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Venmo: how the payment app exposes our private lives

Venmo is unusual because it combines social media with financial transaction. It’s hard to gauge expectations of privacy<p>Anyone can track a Venmo user’s purchase history and glean a detailed profile – including their drug deals, eating habits and arguments – because the payment app lacks default …

Peer-to-peer

Would you bid 420,000 miles to see a parked plane? These frequent-fliers did

TUPELO, Miss. – Dan Hopper couldn’t have been happier as he strolled through the first-class cabin of a United Airlines Boeing 747 this month. What a great use of frequent-flier miles, he thought.<p>Hopper bid 420,000 miles for a spot on the plane, but it never left the ground.<p>That was by design. The …

Aviation

10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>Success can become a catalyst for</i> …

personaldevelopment

The Surprising Origin of Chicken as a Dietary Staple

Future of Food<p>Before 1948, chicken wasn’t a mainstay of the dinner table. A contest to breed a bigger, better bird changed that.<p>In this excerpt of <i>Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats</i>, author Maryn McKenna chronicles the …

Agriculture

First monkeys cloned in historic breakthrough - could humans be next?

The first monkeys cloned in the same way as Dolly the Sheep have been born, raising fears that it may soon be possible to clone humans.<p>Chinese scientists today announced the births of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, a pair of healthy macaques who are completely genetically identical.<p>The babies are …

15 books world-famous CEOs think everyone should read in their lifetime

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There's a reason the most successful people in our society are often the most voracious — or dogged — readers.<p>Think about how many new ideas …

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

In rural Mecosta County, Mich., sits a near-windowless facility with a footprint about the size of Buckingham Palace. It’s just one of<p>Nestlé’s …

Equifax's free credit freeze won't fully protect you, so here's what to do

In the days since the credit reporting firm Equifax disclosed the breach of 143 million consumers' private financial data, howls of outrage have only grown louder.<p>Dozens of potential class-action lawsuits have been filed, Congress has revved up hearings on the breach and two legislators have …

Identity Theft

These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky

Villages have spent years replanting mangroves along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Now their work will go much faster, with some help from above.<p>For the past five years, a group of villagers in the delta of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar has painstakingly planted 2.7 million mangrove trees in an …

Ecology

Government rejects ban on employers forcing women to wear high heels

Calls for a ban on “sexist” dress codes which force women to wear high heels to work has been rejected by the Government.<p>It means that employers can continue to insist that female employees wear heels, providing it is considered a job requirement and men are made to dress to an "equivalent level of …

High Heels

Ex-diplomat: ‘I’ve known that there was no future for North Korea for a long time’

SEOUL — The diplomat’s decision to defect from a regime he had spent his whole life defending did not happen overnight.<p>Instead, his misgivings had been simmering for two decades, even as he went around Europe espousing the superiority of the North Korean system. They finally reached a boiling point …

The Simple Logical Puzzle That Shows How Illogical We Are - Facts So Romantic

In the 1960s, the English psychologist Peter Wason devised an experiment that would revolutionize his field. This clever puzzle, known as the “Wason …

HugeDomains.com - Squidot.com is for sale (Squidot)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

Web Traffic

Why Harvard raising a record-breaking $7 billion is bad news for US education

Harvard University has raised $7 billion, since its fundraising campaign began in 2013. In the process, it has set a new record, beating Stanford University, which raised $6.2 billion in its last campaign that ended in 2011.<p>If you are a Harvard graduate, the money is good news. It’s going to mean …

Higher Education

Prison Stocks Tank On Worries Justice Department May End Use

Shares of a two publicly traded prison operators lost nearly half of their value on Thursday after a report said the Justice Department would end use …

How a college dropout went on to invent one of the most groundbreaking machines in the history of science

Decades of work, and the construction of a $300 million dollar observatory, known as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), led up to this defining moment in physics.<p>Fifty years ago, Rainer Weiss thought up a way to detect these ripples, known as gravitational waves, which …

