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  • El cisne negro. Nueva edición ampliada y revisada - Nassim Nicholas Taleb October 22, 2017
    ¿Qué es un cisne negro? Para empezar, es un suceso improbable, sus consecuencias son importantes y todas las explicaciones que se puedan ofrecer a posteriori no tienen en cuenta el azar y sólo buscan encajar lo imprevisible en un modelo perfecto. El éxito de Google y You Tube, y hasta ell 11-S, son “cisnes negros”. Para Nassim Nicholas Taleb, los cisnes negr […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking October 22, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking October 22, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • Una mochila para el universo - Elsa Punset October 22, 2017
    ¿Cuánto debe durar un abrazo? ¿De qué sirve llorar? ¿Qué podemos hacer para cambiar nuestra suerte? ¿Tiene algún propósito el enamoramiento? ¿Y por qué es tan inevitable el desamor? ¿Cómo aprendemosa tener miedo? ¿A partir de qué edad empezamos a mentir? ¿Por qué sentimos envidia? ¿Cuántos amigos necesitamos para ser felices? ¿Podemos evitar estresarnos sin […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova October 22, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach October 22, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day October 22, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • EnCambio - Estanislao Bachrach October 22, 2017
    EnCambio te va a permitir alumbrar los procesos por los cuales te comportás de determinada manera con el fin de dejar atrás aquellos hábitos y conductas que ya no te sirven. El objetivo es que aprendas del potencial que tiene tu cerebro para cambiar y la capacidad que tenés vos para modificarlo. Este año cambio de trabajo, empiezo el gimnasio, bajo esos kili […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku October 22, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein October 22, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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Wall Street, Climbing Sharply, Skips Washington’s ‘Soap Opera’

Few analysts are so sanguine now, especially after Republicans could not agree last month on how to repeal the Affordable Care Act, after years of promising to do so. If anything, simplifying the tax code or investing in new roads and bridges seems farther out of reach than ever.But a market surge based on political hopes has been replaced by one more firmly grounded in the financial realm.Besides steady economic growth or less regulation, investors also have been encouraged by the loose reins of central banks like the Federal Reserve, which have helped keep interest rates not far above their historic lows. Inflation, too, remains tame, with price increases in recent months actually falling short of the Fed’s targets.At the same time, with yields on safe assets like government bonds so minuscule, there are few appealing alternatives to stocks for investors, according to Torsten Slok, chief international economist at Deutsche Bank.“No matter how you look at valuations, they are high,” he said. […]

Supercapacitors could be better than batteries or fuel cells for clean electric powered transit

They are already building them in China. […]

Yes, concrete is pretty much as terrible for the climate as we thought.

A Chinese study says concrete actually sucks up CO2. This is not news, it’s chemistry. […]

Let your kids pack their own school lunches

With minimal assistance, kids can easily take over the most dreaded school morning chore. What are you waiting for? […]

Historic Paris Agreement Should Spook Fossil Fuel Markets on Monday

World leaders reached an historic agreement in Paris moments ago, capping off the COP21 climate talks with a unanimous deal among 195 countries to curb global warming pollution and hasten the clean energy transition. The gavel just fell on the Paris Agreement, and it's time to celebrate. Is it enough to please everyone? No. Will people continue to suffer from climate-charged extreme weather events? Yes. But today is a welcome change from previous summit failures. It’s a big deal whenever 195 countries agree on anything, and that’s exactly what’s happened here today. 195 nations, from the richest to the poorest, agreed to pave the road to the end of fossil fuels. This agreement sends a strong signal to politicians and the markets that it’s time to immediately escalate the transition to renewable energy and end the reign of fossil fuels which have polluted not only the planet but also democracies the world over. Let there be no doubt that unacceptable compromises were made here in Paris, and much work remains to strengthen this agreement on the critical issues of human rights, finance for countries that must adapt to the inevitable and ongoing impacts, and other critical issues. Sea levels will continue to rise and the world must assist those climate refugees who have been and will be displaced by climate chaos. The poorest, most vulnerable nations must be adequately financed to protect their people. As a result of this agreement, we can move from a sense of total failure towards guarded optimism that we’re on the right path. This reminds me of the feeling I had on the night of Barack Obama’s victory in 2008. My wife and I hosted a party for friends to watch the results, and as we cheered Obama’s victory, I turned to my brother and said that it was fine to celebrate tonight but tomorrow we had to wake up and start holding him accountable for all the promises he’d made during the campaign. This Paris deal is no different. Today, there will be celebration. But tomorrow, the hard work must begin to hold leaders accountable for the promises made here, and to continue to strengthen this agreement because much was lost to compromise. There are many more miles to travel to break free from fossil fuels entirely, and to ensure justice is done to hold those accountable for the damage they knowingly caused. Those such as ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers — who actively sowed doubt to confuse the public and bought off politicians to delay action — must be held to account. That important work is already underway, and will need broad public pressure. The historic agreement today in Paris sends the right signal to the world. Keep your eyes peeled on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday morning to see what happens to the big oil, gas and coal stocks. Peabody Energy closed on Friday at a very weak $8.82 (NYSE: BTU), continuing a rapid decline over the past year. Here's the Peabody stock chart over the last year: ; ; — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

