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World's largest flawless diamond up for auction

Today, Christie's will auction off a rare 101 carat diamond that is expected to fetch $20 million to $30 million.
Posted In: auctions, Christie's, diamonds

Making sports more exciting can mean...more danger

Thursday’s fatal capsizing of an America's Cup yacht has raised questions about faster, lighter, riskier boats. They're designed to make the competition more exciting, and appeal to younger TV viewers -- and advertisers.
Posted In: business of sports, america's cup, Sports

Does fair trade clothing help the consumer and the retailer?

Following another tragic fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory, retailers are now ceding to consumer demand and putting the exact origins of their products on the label. But will this “fair trade” practice hurt the bottom line? And will those same consumers actually buy the more expensive fair trade products, or reach for the cheaper item on the next rack?
Posted In: Fair trade, Retail, clothing, Bangladesh

Why other cities want to copy Austin's innovative spirit

How has the capital of Texas became a hub for innovation and job creation, and what can other aspiring cities learn from Austin?
Posted In: Austin, innovation

Abandoned buildings get starring role in social media

Some people like to go into old, vacant buildings to post photos and video of their exploits on social media sites like Instagram and Flickr. Sometimes, that can be an advantage for real estate agents.
Posted In: social media, instagram, history, photography

A controversy over how Deepwater Horizon cleanup funds are being spent

Last week, BP and five coastal states affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill announced $594 million in projects funded by BP for early restoration of the Gulf. A lot of the money is being spent on stuff not related to the spill at all, especially on repairing damage from various hurricanes.
Posted In: bp oil spill, deepwater horizon

The number mental health advocates want you to talk about

The folks at Mental Health America are encouraging people to complete a three-minute online screening as part of Mental Health Month.
Posted In: mental health, viral marketing

The least flexible part of the Workplace Flexibility Act (for workers)

Critics say the Workplace Flexibility Act of 2013 isn’t about increased flexibility for workers, but about flexibility for employers.
Posted In: Workplace Flexibility Act, workplace

New study details the costs and benefits of Medicaid

In Oregon, researchers followed 10,000 new enrollees in Medicaid. They used more health care services, but had more to spend on other necessities.
Posted In: health care, medicaid

Going for dollars, public universities are taking more out-of-state students

It's decision day for students, and many of them will be going out of state. Who loses in this equation?
Posted In: applying to college, college admissions, public universities

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