Alejandro Zaffaroni, life scientist and entrepreneur, 1923-2014

March 14, 2014 6:02 pm

Alejandro Zaffaroni, life scientist and entrepreneur, 1923-2014

By Andrew Ward

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As the second world war drew to a close in 1945, Alejandro Zaffaroni hitched a ride on a US military cargo ship from his native Uruguay to New York. It was the start of a journey that led to his becoming one of America’s most prolific biotechnology entrepreneurs, playing an important role in development of the birth control pill, the nicotine patch and DNA chips used in genetic research. Read more of this post

The lost art of finance: ‘Back in the days when “money” meant sacks of gold coins, artists had something tangible to paint’; the power of art is that it can make us see the world afresh – there can be beauty in the unseen details of daily life

March 14, 2014 1:22 pm

The lost art of finance

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‘Back in the days when “money” meant sacks of gold coins, artists had something tangible to paint’

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Last month I received a striking request from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was not an invitation to a trendy exhibition opening or an appeal for funds. Instead, MoMA curators were seeking blog posts from writers on pieces of art in its collection linked to exploitation and violence. Read more of this post

All roads lead back to Cézanne: From unmissable watercolours to the turbulence of Van Gogh, the Pearlman Collection – now in Europe for the first time – offers a fresh vision of modern painting

March 14, 2014 6:32 pm

All roads lead back to Cézanne

By Jackie Wullschlager

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One wintry wartime day in 1945, businessman Henry Pearlman was walking down New York’s Park Avenue when a painting by Chaim Soutine hanging in the window at Parke-Bernet auction house caught his eye. He bid $825 and took home “View of Céret”. Read more of this post

New York ousts London as top financial centre amid concerns about Britain’s future in the EU, scandals in the City and a growing regulatory burden

Last updated: March 15, 2014 12:00 am

New York ousts London as top financial centre

By James Pickford, London and Southeast Correspondent

London has lost the top slot in a barometer of global financial centres amid concerns about Britain’s future in the EU, scandals in the City and a growing regulatory burden. Read more of this post

Haunted by the Bull That Got Away; The pain of missing out on the tripling of the U.S. stock market since March 2009 has become almost unbearable for many investors who have been watching from the sidelines

Mar 14, 2014

THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Haunted by the Bull That Got Away

JASON ZWEIG

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It might have been.

Those aren’t only the saddest words for lovers, as the poet John Greenleaf Whittier wrote, but also for investors. Read more of this post

A New Way to Learn Chinese: Entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh aims to bridge the gap between East and West by teaching Westerners how to read Chinese

A New Way to Learn Chinese

Entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh aims to bridge the gap between East and West by teaching Westerners how to read Chinese

ALEXANDRA WOLFE

March 14, 2014 8:37 p.m. ET

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Entrepreneur and author ShaoLan Hsueh aims to teach English speakers how to start reading Chinese in under 10 minutes. See an excerpt for the video that was produced for her Kickstarter campaign. Read more of this post

The Future of Brain Implants: How soon can we expect to see brain implants for perfect memory, enhanced vision, hypernormal focus or an expert golf swing?

The Future of Brain Implants

How soon can we expect to see brain implants for perfect memory, enhanced vision, hypernormal focus or an expert golf swing?

GARY MARCUS and CHRISTOF KOCH

March 14, 2014 7:30 p.m. ET

Brain implants today are where laser eye surgery was several decades ago, fraught with risk, applicable only to a narrowly defined set of patients – but a sign of things to come. NYU Professor of Psychology Gary Marcus discusses on Lunch Break. Photo: Getty. Read more of this post

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