How many senses does a human body have?


How many senses does a human body have?

Most children are taught that the human body has five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. But many neurologists identify nine or more senses, and some list as many as 21.

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What are the elements that make up living things?


What are the elements that make up living things?

The six most common elements in living things are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. Atoms of these elements combine and form thousands of large molecules. These large molecules make up the structures of cells and carry out many processes essential to life.

When is the next time the planets will align?


When is the next time the planets will align?

One calculation of alignments within around thirty degrees (about as close as they can get) shows that the last such alignment was in 561 BC, and the next will be in 2854. All nine planets are somewhat aligned every 500 years, and are grouped within 30 degrees every 1 to 3 alignments.

Iran’s oil exports drop ahead of US waivers decision


Iran’s oil exports so far in March are down from January and February to average around 1 million bpd-1.1 million bpd ahead of the US decision to extend or deny new waivers, Reuters reported Thursday.
This compares to around 1.3 million bpd estimated Iranian exports for February.
The US waivers for eight key Iranian oil customers, including China, India, Japan, and South Korea, expire in early May. While the US Administration says that it continues to pursue zero Iranian oil exports, analysts expect Washington to extend waivers to at least a few of the currently exempted buyers, with reduced volumes allowed under the new waivers, as the Administration wouldn’t want to push oil prices too high.

Are clouds made up of liquid or gas?


Are clouds made up of liquid or gas?

Clouds, snow, and rain are all made of up of some form of water. A cloud is comprised of tiny water droplets and/or ice crystals, a snowflake is an aggregate of many ice crystals, and rain is just liquid water. Water existing as a gas is called water Vapour.

Platforms for Shopping


📊 Platforms for Shopping

Here’s how #Pinterest is selling ads ahead of its IPO (aimed to list shares on NYSE in April) compared to #Facebook, #Instagram, #Twitter, and #Snapchat.

Brand Reputations That Took a Hit in 2019


📉 Brand Reputations That Took a Hit in 2019

#Facebook certainly had a tough year and it shows in the recent Axios and Harris Poll report: The 100 Most Visible Companies. The company had the largest dip in the report’s ranking, plummeting 43 places between 2018 and 2019. Barely in the top 100 brands, the social network fell to the bottom of the pack. Facebook has had to answer to legislators around the world this year about how it shares users’ data with third parties, the role it plays in spreading disinformation, and the vulnerabilities it has to hacks.

Read more on Statista

Top App Categories Worldwide for Q4 2018 by Downloads – App Store


📱 Top App Categories Worldwide for Q4 2018 by Downloads – App Store

The top #AppStore category worldwide by downloads in Q4 2018 was Games with 2.09 billion installs for the quarter. Despite passing the two billion mark, the category saw downloads decrease 1.3 percent year-over-year from 2.11 billion in 4Q17.
#iOS
Read more on SensorTower.

Instagram Stories & Ad Spend


📈 Instagram Stories & Ad Spend

#Instagram now accounts for almost 1 in 5 (18% of) marketing dollars spent on #Facebook’s properties, doubled in just a year, from 9.1% in Q4 2017.

A significant driver behind Instagram’s continued growth is the Stories format. Marin reports that for its clients, Stories accounted for about one-third (34%) of the ad spend on Instagram in Q4 2018 – a more than 10-fold increase in share when compared to the year-earlier period.

Which planet is known as bright wandering star?


Which planet is known as bright wandering star?

It is the fifth planet from the Sun, and it is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined. Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the sky (after the Sun, the Moon and Venus). It has been known since prehistoric times as a bright “wandering star”

How much does the temperature change with altitude?


Although the actual atmospheric lapse rate varies, under normal atmospheric conditions the average atmospheric lapse rate results in a temperature decrease of 6.4C°/km (3.5F°/1,000 ft) of altitude above ground level. The measurable lapse rate is affected by the moisture content of the air (humidity).

The Cost Of Strike at JKIA


Business wise, the strike at JKIA did not only cause alot of emotional and physical damages but also a greater financial impact on the KQ as an organization and Kenya as a country. According to a story by business Daily, KQ owes five Billion Kenyan shillings to CBA and NIC.

KQ owes 5bn to CBA and NIC

On Top of that huge Debt, the company had 34 flights cancelled and lots of other airlines also rescheduled their flights. At least 120 flights were to leave the Airport yesterday. According to KQ stats, there were suppose to be 120 flights departing with an estimated 8236 Passengers and 114 flights arriving with an estimated 7641 Passengers.

What does that mean economically?
It means the company lost aircraft parking cost for flights landing, connecting and leaving the Airport. Moreover, the company had to compensate Passengers whose flights were cancelled and for some they had to go an extra mile of paying for them hotel accommodation. That’s not all, remember we’ve perishable good like flowers which have to be flown within a set amount of time;that strike meant no product was transported and even if they did, the cargo probably expired along the journey.

No official numbers have been given by the company in regard to how much was lots but from your basic maths you can guess how much it was. Alot.

Forbes List Of Billionaires 2019


PRESS RELEASE

Commenting on the publication of the Forbes Annual Billionaires List today, Max Lawson, Head of Policy on Inequality for Oxfam said:

“Billionaires’ fortunes rise and fall but they remain the big winners in a broken economic system that sees wealth unfairly concentrated at the top.

“Super-rich individuals and corporations are paying lower rates of tax then they have in decades, while millions of people struggle to get by on poverty wages, and without the education or health services that could help lift them out of poverty.

