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Unicorn Ventures

by admin on December 15, 2015

During the Renaissance, a mystical animal was a common subject of European folklore. The unicorn was said to be colored in a white so pure that other colors could not penetrate it. Their protruding ivory horn was said to have magic healing powers and could make even the most bacteria infested water source potable. The…

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During the Renaissance, a mystical animal was a common subject of European folklore. The unicorn was said to be colored in a white so pure that other colors could not penetrate it. Their protruding ivory horn was said to have magic healing powers and could make even the most bacteria infested water source potable. The…

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Climate Change “Investment Style”

by admin on December 15, 2015

Scandinavian scientists began to explore the impacts of global temperature change in the early 1900’s. In the 1950’s geophysicist Roger Reville demonstrated the increase of CO2 levels in the atmosphere and attributed much of the gain to fossil fuel use. This finding spurred significant interest in the subject. Dozens of studies on the subject were…

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Scandinavian scientists began to explore the impacts of global temperature change in the early 1900’s. In the 1950’s geophysicist Roger Reville demonstrated the increase of CO2 levels in the atmosphere and attributed much of the gain to fossil fuel use. This finding spurred significant interest in the subject. Dozens of studies on the subject were…

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The Availability Heuristic

by admin on December 15, 2015

Russian scientist and professor, Dmitri Mendeleev had a dream. Upon awakening he furiously scribbled element symbols and atomic weights in a tabular fashion on a stray sheet of paper. The periodic table was born. Mendeleev wasn’t alone in his quest to discover and classify new elements, but he was the first to notice a pattern…

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Russian scientist and professor, Dmitri Mendeleev had a dream. Upon awakening he furiously scribbled element symbols and atomic weights in a tabular fashion on a stray sheet of paper. The periodic table was born. Mendeleev wasn’t alone in his quest to discover and classify new elements, but he was the first to notice a pattern…

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Better Mousetraps and Smart Beta Investing

by admin on December 15, 2015

“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” This was a phrase attributed curiously and posthumously to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Though the exact phrasing never appears in one of his works, this call to innovation is one of the tenets of capitalistic thought. The US Patent and Trademark Office…

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“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” This was a phrase attributed curiously and posthumously to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Though the exact phrasing never appears in one of his works, this call to innovation is one of the tenets of capitalistic thought. The US Patent and Trademark Office…

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Rain Bombs and Emerging Markets

by admin on December 15, 2015

Legendary KXAN weatherman, Harold Taft, is credited with a quote that has become part of accepted wisdom in Texas regarding the weather. “The only way to cure a drought is with a flood.” Lake Travis is a large body water carved out of the Colorado river by the LCRA to help protect Austin against flash…

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Legendary KXAN weatherman, Harold Taft, is credited with a quote that has become part of accepted wisdom in Texas regarding the weather. “The only way to cure a drought is with a flood.” Lake Travis is a large body water carved out of the Colorado river by the LCRA to help protect Austin against flash…

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