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Capitalism’s unlikely heroes

AS INVENTIONS go, the public company is one of capitalism’s greatest. Initial public offerings promote innovation, by providing an exit route for …

Private Equity

Bringing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to the World’s Failing Systems

A white-haired clergyman leans forward in deep, intent conversation with a lady with a shaved head. To the right, three shiny-suited investment bankers cluster around a banking reform activist in his twenties. Over the course of the evening, 60 people drink red wine and laugh together in the heart …

Innovation

Ten Investing Facts of Life

Motley Fool writer Morgan Housel recently came up with an impressive list of 122 investing aphorisms that distill the wisdom he has gleaned from …

How Bill Gates Thinks

Author Steven Johnson talks to the engineer turned philanthropist about the future, technology, ice, capitalism, and optimism.<p>When interesting people hang out, interesting things tend to happen. So when we found out that Steven Johnson, author of <i>Where Good Ideas Come From</i> and <i>The Ghost Map</i> was going …

Conflict Minerals 101: Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum, and Gold

<b>Conflict Mineral</b><p><b>Derivative Metal</b><p><b>Trade</b><p><b>Tin</b><p><b>Cassiterite</b><p>Tin Cassiterite Tetrabutyltin starting material for the di- and tributyl compounds.<p>Tributyltin …

D-Wave CEO: Our Next Quantum Processor Will Make Computer Science History (Video)

In a joint interview, D-Wave's Vern Brownell and DFJ's Steve Jurvetson discuss the weird world of quantum computing.<p>Things get weird at the atomic scale.<p>The rules of classical physics governing the objects we can see and touch break down. Particles can occupy two places at once or connect across …

This interview with Horacio Pagani is a masterpiece

Expert craftsman, engineer, artist, and bread enthusiast.<p>By now, you probably know the XCAR formula: Four-to-eight minute flicks about intriguing cars, hosted by a British lad named Alex Goy. For this one, though, XCAR has thrown out that concept and replaced it with an even better one: Just let …

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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: The Biggest V-12 In The Smallest Aston! - Ignition Ep. 95

This guy owns two Paganis and races them at Goodwood

Zonda-on-Huayra action.<p>I don't know too many people who own a Pagani. I know even fewer who own both a Zonda and a Huayra. Goodwood Road Racing Club member Peter Read counts himself among this elite crowd. Read recently brought both his "toys" to the Goodwood Circuit for a quick video. As you'd …

Goodwood

2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG! Head 2 Head Ep. 46

We must become a multi-planet species

The technology to reach nearby planets is possible, and one astronaut thinks we must colonise other worlds for our long-term survival.<p>One person who would like to see humans living outside the Earth in our lifetime is former astronaut Jeff Hoffman. The technology to reach nearby planets is …

Carbon Dioxide

2014 Mini Cooper and Cooper S: Envelope Pushed, Again

Slightly bigger, but the original premium compact is more "premium" than ever.<p>It was a simpler time in 2002, when Mini first launched in the United States. Gas was still less than two bucks a gallon, and Ontario-based Research In Motion was selling the first mainstream Blackberry smartphone. Ten …

Clarkson drives the McLaren P1

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Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Making 'the best driver's car in the world': A closer look at McLaren's P1 hypercar

McLaren's base of operations for both car development and production lies a few minutes outside of Woking, an unassuming mid-sized town in the middle of the UK. The low-rise, stylish facilities appear from nowhere, and as I sit inside a company car, waiting to get waved through one of many security …

Does Bentley make the best muscle car? Watch XCAR argue the point

Power, noise, and a soft suspension; sounds like classic muscle to me.<p>When you see a Bentley badge, you expect to find it stuck to a massive luxo-barge with an entire ranch worth of cow hides slathered inside. Cars like the Continental GT have ensured the word "fast" gets tacked on to descriptions …

Muscle Cars

Drive goes sideways, shreds tires in a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Ferrari has built a monster with its F12 Berlinetta, a V12-powered grand tourer that has the looks of a supermodel and the firepower of a small country. And while it's been on the scene for a minute, <i>Drive'</i>s Chris Harris wasn't going to turn down the opportunity to hoon a 740-horsepower prancing …

A Robot With Heart

Using cardiac cells as a motor.<p>"Our miniature bio-bot is made of a flexible polymer and living heart cells. The cells beat together, creating a contracting and releasing motion that inches the bot forward. We use a 3-D printer to build the bot's body layer by layer out of a hydrogel—the material …

Saudi Arabia: Can start-ups replace oil riches?

Saudi Arabia is awash with money from its vast oil reserves. But one day the petroleum dollars will stop. Can start-ups help transform and sustain its economy?<p>The insular desert Kingdom of Saudi Arabia lacks many things. An adequate supply of fresh water. Alcohol. Cinemas. Women drivers. Bikinis. …

Are EV Supercars Destined to Surpass Gas-Burners?

Performance EVs such as the Tesla Model S and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive are posting impressive 0 to 60 times. Will electric cars one day reach a level of raw speed that their gas-powered counterparts cannot match?<p><b>Consider this: It could be argued that we</b> have reached the limit on …

Battling Space Junk With a Tractor Beam of Static Electricity

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.21.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>The growing problem of space junk around Earth …

Ceramic converter tackles solar cell problem

Coating a solar cell component in ceramics makes it more heat resistant, which could boost overall efficiency of the cells, say researchers.<p>The …

Clean Energy

Explaining invisibility: Tower Infinity in South Korea, and fish

<b>Plans have been unveiled in South Korea for a 450-metre skyscraper just outside Seoul (see computer image, right). But Tower Infinity is no ordinary building – it is intended to appear invisible. We asked expert Professor Ulf Leonhardt of the Weizmann Institute of Science to explain how objects can</b> …

Land Rover ending Defender production after 67 years

Great Britain's original off-roader will be ending production in 2015, 67 years after it started rolling out of factories. That's right, the Land Rover Defender is slated to end its run in just over two short years. And although that name "Defender" has only been in use since 1990, the vehicle …

Chris Harris drives a 1992 Ferrari 512 TR

No words, just noise<p>Usually, Chris Harris does a lot of talking about cars. Not this time, though, as the V12 in this 1992 Ferrari 512 TR is much more pleasing to the ears. The 512 TR was an update to the Ferrari Testarossa, which ceased production in 1991. The longitudinally mid-mounded V12 …

This Cloud-Like Bridge Was Created With an Algorithm

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 10.04.13.<p>Time of Publication: 11:45 am. 11:45 am<p>The Cloudbridge is a conceptual structure …

The roadmap, part III: Creating an ecosystem for growth

(A series of posts on how Venezuela can begin to grow again. For some background, see here and here)<p>The second regularity the authors find in The …