“People are impatient for change. Governments must act now to ensure wealth is fairly taxed and invest the money in healthcare and education for all.”

Notes to editors:

Read Forbes Full List Here

🛍 The Top 5 Most Popular Categories Purchased Online


A majority of online consumers around the world claim to buy entertainment (61%) and service (56%) categories more often online than in-store. And while fewer (38%) say they buy durables such as fashion, IT/mobile and electronics more often online, that still outweighs the share (22%) that buy them more in-store, according to a Nielsen study.

What is the river that separates China and North Korea?


What is the river that separates China and North Korea?

From west to east, the Yalu River, Paektu Mountain, and the Tumen River divide the two countries. Dandong, in the Liaoning Province of China, is the largest city on the border. On the other side of the river is the city of Sinuiju in North Pyongan Province, North Korea.

What countries are included in UK?


The official name of the UK is the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. The name refers to the union of what were once four separate nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (though most of Ireland is now independent). The United Kingdom is made up of: England – The capital is London.

The UK would be ‘irresponsible’ to let Huawei into 5G, think tank warns


The UK would be ‘irresponsible’ to let Huawei into 5G, think tank warns

Chinese tech giant Huawei is facing a new attack as it tries to persuade the UK government to let it help build super-fast 5G networks in the country.
Top British cybersecurity officials are reportedly confident they can manage any risks from Huawei’s telecommunications equipment, but a report published Wednesday by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a top security think tank, said that would be a mistake.

Briefly about the main events of the day


«I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.»

💬 Bill Gates

Briefly about the main events of the day

🔴 UK manufacturers see stronger orders, average output growth – CBI.

🔴 Lloyds Bank brushes off Brexit fears with £4 billion investor payout.

🔴 Sainsbury’s-Asda deal in jeopardy as UK regulator condemns plan.

🔴 Former Barclays chairman ‘not aware’ of Qatar fee document, court told.

🔴 French court fines UBS 4.5 billion euros in tax fraud case.

🔴 German finance minister: We are close to agreeing with France on euro zone budget.

🔴 Mall operator Intu shares slump after dividend axed amid retail shakeout.

States suing Trump Administration over border wall emergency:


States suing Trump Administration over border wall emergency:

– California
– Colorado
– Connecticut
– Delaware
– Hawaii
– Illinois
– Maine
– Maryland
– Michigan
– Minnesota
– Nevada
– New Jersey
– New Mexico
– New York
– Oregon
– Virginia

Egypt is shaping up to become a real energy hub


Egypt’s oil and gas future looks very bright. The large scale concessions awarded during the EGYPS2019 conference in Cairo, 11-13 February, shows the appetite of IOCs, such as Shell, BP and ENI in this emerging energy hotspot.
After years of a major slump, partly due to continuing payment and security issues, the Pharaohs are again back in the top league. Continuing concerns about security in Egypt’s Western Desert or the Sinai no longer seem to be a breaking point for investors. At the second day of EGYPS2019 the announcement of five onshore and offshore licenses by EGPC, as presented by Egypt’s minister of energy Tarek El Molla, has created a very bright future for the North African oil and gas producer.

Stockton starts giving some residents $500 a month to fight poverty


Residents of Stockton, California have been through a lot: from widespread foreclosures to the city going bankrupt. But for a handful of residents, some help is here.
One hundred Stockton residents started getting monthly payment of $500 on Friday. They’ll receive the extra money for 18 months as part of an experiment testing the impact of universal basic income, also known as UBI.

How to choose the right investor for your startups


“You don’t start a company for your investor, you build a company for customers.”

Choosing a wrong investor is a cancer for your startup and onboarding right investor can accelerate to company’s long-term growth. Choosing a right investor is as important as choosing a co-founder. During the investor hunt process, you will come across various type of investors and finding a right match is a cumbersome process. Remember no one is favoring you by investing in your startup, they are doing because they also want to make money with you.

“Not all money is good money, no money is free money and money from wrong investor is a most expensive money.”

I would like to classify investors into two categories, one which I would call as ‘growth enablers’ and second one as ‘toxic investors’. Toxic investors are those who don’t understand the idea, can add no value to the growth, and invest ONLY for money. Yes, growth enablers also invest for money, but in return they also contribute to the idea and help to widen the entrepreneur’s perspective.

Here are a few key points to consider during your investor hunt for your startup:

  1. Understanding of the idea – Investors who understand the idea and know the potential of it can only be able to match your wavelength. Look for the investors who share the same vision as yours, check out their existing portfolio, and also see how their existing portfolio companies have grown. If an investor understands your idea and the technology that you are trying to build, then there is a higher possibility of a long-term relationship.
  2. Avoid toxic investors – There is a common notion that you cannot be choosy while seeking for an investment. But if you believe in your product and your caliber to execute it, then refuse to settle for anything less than you actually need. This is the thumb rule: if you end up spending more time in managing your investors than your customers, than you got a wrong one. During the process if you feel it’s a task to manage a particular toxic investor then let it go, there are many more magical islands.
  3. What does your investor bring on board– Investors who can bring more than money are growth enablers. Look for investors who can also assist you with scaling & shaping your idea, and who can assist you with building vendor and customer relationships. Investors who ask tough questions and push you to think out of current scheme of idea is a great value addition to your management.
  4. Smart Investors – The famous quote “surround yourself with people who are smarter than you” fits well for investors as well.

