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Features by Gigi Douban

A Shell employee conducts a safety walk-through of a tanker truck at a gas station in Kuala Lumpur.

Big Oil's first cut: exploration

In response to low oil prices, oil companies may cut back exploration projects.
Posted In: Shell, Oil, gas prices, big oil
 A worker cuts steel billets at an iron and steel enterprise in China.

U.S. steel makers face challenges to profits

Foreign competition and a decline in oil drilling counter a strong U.S. economy.
Posted In: steel, markets, iron ore
A gallery-goer admires a fully functional urinal by artist Andrew Ohanesian titled "Urinal."

Why aren't more urinals installed in homes?

Absence of urinals in houses may be related to a simple fact: At home, it's not called "the men's room."
Posted In: Baths
Philippe Benito, left, demonstrates U.S. brand Tupperware in Lyon, France, in 2011 at the home of a young woman who organized the gathering around a cooking class.

Meet the woman who brought you the Tupperware Party

Brownie Wise pioneered sale of products at home parties. Then Tupperware fired her.
Posted In: holidays brought to you buy, tupperware

Is unemployment really worse in the South?

Jobless rates are up in some Southern states. But the numbers may be misleading.
Posted In: Unemployment, South, job market

Why are so many holidays on Mondays?

Some worry that people are too busy spending to remember why they have a day off.

A new game for neighborhood parks: marketing

Public parks are trying to get people away from screens and into the community.
Posted In: urban parks, marketing

New York begins free universal pre-kindergarten

Free universal pre-K begins as part of an initiative by new mayor Bill de Blasio.
Posted In: preschool, day care, New York

Co-working gains steam, so is the business behind it

We explore whether this new office business model is here to stay.
Posted In: coworking, Sharing, telecommuting, office
Wal-Mart

Is Wal-Mart rethinking its business approach?

How will Wal-Mart's socially-responsible initiatives fit with its corporate goals?
Posted In: Wal-Mart, marketing

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