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Amazon Changes Tax Practices in Europe

Amazon.com Inc. has started booking revenue from retail sales in individual European countries, instead of funneling all sales through low-tax Luxembourg, amid intense scrutiny of corporate tax practices in Europe.

The change was made effective May 1, a company spokesman said. Amazon has so far …

Amazon

African Economies to Gather Pace

NAIROBI—Africa’s fitful and uneven economic growth will gain momentum this year and next, three prominent organizations said in a joint report released on Monday.

On average, the continent’s economies will grow 4.5% in 2015 and 5% in 2016, according to the annual African Economic Outlook report by …

Africa

Surprising Dangers of CT Scans and X-rays

Radiation risk 101

CT emits a powerful dose of radiation, in some cases equivalent to about 200 chest X-rays, or the amount most people would be …

CT Scan

How good is your 401(k) plan?

The difference between a good 401(k) plan and a bad one could spell retirement disaster. Here’s how to tell if your plan is best-in-class.

Now’s a good time to figure out whether you have an excellent 401(k) plan or if it’s lacking.

That’s because the Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of workers …

Retirement

Balloon space launch system could open space to all

A Spanish company is working on a balloon launch system that could slash the cost of putting small satellites into space

A large part of the energy it takes to put an object into space is needed to lift it through the thick lower atmosphere.

That is why an innovative Spanish company is developing a …

Balloons

'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash dies in crash

Nobel Prize winner, who inspired Oscar winning movie, dies with his wife in a car accident in US state of New Jersey.

Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash has been killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, US police officials said.

The couple were in a taxi whose driver lost …

John Nash

Greece 'can not afford' to repay IMF on schedule

Interior minister says Athens will not be able to pay $1.8bn installment to IMF on schedule next month.

A Greek government minister has said that Athens will not be able to repay the IMF on schedule next month, reiterating previous warnings by officials during tense talks on reaching a bailout deal …

Greece

Still Secret and Secure, Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight

While serving as president of the New School, Bob Kerrey, the former United States senator, needed a residence befitting his station. The university moved him into a red brick Neo-Grec townhouse on West Fourth Street in Manhattan, which was previously owned by the actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

The …

Security

5 Secrets to Improve Learning and Memory

I’ve already posted a research round-up on becoming an expert at anything. That was focused on the big picture of how to master something over a period of years.

This time let’s get less macro and focus more on the nitty-gritty of what you need to do when you sit down, roll up your sleeves and try …

Learning

Vincent van Gogh on How To Live

"A victory achieved after lifelong work and effort is better than one achieved more quickly"

Van Gogh didn’t become popular until shortly after his death. To this day it’s unclear whether his letters drove the initial interest in his art.

The anthology Ever Yours: The Essential Letters, contains 265 …

Art

The 9 Primary Tactics Used to Influence Others

People make decisions for their reasons, not yours

The number one thing to understand about influence is that people make decisions for their reasons, not yours.

“When you try to influence others,” Sebastian Bailey and Octavius Black write in their book Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently, …

Psychology

The Art of Stillness

Part of making better decisions is making time to think

“Sitting still,” writes Pico Iyer in The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, is “a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it.”

The Art of Stillness is a persuasively argued case for the pleasures of slowing down and …

Art

Here’s What’s on Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List

The world's richest man just assigned the world some summer homework

The richest man in the world still makes time to squeeze in a good book now and then.

Bill Gates—he of the $79 billion net worth, per Forbes—released his annual summer reading list on Tuesday. In between running one of the world’s …

Bill Gates

Bruce Lee: The Four Basic Philosophical Approaches

"Shouldism is based on the phenomenon of dissatisfaction"

As found in Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, which provides unique insight into the mind of Bruce Lee through his private letters and writing.

1. Aboutism keeps out any emotional responses or other genuine involvement — as though we were things. In …

Bruce Lee

10 Rules to Follow Before Giving a Speech

Never speak before the main course in a dinner speech

From 5 tips to present like Steve Jobs and what you can do in the first 60 seconds of a presentation to aid your ability to persuade to the art of telling stories through presentations, we’ve talked a lot about presentations.

To this growing pool …

Steve Jobs

See How This Man Surprised His Wife in the Hospital for Their 57th Anniversary

"I've known her since she was in pigtails"

A Georgia couple that typically enjoys a “low key” anniversary had a high-profile celebration last week.