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you”

11 Best Entrepreneurial Books


There is no friend as loyal as a book!”

Every entrepreneur needs an active reading list. After all, books are one of the most valuable knowledge resources.

From self-development to business best practices, here are eleven must-reads for all entrepreneurs:

  1. The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton M. Christensen

Why is it so difficult for big brands and major corporations to keep up with the rapid-fire evolution of their respective industries? In Clayton M. Christensen’s well-known business book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, he tackles why outstanding companies can continue to perform at optimum efficiency and still lose ownership over their market. This book serves as a history lesson as much as it is an actionable guide for business leaders who want to ensure the long-term success of their company.

  1. Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi

Every entrepreneur knows the challenge: how do I continue to build my network while I’m swamped with work? While various books attempt to answer, Keith Ferrazzi’s extremely popular book Never Eat Alone is a tactical guide to networking the right way, and the power of giving first. Here, readers will find advice on how to handle rejection, find their way into certain “inner circles,” and make the most of a conference. Ferrazzi’s approach to networking is both insightful and highly practical, and built on the proven principles he has employed in his own career.

  1. Meetings Suck – Cameron Herold

Various books talk of conducting successful meetings. However, this one is very different. How many times have you sat through a meeting and thought to yourself, “Why is this such a waste of time?” According to renowned business growth expert Cameron Herold, meetings aren’t the problem. We are. This is one of those books that helps shed some perspective on the importance of focusing on soft skills, like how to hold an effective meeting that leaves people feeling empowered. Meetings Suck is essentially a guide on how to be a better leader, by walking readers, step by step, through systems that encourage true productivity and efficiency.

  1. Unshakeable – Tony Robbins

For books on truly insightful financial advice, look no further than the guru himself, Tony Robbins. Unshakeable is, by all accounts, a compilation of “the best of the best.” It pulls knowledge from the top financial minds in the world to create a playbook for financial freedom. For any aspiring entrepreneurs looking to learn more about managing the financial aspect of their life (both personally and professionally) or even seasoned veterans hoping to continue honing their skills, this is a must-read.

  1. All In – Bill Green

Serial entrepreneur Bill Green pulls from over forty years of business experiences to share 101 key insights that have helped him build one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country. For aspiring entrepreneurs, this is a glimpse into what it takes to go from a startup founder to CEO of a publicly traded company. This is the sort of read that makes you realize that even the world’s most successful entrepreneurs once started as paperboys and door-to-door salesmen — and Green is no exception. All In shows the true value of committing 100% to a venture, and the level of persistence and dedication it takes to become successful.

  1. Good to Great – Jim Collins

How does an organization go from good to great? That is the question that Jim Collins set out to answer. He deployed a 21-person research team to comb through every Fortune 500 company that met their scrupulous criteria: companies that suffered a decade-long period of stagnant profits, followed by 15 years of great success and increasing profits. These companies ended up being the foundational case studies for his book, and act as teaching tools for any entrepreneur wondering how a company can ultimately surpass its competitors.

  1. How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie

Tried and true, How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the most popular business books of all time for a reason. With plenty of undertones of self-development, Dale Carnegie shows readers why handling business the right way is so imperative. He exhorts us to treat each and every opportunity with the same level of respect and dignity you would any other–and acknowledge that people want to do business with their friends. People sign deals with the people they like, and with whom they believe they’d work well. If there is one book out there that will teach you how to do just that, it’s this one.

  1. Zero to One – Peter Theil

Entrepreneurs everywhere say they want to do something different, that they want to change the world. Well, serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel has decided to tackle that topic head-on, and point out exactly what it takes to make something entirely unique and new. As he says, “The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their business will be unique.”

  1. Top of Mind – John Hall

This book is full of tactics, with insights into how consumer needs and expectations have changed over the past few years; how you can build a brand that serves both your ideal customers and your own employees; and ways to use digital content to build lasting trust with your readers, followers and subscribers.

  1. Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone

From Cardone’s perspective, success ultimately comes down to three basic rules: first, be willing to set crazy goals, and aim to reach them, every single day; second, value your money and make it work for you; and, third, use your haters as fuel. This book is a humbling reminder of just how much you have to want success in order to eventually have it.

  1. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

What does it take to build a habit? Furthermore, what impact do our everyday habits have on us, as human beings? According to Charles Duhigg, they have a far greater impact on our happiness, productivity, relationships, and everything in between than we might think. It was Duhigg’s interest in the science of habits that sparked this well-known book, and in it, he tackles questions like how and why companies use the science of habit building to influence what we buy–and when we buy it. Out of various books on habit, this one will truly change the way you do what you do!

Entrepreneurship is a commitment—not only to your venture or business, but also to a unique learning process. And these books will definitely go a long long way in contributing to your success!

WHY YOU NEED TO THlNK DIFFERENTLY TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE


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WHY YOU NEED TO THlNK DIFFERENTLY TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE

MONEY
Average people look for ways to spend money. Billionaires look for ways to invest money.

JOBS
Average people think a better job will make them wealthy. Billionaires know that a job will never make them wealthy, investment will.

RISK
Average people stay away from risks because they might fail. Billionaires know if they don’t take risks, they have already failed.

PROBLEMS
Average people try to avoid problems. Billionaires see problem as an opportunity to make millions.

PREPARATION
Average people prepare for today. Billionaires prepare today for the opportunities of tomorrow.

TIME
Average people waste time. Billionaires see time as their most valuable assets.

