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  • With Lust In Our Hearths

    The housing boom was driven by more than economics. Our exuberance for lavish renovations, custom mansions and vacation getaways was fueled partly by the media. In a new book, NEWSWEEK's Daniel McGinn explains why.
  • Unleash The Little Guys

    Once the land of the free, America now holds up entrepreneurs and start-ups. Four ways to fix the problem.
  • A Rock Star’s Rebirth

    Carlos Ghosn made history saving Nissan. Then the company stumbled. Now he's trying for a comeback.
  • Electroshock Therapy

    Taser International tries to soften its weapon's harsh image, with a civilian model designed just for her.
  • Food vs. Fuel

    The world's food system may be about to go into crisis, and the U.S. government's energy policy may be partly to blame.
  • Q&A With Jim Cramer

    The CNBC anchor on his new book, the mortgage mess and the on-air competition at Fox Business News.
  • Panda Lovers Love Coal

    It isn't just pandas the World Wildlife Fund is hugging. In a major policy shift, the group is cautiously embracing a longtime foe of the greens: King Coal. Its report, "Climate Solutions: WWF's Vision for 2050," maps out a plan for doubling global energy consumption while slashing greenhouse-gas emissions by 60 percent—the minimum necessary to limit global warming to 2 degrees C. Amid the usual call for renewables, WWF envisions coal delivering 20 percent of global energy needs in 2050.Why coal? Because "there is no silver bullet" to stop global warming, says Liam Salter, head of WWF's climate-change program in Hong Kong. Nor is it practical to rule out the dirty but abundant fossil fuel. The report envisions "a clearly defined, though limited, role for coal in a climate-friendly economy." Coal would fire highly efficient (and still experimental) power plants that store CO2 underground. Conservation would help bridge the gap between now and 2030, when the new coal plants will be...
  • Subprimes: From Bad to Worse

    The mortgage mess isn't causing our worsening economic condition; it's a symptom of a far more serious problem.
  • High-Stakes Science

    Labs that research deadly microbes are proliferating around the country, but are they creating more risks than they prevent?
  • Bali: Talking Up Climate

    The stakes are high for the U.N. climate talks in Bali, but without the United States progress will be limited.
  • Rx for Health Care: Pain

    Health care is ultimately a political issue of making choices. The present politics aims to hide the costs and skew the choices.
  • Do Real Friends Share Ads?

    Who wants to broadcast the news that he's bought a can of Sprite? Who wants to see that on a Facebook News Feed?
  • 1st Class Airports in 3rd World

    In the developing world, Urban life is a hieronymus Bosch-like vision of tangled traffic, crumbling infrastructure, overcrowding and crippling economic inefficiencies. The population of Vietnam is 85 million souls, of which roughly 84.7 million are driving motorbikes through the center of Ho Chi Minh City right now. In Phnom Penh, the streets leading down to the picturesque Mekong River waterfront are lined with uncollected garbage.But the airports—ah, the airports—in these poor countries are First World havens, oases of cleanliness, serenity and order. The United States, the wealthiest nation on earth, presents the flip side of this paradox. Outside the airports, it's a model of calm and prosperity. But step inside, and conditions instantly degenerate. Citizens queue in interminable lines and suffer humiliating treatment at the hands of surly authorities. In the first nine months of 2007, only 73.2 percent of flights at the top 32 U.S. airports arrived on time, and one of every 138...
  • Capital Ideas

    So, how are you doing? It used to be that you were OK if you earned the equivalent of your age in thousands, but success has become a lot costlier and more complicated since then. Here are some updated ways to measure your financial health.• Check the averages: Median U.S. household income is $48,000, and if your family brings in $88,030, you're in the top quintile of households. If the members of your household are earning more than $157,176, you're in the top 5 percent. When it comes to those credit-card balances, you should try to underachieve: $10,000 is now about the average credit-card debt per household, according to cardtrak.com.• Pretend you're a business: Denver financial adviser Charles Farrell evaluates clients' health with financial ratios that are similar to the ones used for companies, and he pegs it to their age, too. At 30, you should have your highest levels of debt (including mortgage, student loans and credit cards) to earnings, with total debt double your annual...
  • Some Special Hotel Treats

    Hotels are stepping up their amenities to woo guests. At the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, guests can book a private recording studio (www.palms.com). The InterContinental London Park Lane offers a pre holiday "look and learn before you cook and burn" class (ichotelsgroup.com). Rome's Cavalieri Hilton dresses Russell Crowe wannabes in gladiator garb, in which they spend the day learning fighting moves before heading for a massage at the spa (cavalierihilton.it). Skiers will appreciate customized equipment at Pure in Jackson Hole, Wyo. (pure jacksonhole.com). Guests at New York's Bryant Park hotel can choose goodies like the BedSide Lockbox that includes a blindfold, handcuffs and condoms delivered to their rooms from the upscale adult boutique, the Pleasure Chest (bryantparkhotel .com). And the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong features a sushi turndown service, with pillow-top snacks that look like raw fish but are chocolates (hongkong.langhamhotels .com). Sweet dreams.
  • How To Rise Above It All

    Top executives fed up with airport delays and traffic jams are fueling a boom in helicopter travel. Companies, such as London-based PremiAir and Europe-wide RotorMotion, charter their craft to businesses seeking to ferry employees to key meetings and clients to golf outings, as well as to shorten the commute of business leaders from their suburban homes. Honeywell forecasts a 40 percent rise in demand for civil helicopters in the next five years.The world's undisputed heli-capital is São Paulo, which boasts 250 helipads, most of them private—thanks in part to Brazil's soaring crime rates, which make the rich feel vulnerable on the streets. New York has three heliports used to fly execs on business and private junkets. And London's main helipad at Battersea is full to capacity, with stockbrokers taking clients to dinner and rich Russians viewing luxury properties.Fliers tend to favor the twin-engine Agusta, which is faster and safer than a single-engine craft. PremiAir charters the...
  • Tech Hubs Flourish Abroad

    Investors looking for the next big things need to take a detour. New tech hubs are flourishing abroad.
  • Private Islands for Super Rich

    The superrich are finding new ways to set themselves apart. It's not just clubs, resorts and Gulfstreams. Now there are private concerts, stores—and islands.
  • Suits for All Seasons

    Top execs want tailors to come to them. In return, they'll buy scores of pinstripes at the same time.
  • Bollywood Takes on Hollywood

    India's film industry has long been prolific and chaotic. Now, with modern business leaders, it's coming of age—and taking aim at Hollywood, U.S.A.
  • Launching the Next Generation

    The German cofounder of SAP has helped to create design institutes at two universities. He says education is the key to high-tech innovation.
  • Quick Read

    As economic power has shifted from those who make things to those who make ideas, the ability of a person or company to own and control ideas can mean the difference between fortune and failure. But unlike other forms of property such as real estate, where most legal principles are long settled, the law of ideas, trademarks and copyright is prone to abrupt shifts in judicial opinions and statutes. Stanford law professor Goldstein warns that managing intellectual property is like "drawing lines in water," but he also relies on 40 years of academic and professional experience to show nonlawyers how to protect themselves, their ideas and their companies.Rags-to-riches stories may provide inspiring myths about the possibilities of making it to the top in New York, but this tale of one man's path from rags to riches to ridicule is more compelling for being true. CNBC correspondent Gasparino's rigorously reported tome tells the story of a man whose decidedly modest ambitions to become a...