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How To Make A €367 Million Loss Disappear
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Raising the American Weakling: There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength.
When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak. More specifically, their grip strengths, recorded via a hand-held dynamometer, were “not anywhere close to the norm
- Dec 12 20165 minutes
Global Conflicts To Watch In 2017
The greatest unknown for U.S. interests in the world might be the United States itself.
- Jan 1 20175 minutes
Should Your Let Your Clients (Or Your Staff) See Your Financials?
Radical financial transparency can help -- and hurt -- your business
- Apr 24 20147 minutes
Building the Perfect Painkiller: Inside the quest to conquer addictive drugs.
Opioid addiction can be seen as an infinite loop, a bug in the brain’s programming. Take drug. Feel better. Come down. Repeat. Of the people who use opioid drugs recreationally, between 8 and 23 percent become addicted—sometimes fatally. That’s true
- Jul 10 20149 minutes
Can You Die From a Broken Heart?: What happens to our bodies when the bonds of love are breached.
Ruth and Harold “Doc” Knapke met in elementary school. They exchanged letters during the war, when Doc was stationed in Germany. After he returned their romance began in earnest. They married, raised six children and celebrated 65 anniversaries toget
- Jan 1 201713 minutes
Should You Franchise? How To Decide.
A consultant shares what really matters.
- Dec 16 20167 minutes
Why Christopher Hitchens Was a Hero to Scientists
Yesterday marked five years since the passing of Christopher Hitchens, a writer with friends and admirers spanning the political spectrum, every age, gender and sex, and a range of professions and confessions. Those who’ve read and heard him speak kn
- Nov 1 20163 minutes
How to Invest, Whoever Wins
No matter how much you dislike him or her, the next President isn’t likely to hurt the stock market. But 2017 could still be rocky for the economy. Here’s what you’ll need in your postelection portfolio.
- Dec 2 20165 minutes
Gene Editing Must Reckon With the Unforeseen
Almost exactly a year ago, I attended the International Summit of Human Gene Editing at the National Academy of Sciences. It was organized in part by Jennifer Doudna, arguably one of the inventors of Crispr-Cas9. It’s a new biotech tool—cheap, easy t
- Aug 1 201312 minutes
Why We Keep Playing the Lottery: Blind to the mathematical odds, we fall to the marketing gods.
To grasp how unlikely it was for Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, to have won the $590 million Powerball lottery in May, Robert Williams, a professor of health sciences at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, offers this scenari
- Dec 3 201511 minutes
When Destructive Behavior Makes Biological Sense: For people raised in chaos, risk-taking is hardwired.
Robin Marvel was never supposed to succeed. By the time she was a teenager she’d watched her mother be violently beaten by her father and a number of boyfriends, been sexually assaulted herself, moved haphazardly around the country, become an alcohol
- Jun 20 201317 minutes
Know When to Hold ’Em: The world is your casino. But bettors beware—the house always wins.
The last customer from the after-bar rush left, leaving a dozen snow-dusted cars scattered across the half-acre lot. These were the folks who’d gotten lucky enough to go home with someone else, or drunk enough to go home in a cab.Huddled in the tiny
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50 Shades Of Risk Taking
The difference between taking a risk—and putting yourself at risk
- Sep 18 201623 minutes
This Is New York in the Not-so-Distant Future
Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that their city will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition.
- Jan 26 20177 minutes
How to Be Lucky: It pays to imagine your life is on a winning streak.
“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”—Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire In 1995, a wounded 35-year-old woman named Anat Ben-Tov gave an interview from her hospital room in Tel Aviv. She had just survived her second bus bombing in less than a
- Jul 24 201413 minutes
Dude, Where’s My Frontal Cortex?: There’s a method to the madness of the teenage brain.
In the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, a few hours east of San Francisco, are the Moaning Caverns, a cave system that begins, after a narrow, twisting descent of 30-some feet, with an abrupt 180-foot drop. The Park Service has found ancient human
- Jul 1 20152 minutes
Why You Should Keep Your Personal and Professional Finances Separate
It may be tempting to go all-in on your company, but it's better to play it safe.
- Feb 5 201516 minutes
Secrets In The Ice: Love notes and warning messages are buried in Earth’s frozen archive.
A few key data points about Amelia Sloan: She likes to suck her own toes. She wears pink tutus. She doesn’t do interviews with journalists. She was born in Falls Church, Va. on April 25, 2013, at 6:54 p.m., weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Amelia e
- Oct 13 201613 minutes
Why Egg Freezing Is an Impossible Choice: I don’t want to surrender to a lottery. But will I regret not playing?
Last fall, I went to an egg freezing cocktail hour. The downstairs bar of the glossy SoHo hotel was thronged with women in heels and sleek business attire. Club music thumped, cameras flashed, and I narrowly missed being hit by a videographer angling
- Jun 27 20137 minutes
My Family’s Decade in Genetic Limbo: Personal DNA testing may yet deliver on its promise.
In 2008, my 19-year-old daughter, Danielle, took the same type of DNA test for breast and ovarian cancer that actress Angelina Jolie took recently.Jolie, 38, came out positive and opted for a preventive double mastectomy to dramatically reduce her ri
- Dec 15 20168 minutes
Why Colleges Are Getting A C In Investing
After Yale’s endowment fund soared, universities across America eagerly tried to copy its esoteric investment model. Now, as the copycats struggle, it may be time for a change in tactics.
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There Are New Risk Factors to Know About
A DISEASE AS COMPLEX AS BREAST CANCER can result from a combination of factors, both genetic and lifestyle. Everything from the DNA you were born with to the changes in your genes that come from things like smoking, how much you exercise, your radiat
- Jul 18 201311 minutes
Unhappy Truckers and Other Algorithmic Problems: Transportation optimization starts with math, but ends in understanding human behavior.
When Bob Santilli, a senior project manager at UPS, was invited in 2009 to his daughter’s fifth grade class on Career Day, he struggled with how to describe exactly what he did for a living. Eventually, he decided he would show the class a travel opt
- Jun 1 20144 minutes
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We asked some of the leading idea people in business to define how new products, technologies and commodities come into being.
- Dec 14 20166 minutes
Rex Tillerson's Corporate Real Politik
How one deal in Iraq from Tillerson's past could complicate his future
- Feb 1 20165 minutes
Hanson Could Have Disappeared. Here's Why They Didn't.
The blond-haired music makers have some serious business skills in their repertoire.
- Aug 1 20132 minutes
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Many companies are too concerned with costs and operate shortsightedly. But a business who measures growth and progress in years, not months, is a much easier ship to steer.
- Oct 28 201612 minutes
Colorado Springs Teens Keep Killing Themselves
More than two dozen kids in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado, have killed themselves in less than two years. The main reason: Another kid did it first.
- Jan 4 20174 minutes
Hedge-Fund Managers With Flashy Sports Cars Make Worse Investors
Traders who own minivans, a recent study suggests, are more financially prudent.