Is the miraculous North Dakota boom over?

Fracking rig in North Dakota.

Today’s North Dakota, flush in its energy frenzy, has been characterized “the luckiest place on earth” by Chip Brown.  His New York Times Magazine article showed chief executives and miners both giddy about their topographical luck and only slightly nervous that this boom would end as the last ones have ended in a bust.

 

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The disaster that exposed the corruption of China’s economic boom

The crash at Wenzhou.

Train passengers hurried across Beijing South Station at the final call to board bullet train D301, heading south on the world’s largest, fastest, and newest high-speed railway, the Harmony Express on the morning of July 23, 2011. It was bound for Fuzhou, fourteen hundred miles away.

 

 

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New tech boom in San Francisco brings jobs but also worries

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Twitter and other tech start-ups are gravitating toward San Francisco.

Twitter will be moving into its new headquarters in downtown San Francisco this month.  It will occupy three floors of an 11-story 1937 Art Deco building that has sat shuttered for five years. Outside, its blue bird logo will replace the former main tenant’s sign, whose analog clocks remain frozen at 9:18, 4:33 and other times past.

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Bring the booming system with you

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When ‘boom’ is an understatement.

I know the latest trend in audio is to put speakers into clothing wherever possible, but this backpack speaker unit, complete with 8-inch woofer, seems like overkill. For one thing, it can’t be good for the ears of whoever wears the thing. Then there’s the fact that no one will want to be anywhere near you when this thing kicks off…

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Record Number of Chinese Students Enrolling in American Colleges

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Chinese student adjusts to western ways.

In her ballroom dance class, Li Wanrong has learned to tango and cha-cha. At lunch one day, she tried a strange mix of flavors — pepperoni pizza, the spicy sausage and oozing cheese nearly burning her tongue. Then there was that Friday night before going clubbing for the first time when new friends gave her a makeover, and she looked in the mirror to see an American girl smiling back wearing a little black dress, red lipstick and fierce eyeliner.

 

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Online Display-Ad Spending Will Fall In 2009

Online Display-Ad Spending Will Fall In 2009

For a year, we’ve listened to analysts passionately explain how online ad spending will power through any broader economic and advertising weakness. Eyeballs are moving online, this story went (goes), ad dollars will follow. Online advertising is accountable. Online advertising is the future. Blah, blah, blah.

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Foreign Workers and the Dubai Building Boom

Foreign Workers and the Dubai Building Boom

Behind every great building boom lies an army of unsung heroes doing the toughest jobs

Migrant workers on a building construction site in Dubai. No country is as dependent on migrants as the United Arab Emirates, where foreigners make up about 85 percent of the population and 99 percent of the private work force. (Pics)

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Boom in Pre-Washed Salads ‘Will Bring More Poisonings’

 Boom in Pre-Washed Salads ‘Will Bring More Poisonings’

Just when you thought you were eating healthier…

The growing popularity of pre-packed salads is likely to lead to an increase in food-poisoning cases, scientists warned today. They also said that while scientists have a role to play in protecting food from contamination, consumers should be aware of the risks.

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