Joel Adam

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Can you learn to be creative?

Is creativity magical? Not according to those now teaching it as a skill, discovers Colin Barras. Are there really secrets to unlocking your imagination?<p>Is it possible to be learn what it takes to be creative? If you look at great artists, musicians or entrepreneurs, it can seem that creativity is …

Creativity

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Why a collapse in copper prices is a worrying sign for China’s financial system

Dr. Copper is looking ill.<p>Because copper is so widely used in industry, its price has a long-standing reputation as a gauge of global economic activity. (Its utility as an economic bellwether and predictive power earned it the nickname “Dr. Copper.“)<p>But more recently, copper has become deeply …

Copper

Can You See the Opportunity Right in Front of You?

Do you find your household thermostat to be endlessly fascinating? How about that smoke alarm installed in your basement — spend much time gazing at it with wonder? Tony Fadell did. The founder of Nest has had a lifelong penchant for looking at mundane everyday household devices and wondering <i>Why</i> …

25 Books That Blow Minds

On a recent Reddit thread, readers commented on this very phenomenon.<p>Asked about the most mind-blowing books they'd ever read, users brought up dystopian novels like "1984" and "The Handmaid's Tale." But books that engender hope for the human spirit like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Kite …

Books

China tries a new role in the missing plane saga—Asia’s policeman

In the aftermath of the March 8 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people on board, 153 of them Chinese nationals, Beijing is flexing its muscles. The Chinese government has dispatched two warships, 10 satellites, over 50 marines to the South China Sea, and—although the Malaysian …

China

Experts: Obama Could Use New U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Riches As Tools Against Putin

At a time when President Obama is looking around for tools to use against Vladimir Putin, a report from one of his Administration’s former officials raises this question: Shouldn’t shale energy resources be Washington’s mightiest weapon?<p>“The great questions of the day will not be settled by means …

12 Things Successful People Do Between Jobs

Career and workplace experts suggest taking at least one week off to allow yourself to refresh, recharge, and refocus.<p>Cali Williams Yost, CEO of Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc., blogger, and author of "TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen to You Every Day," says taking time off can …

Employment

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn to Code

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the typical startup environment, small teams with a broad and complementary skill set come together to build a company. There are dozens of skills an entrepreneur must possess -- from accounting and managing a profit and loss statement …

Entrepreneurship

Gibberish is spreading like a virus from academia

Bad writing has spread beyond the ivory tower, into every corner of modern life<p>Exciting news! I’ve just produced my first academic paper. Called “The Impact of Amphibious Models on Interposable Algorithms”, it begins (if I say so myself), with a memorable opening line: “The exploration of lambda …

Warren Buffett's 5 Rules For Investing

He discusses two past property investment he had made. The first was a 400-acre farm in Nebraska, which he paid $280,000 for in 1986. The second was retail property near New York University in 1993.<p>Both investment were made after prices collapsed.<p>"Income from both the farm and the NYU real estate …

Investing

Why young Wall Street bankers are so miserable

Over a few beers after work one spring evening, two junior Goldman Sachs employees started contemplating the best ways to kill themselves.<p>“If the goal is, like, how do I inflict maximum psychological damage, then I think just going up to your desk and blowing your brains out in the middle of the …

Wall Street

Why The Latest Biotech Boom May Not Be Followed By Another Bust

The previous week eight biotech firms had launched initial public offerings in America, together raising more than $500m. In a discussion panel on whether the industry's latest boom will last, a prominent investor, Oleg Nodelman, joked that he still had suitcases of cash for any firm that wanted it.<p>…

Biotechnology

Get ready: a large portion of China’s $1.8 trillion in trust products may be headed for default this year

Last month, China’s banking sector dodged a potential catastrophe when a mystery group stepped in at the 11th hour to pay investors in the now-infamous “Credit Equals Gold #1, a defaulted $495-million trust product. Barely two weeks have passed and now another trust product has failed to pay back …

Home Ownership

Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Income Inequality

Reader Recs: Romantic Destinations

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way.<p><b>Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered:</b><p>Not surprisingly …

US to China: “Happy New Year.” China to US: “Give us our money back.”

When outgoing American ambassador to China Gary Locke wished 700,000 followers on Sina Weibo a happy Chinese New Year (registration required), he received an overwhelming response: Pay back the money you owe us.<p>Internet users are fond of reminding Locke that China is America’s largest foreign …

China

7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual

You've definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to …

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times

Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace. With the change management requirements, increased marketplace demands and intensifying competitive factors that surround us, leaders must have greater poise, agility and patience to minimize the impact of uncertainty. How …

The CEO of Ciena on Surviving an Industry Collapse

<b>The dot-com bust not only hurt Internet start ups—it pummeled telecom companies, many of which went bankrupt or were forced into mergers. Ciena CEO Gary Smith, the company’s CEO since 2001, describes how his company survived, regrouped, and resumed its growth.</b><p><b>How was Ciena doing when you became its</b> …

The NSA May Or May Not Be Building A Quantum Computer That Can Decrypt Basically Anything

The NSA is trying to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer" as part of an $80 million project called "Penetrating Hard Targets," reports the Washington Post.<p>Quantum computers operate in a dramatically different way from regular computers — the latter run on bits, digital representations …

Quantum Computing

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A dollar bill lasts four times longer than it used to

A dollar goes a lot further than it used to.<p>We’re not talking about how much a dollar buys. We’re talking about how long it lasts.<p>According to a fresh report (pdf) from the US Federal Reserve, the average lifespan of a $1 note was just 18 months back in 1990. By 2012, it had grown to 70 months, or …

Central Banks

Federated Farmers: Better food safety needed

Although it cleared Government regulators of blame, the latest report on the Fonterra botulism scare has highlighted the need for a stronger food …

DAVID WOO: The US Is In Its Strongest Economic Position In 20 Years

"The U.S. is in the strongest economic position in 20 years," Woo said at BAML's global research press conference today.<p>"The U.S. will be the biggest drive of global markets in 2014, as it moves further ahead of other economies in the global business cycle," he said.<p>Woo's team created a "new …

Interest Rates

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Elon Musk

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.<p>Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his …