What Does Cancer Smell Like? Why scientists are putting stock in an electronic nose

November 19, 2013

What Does Cancer Smell Like?

By VERONIQUE GREENWOOD

On a lab bench in Philadelphia sits a tiny box lined with nearly invisible nanotubes and gold. A clear plastic pipe runs through it, and a thicket of pins, each sprouting a red or blue wire, protrudes from its end. As air from the pipe wafts over the nanotubes, electrical signals surge out of the box along the wire threads. The whole apparatus is situated near a vial of blood, “sniffing” the air above it through the pipe. Read more of this post

The shared genius of Elon Musk and Steve Jobs; what Musk and Jobs really have in common is a rare form of design thinking powered by unfettered conviction

The shared genius of Elon Musk and Steve Jobs

By Chris Anderson  @FortuneMagazine November 21, 2013: 1:36 PM ET

Yes, these two iconoclasts have disrupted multiple industries, but TED curator Chris Anderson goes much deeper and argues that what Musk and Jobs really have in common is a rare form of design thinking powered by unfettered conviction.

When future historians report human progress during the 21st century, they may conclude that one of the key moments took place a year ago in Elon Musk’s bedroom. His eureka!moments happen every few months. Sometimes during his morning shower, sometimes late at night before sleep, sometimes, as on this occasion, waking at 2 a.m. This is how he described that moment to me: “I realized that a methane-oxygen rocket engine could achieve a specific impulse greater than 380.” Read more of this post

The Secret Science of Stock Symbols

November 14, 2013

The Secret Science of Stock Symbols

Posted by Adam Alter

Between the beginning of October and early November, the following eight companies were among more than twenty that began trading on the New York Stock Exchange: OCI Partners, Springleaf Holdings, Brixmor Property Group, Essent Group, 58.com, Mavenir Systems, Midcoast Energy Partners, and Twitter. They’re a diverse group of tech, energy, property, and finance companies, valued at their respective I.P.O.s between three hundred and sixty million dollars (Mavenir Systems) and $24.5 billion dollars (Twitter). Read more of this post

Bill Gates-backed history course now free online

Bill Gates-backed history course now free online

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The Big History Project, the story of the past on the largest possible canvas, is now available as a free online courseBig History was originally a university course taught at Macquarie University by its inventor, historian David Christian. It spans the history of the universe from the big bang until now, explaining how galaxies, stars and planets came to be, and then how life evolved and eventually led to humanity. It also glimpses into where our future history may be heading. Five years ago, when Bill Gates heard about it, he paid for the development of a big history high- school course, which is now being piloted in schools in Australia and the US. His support has led to this MOOC, which is pitched at a level suitable for junior high school and older. It takes six to eight hours to complete. Read more of this post

Tony Hsieh’s Brilliant Strategy For Hiring Kind People

Tony Hsieh’s Brilliant Strategy For Hiring Kind People

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With all of the focus on finding technology talent and bridging the skills gap, it’s easy for small business owners to forget the most important thing is hiring good, kind people you enjoy spending time with. A great lesson on how to do that comes from Zappos, which is already well known for the lengths it goes to maintain its focus on customer service and a positive company culture. It even designed its new headquarters in Las Vegas with its culture firmly in mind. Read more of this post

Japan Looks for Ways to Say It’s Cool

Japan Looks for Ways to Say It’s Cool

ATSUKO FUKASE 

Nov. 22, 2013 7:14 p.m. ET

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Figures of manga character Doraemon, Japan’s first ‘anime ambassador,’ displayed in Tokyo in September. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

TOKYO—During Japan’s rapid-growth heyday, the country’s powerful trade ministry famously pushed exports of cars and semiconductors. As the country seeks a 21st-century-style postindustrial comeback, bureaucrats Monday are launching a new project aiding global promotion of Japanese culture, from animation to fashion, to the broader notion of “Japanese hospitality.” Read more of this post

Want to get rich? Read fiction; 5 financial lessons from Dickens, Tolstoy, Eliot, and other novelists

Nov. 23, 2013, 7:55 a.m. EST

Want to get rich? Read fiction

5 financial lessons from Dickens, Tolstoy, Eliot, and other novelists

By Jeremy Olshan

In times of money trouble, smart people turn to a financial adviser — or, if the creditors, repo men and SEC are already pounding at the door, a spiritual one, perhaps. I read books.

