a soft landing on the moon since 1976<p>China successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the country's state media announced on Saturday. The …

Spa treatments that go beyond pampering

Lush smells, comfy semi-dark rooms and a sense of self-indulgence make a spa treatment appealing. But here are three treatments that aim to do more than merely pamper.<p><b>Hot oil and needles</b><p>If<p>acupunctureseems more doctor's office than salon, perhaps it might sound more appealing if combined with a hot …

Skin Care

The shadow genome: why DNA isn't destiny

Epigenetics is changing the way scientists look at genetic inheritance<p>How does a mother’s weight-loss surgery affect her child’s risk of obesity? It’s a question scientists have been struggling with since a Laval University study published in April, which looked at children born to mothers who’d …

The Rich Owes Government And ‘We The People’ For Their Success

Many in the rich or wealthy class continue to complain about being overtaxed. They do so even as they receive preferential tax treatment. They do not …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

Blackstone Group Buys Houses in Bulk to Profit from Mortgage Crisis

Jesse Jackson at foreclosure protest at San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. Photo: Steve Rhodes. Used under Creative Commons license<p>You can hardly …

Obama Becomes First President to Acknowledge ‘Area 51’

President Barack Obama on Sunday likely became the first <i>actual</i> President to publicly acknowledge Area 51, the top-secret government testing ground …