The essential Marc Andreessen summer reading list

It’s a well-known fact that Marc Andreeseen grew up in a small town where access to information was limited. The Netscape founder famously learned to program from a library book, and he’s still quite the prolific reader of books, if his Twitter feed is any indication.<p>Over the last two years, …

Books

Trinity scientists discover new form of light

A new form of light has been discovered by scientists at Trinity College Dublin.<p>The researchers say the finding will impact our understanding of the …

Physics

3 Makeup Tricks You Need To Know

When it comes to looking younger, who doesn't want instant gratification? Makeup artist Napoleon Perdis gives his easy secrets to having sculpted cheekbones, wider eyes, and fuller lips in minutes.<p><b>Sculpt sky-high cheekbones</b><p>First, apply foundation as you normally would to create an even, matte …

How to apply eye cream, sunscreen and moisturizer the right way

You splash some water on your face. You slap on moisturizer any which way. It's all pretty obvious, right? Not so fast. As it turns out, <i>how</i> you apply your skincare products can make a big difference.<p>In this goof-proof guide, New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe, shares the right way to …

Skin Care

Venezuela should be rich. Instead it’s becoming a failed state.

It's come to this: The country with the largest oil reserves in the world can't afford to brew its own beer, stay in its own time zone, or even have its own people show up to work more than two times a week.<p>Venezuela, in other words, is well past the point of worrying that its economy might …

Venezuela

7 Leadership Lessons From the Coach Who Mentored Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos

Bill Campbell dies at 75, leaving Silicon Valley's top leaders without their most trusted adviser.<p>Most Silicon Valley titans are familiar figures. They make commencement speeches that rack up millions of views on YouTube, get profiled by business websites such as this one, and have irreverent …

Silicon Valley

What I've Learned: Mary Barra

The General Motors CEO talks cars, hard work, and the bailout.<p><i>In January 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors (and the first female CEO of a major car company). It was 34 years after she had started working at the company as an 18-year-old.</i><p><b>Some people are natural-born leaders.</b> Some people …

15 books that will change the way you understand human behavior

Even handier is that they share their findings so that we can live more simply, think more clearly, and generally be better people.<p>We asked Lynn Lobash, manager of the New York Public Library's Reader Services department, to recommend the books on human behavior that are required reading.<p>Here are …

Self-improvement

Pioneering Astronomer Vera Rubin on Women in Science, Dark Matter, and Our Never-Ending Quest to Know the Universe

“We’re still groping for the truth… Science consists of continually making better and better what has been usable in the past.”<p>When trailblazing astronomer Maria Mitchell was hired to teach at the newly established Vassar College in 1865, she was the only woman on the faculty and according to the …

Physicists discover new type of material that may speed computing

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a topological metal, PtSn4 (platinum and tin), with a unique electronic …

JAMIE DIMON: The US has 'serious issues that we need to address'

In the company's annual letter, the JPMorgan CEO expressed concern over "long-term issues" facing the country and said that they could cause a crisis in the future.<p>"We have spoken many times about the extraordinarily positive and resilient American economy," wrote Dimon. "Today, it is growing …

7 Things to Know About Hedy Lamarr, Today's Google Doodle

She was a Hollywood actress who basically invented WiFi.<p>You guys. When you open Google today, you will be blessed with its most brilliant doodle yet: a one-minute long video chronicling the life of Hollywood-actress-turned-inventor Hedy Lamarr in honor of her 101st birthday. The 1940s-style …

Breaking Down the Walls: Complex Learning Dismantles Barriers in the Brain

<b>By learning a complex task over a long period, we all have the power to break down barriers in the brain that were thought to be fixed.</b><p>Biology …

Neuroscience

World's Richest Man Picks Energy Miracles

For seven years, the U.S. government has been searching for an energy miracle via the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, or ARPA–E. And …

Energy