from The Observatory:

The bright-young-things hypothesis

By Curtis Brainard
August 2, 2012

The downward spiral of Jonah Lehrer’s career over the last month has shocked his peers and instilled in them a visceral need to understand. Following the revelations of self-plagiarism, outright fabrication, and lying to cover his tracks, we were bewildered. How could such a seemingly talented journalist, and only 31 years old, have thrown it all away?

from Global Investing:

Facial, massage, dating… In search of recession-proof industries

February 8, 2012

Facial, massage and dating... what do they have in common?

These are the industries which seem to be recession-proof and saw improved sales and revenues in recent months.

from Global Investing:

Correlations between downturn and long salon queues

December 1, 2011

Who said cosmetics are recession-proof and would be the last to be hit in the economic downturn? (I, at least, thought so.)

from FaithWorld:

Paris death salon shows life and new trends in funeral industry

April 8, 2011

Salon de la Mort 1

(A television journalist speaks to camera as she tests a coffin on show at the 'Salon de la Mort' -- Salon of Death -- in Paris April 7, 2011/Charles Platiau)