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What kinds of financial risks do women prefer to take?

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Finance

From marginalrevolution.com

Asset management is risk taking, so it is not the case that women do not take risks; it is just a different style of risk taking from the high-frequency variety so prevalent at the banks. In asset management one can take time to analyze a security and then hold the resulting trade for days, weeks or years.

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FTC goes after Wyndham for data breaches at its hotels

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.networkworld.com

According to the FTC, each Wyndham hotel has its own property management computer system that handles payment card transactions and stores information on such things as payment card account numbers, expiration dates, and security codes.

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Shadow economies around the world

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Crime

From www.voxeu.org

Even though informality is a widespread phenomenon and poses serious social, economic, cultural, and political challenges across the world, many issues about its nature and consequences still remain largely under-explored or unresolved.

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Reading offers Brazilian prisoners quicker escape

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Crime

From www.chicagotribune.com

Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil′s most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced.

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Putin Wants a Darpa of His Own

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Military

From www.wired.com

In recent years, the government has created research agencies for homeland security and energy, modeled after the Pentagon′s mad-scientist wing, Darpa. Now Russia has gotten the bug, too.

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Leadership Lessons from Dwight D. Eisenhower #3: How to Make an Important Decision

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: History

From artofmanliness.com

How had Eisenhower found the nerve to make one of the heaviest, most consequential decisions in history? “I had to,” he later explained, “if I let anybody, any of my commanders, think that maybe things weren’t going to work out, that I was afraid, they’d be afraid to.

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Dolphins understand zero, elephants rescue each other

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Science

From www.washingtonpost.com

Dolphins are so distantly related to humans that it’s been 95 million years since we had even a remotely common ancestor. Yet when it comes to intelligence, social behavior and communications, some researchers say dolphins come as close to humans as our ape and monkey cousins.

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Why Silicon Valley Is the New Las Vegas

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Business

From www.thedailybeast.com

These hijinks aren’t accidental screw-ups by a bunch of naive, inexperienced kids struggling to manage a fast-growing company. Indeed, they are symptomatic of a new generation of Internet entrepreneurs.

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Dynamics of Conflicts in Wikipedia

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.plosone.org

The first order of business is to construct an automated procedure to identify controversial articles. For a human reader the simplest way to do so is to go to the discussion (talk) pages of the articles, which often show the typical signatures of conflicts as known from social psychology.

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Is this the end of the composer?

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.bbc.co.uk

To begin with, the computer program randomly churned out two short loops of noise. "The notes are in any place, in any order, and the types of sound - the instrument - is completely randomly generated as well," says Dr MacCallum.

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Debt Most Deadly: Recession and Austerity Fuel Suicide in Italy

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.thedailybeast.com

Across the southern countries, especially, suicide has become the only way out for many people who can no longer support their families or pay their employees. Most recent suicide victims are self-employed craftsmen and entrepreneurs like Arpino, or retirees like Dimitris Christoulas, whose monthly pension was slashed in half in Greece after harsh austerity cuts.

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On keeping your enemies close

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Three experiments supported the hypothesis that dominant leaders seek proximity to ingroup members who pose a threat to their power, as a way to control and downregulate the threat that those members pose.

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