FEAR
Average people are always afraid of losing money. Billionaires know if they don’t lose money they cannot be wiser, smarter and stronger.”

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Is White Light the absence of color?


In the visible spectrum, white reflects light and is a presence of all colors, but black absorbs light and is an absence of color. Black can be defined as the visual impression experienced when no visible light reaches the eye.

How long do dogs live on average?


Nearly 40% of small breed dogs live longer than 10 years, but only 13% of giant breed dogs live that long. The average 50-pound dog will live 10 to 12 years. But giant breeds such as great Danes or deerhounds are elderly at 6 to 8 years.

Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11,200,000,000 in profit for 2018


While some people have received some surprise tax bills when filing their returns, corporations continue to avoid paying tax — thanks to a cocktail of tax credits, loopholes, and exemptions.
According to a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Amazon (AMZN) will pay nothing in federal income taxes for the second year in a row.
Thanks to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Amazon’s federal tax responsibility is 21% (down from 35% in previous years). But with the help of tax breaks, according to corporate filings, Amazon won’t be paying a dime to Uncle Sam despite posting more than $11.2 billion in profits in 2018.

Briefly about the main events of the day


“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

💬 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Briefly about the main events of the day

🔴 Airbus warns of no-deal Brexit, says has spent tens of millions preparing.

🔴 Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA.

🔴 Qatar aims to build $20 billion sports sector ahead of World Cup.

🔴 ECB’s Rehn sees euro zone economy weakening.

🔴 European car imports no threat to U.S. national security.

🔴 Nissan panel to recommend outside director to chair board.

🔴 Canada’s Freeland pushes end of steel, aluminium tariffs in meeting with Pelosi.

Shoppers are propping up the economy. What if they stop spending?


Core retail sales plummeted 1.7% in December, the most in nearly two decades.
Blame the December stock market chaos. Or the beginning of the government shutdown. Or even “glitches” in the data, as White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow did last week.
No matter the cause, the apparent abrupt shift in spending sent economists scrambling to mark down their forecasts for growth. Goldman Sachs trimmed its fourth-quarter GDP estimate to 1.9%. Bank of America slashed its forecast to 1.5%.

What country has the highest number of spoken languages in the world?


Papua New Guinea has the highest number of spoken languages in the world. There are 820 indigenous languages spoken in this country. The official language is Tok Pisin, or New Guinea Pidgin, and is the most widely spoken language after English, a legacy of the colonial period.

How does a giraffe sleep?


In the wild, giraffes almost never lie down because of vulnerability to predators. They usually sleep standing, sometimes sitting, and they give birth standing up. When giraffes sleep, they curl their necks and sleep for about five minutes at a time, sleeping no more than 30 minutes a day.

Who invented the first alphabet?


The original alphabet was developed by a Semitic people living in or near Egypt.* They based it on the idea developed by the Egyptians, but used their own specific symbols. It was quickly adopted by their neighbors and relatives to the east and north, the Canaanites, the Hebrews, and the Phoenicians.

How much water is inside the human body?


By one year of age, that amount drops to about 65%. In adult men, about 60% of their bodies are water. However, fat tissue does not have as much water as lean tissue. In adult women, fat makes up more of the body than men, so they have about 55% of their bodies made of water.

Robinhood Launches Banking Services


Fintech startup Robinhood Financial LLC today announced that customers can sign up for access to a Checking & Savings product, which will be available as part of their free-trades brokerage services. The company makes money primarily from interest on customer cash balances.
Upon logging in to the app, customers are now greeted with an invitation to apply for the banking capabilities. The accounts pay a 3% annual interest rate, which is certainly a loss leader at the present time, and there are no fees for the customer.
Robinhood says it can offer the high rate of interest due to splitting the revenue it receives from MasterCard whenever a debit card is used.

US investor & top partners of Baring Vostok equity fund detained in Moscow on fraud allegations


A Moscow district court has ordered the detention of the founder and senior partner of Baring Vostok private equity, as part of an ongoing inquiry into fraud allegations. Other employees were also taken into custody.
Michael Calvey, a US citizen, was detained in the Russian capital on Friday along with other Baring Vostok associates, Vagan Abgaryan, Philippe Delpal, and Ivan Zyuzin, the firm said in a statement. It said the arrests have nothing to do with the company’s activities but relate to a dispute around Russia’s Vostochny Bank.

US National Debt Hits Terrifying $22 Trillion


Today is a record moment in US history. The total national debt has surpassed $22 trillion for the first time ever.
The runaway mountain of debt is a terrifying reminder of how fragile the fiat monetary system is. If you want to watch it pile up in real time, visit the US debt clock. It’s a sobering vision of a system out of control.

Briefly about the main events of the day


«Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living, Profits make you a fortune.»

💬 Jim Rohn

Briefly about the main events of the day

🔴 London bankers will need ‘chaperones’ for EU clients under no-deal Brexit.

🔴 Exclusive: China ride-hailing giant Didi plans Chile, Peru launches to take on Uber.

🔴 Automakers brace for U.S. government report on import tariffs.

🔴 HNA cuts stake in Deutsche Bank to 6.3 percent – SEC filing.

🔴 Mattel warns of weak 2019, shares drop most in 20 years.

🔴 Citigroup CEO gets $24 million as compensation in 2018.

🔴 Oil rises over 2 percent to 2019 highs on tightening supplies.

Berkshire Trims Apple, Sells Oracle and Buys Big Banks


Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B), the conglomerate run by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, sold some of its giant stake in Apple Inc. (AAPL), called it quits on Oracle Corp. (ORCL) and used some of its freed-up capital to top up on bank stocks in the last three months of 2018.
The firm’s hotly anticipated 13F filing revealed that it was eager to buy into financials after a sector-wide selloff. Among its top purchases in the fourth quarter were Bank of America (BAC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM).

What causes muscles to be sore after workout?


Lactic acid is a normal byproduct of muscle metabolism, but it can irritate muscles and cause discomfort and soreness. Muscle soreness associated with exercise is known as delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS.

Which country has the most islands in the world?


The five main archipelagos are Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and the British Isles. The largest archipelagic state in the world, by area and population, is Indonesia. The archipelago with the most islands is the Archipelago Sea in Finland.

Where did hieroglyphics develop?


Where did hieroglyphics develop?

The hieroglyphic system used in ancient Egypt had between 700 and 800 basic symbols, called glyphs. This number grew in the last centuries of ancient Egyptian civilization, because of an increased interest in writing religious texts.

Do bears sleep all winter long?


It is a common misconception that bears hibernate during the winter. While bears tend to slow down during the winter, they are not true hibernators. Black bears, Grizzly bears and Brown bears do go into a deep sleep during the winter months, known as torpor. Hibernation is when animals “sleep” through the winter.

#Bulgaria freezes accounts of #Venezuelan state oil firm after Washington ‘tip-off’


Bulgaria freezes accounts of Venezuelan state oil firm after Washington ‘tip-off’

Authorities in Bulgaria have blocked transfers out of bank accounts belonging to Venezuelan state-controlled energy corporation PDVSA, according to Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov.
Sofia apparently received information about transfers made by the Venezuelan oil giant, via its accounts in Bulgaria, to reportedly channel the money elsewhere. Washington was the key source of the information, according to Tsatsarov.

Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon pays $0 in income taxes for 2018, gets multi-million refund


Trillion-dollar-company Amazon skated through 2018’s tax filings without paying a cent for the second year in a row. The e-commerce behemoth, which made $11 billion last year, will pay no taxes at all, thanks to 2017’s tax reform.

End of the superjumbo: Airbus is giving up on the A380


Airbus is ending the A380 program, pulling the plug on its iconic superjumbo jet that once promised to revolutionize commercial air travel but failed to deliver on outsized expectations.
The European plane maker said Thursday that it will stop delivering A380s in 2021 after its key customer, Dubai-based airline Emirates, slashed its orders for the huge jetliner.

Google to invest $13 billion in US data centers and offices this year


The future of Google increasingly lies outside Silicon Valley.
Google (GOOGL) is planning to invest $13 billion in data centers and offices in more than a dozen US states this year, which it claims could pave the way for hiring tens of thousands of employees, according to a blog post from CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday.
“Our expansion across the U.S. has been crucial to finding great new talent, improving the services that people use every day, and investing in our business,” Pichai wrote in the post. He said this will be the second year in a row that Google will grow “faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.”

If you bought Apple stock instead of the original iPhone, which would be the better investment?


The first smartphone, designed and marketed by Apple, hit the shelves in June 2007.
RT decided to calculate how much a $500 investment would be worth today if the money had been invested in Apple stock instead of buying the original iPhone.
On June 29, 2007, the official release date for the first iPhone in the US, Apple Inc. was trading at about $17.50 per share. As of Wednesday, Apple shares were trading near $171. Rough calculations show that an investment of $500 made in Apple stock 12 years ago would be worth about $5,000.

Tariffs prompt US Steel to restart work on Alabama mill


US Steel says it is restarting construction on an Alabama mill to take advantage of higher steel prices.
The company had stopped work on a furnace at the plant in 2015 because of unfavorable market conditions. But US Steel said it resumed construction because of the Trump administration’s trade policies, as well as incentives from the state and local government and support from the United Steelworkers union.

First unit at Sasol’s Lake Charles chemical plant starts output


First unit at Sasol’s Lake Charles chemical plant starts output

Sasol on Wednesday began production at the first of seven units at its giant Lake Charles chemical plant in the U.S, boosting shares in the South African petrochemical group.
The plant in Louisiana, which will cut the company’s reliance on fuel, has an expected output of 1.5 million tonnes of ethylene, a chemical used in industries such as packaging, detergents and adhesives.

Briefly about the main events of the day


“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

💬 Mahatma Gandhi

Briefly about the main events of the day

🔴 UK economy to make modest post-Brexit recovery if deal agreed.

🔴 Exclusive: BT executives knew of accounting fraud in Italy unit – prosecutors.

🔴 LCH boss says no big shift in euro clearing ahead of Brexit.

🔴 Britain’s npower to raise standard energy prices by around 10 percent.

🔴 Thyssenkrupp employees will not support Tata JV at any price.

🔴 Euro zone industrial production falls more than expected in Decemberю

🔴 Ghosn changes lawyer team, adds hotshot attorney, in change of strategy.

Switzerland & Iran developing payment channel to bypass US sanctions


A special financial mechanism aimed at maintaining trade ties between Switzerland and Iran is ready for implementation, according to Sharif Nezam-Mafi, the head of the countries’ joint chamber of commerce.
He told IRNA news agency that the clearing house will be used to facilitate Iran’s oil transactions with its major Asian crude customers – namely India, China and South Korea.