‘Never, ever go shopping’ and other important wealth advice

Save money by implementing some basic behavioral changes. […]

Thanks for the Memories, Fossil Fuels, but Now It’s Time to Change

For the past 250 years, fossil fuels have been the primary driver of development and growth. Burning fossil fuels has provided us with outstanding progress and opportunities, and I for one am grateful to the many generations of men and women who have so sincerely labored in this sector. However, unbeknownst to all those generations of laborers is that this progress has also put increasing pressure on our planet. We now know that we have precipitated the imbalance of the earth’s ecosystem and its vital life cycles. Fossil fuels have brought us this far, but now it’s time to change. In our daily lives we take coal, oil and gas for granted; they seem a permanent fixture of our economy, making it difficult to realize that they represent only one period in our history. With astonishment we read about the effective transition from whale oil, which was once the main driver of the economy in the 1700s. We will tell our grandchildren equally fantastic stories about the move beyond fossil fuels in the 21st century. At some point, the internal-combustion engine will be much admired in a museum devoted to that technology and its fuels. It will take decades for this to happen entirely, but I believe we will look back at today as the turning point in which we have made that future inevitable. This is not because we will run out of oil, but because we will, and have already, found better alternatives. New innovative cost-effective sustainable technology is the essential reason why we can now contemplate the phase out of fossil fuels. The drop in costs of renewable energy, such as solar and wind, has been dramatic — solar has dropped 75 percent in the last five years alone — and this will continue exponentially, as the world needs to accelerate the provision of reliable energy in so many areas with deficient or entirely without energy, and upgrade aging infrastructure in areas currently served. We are also seeing huge drops in the costs of electric transportation. In many instances the three-year costs of ownership of an EV is the same as that of a liquid-fuel car; maintenance costs are also already surprisingly low, and the positive health impacts surprisingly high. BMW has said they will produce their last internal-combustion car in 2025, and with VW reeling from Diesel-gate and moving toward EVs, they just may transpire as the frontrunner in future mobility. At the same time that alternative technology is improving, the costs of fossil-fuel recovery are really beginning to climb. Until the recent price drop and cut back in capex, the oil industry had increased exploration investment by 180 percent in 2000-2014, but this had translated into an increased supply of just 14 percent. Most of this new oil came from unconventional sources. This is driving exploration in more expensive and remote places that are creating greater risk. The U.S. and Norway have recently decided to freeze Arctic-drilling permits until 2017. The decision of Shell to withdraw from the Arctic was another acknowledgement of that reality. At a cost so far of $8bn and a falling oil price, is this really the best use of shareholder money? Moreover, the rapid decline in the stock prices of coal companies globally is also heralding the end of coal as a viable source of energy. All this has led to one of the biggest turning points we are currently experiencing — investors are deepening their understanding of the risk they face from investments whose returns are increasingly questionable. This has already translated into capital reallocation on a massive scale — $2.6 trillion to date. Greater scrutiny will be cast on how fossil-fuel companies will be able to fare in a world that is addressing climate change. Some in the sector understand the shift, and are starting to embrace shareholders’ resolutions on climate change to test whether their business models are compatible with the pledge by the world’s nations to limit global warming to 2 degrees C. Others, however, are not acknowledging the shift and won’t escape scrutiny, as evidenced by the recent subpoena to Exxon Mobil for potential consumer and securities fraud over climate misinformation. It is just as foreshadowing of the type of liability that Mark Carney has already foreseen. We are witnessing a remarkable shift, that is moving us to a common global destination, generating a new political and economic reality: whether it is the G7 pledging to eliminate fossil-fuel subsidies, India committing to a renewable future, the U.S. refusing to approve the Keystone pipeline, or China accepting and taking serious action on the fact that their polluted cities can be green and clean once more. We are seeing a unique ambition that has already been delivered by countries in the lead up to COP 21 — now from more than 160 countries — to transform their economies, limit the use of fossil fuels and adapt to the climate-related disasters. Fossil-fuel subsidies and the energy transition will be high on the agenda of the G20 meeting this week. These trends will interact in a way that collectively adds up to the turning point I started with. The declining costs of technology and the rising costs of fossil-fuel recovery have helped increase the space for more ambition and create the political moment in which genuine and transformative change is possible. This cycle is now well established and it will only increase. I believe that a test of our collective sanity is how we respect the environment on which we ultimately depend. We will look back in 50 years at 2015 as the moment when the world finally got serious about transitioning beyond fossil fuels. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]