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Environment

How a $1,000 test could destroy the health-insurance industry

March 9th, 2012  |  Source: Washington Post

 

The New York Times reports that the cost of sequencing an individual genome will soon be less than $1,000. That’s not nothing, but given what most health care costs, it’s not much. And it means that an individual mandate — or something much like it — is inevitable.

 


Thanks Mitt! Why private equity is under fire

March 7th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

The tax status of buyout executives is under scrutiny as politicians look beyond bankers


U.S. Was Net Oil-Product Exporter in 2011!!

February 29th, 2012  |  Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. exported more gasoline, diesel and other fuels than it imported in 2011 for the first time since 1949, the Energy Department said today.

Shipments abroad of petroleum products exceeded imports by 439,000 barrels a day, the department said in the Petroleum Supply Monthly report. In 2010, daily net imports averaged 269,000 barrels.

U.S. refiners exported record amounts of gasoline, heating oil and diesel to meet higher global fuel demand while U.S. fuel consumption sank.


Kenya's Startup Boom

February 24th, 2012  |  Source: Technology Review

Local programmers and homegrown business models are helping to realize the vast promise of using phones to improve health care and save lives.

 

Erick Njenga, a 21-year-old college senior wrapping up his business IT degree at Nairobi's Strathmore University, has a gap-toothed grin and a scraggly goatee. A mild-mannered son of auditors, he didn't say much as we tucked into a lunch of grilled steak, rice, and fruit juice at an outdoor café amid the din of the city's awful traffic. But his code had done the talking.


Membership in Co-operative Businesses Reaches 1 Billion

February 23rd, 2012  |  Source: World Watch.org

 

Co-ops offer democratic alternative to shareholder-owned businesses.

The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, providing a great opportunity to raise the profile of an important organizational tool for spreading human rights and equality worldwide. Membership in co-operative businesses has grown to 1 billion people across 96 countries, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication.


Publishing and the Environment : New 'Green' Publishing Certification

February 20th, 2012  |  Source: Book Business

It's one thing to use a little recycled paper here and there and say you're into sustainability; it's another to get your company certified as environmentally responsible. In January, the Green Press Initiative (GPI)—a nonprofit that works with the book and newspaper publishing industries to conserve natural resources, announced its long-awaited Environmentally Responsible Publisher Certification (ERPC).


The Wall Street Bombing That Made Hoover and the FBI

February 18th, 2012  |  Source: Bloomberg

Shortly after noon on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1920, a powerful bomb hidden in a horse-drawn wagon exploded at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets in Manhattan. It was a pleasant late-summer day, and throngs of people had been out enjoying a lunchtime stroll, a brief respite from the great money machine, the center of American capitalism.

Now blood ran in the streets where the first U.S. Congress had convened and the Bill of Rights became law.


Brewers see new horizons in Africa

February 10th, 2012  |  Source: FT.com

Brewing in Africa is on a roll. With Americans spurning beer for spirits, British pubs closing at a rate of 16 a week and Russia slapping punitive taxes on ale, the $160bn industry is increasingly looking to sub-Saharan Africa.


Kodak: A Parable of American Competitiveness

February 8th, 2012  |  Source: HBS Working Knowledge

Much of the camera technology was invented in the United States, but US companies gave it all up.

When American companies move pieces of their operations overseas—often because manufacturing and labor costs are much cheaper—they run the risk of moving the expertise, innovation, and new growth opportunities just out of their reach as well.


Can the rich save the American dream by preaching what they practice?

February 6th, 2012  |  Source: The Economist

Just because he belongs to it himself does not make Newt Gingrich wrong when he grumbles that America is run by an out-of-touch elite. If you want evidence, the data can now be found in a book published this week by Charles Murray, the co-author in 1994 of “The Bell Curve”, which became controversial for positing a link between race and intelligence. That controversy should not deter you. “Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010” brims with ideas about what ails America.




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