The world’s biggest spice company is using AI to find new flavors


After 130 years, it can be hard to come up with new flavors, so the world’s largest spice company is becoming the latest food producer to turn to artificial intelligence for help.
McCormick — the maker of Old Bay and other seasonings, spices and condiments — hopes the technology can help it tantalize taste buds. It worked with IBM Research to build an AI system trained on decades worth of data about spices and flavors to come up with new flavor combinations.
The Baltimore, Maryland-based company plans to bring its first batch of AI-assisted products to market later this year.

South Africa oil discovery could be a game-changer


South Africa’s offshore has just yielded a massive natural gas and condensate find that could open a new exploration province for oil majors and change the energy fortunes of the country.
France’s major Total said that it had made a significant discovery on the Brulpadda prospects off the southern coast of South Africa.

IBM’s fast-talking AI machine just lost to a human champion in a live debate


People are great at arguing. But a project from IBM shows that computers are getting quite good at it, too.
On Monday, Harish Natarajan, a grand finalist in 2016’s World Debating Championships, faced off against IBM’s Project Debater — a computer touted by the company as the first artificial-intelligence system built to meaningfully debate humans. Natarajan won, but the computer demonstrated the increasingly complex arguments that AI is starting to make.

Briefly about the main events of the day


“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”

💬 Zig Ziglar

Briefly about the main events of the day

🔴 Bank of England’s Carney sees ‘delicate equilibrium’ as world economy slows.

🔴 UK’s ‘broken’ cash system needs overhaul.

🔴 DHL hires hundreds of customs staff to prepare for no-deal Brexit.

🔴 EDF Energy becomes second UK supplier to announce 10 percent price rise.

🔴 German minister wants to change telecoms law to cover all foreign vendors.

🔴 EU states water down pre-Brexit reform of money manager oversight.

🔴 Global trade optimism boosts FTSE 100; Plus500 tanks.

Italy wants to sell national gold reserves to avoid next year’s tax hike


The Italian government is considering selling the country’s gold holdings in an attempt to avoid an increase in value-added tax (VAT) next year, one of Italy’s oldest newspapers La Stampa reported.
The news comes amid a law proposal drafted by Italy’s ruling League party. The new amendment is set to allow the sale of the reserves if it were “authorized through a constitutional law,” according to Reuters.

China on gold-buying spree amid global push to end US dollar dominance


Beijing has joined the global gold rush, increasing its gold reserves for two months in a row to 59.94 million ounces. China has long been silent on its holdings of gold as many countries are turning away from the greenback.
China’s national gold reserves rose by 0.38 million ounces (nearly 12 tons) at the end of January from 59.56 million ounces at the end of December 2018, according to data released by the People’s Bank of China on Monday. The value the country’s holdings of the precious metal reached US$79.319 billion, increasing by more than $3 billion compared to the end of last year.

How do snakes hear if they dont have ears?


When people and most animals hear, sound waves strike the eardrum and go to the inner ear, which is sensitive to the sound waves or vibrations. Snakes do not have eardrums, but their skins, muscles, and bones carry the sound waves to the inner ears.

Is smoke a state of matter?


Smoke is particulate material suspended in a gas (air). The particulates may be very finely divided solids or aerosol particles composed of liquid materials. Smoke is neither solid or gas, it is a colloidal dispersion that is a different arrangement of matter.

How strong is a strand of human hair?


A single strand could hold 100g (3oz) in weight: the combined hair of a whole head could support 12 tonnes, or the weight of two elephants. Weight for weight, it is not as strong as steel: more like aluminium, or reinforced glass fibres or Kevlar, which is used to make bulletproof vests.

Why does fruit ripen faster in a paper bag?


Placing fruit in a paper bag helps to concentrate the levels of ethylene gas which is what helps induce the ripening of the above mentioned fruits (bananas/avocados, etc.). In fact, avocados and pears must be picked in order to ripen.

Do you remember the person who:


1 taught you to believe in yourself
2 hired you into your dream job
3 helped you overcome unexpected setbacks
4 promoted you to bigger and better roles
5 laughed and cried with you
6 gave up on their dreams to support yours

Have you thanked them?

Why does fruit ripen faster in a paper bag?


Placing fruit in a paper bag helps to concentrate the levels of ethylene gas which is what helps induce the ripening of the above mentioned fruits (bananas/avocados, etc.). In fact, avocados and pears must be picked in order to ripen.

Which country first adopted time zones?


On November 2, 1868, the then-British colony of New Zealand officially adopted a standard time to be observed throughout the colony, and was perhaps the first country to do so. It was based on the longitude 172°30′ East of Greenwich, that is 11 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

What makes a primary color?


Start with red, yellow, and blue paint—the primary colors. Use these to make secondary colors. Then make tertiary colors by mixing primary colors with the nearest secondary colors. (For example, you might mix yellow with green to make yellow-green, or yellow with orange to make yellow-orange.

Why are icebergs made of fresh water?


True icebergs are galcier fragments that have fallen into the sea. Glaciers are made of compacted smow, which is fresh water. Additionally, “sea ice” that forms from the freezing of sea water is also basically fresh water as well. This is because when saltwater freezes, it excludes salt from the ice crystal lattice.

Which is the hardest bone in the human body?


The head of the femur articulates with the acetabulum in the pelvic bone forming the hip joint, while the distal part of the femur articulates with the tibia and patella forming the knee joint. By most measures the femur is the strongest bone in the body. The femur is also the longest bone in the body.

