Navigating the Nobels

October 6, 2014

This morning in Stockholm, Anglo-American John O’Keefe and Norwegian couple May‐Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in discovering the cells that comprise the brain’s inner GPS, making it possible for us to orient ourselves in space.

Here’s the real problem for Microsoft

October 3, 2014

Microsoft’s announcement of Windows 10 this week drew derision for the company’s seemingly tenuous grasp of the concept of counting, but that could be the least of its worries.

Why fans still flock to the NFL

October 2, 2014

For all the outrage about the NFL’s domestic violence problem, television ratings for the league are up almost across the board. Don’t viewers care about players’ off-field behavior?

How much should you freak out about Ebola?

October 1, 2014

The revelation that doctors in Dallas yesterday diagnosed the first case of Ebola on U.S. soil sent a shudder of fear through the American public. But how grave is the danger?

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More volatility expected as Fed rate rise looms – Cumberland Advisors’ David Kotok

October 1, 2014

David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors

David Kotok, Cumberland Advisors

A healthy dose of fear has re-entered financial markets in the final three months of the year. The Chicago Board Options Exchange VIX, a widely tracked measure of market volatility, rose to a two-month high on Wednesday.

Housing prices line the road to recovery

September 30, 2014

It seems the political unrest in Hong Kong isn’t just a headache for the Chinese. Uncertainty about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations caused U.S. stocks to fall yesterday, following the lead of their Asian and European counterparts, while the same unease pushed U.S. bond rates higher.

Why Hong Kong is taking on China

September 29, 2014

So much for “one country, two systems”. Residents of Hong Kong, always wary of Beijing’s promise to grant certain concessions to capitalism and democracy after Britain handed over the region to China in 1997, have taken to the streets for the fourth straight night, with tens of thousands of demonstrators filling the streets of the city’s central business district. Why the protests and how high are the stakes?

Ebola’s spread brings host of other diseases in its wake

September 26, 2014

Almost 3,000 West Africans have died from the current outbreak of Ebola virus, and on Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that by January between 550,000 and 1.4 million people could be infected if nothing is done.

Who’s really dropping the bombs on Islamic State?

September 25, 2014

Yesterday’s beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel by an Algerian group prompted France to consider an expanded role in the anti-Islamic State air strikes that began this week.

How sickly is Obamacare?

September 24, 2014

The Republican establishment continues to hammer away at Obamacare, questioning the effectiveness of the law and the accuracy of the administration’s data about it. Yesterday, reality television star and professional troll Donald Trump tweeted that “ObamaCare is not working and has missed all targets.”