By this I don’t mean anything like “The Science of Getting Rich,” “The Automatic Millionaire,” or the countless similar titles adorning many an Ikea bookshelf. No, I’m talking about fiction. Novels. Nineteenth century novels, mainly. Dickens is my financial adviser. I’d rather spend an hour with Edith Wharton than with any graduate of Wharton. Read more of this post

The Brain’s Ways of Dealing With Friends and Strangers; In a new book, Harvard psychologist Joshua Greene shows how different parts of the brain are active in different social situations.

The Brain’s Way Of Dealing With ‘Us’ and ‘Them’

Nov. 22, 2013 7:20 p.m. ET

A tribe of shepherds brings its sheep to graze at a common field. Every shepherd limits the size of his herd to avoid overgrazing the commons—except for one selfish guy who doesn’t care. What should be done to solve this problem? Now consider two rival tribes of shepherds being forced to share the same field. In one tribe, the herd is communally owned, while the second tribe would divide the field into fenced plots belonging to each individual. What should be done to reconcile these two different views? Read more of this post

Yuri Milner: billionaire investor on leaving Russia, investing in Twitter and Facebook, and turning scientists into celebrities.

Weekend Confidential: Yuri Milner

The billionaire investor on leaving Russia, investing in Twitter and Facebook, and turning scientists into celebrities

ALEXANDRA WOLFE

Nov. 22, 2013 7:33 p.m. ET

As a young dropout from a Ph.D. program in physics, Yuri Milner had no special ambitions to start a technology company in his native Russia. He worked in finance for a few years before coming across a 1999 report by Morgan Stanley MS +1.46% analyst Mary Meeker, describing the tech boom in the U.S. and how the industry was starting to grow in Europe. Read more of this post

Despite the doubters, Doctor Who celebrates its 50th birthday, strengthening its claim to be the most successful show in the history of the BBC

November 22, 2013 7:50 pm

The Doctor regenerates into global cashcow

By Henry Mance

Mary Whitehouse called it “teatime brutality”; a television executive said it had “no redeeming features” and some parents worried it was becoming too sexy. Yet despite the doubters, Doctor Who celebrates its 50th birthday on Saturday, strengthening its claim to be the most successful show in the history of the BBC. Scrapped by the broadcaster 24 years ago before being relaunched in 2005, it is at the forefront of efforts to sell BBC content to the world.

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A colorful entrepreneur named Andrew Paulson wants to turn chess into the world’s next mass-market spectator sport, complete with commentators who dissect the action and show potential moves

November 23, 2013

For Chess, a Would-Be White Knight

By MATT RICHTEL

If chess were storytelling, Andrew Paulson would be the undisputed world champion, the Bobby Fischer of raconteurs. Not a moment of his rich life is not made richer by Mr. Paulson’s recounting, whether it be working in a science lab at Johns Hopkins University at age 11; his decision to come out at Yale, which he says inspired other gay students to do the same; the brutal murder of two colleagues in Russia who he says he suspects were KGB officers; the playwrights he has inspired; and, of course, his hard-fought business successes, as an American who became a Moscow media personality and pioneer. Read more of this post

Backpacker of 30 years says KL is most dangerous place he has ever been to

Backpacker of 30 years says KL is most dangerous place he has ever been to

Stomp | Thu, Nov 21 2013

A backpacker from the United Kingdom has visited countries like Africa and Yemen, but picks Kuala Lumpur as the most dangerous place he has ever been to. Dave Ramsay had related his experience about being stabbed and mugged in the city on travel site Virtual Tourist. The incident took place near Hard Rock Cafe in Jalan Sultan Ismail on Oct 5. Dave was stabbed in the chest and then slashed across the arm with a knife, before the robber fled with his bag. Dave said there was no regard for his life since he was attacked before being robbed, instead of the other way round. However, his ordeal did not end there. Not only did it take 30 minutes to reach a hospital as most taxis did not stop for him after seeing blood, police were also ineffective and inefficient. According to Dave, security at local venues did nothing. Tourist police also did not ask anything about the robber and only produced a report for an insurance claim, making the victim feel they had no interest in pursuing the criminal. Dave even called the tourist police office a “conveyor belt of victims coming in”. “This place needs avoiding big time. I have travelled to Africa, Yemen, and SE Asia for nearly 30 years and I am not a squeamish person but I genuinely believe this to be the most dangerous place I have been to, due to the vast number of incidents and the frequency of them. It’s epidemic,” wrote Dave.

