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Alton Brown takes the Marketplace Quiz

Sep 23, 2016
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Raghu Manavalan

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, Alton Brown, author of "EveryDayCook" and self-described "poly-culinary hypenate," took our money-inspired personality questionnaire. 

Fill in the blank, money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you _______.

Facebook miscalculated video numbers for two years

Sep 23, 2016
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Reema Khrais

In this advertisement from the Tex Mex restaurant Chuy's, the average view for the video was 100 percent. That means everyone who saw the ad supposedly watched it from start to end. 

"I don't think it's mathematically possible," said Kristen Sussman, founder and president of social media agency, Social Distillery. 

But after Facebook apologized Friday for miscalculating an important video metric for two years, the inflated numbers make more sense, Sussman said.

Congratulations are in order, kind of, for a few exemplary researchers and one massive multinational corporation.

This year's Ig Nobel awards — the rather-less-noble-than-the-Nobel awards for "improbable" research and accomplishments — were announced Thursday night.

The honorees included a man who lived as a goat, a man who lived as a badger, a man who put tiny pants on rats and tracked their sex lives, a team who investigated the personalities of rocks, and Volkswagen.

Who Is Responsible For That Pile Of Poop?

Sep 23, 2016

A group of villagers walks through Jiling, in the Nuwakot district of central Nepal, with eyes glued to the ground. They cut narrow paths around rice fields and yield to goats until they find what they are looking for: A brown, stinky, fly-covered pile.

"It's poop," laughs 40-year-old Chandra Kumari. Human poop.

Leading the expedition is Sanjaya Devkota, who works for the U.N. Habitat through the Global Sanitation Fund. He asks who's responsible for the offending pile.

Warplanes were pounding rebel-held areas of Aleppo hours after Syria's government launched a new offensive amid the collapse of a cease-fire earlier this week — and internationally renowned rescue volunteers say their centers are being targeted by the airstrikes.

The regime announced the offensive on state media Thursday. "A Syrian military official said airstrikes and shelling in Aleppo might continue for an extended period and the operation will expand into a ground invasion of rebel-held districts," The Associated Press reported, quoting Syrian state media.

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Donna Tam

Doctor morale continues to be low, which may limit patients' access to care, according to a study released this month.

The study was conducted by The Physicians Foundation, a not-for-profit interested in knowing how the Affordable Care Act affects doctors. The organization surveyed more than 17,000 physicians. The numbers seemed pretty dire for the profession:

What kind of economy will our next president inherit?

Sep 23, 2016
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Marketplace staff

We know from lots of polling that the economy is still a main driver of political decisions. As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump head to the debate stage on Monday, Americans will be listening for their plans for "achieving prosperity." So, what kind of economy will one of these candidates inherit?

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JaeRan Kim

It’s wait and see for opponents and supporters of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a pipeline project designed to move hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil each day from North Dakota's oil fields to refineries in Illinois.

Passwords? There's a technology for those

Sep 23, 2016
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Gigi Douban

In an FAQ posted Thursday following news of a security breach in which 500 million user accounts were compromised, Yahoo covered the basics: what sorts of information hackers stole, what to do next. And then there’s a bunch of information on the measures Yahoo takes to secure passwords.

Cloud computing brings big data centers, but few jobs

Sep 23, 2016
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Lizzie O'Leary and Hayley Hershman

Data centers are opening across the country, often in small, rural areas. They help you binge watch, back up your photos and let you collaborate on work. Quentin Hardy wrote about them in the New York Times.

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