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The difference between duration and maturity

Two terms that often get confused are duration and maturity. Let's take a look at their meanings and try to set the record straight.<p>In plain English, "duration" means "length of time" while "maturity" denotes "the extent to which something is full grown."<p>When bond investors talk about duration it …

Investing

Don't Buy A Fixed Index Annuity Until You Read This

Several years ago while tuning into Dateline on NBC, I watched as they conducted one of their typical undercover operations.<p>This one was a bit different though – and closer to home – as they were running sting operations on financial advisors.<p>To be clear, it was specifically about independent life …

Retirement

How — and why — to hack your Wi-Fi network

FRAMINGHAM, Mass — Attempting to “hack” into your own wireless network can help you spot potential Wi-Fi security vulnerabilities and figure out ways …

Information Security

Finally, a GIF to Teach You How a Gun Silencer Works

The science of noise suppression<p>The repetitive power of the GIF makes it a perfect way to learn how simple machines work. We saw that with these awesome gifs that break down the mechanics of engines and handguns, and we see it again here with the silencer.<p>SilencerCo posted this big infographic on …

Pangolins: 13 facts about the world's most hunted animal

With its armoured shell and peculiar gait, the humble pangolin looks more like an anteater prepped for medieval battle than an animal under threat. Illegal trade in South Asia, however, has now rendered the scaly mammals the most trafficked animal on earth, with some estimates claiming that sales …

Cool animated infographics show how things work

Aside from creating cool illustrations and infographics from his clients, Jacob O'Neal runs Animagraffs, site where he reveals the inner workings of …

Why scientists are (almost) certain that climate change is man-made

ON NOVEMBER 2ND the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which represents mainstream scientific opinion, said that it was extremely …

Does the next Call of Duty story have the juice to produce $1B in sales?

Call of Duty games always have the pyrotechnics and weaponry to satisfy gamers. But to generate more than a billion dollars in sales in less than a month after launch, the main story has to be good. Forced by leaks to reveal its Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game early, Activision has clearly …

For 20 Years the Nuclear Launch Code at US Minuteman Silos Was 00000000

Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, …

Man Builds Giant .44 Magnum Mailbox

Amurica! Land of the free, where you are free to build any type of mailbox you want (as long as it conforms with certain USPS regulations). Well one …