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Businesses Race to Turn Science Fiction into Fact

The race is on to bring a jetpack to market. New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft has a jetpack which is due to go on sale this year and US-based JetPack Aviation is working on a more streamlined offering. Therefore, aviation junkies with the cash to spare will soon be able to get their hands on what has long been the preserve of science fiction.

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Gig Workers' Risky Business

To secure work in the gig economy, workers often have to contribute not just their time and labour but also their capital. This means workers are not only shouldering the risks associated with insecure employment but also the risks associated with investing capital into businesses that they have little control over.

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What's not to Like about Potash?

We are on the precipice of a food fight among 7 billion people, and potash will be right at the center of it.  If you can add 200,000 people every day to the global population and account for a significant loss of farmland at the same time, you can begin to understand the dire food situation facing the planet. This is why potash is so important: It’s the fundamental element that everyone takes for granted, despite the fact that a projected 7.7 billion lives will depend upon it by 2020.

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For Our Next Vacation, Let's Visit a Slum

Back in Victorian times, wealthier citizens could sometimes be found wandering among London’s poorer, informal neighbourhoods, distributing charity to the needy. “Slumming” – as it was called – was later dismissed as a morally dubious and voyeuristic pastime.  Today, it’s making a comeback; wealthy Westerners are once more making forays into slums – and this time, they’re venturing right across the developing world.

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What is a Swing Trade and How is it Helping Businesses?

Businesses benefit from having substantial shareholders as directors on audit committees, but only when they are utilising swing trades, new research shows. The research compares the presence of these experienced directors as opposed to independent directors in management of Australian companies listed on the ASX.

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An Oil Drilling and Service Catch 22

The impact of rising oil prices on North American light tight oil (LTO) production is said to be a “Catch 22”, the title of Joseph Heller’s popular 1961 novel set in WWII. The premise was you could get out of the army if you were crazy but you weren’t crazy to try to get out of the army. Therefore, this avenue to escape the war didn’t work for the book’s main character John Yossarian.

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Uranium Bottom: Are We There Yet?

With prices set to double by 2018, we've seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn are now Connected

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has explained the rationale behind the tech company’s plans to buy LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion.  In a letter to staff, Nadella said he believes that access to LinkedIn customers will benefit the sales of Microsoft products and in exchange, LinkedIn’s growth would be “accelerated”.

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Oil Slips off an 11-Month High

Oil prices reached their highest level in eleven months in the middle of last week.  The front-month futures contract did not post a key reversal on June 9, but the continuation contract did.  Since reaching almost $51.70, prices have pushed lower, with lower highs and lower lows.

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Euro 2016: More Teams Equal More Money

There are two ways of viewing the fact that a record 24 national teams are competing to lift the Henri Delaunay Cup at Euro 2016 in France. Some regard UEFA’s decision to include nearly half of its 55 members as a move to leverage football’s ability to bring people together in a celebration of sport and national identity.

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