Woman seeks fame with a face like Chairman Mao

Woman seeks fame with a face like Chairman Mao

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Sunday, November 24, 2013 – 07:45

Reuters

MIANYANG, China – Chen Yan waves at a crowd of onlookers bemused at seeing China’s late helmsman, Mao Zedong, brought back to life by a middle-aged woman. Chen, 51, from Mianyang, in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, has been dressing up as Mao since she was discovered on a local TV show in 2005 impersonating another actor who had played Mao in movies. Read more of this post

Tired? Listless? Testosterone therapy is in fashion, but critics say it’s based on unclear science — and driven by marketing

November 23, 2013

Selling That New-Man Feeling

By NATASHA SINGER

One afternoon a few months ago, a 45-year-old sales representative named Mike called “The Dr. Harry Fisch Show,” a weekly men’s health program on the Howard Stern channel on Sirius XM Radio, where no male medical or sexual issue goes unexplored. “I feel like a 70-year-old man in a 45-year-old body,” Mike, from Vancouver, British Columbia, told Dr. Fisch on the live broadcast. “I want to feel good. I don’t want to feel tired all day.” Read more of this post

Curing Insomnia to Treat Depression

November 23, 2013

Curing Insomnia to Treat Depression

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Psychiatrists have long thought that depression causes insomnia, but new research suggests that insomnia can actually precede and contribute to causing depression. The causal link works in both directions. Two small studies have shown that a small amount of cognitive behavioral therapy to treat insomnia, when added to a standard antidepressant pill to treat depression, can make a huge difference in curing both insomnia and depression in many patients. If the results hold up in other studies already underway at major medical centers, this could be the most dramatic advance in treating depression in decades. Read more of this post

TGI Fridays Chain Put Up for Sale; There are more than 900 owned and franchised TGI Fridays restaurants in nearly 60 countries world-wide and the chain has annual sales exceeding $2.5 billion

TGI Fridays Chain Put Up for Sale

DANA MATTIOLI

Updated Nov. 22, 2013 6:13 p.m. ET

TGI Fridays, the restaurant chain famous for its chicken wings, potato skins and burgers, is on the auction block. Hospitality firm Carlson, the chain’s owner, has hired investment bank Piper Jaffray to help conduct a strategic review of TGI Fridays, people familiar with the matter said. Carlson, which owns Radisson hotels and other hospitality and travel brands, began informing employees about the move Friday, one of them added. Read more of this post

WeChat sneaking up on heavyweight Alipay

WeChat sneaking up on heavyweight Alipay

Staff Reporter

2013-11-24

With rapid growth among users using the built-in online payment mechanism, WeChat is challenging Alipay in a battle for the online payment market in China. Alipay, a third-party online payment platform established by China’s largest e-commerce operator Alibaba Group, has generated a turnover of 274.79 billion yuan (US$45 billion), accounting for 78.4% of online payments in China, according to iResearch data for the first three quarters of 2013. Read more of this post

New Threat Spurs E-Commerce Giant into Action: Tencent wants its WeChat app to dominate mobile shopping, but Alibaba has countered with a flurry of moves to get back in the game

11.22.2013 15:45

New Threat Spurs E-Commerce Giant into Action

Tencent wants its WeChat app to dominate mobile shopping, but Alibaba has countered with a flurry of moves to get back in the game

By staff reporter Zhu Yishi

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On November 11, which has become known as a major sales day for China’s e-commerce companies every year, Alibaba Group saw Taobao.com and Tmall.com combine for sales of 35 billion yuan. But the big day has Alibaba feeling anything but festive. The reason for this is that the company’s chairman, Jack Ma, expects competition to get fiercer as mobile Internet become more popular. Read more of this post

How Did Mobile Karaoke App Changba Gain 100 Million Users in One Year?