Imagine a world with 100 people who each produce and consume one apple every year. If someone invents a way to double output and takes half of everyone’s second apple they become obscenely wealthy (50 apples a year). Still, everyone is much better off .This is wealth creation


Where did algebra get its name from?


The word algebra is a Latin variant of the Arabic word al-jabr . This came from the title of a book, Hidab al-jabr wal-muqubala , written in Baghdad about 825 A.D. by the Arab mathematician Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khowarizmi.

Do ants have blood in their body?


Ants do not have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and Carbon Dioxide leaves through the same holes. There are no blood vessels. The heart is a long tube that pumps colorless blood from the head back to the rear and then back up to the head again.

What is the hormone that wakes you up?


To prepare for the stress of waking, your body releases a cocktail of stress hormones, like cortisol. Gradually, your sleep becomes lighter and lighter. And that’s why you wake up before your alarm. Your body hates your alarm clock.

What were the first forms of life on Earth?


For the next 1.3 billion years (3.8 to 2.5 billion years ago), the Archean Period, first life began to appear and the world’s landmasses began to form. Earth’s initial life forms were bacteria, which could survive in the highly toxic atmosphere that existed during this time.

What do introverts mostly do?


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It takes them around 30 minutes atleast to sleep after getting in bed cause they have one hell of a cyclone of thoughts in their minds, it takes time to settle down.

Prefer traveling alone, unless the co-traveller is one of his inner circle friends.

Stare at things for a while where a normal person won’t pay attention.

Most of the time deliberately ignore calls but call back again 10–15 minutes later with an excuse.

Can identify their crush even by shadow of her, or a little glimpse in a crowd and even from very large distance from where you can just see outline of a person.

Perfect species when it comes to waiting, don’t yell generally.

Prefer Quora over Facebook.

Most of the groups in their whatsapp are mute.

Avoid negativity very well.

Never indulge themselves in trivial materialistic things, but also enjoy this if it comes from their special someone. Ex. Shopping with girlfriend/wife.

Generally room of a person is outer manifestation of their thoughts, for introverts it is full of chaos so have messy rooms.

Go by need basis, if it feels like bathing, they will take bath, timing doesn’t matter.

They don’t buy bullshit, either will remain silent or will shoot straight.

Clearly understand difference between lust and love.

They debate rarely but when they do, people generally ask them, Hey bro what happened to you?

They don’t write answers in Quora unless they feel like answering. Again, Go by need basis ( point 12).

What breeds of dogs can see in color?


What breeds of dogs can see in color?

Neitz confirmed that dogs actually do see color, but many fewer colors than normal humans do. Instead of seeing the rainbow as violet, blue, blue-green, green, yellow, orange and red, dogs would see it as dark blue, light blue, gray, light yellow, darker yellow (sort of brown), and very dark gray.

What is an upside down rainbow called?


What is an upside down rainbow called?

An upside-down rainbow is an unusual phenomenon caused by sunlight shining through a thin, visible screen of tiny ice crystals high in the sky. Interestingly enough, it has nothing to do with rain. Some people refer to this as a ‘smile rainbow’.

What organ produces adrenaline?


Epinephrine and norepinephrine are two separate but related hormones secreted by the medulla of the adrenal glands. They are also produced at the ends of sympathetic nerve fibres, where they serve as chemical mediators for conveying the nerve impulses to effector organs.

How high is the top of the atmosphere?


Earth’s atmosphere is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) thick, but most of it is within 10 miles (16 km) the surface. Air pressure decreases with altitude. At sea level, air pressure is about 14.7 pounds per square inch (1 kilogram per square centimeter).

Why is it called the Continental Divide?


The Continental Divide, also called the Great Divide, is a natural boundary line separating waters that flow into the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico from those that flow into the Pacific Ocean. It runs north-south from Alaska to northwestern South America.

Do fish sleep at night?


Yes, I would say that fish do sleep. Some fish actually lie on the bottom at night. Some of them even produce a gooey covering as a protection against other fish who might be looking for an easy meal. In the dark many fish have a lower rate of metabolism (their body machinery slows down), and that is much like sleep.

How many active volcanoes are there in the world?


How many active volcanoes are there in the world?

There are about 1500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide, aside from the continuous belt of volcanoes on the ocean floor. About 500 of these have erupted in historical time. Many of these are located along the Pacific Rim in what is known as the ‘Ring of Fire.’

How long is a day on the equator?


On the Equator, the duration of daylight is not exactly 12 hours all the year round, but rather — because of atmospheric refraction and the size of the Sun — exceeds 12 hours by about 7 minutes each day;

Is a mushroom a vegetable?


A mushroom is neither a fruit nor a vegetable; technically mushrooms aren’t even plants. They are a special type of fungus—a notion that puts some people off. If you don’t mind the fungus part, though, mushrooms are a great addition to a healthy diet—not to mention totally delicious.

What part of the body never stops growing?


Bones, stop growing after puberty and muscle and fat cells also stop dividing. But cartilage – that’s the plastic-like stuff in ears and noses – cartilage continues to grow until the day you die. Not only does cartilage grow, but the earlobes elongate from gravity.

Why are your lips red?


Your lips’ red or pink pigment comes from underlying blood vessels — red-colored, blood-filled capillaries are close to the thin skin on your lips. The transition of the reddish-pink outline of your lips to the rest of the skin is called the vermillion border, and it’s found only in humans.

