Sanjiv Swarup

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The cashless society is a con – and big finance is behind it | Brett Scott

Digital systems may be ‘convenient', but they often fail. Cash, on the other hand, does not crash<p>All over the western world banks are shutting down cash machines and branches. They are trying to push you into using their digital payments and digital banking infrastructure. Just like Google wants …

Banking

When the Creator of Sherlock Holmes Exonerated a Convicted Murderer

<b>CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE</b> <b><br>The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer</b><br>By Margalit Fox<br>Illustrated. 319 pp. Random House. $27.<p>In 1890, one of fiction’s first, and certainly greatest, “consulting detectives” proclaimed his place in …

Literature

These 20 pictures will teach you more than reading 100 books

“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, …

Motivation

How Hugo Chávez Blew Up Venezuela’s Oil Patch

In the spring of 1959, at a secretive meeting at a yacht club in Cairo, Venezuela’s then-minister of mines and hydrocarbons, Juan Pablo Pérez …

Venezuela

There is good health and fitness advice on the web—here's how to find it

Don't just assume that sore throat is a sign of cancer.<p>At times, we all rely on the internet to diagnose our symptoms. But finding trustworthy health advice isn't easy. For every website that blames your sore throat on allergies, there's an app that thinks it might be cancer. Among the vast …

Public Health

Why this Bollywood film on middle-age love is unusual

<b>A recent Bollywood film about a middle-aged husband trying to woo his unhappy wife drew attention for its subject. The BBC's Vandana Vijay writes about what makes the plot so unusual.</b><p>The movie, titled Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain (In English, it's I love you) revolves around what many would consider a …

Bollywood

5 Tactics to Win a Negotiation, According to an FBI Agent

It was 1998 and I was standing in a narrow hallway outside an apartment on the 27th floor of a high-rise in Harlem. I was the head of the New York …

Emotional Intelligence

Henry Kissinger's Lessons for Business Negotiators

Henry Kissinger's negotiations with world leaders helped shape the geography, public policy, and laws that mark the 21st century world. A new book,</i> …

Management

I'm a financial planner — here's why I won't buy a home

Some people seem surprised when I tell them I rent by choice.<p>I'm a business owner and financial planner, I'm married, and by all counts I'm well established in my life. I should own a house, right?<p>But that's where a lot of people get into trouble: They feel like they "should" do one thing or …

Personal Finance

The secret to making children laugh

Some of our best memories of family life, whether as parents or remembering being a child, are times of laughter. I was lucky to have been brought up in a family that treasured hilarity. My parents and brother had a knack for turning everyday events, or the things people said, into anecdotes and …

North York

Infographic: 44 words and phrases that are killing your message

For good writing, less is often more.Disposable comments and trivial remarks make reading more difficult for your audience and muddy the meaning of …

Public Relations

New website format is so revolutionary its creator doesn't know its potential

<b>A new web tool has made it possible to format an entire website as a URL string, but it’s such a different way of making websites that even its</b> …

Dropbox

A global guide to queuing philosophies, from Wimbledon to São Paolo

Queuing is global, but the way we stand in line depends on where—and who—we are.<p>The UK, a country that prides itself on its orderly queuing, is home to one of the most famous queues in the the world, The Queue (proper noun, mind you). At Wimbledon’s annual two-week tennis tournament, this iconic …

Candy Crush

How to Choose the Right Haircut for Your Face Shape | Mens Hair

The perennial question answered – What is the Right Haircut for Your Face Shape?<p>When it comes to your clothing, fit is everything. A good tailor …

Hair

The new Gmail vs Inbox — differences explained

Gmail is better than ever thanks to the update it received in April, which brought a more modern design and a ton of new features to the email client. How does it compare to Inbox, Google’s experimental email that made its debut in 2014? Here’s a breakdown of all the major differences when it comes …

Apps

The scientific reason your brain never runs out of problems to find

Why do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever.<p>Think of a “neighborhood watch” made …