How Did Changba Gain 100 Million Users in One Year

By Tracey Xiang on November 20, 2013

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Chen Hua, founder and CEO of mobile Karaoke app Changba, shared with us at TechCrunch Shanghai how the app managed to gain 100 million users in no more than one and a half years. Mr. Chen is a serial entrepreneurs. Before developing Changba he and his team spent about one year studying how mobile services could be different from those based on PC. Of all the special traits with smartphone, including gravity sensor, flash sensor and direction sensor, Changba finally chose the combination of phone speaker and earphone. He labels Changba as an Instagram for voice. Similar to Instagram which enables ordinary users to produce beautified pictures and share with friends. Changba is for enabling the ordinary to record singing and share to social networks. Changba also offers tools to optimize your singing. Changba has had 100 million registered users and 30 million monthly active accounts in no more than one and a half years since its launch. Here are some takeaways from Changba on why the app gained traction in such a short time in China. Read more of this post

Xi Fails to Earn Stripes as China ‘Tiger’ Corruption Hunt Underwhelms

Xi Fails to Earn Stripes as China ‘Tiger’ Corruption Hunt Underwhelms

By Adam Rose on 12:22 pm November 24, 2013.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has raised expectations he will tackle corruption much more forcefully than his predecessors, but official data on investigations suggests the crackdown so far is little different to previous years. Authorities have opened a similar number of corruption probes in 2013 to last year, data from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP), which oversees criminal investigations and prosecutions nationwide, shows. Read more of this post

Keeping it in the family: China’s express delivery industry

Keeping it in the family: China’s express delivery industry

Staff Reporter

2013-11-24

China’s major express delivery firms mostly originated in Tonglu County in Zhejiang province, and most were established by the same family, according to the Southern Weekly. The companies are Shentong Express, YTO Express, Yunda Express and ZTO Express, as well as Best Express and Tian Tian Express. When the Pudong district in Shanghai was established, trade companies whose goods needed to travel back and forth between Shanghai and Hangzhou faced obstacles, as their customs declaration forms often did not arrive on time and shipping might take three days. Read more of this post

“India and China are still question marks”; International Paper CEO Unsure of Value of Further China Expansion

International Paper CEO Unsure of Value of Further China Expansion

John V. Faraci Says Co Facing Extreme Competition

LAURA STEVENS, CAMERON MCWHIRTER and DENNIS K. BERMAN

Nov. 22, 2013 3:40 p.m. ET

International Paper Co. IP +0.39% is unsure of the value of further expansion into China due to extreme competition in the market, Chairman and CEO John V. Faraci said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal Friday. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company is now the No. 2 supplier by volume and revenue of coated paperboard in China after entering the market with a joint venture in 2006 and again with a $200 million acquisition in 2010. Read more of this post

Intense competition between internet firms, TV makers

Intense competition between internet firms, TV makers

Staff Reporter

2013-11-20

Following on from the success of personal computers, mobile phones and tablet computers, the smart television market is now a major battlefield between internet companies and traditional television manufacturers. Statistics show that the number of TV viewers who spent at least two hours per day watching TV has dropped by 2% per year, and the majority of TV viewers are aged over 40, according to the Chinese-language Global Entrepreneur magazine. Read more of this post

Tan Sri Andrew Sheng: Growing old before growing rich; Old-age dependency ratio to rise rapidly in Asia

Updated: Saturday November 23, 2013 MYT 7:02:46 AM

Growing old before growing rich

BY TAN SRI ANDREW SHENG

Old-age dependency ratio to rise rapidly in Asia

THE recent relaxation of the one-child policy in China recognises that demographics play a major role in a country’s economic fortunes.

