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Russian space geckos didn't survive their journey

Rest in peace, little guys. Russia's infamous space geckos, which were sent into space to test the effects of weightlessness on copulation, didn't survive the trip home. Russia's space agency confirmed Monday that the satellite, the Foton-M4 capsule, had landed, but all five of the geckos had died. Show More Summary

Vacuum Sealing Values -- Savings Experiment

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10 Ways to Boost Your All-Important Credit Score

Your credit score holds a lot of power. It affects your ability to get a car loan, rent an apartment, apply for a mortgage, and sometime, even your ability to get a job. And fundamentally, a lower score means that every time you need to borrow money, you'll pay more to do it. Show More Summary

Ask the Readers: Where Do You Want to Be, Financially, in 5 Years?

Most of us have goals for our money, whether specific (pay off the mortgage) or general (maintain a comfortable lifestyle). We set our financial visions on different timelines, too — each person's circumstances are different, after all. Show More Summary

Why Burger King's Tax Inversion Maneuver Is No Surprise

Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images By Tom Bergin Burger King (BKW) may have taken a lot of flack in the past week for a deal that should curb its U.S. tax bill but in many ways it is consistent with the burger chain's aggressive tax-reduction strategies in recent years. Some U.S. Show More Summary

What's really limiting advances in computer tech

How does a biologist, or a computational neuroscience, possibly have the wherewithal to stay current on all aspects of his field? Nature, one of the world's top journals for peer-reviewed scientific breakthroughs, does what it can to...Show More Summary

Construction Spending Hits Highest Level in Over 5 Years

John Raoux/AP By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- U.S. construction spending rebounded strongly to hit its highest level in more than 5½ years in July as private construction increased and state and local government outlays surged,...Show More Summary

Seven Clever Food Strategies for Stretching a Small Food Budget (and Nine Foods That Are Filling, Healthy, and Cheap!)

There are a lot of strategies out there for stretching a food budget, from couponing to meal planning. I’ve laid out our six-step plan for organizing cheap meals many times on The Simple Dollar, and it’s a routine we stick to almost every week. Show More Summary

Study: Watching action films may cause overeating

A new study suggests that how much you eat at movie night may be related to what you're watching. The study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine, looked at the effect of various movie genres on the eating habits undergraduate students. Show More Summary

New York is still a magnet for foreign students

Among the more fascinating facts discovered in Brookings analyst Neil Ruiz's research on the geography of foreign students in the U.S. is where they decide to stay after they get their degree. A plurality stay in New York City — or move there. Show More Summary

1-800-Flowers Buying Harry & David for $142.5 Million

Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images CARLE PLACE, N.Y. -- 1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS) is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts. The deal includes Harry &Show More Summary

The 8 Worst Home Sale Horror Stories

If you've ever purchased or tried to sell a home, you know it's a process. Credit checks, home inspections, down payments, and more could delay your sale. And after you purchase the home, it's yours for life. So if you missed something during those grueling weeks of closing, it's your problem for life — or until you try to sell it. Show More Summary

Home Prices Gain but at Slower Pace in July

Michael Dwyer/AP By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON -- U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices rose 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. Show More Summary

11 Secrets to Saving Big Bucks at Ikea

If you've ever spent the day at Ikea, you probably know how it feels to rack up a huge bill on cheap furniture, meatballs, and hip Swedish art prints. While most of the inventory at Ikea is a great deal, the amount adds up quickly! To combat this, there are ways to score your favorite products on the cheap and avoid unnecessary spending. Show More Summary

10 things you need to know today: September 2, 2014

1. The Pentagon announces airstrikes against al Shabab in SomaliaThe U.S. launched airstrikes Monday against leaders of Somalia's al Shabab, the Islamist extremist group responsible for an attack on a upscale mall in Kenya last year....Show More Summary

Maybe You Should Lease That Car After All…

The only thing that many personal finance writers hate more than buying a car with a loan? Leasing a car. However, there are times when it might make sense for you to lease. This is especially true if your alternative is to buy a car with a 72-month loan. Show More Summary

German Court Bans Uber

A violation of the ban could result in a fine as high as $328,000 per ride

How to save big with a salvage title

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. What was your first reaction when you saw “salvage title” in the headline? Cringe and shudder? Outrage, that anybody could seriously suggest something so risky on a respectable site like this? In mixed company, no less? Step away from the ledge, slowly, exhale, and then hear me [...]

How Harry Houdini escaped death

There's a key scene in Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin in which Steve Carell's guileless, sexually withdrawn character reflects on the reason women aren't attracted to him. "You know what my problem is?" he says. "I am not interesting. Show More Summary

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