What percentage of your weight is muscle?What percentage of your weight is muscle?


Exercise is very important in maintaining a healthy body and the muscle mass % is a useful indicator to control it. The normal muscle mass percentage on the body weight lies between 38% and 54% for men and between 28% and 39% for women depending on age and physical activity level.

Why do cats eyes glow at night?


Cats, dogs, and many nocturnal creatures appear to have glowing eyes because the back of their eyeballs include a special reflective layer called the tapetum lucidum. This helps animals (cats in this case) see better in low light by working like a mirror on the retina to reflect the light back through the eyes,

How long does it take to recover from giving blood?


Your body will replace the blood volume (plasma) within 48 hours. It will take four to eight weeks for your body to completely replace the red blood cells you donated. The average adult has eight to 12 pints of blood. You will not notice any physical changes related to the pint you donated.

How many teeth does an elephant have?


Elephants usually have 26 teeth: the incisors, known as the tusks, 12 deciduous premolars, and 12 molars. Unlike most mammals, which grow baby teeth and then replace them with a single permanent set of adult teeth, elephants are polyphyodonts that have cycles of tooth rotation throughout their lives.

What country does the Sahara Desert cover?


Oases support some life forms in extremely arid deserts. The Sahara covers large parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia, extends over 9,000,000 km² (over 3,475,000 sq mi) and it covers about 1/4 of the African continent.

Can you kill bacteria by freezing?


Freezing foods renders bacteria inactive but doesn’t actually kill anything. That means if your food went into the freezer contaminated, once thawed it will still harbor the same harmful bacteria. Cooking it to the recommended temperature is the only way to ensure that your food is safe.

Can graphite conduct electricity?


Graphite is an electric conductor, consequently, useful in such applications as arc lamp electrodes. It can conduct electricity due to the vast electron delocalization within the carbon layers (a phenomenon called aromaticity). These valence electrons are free to move, so are able to conduct electricity.

What is your tongue attached to?


The hyoid is anchored by muscles from the anterior, posterior and inferior directions, and aids in tongue movement and swallowing. The hyoid bone provides attachment to the muscles of the floor of the mouth and the tongue above, the larynx below, and the epiglottis and pharynx behind.

When was the first search engine invented?


The first few hundred web sites began in 1993 and most of them were at colleges, but long before most of them existed came Archie. The first search engine created was Archie, created in 1990 by Alan Emtage, a student at McGill University in Montreal.

What percentage of our brain do we use?


What percentage of our brain do we use?

The popularly and widely spread belief that we only use or have access to 10 percent of our brain’s power is often used to speculate about the extent of human abilities if only we could utilize our brain’s full capacity. In reality, this claim is 100 percent myth. We use all of our brain.

Which is the master gland in human body?


Which is the master gland in human body?

The thyroid gland, ovaries, testes, mammary glands, and the cortex of the adrenal glands are all stimulated by the hormones of the anterior pituitary, resulting in the pituitary gland being known as the “master gland” for its control of the endocrine system.

Do tomatoes 🍅 have nicotine in them?


While most people know that nicotine can be found in tobacco, low levels of the compound can be found in peppers, tomatoes and other members of the Solanaceae flowering plant family. Researchers wanted to determine if even small amounts of edible nicotine would be able to lower the risk of Parkinson Diseases.

Are teeth part of the skeletal system?


Your teeth are also considered part of your skeletal system but they are not counted as bones. Your teeth are made of enamel and dentin. Enamel is the strongest substance in your body.

What are bones made up of?


What are bones made up of?

Bone is made mostly of collagen, a protein that is woven into a flexible framework. Bone also contains calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate, minerals that add strength and harden the framework. The combination of calcium and collagen gives the bone its strength and flexibility.

Why does the moon control the tides?


The tides are due to the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun on the Earth. Because the gravitational force decreases as the distance squared, the part of the Earth that is closer to the Moon or the Sun is pulled a little extra and a bulge is created.

It’s been 11 months since I quit the rat race. I live near the sea, I manage my own time, work on my own projects and build my own dreams…


It’s been 11 months since I quit the rat race. I live near the sea, I manage my own time, work on my own projects and build my own dreams.
I shiver when I look back at the time I was sitting in corporate office cubicle for 10-11 hours everyday… filling up spreadsheets with useless data or preparing and polishing dozens of presentations nobody was going to pay attention to. Corporations spend most of their time immitating work. 95% of work I did was rubbish for the sake of corporate bureaucracy. Corporations have borrowed from goverments the use of propaganda techniques to brainwash their employees into corporate loyalty.
I remember in the last company I worked the heir of the business empire was giving speech saying things like ” in our company we are all family”… and my colleagues were like ” wow ! Isn’t he amazing!”, but I thought differently – really ?! Family?! You’re riding a private jet and I’m busting my ass 10-11 hours a day to ride a train every morning, work from home when I’m sick and I get 5% raise …fuck that kind of “family”, I better build my own…
So I prepared an escape plan and quit the rat race… It’s not easy to be free there’s plenty of hardship, but I can’t imagine going back.
Steve Cutts have made this amazing animation Short Film where he shows a perfect allegory to what it feels like being in some of the corporations.
watch the clip here

How often do we get a full moon?


How often do we get a full moon?

The modern day definition of a Blue Moon is when there are 2 full moons in one Month. A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and on the rare occasions when the full moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month.