Asian fast growth was built on favourable demographics, growing labour supply at relatively cheap rates and open economies. But in many parts of Asia, as the population begins to age rapidly, there is genuine concern that Asians may grow old before they become rich. Last year nearly 450 million or 11% of Asia’s population were 60 years and over. By 2050, these numbers will more than double to 1.2 billion persons or 24% of the population, not far behind projections of 27% in North America and 34% in Europe. Old-age dependency ratio will rise rapidly in Japan, South Korea, Greater China, Singapore and India. Read more of this post

Taboo-busting adverts tumble out of the closet in India

November 21, 2013 4:06 pm

Taboo-busting adverts tumble out of the closet in India

By Avantika Chilkoti

A bubblegum-pink cupboard trembles to a tune by Daft Punk. Out struts one ruffled young woman checking the time, followed by a second, distractedly zipping up her hot pants. They exchange a glance that dashes any suspicion this is simply the culmination of an innocent game of hide and seek. The tagline flashes on screen: “Come out of the closet – move on.”

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Premji Invest, the family office of one of India’s richest individuals, Azim Premji, is reportedly in discussions to lead a $50 million (€37 million) fundraiser in e-commerce fashion retailer Myntra

PREMJI FAMILY OFFICE MULLS E-COMMERCE DEAL

ARTICLE | 20 NOVEMBER, 2013 12:05 PM | BY JESSICA TASMAN-JONES

Premji Invest, the family office of one of India’s richest individuals, Azim Premji, is reportedly in discussions to lead a $50 million (€37 million) fundraiser in e-commerce fashion retailer Myntra. The website, headquartered in Bangalore, was founded in 2007 and is now India’s largest online fashion and lifestyle store, with annual revenues of $120 million. It stocks Indian fashion brands, as well international household names, such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas. Read more of this post

Former vice president Jusuf Kalla said he was led to believe that the controversial 2008 bailout of Bank Century was a necessary action

I Believed Century Mustn’t Fail: Kalla

By Rizky Amelia on 6:58 am November 22, 2013.
Former vice president Jusuf Kalla on Thursday said he was led to believe that the controversial 2008 bailout of Bank Century was a necessary action. Kalla said while he was serving as vice president he received a report saying that Bank Century was a failed bank and its collapse would trigger a domino effect that could cripple Indonesia’s economy. “It’s a failed bank because it was robbed, I received a report that the bank was troubled because of the stealing,” he said after being questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Thursday as a witness. Read more of this post

Indonesia Pain Threshold Looms on Rate Increases

Indonesia Pain Threshold Looms on Rate Increases

By Novrida Manurung & Andrew Janes on 7:49 am November 22, 2013.

Indonesia’s most aggressive rate-tightening in eight years has barely dented a current-account deficit, prompting calls for more increases and other measures before the Federal Reserve cuts stimulus. Bank Indonesia has raised borrowing costs by 1.75 percentage points to 7.5 percent since mid-June, the quickest since 2005. Following data last week showing the country recorded its second-highest current-account shortfall on record in the three months through September, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Standard Chartered Plc now see a further 50 basis points of increases in the first half of next year. Read more of this post

Thai capital tense as political rivals rally

Thai capital tense as political rivals rally

24 November 2013 | 07:54 | FOCUS News Agency

Bangkok. Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators massed in Bangkok on Sunday, with a major rival rally due later as Thailand faces its most significant political street action since bloody protests in 2010, AFP reported. Authorities expect at least 50,000 anti-government protesters to gather by Sunday afternoon, with thousands more “Red Shirts” set to mobilise in another area of the city on Sunday evening in support of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s crisis-hit administration.
Both groups have vowed to remain in the capital overnight. Read more of this post

Why Fab.com Is Bleeding

Why Fab Is Bleeding

ANDREA HUSPENIENTREPRENEUR
NOV. 23, 2013, 12:19 AM 6,772 8

Once a media darling, lately Fab has been in the spotlight for reasons it would rather not be.

From the continuous management shuffle to layoffs and pivots, Fab has seen more shakeups than a James Bond martini. And with these restructurings, the New York City-based ecommerce site has been hemorrhaging uncontrollably. When it will stop, no one knows.

A company in turmoil.

The bleeding began this past April, when Fab announced it was changing its business strategy –moving away from its flash-site model, where it sold limited-supply items, to a more traditional, global storefront. At the time, CEO and co-founder Jason Goldberg said he wanted Fab to become “the world’s No. 1 design store” and was looking to take on Ikea and Amazon. Read more of this post

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