Jim Russell surprised his wife, Elinor, on their 57th anniversary on May 20 by showing up to her hospital room wearing a tuxedo and carrying flowers and …

Hospitals

15 Eating Habits That Make You Live Longer

The secrets to living long (and well) from the world's healthiest people

For more than a decade, I’ve been working with a team of experts to study hot spots of longevity—regions we call Blue Zones, where many people live to 100 and beyond. They are the Greek island of Ikaria; the highlands of …

Food

World’s Biggest Hotel to Open in Mecca in 2017

It'll have 10,000 bedrooms and 70 restaurants

The world’s biggest hotel is set to open in Mecca in 2017, offering an unprecedented level of luxury to travelers and royalty alike in Saudi Arabia.

The Abraj Kudai will cost about $3.6 billion, featuring 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants and four helipads, …

Hotels

26 Books To Inspire Your Next Epic Summer Road Trip

Let’s book it!

1. On The Road by Jack Kerouac

The quintessential slice of countercultural Americana.

What to pack: Drugs, some good jazz, and a heaping scoop of generational disillusionment.

2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Or “How To Get Your Shit Together And Not Die Doing It In 100 Days Or Less — A Last-Ditch …

Road Trips

Inside Don Draper’s Big Sur Nirvana: The Esalen Institute

How fitting that questing Don wound up at Esalen, still a mecca for the human-potential movement, the counterculture, and the intersection of Emersonianism and Eastern thought.

I once had the pleasure of teaching for a year at Harvard Divinity School. My office was on the same floor and just three …

Religion

70 years later, love letters tell of WWII couple’s romance and tragedy

It was not until three years after her mother died in 1990 that DeRonda Elliott opened the suitcase containing the letters her parents exchanged during World War II.

Despite her mother’s urging, she had never been able to bring herself to read them. It was her parents’ private story. Her father, …

Remembrance Day

Memorial Day BBQ: Seven things you can grill that aren't meat

I was going to start this article by consoling all vegetarians and vegans, reminding them they don’t need to feel sorry if attending a BBQ on Memorial Day. This is my first mistake: they don’t need consoling. My second mistake: not addressing meat eaters here.

Yes, of course carnivores like you …

Food (UK)

Yosemite BASE jumper was attuned to the flutter of a butterfly

Stepping off Taft Point on the evening of his death, Dean Potter tensed his body and set a trajectory through the sky above Yosemite Valley.

He measured time — three seconds of free fall — before the baffles of his wingsuit inflated, and the resistance of his body against the air pushed back against …

Yosemite National Park

John Nash Dead: 'A Beautiful Mind' Mathematician Killed In Car Accident

Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash was killed in a car accident on Saturday, New Jersey State Police told The Huffington Post.

The Princeton University scholar was 86 years old. His wife Alicia was also killed in the crash.

According to police, they were riding in a taxi on the New Jersey …

John F. Nash

Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has begun a hunger strike and is calling for a mass anti-government protest next weekend.

The former Caracas area mayor accused authorities in a video leaked to news media on Saturday of killing dozens of people during 2014 protests. …

Hunger Strike

John Nash, Nobel Prize Winner and Subject of 'A Beautiful Mind,' Killed in Car Crash

John Nash, winner of the Nobel prize in economics and the subject of the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife Saturday in a car crash in New Jersey, according to state police.

Nash and his wife, Alicia, were traveling in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County when it hit …

John F. Nash

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez begins hunger strike, calls for anti-Maduro protests

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has begun a hunger strike and is calling for a mass anti-government protest next weekend.

The former Caracas area mayor accused authorities in a video leaked to news media on Saturday of killing dozens of people during 2014 protests. …

Hunger Strike

Bird Flu Spreading as Scientists Look Everywhere for Clues

Could it be blowing from farm to farm in the dirt? Could determined starlings and pigeons be carrying it into poultry houses on their feet? Is it spreading in feed, or being carried on truck tires?

Federal agriculture officials are looking everywhere they can think of for H5N2 bird flu, which has …

Viruses

A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

Air pollution comes from many sources — power plants, industrial production and fires, to name a few. In Pittsburgh, the most polluted city east of California, according the American Lung Association, avoiding dirty air while outdoors can be difficult, if not impossible. But a new device, available …

Air Quality

Oil prices edge up on firm Asian, U.S. demand

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Crude oil futures rose on Monday as firm global demand offset a strong dollar, although a holiday in the United States and much of Europe kept trading muted.

Front-month Brent crude <LCOc1> gained 53 cents to $65.90 a barrel by 1750 GMT (01:50 p.m. EDT), after touching …

Oil