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July 26th, 2013 · No Comments

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People should eat breakfast to keep their hearts in good condition, according to researchers in the US.

BBC News – Breakfast linked to ‘healthy heart’

So Cruyff influenced Bielsa and Guardiola, and Bielsa influenced Martino and Guardiola… ultimately, all roads lead back to Johan Cruyff.

BBC Sport – Gerardo Martino: New Barcelona coach right fit for Spanish club

Thalidomide was first marketed in the late 1950s as a sedative. It was given to pregnant women to help them overcome morning sickness – but it damaged babies in the womb, restricting the growth of arms and legs. About 10,000 Thalidomide babies were born worldwide until the drug was withdrawn in the early 1960s.

BBC News – Brazil’s new generation of Thalidomide babies

Scientists say that the release of large amounts of methane from thawing permafrost in the Arctic could have huge economic impacts for the world. The researchers estimate that the climate effects of the release of this gas could cost $60 trillion (£39 trillion), roughly the size of the global economy in 2012.

BBC News – Arctic methane ‘time bomb’ could have huge economic costs

Cash set a record in the first quarter of 2013 on an absolute basis: $1.093 trillion in the S&P 500. It has set a record for 18 of the last 20 quarters.

Despite dividends and buybacks, corporate cash hoard soars

It used to be believed that asset bubbles emerged spontaneously, or perhaps came from sunspots or other mysterious causes. Now we know more and we know better, and, while we may not be able to predict bubbles, we understand them to be a product of particular actions and choices by financial institutions and their regulators.

FRB: Speech–Raskin, Beyond Capital: The Case for a Harmonized Response to Asset Bubbles–July 17, 2013

Growth, however, can still be found. Analysts have forecast economic growth in Latin America for 2013 at approximately 3%, which is perfectly reasonable and quite impressive when compared to economic growth in the U.S.A., which has about an annualized growth rate of about 1.1% so far this year. For those who wish to take advantage of this growth, I’ve identified five strong buys

Look to Latin America for exposure to emerging markets

Women like to date men who make them laugh due to evolutionary differences hard-wired into our brains, according to new research.

Women Have Evolved To Date Funny Men, Study Suggests – Business Insider

It is much more likely that the current “rotation” of money from stocks into bonds is more likely a continuation of the bad investment behavior by retail investors rather than a secular shift in sentiment.

Great Rotation And Bad Behavior – Business Insider

One reason to think Obamacare isn’t doing much to stifle job-creation: More than 9 out of 10 businesses subject to the law already offer health coverage, while companies with fewer than 50 employees are exempt (About 60 percent of these smaller firms offer health insurance, and under the ACA they also may qualify for a tax credit for offering coverage.) Of the 28 million small businesses in the U.S., 96 percent won’t be subject to the rules, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Is Obamacare a job-killer? – CBS News

Two security experts in the US have demonstrated taking control of two popular models of car, while someone else was driving them, using a laptop.

BBC News – Car hackers use laptop to control standard car

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