Psychology

The reason thousands of Swedish people are inserting microchips into themselves

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards, and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many …

Singularity

How a discarded restaurant napkin led to an arrest in the 32-year-old cold case of a murdered US schoolgirl

For over three decades the disappearance and vicious murder of Michella Welch had left police at a loss. The 12-year-old had disappeared in March 1986 from a park in the city of Tacoma, in Washington State.<p>At the time, she had been babysitting her two younger sisters in Puget Park and had rode off …

Crime

This Is Why You Need to Wear Sunglasses

According to an ophthalmologist.<p>Since I’m a borderline idiot, I went my first 28 years without wearing sunglasses. Sure, I bought fake Oakleys in the eighth grade to look cool, but I never found sunglasses entirely helpful. I could squint my way through any bright days while avoiding the dreaded …

Men's Fashion

Her doctor said she had the flu. It took years to find the real, and strange, illness.

Diane A. Bates lay on the floor of her bathroom in the middle of the afternoon — weak, disoriented and afraid that she might die before someone found her.<p>Bates had been battling what she had been told was a bad case of the flu for weeks. She hoped a bath might make her feel better, but she had felt …

Medicine

Why does India's air look different from space?

<b>There is something very distinct about the air over India and the surrounding countries in South Asia.</b><p>It is the presence of formaldehyde - a colourless gas that is naturally released by vegetation but also from a number of polluting activities.<p>The elevated concentrations have been observed by …

Pollution

'It's Like Frankenstein's Monster': The Founder Of BJP's IT Cell Says PM Modi's Team Started The Rot

Prodyut Bora set up the BJP’s IT Cell in 2007 under Rajnath Singh’s tutelage.<p><i>"What does the BJP need that could put it ahead of other parties?"</i> …

India

These Sex Facts Will Blow Your Mind (& They're Actually Pretty Useful Too)

It's safe to say that by now, most of us know a thing or two about sex — but though we've gained plenty of experience through the years, the primal …

Breast Cancer

The unseen hand of China in Africa’s largest economy

Sometimes a throwaway sentence is more illuminating than it ought to be. A line in an article in Roads & Kingdoms in January about the Chinese in Lagos did just that. Near the end of the piece, the author wrote:<p>On my final night in Lagos, Fang invites me to the Huawei offices for dinner, handing me …

Africa

Basic income could work—if you do it Canada-style - MIT Technology Review

Fresh produce<p>Dana Bowman, 56, expresses gratitude for fresh produce at least 10 times in the hour and a half we’re having coffee on a frigid spring …

Universal Health Care

There Go Those Drug Companies Inventing New Diseases Again

So, if current events weren’t enough to scare you, now you have to be on the lookout for “malady mongers” – drug companies that sell pills by inventing disease. We have Michael Walsh to thank for bringing this to the public’s attention.<p>“There’s a substantial body of medical literature dating back …

Inventions

What Western Companies Need to Know About Partnering with Startups in India and China

There are two contemporary strategic imperatives, among others, that many executives are grappling with: (1) competing in emerging markets and (2) partnering with startups to gain exposure to novel ideas and opportunities. While each on its own is hard enough to accomplish, in concert these …

Innovation

I’ve Gotten Packing Down to a Science Using These 5 Things

The essentials you need for any kind of trip.<p>There is one kind of travel, say, on the <i>Titanic</i>, where packing means steamer trunks, tasteful hatboxes, …

Handbags

DUO Dual Screen Laptop Monitor From $169

If your productivity would be boosted with extra screen space on your laptop, you may be interested in a new dual screen laptop monitor aptly named …

Gear & Gadgets

Using tech and $100M, Dr Consulta transforms healthcare for the poorest

Healthcare delivery is an incredibly complex topic, but one that has a simple truth: health security is key to living a good life, and, ultimately, for developing a strong economy. Unfortunately, billions worldwide suffer from lack of access to even the most basic of medical diagnostics and …

Digital Health