Mutual fund managers invest similarly because of competitive pressures, might miss good investments
In a new study, a University of Missouri researcher has found that institutional mutual fund investors tend to invest in companies that have an independent board of directors because it is perceived as a "safer" option, even ...
US spies not wanted at infamous hacker meet
Revelations about a US Internet surveillance program have chilled the relationship between federal authorities and an infamous Def Con hacker gathering.
China, US to discuss cybersecurity at forum
China is ready to discuss strengthening cybersecurity with U.S. officials at a high-level forum next week and wants Washington to help settle territorial disputes in East Asia, officials said Friday.
Study reveals changes in attitude toward religion, morality, politics and other social issues
Americans are more respectful now than ever before when it comes to the religious traditions of their peers, according to findings from the longitudinal Rice University Portraits of American Life Study (PALS). Other findings: ...
Airborne gut action primes wild chili pepper seeds
Scientists have long known that seeds gobbled by birds and dispersed across the landscape tend to fare better than those that fall near parent plants where seed-hungry predators and pathogens are more concentrated.
Study shows how Facebook's mutual-friends feature creates security risks, privacy concerns
The mutual-friends feature on social networks such as Facebook, which displays users' shared friendships, might not be so "friendly."
Nemo helps anemone partner breath by fanning with his fins
Setting up home in the stinging tentacles of a sea anemone might seem like a risky option, but anemonefish – also known as clownfish and popularised in the movie Finding Nemo – are perfectly content in their unlikely ...
Mutual funds have 'invisible' costs, study reports
(Phys.org)—Investors often rely on the commonly published "expense ratio" of mutual funds as a predictor of performance, but this measure ignores "invisible" costs that occur when funds trade portfolio ...
China denounces US sanctions against companies
(AP)—China on Tuesday denounced U.S. sanctions against a leading state arms maker and other companies over alleged illicit dealings with North Korea, Syria and Iran.
Broker fees from mutual funds affect advice, predict worse performance, new study says
Brokers are supposed to recommend investments that are in the best interests of their clients. But a study published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Finance has found that mutual funds offering higher broker ...
Wolfram Alpha expands Facebook analytics
Bridging the immigration divide
Recent immigrants and people descended from earlier immigrants – whether voluntary or forced – often eye each other warily, sometimes finding themselves at odds.
How do you know if you ran through a wall? Testing the nature of dark energy and dark matter
(Phys.org)—Researchers from Canada, California, and Poland have devised a straightforward way to test an intriguing idea about the nature of dark energy and dark matter. A global array of atomic magnetometers ...
First planets found around sun-like stars in a cluster
(Phys.org)—NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense ...