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Goldman's Blankfein: The Worst Case Scenario 'Absolutely Will Happen'

Blankfein, who's been Goldman CEO since 2006, steered it through the fallout of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. He said the experience had taught him to accept that the worst thing you can imagine will inevitably happen.<p>"Most risk management is really just advanced contingency planning …

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Saline Lamp

The Clear Light uses saline water to conduct electricity and light up this lamp. Essentially it replaces wires with saline water to reduce metal …

What the Media Hype is Not Reporting: 3D Printers are Bad for Human Health--But So is Cooking With an Electric Frying Pan

A research paper from the Illinois Institute of Technology looks at a little-examined side of 3D printing: Whether or not it's dangerous to human …

Nap on the Go: Folding Head Support Prevents Neck Pain

On long car trips or airplane journeys, it’s so hard to stay awake that we often find ourselves waking up from an unintended nap with a terribly sore …

This Iron Fish Offers Relief From Anemia

How turning a chunk of unappetizing metal into the Lucky Iron Fish addressed an anemia epidemic in Cambodia.<p><i>[This project is an entrant in our Innovation By Design Awards. Stay tuned for the announcement of winners on October 10.]</i><p>Anemia, a condition of low red blood cells, is primarily caused by …

45 Small Bedroom Design Ideas and Inspiration

Designing a small bedroom is not just about creating interiors that save up on space. It needs to be a combination of style and space consciousness …

What Are Some Good Tactics To Use To Lower The Price Of A Car While Negotiating With A Car Sales Person?

<i>Answer by Jason Lancaster, President of Spork Marketing,</i><p>My short list of negotiating tactics:<p><b>1. Don’t negotiate.</b> Tell the salesperson and sales manager that you’ll sign the paperwork the minute they hit your target figure. Politely decline any counter-offers, give them your phone number, and leave. …

The First Affordable Home Security System That Can Think For Itself

"Your cat is just chasing a reflection. Maybe I shouldn't alert the homeowner about this. Or, wait...maybe I should."<p>Canary, a new networked home security system, was posted on Indiegogo this morning. There are lots of similar inexpensive systems out there--most notably the Dropcam--but we're …

Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

Food banks around the country face growing demand, despite improvements in the economy. Many families are still underemployed and struggling. So some food banks are looking for more permanent ways to address hunger, beyond handing out food.<p>One of them is the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, …

Ideas for Using Pesto

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p>This time of year, the herbs in your garden or window box are probably going crazy -- …

North Carolina Republicans slammed over 'suppressive' voting bill

North Carolina is set to introduce what experts say is the most "repressive" attack on the rights of African American voters in decades, barely a …

Ten percent of Starbucks transactions in US come via mobile payments

Mobile payments has proven to be a very difficult nut to crack. Google, Isis, and others have failed to bring wallet-free payments to primetime, but one company has seen some success: Starbucks. The coffee chain says that wholly ten percent of its payments in the US are made using smartphones, …

Samsung dominates, Apple stalls in Q2 global smartphone shipments

A Samsung Galaxy S4, right, with the older Galaxy S3 behind it.<p>The second quarter of 2013 brought more good news for Samsung but less so for Apple, at least as far as smartphone sales go. But the year isn't over yet — in fact, the toughest fight is yet to come.<p>Tracking firm IDC's numbers on global …

The Physics Of Usain Bolt's Record-Breaking Sprint

Usain Bolt's historic 100m dash at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.<p>In 2009, at the World Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt beat his own previous world record by 0.11 seconds, running a 9.58-second 100-meter dash. The record is getting more and more difficult to break, as it's history shows …