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Show Me the Money: Just How Valuable Is Christmas?
The holiday shopping season only represents a slice of the economic picture, but it's still important. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
Tangled Web: Secrets of the Hidden Internet Explained
Buried below the surface of the web as we know it, you can find secrets, and unsavory behavior. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
Every Last Penny: The Booming Funeral Business
From the hearse to the casket, the average cost for a funeral can run up to eight thousand dollars. But a time of mourning doesn't have to be a time of spending, if you're careful.
Show Me: How Bad Is the Student Debt Crush?
It's a trillion dollar problem that's causing many potential students to opt out of college altogether. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
Where Does Chocolate Come From?
Worldwide production of chocolate is worth about $100 billion per year. CNBC's John Schoen takes a look inside the sweetest industry. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
How to Save Energy? Utilities Bank on Behavioral Science
The United States uses more air conditioning than the rest of the world combined. Dealing with the high energy peaks has lead utilities to try everything from new technology to "behavioral science."
Why Can't Some Beers Cross State Lines?
American beers are a testament to experimentation and risk-taking. So is it so hard to get good beers to cross state lines? Blame Prohibition.
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Speed Matters: How High Frequency Traders Cash In
Show Me: High frequency traders use all kinds of technological tricks to make money from other brokers' trades. CNBC's Dominic Chu explains how. Illustrated by Paca Thomas.
Burger-Free BBQ? Why Meat Prices Are Soaring
The prices of beef, pork and corn are all on the rise, thanks to a combination of drought, rising demand and speculation. Ben Popken reports and Rob Donnelly illustrates.
Infographic: Are Female CEOs More Likely to Be Dismissed?
After a high-profile departure at the New York Times, a recent survey confirms that women are forced out of top jobs more often than men.
Mortgage Mystery Solved! How Lenders Pick Your Rate
Show Me: It might sound crazy that two people purchasing two similar houses could come away with wildly different mortgages, but as Diana Olick explains, a mortgage is really about a deal that happens outside of view. Illustrated by Vin Liota.
Infographic: How Much Money Do You Carry?
A new survey reveals how little cash most Americans have in their wallets.
Bulbs to Bouquets: Inside the Global Flower Market
Before they end up in your local florist's window, a bouquet of flowers can travel across three continents. Illustration by Rob Donnelly.
How High Frequency Trading Works
Some say it rigs the markets in favor of the big guys. Others say it makes the markets operate more efficiently. But how does it really work?
Fewer Startups Means Better Job Market
The rate at which Americans are starting new businesses declined last year to pre-recession levels, suggesting fewer needed to create jobs.
Are Bitcoins the Future of Money or Just a Scam?
Show Me: Virtual currencies like Bitcoin are showing what's possible when money isn't connected to a government bank. But not all of the possibilities are good for the average consumer.
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Why Does the GDP Change So Much?
The Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is constantly being revived. That‘s because counting all the goods and services sold in the country can be a challenging and overwhelming task. Usually, the government issues at least three versions of the GDP, but last year, the figure was revised all the way back to 1929. Watch this video, reported with CNBC’s Jeff Cox to learn why.
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Want to Win an Oscar? Follow This Secret Formula
Every time the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hands out another Oscar, they do more than honor an artist or a producer for their achievement in filmmaking. They also add a new data point to rich set of statistics going back to the first awards ceremony, in 1928. With over 80 entries in the Best Picture category, NBC News decided to look back at all of the past winners to determine what, if anything, the top films had in common. The average length is 139 minutes, with the all-time record holder, “Gone with the Wind” clocking in at 238 minutes. “Gone With the Wind” might be the prototypical best picture because it shares a lot with the other winners: it’s a romance, set in the past, based on a book. More than two-thirds of all winners take their inspiration from a book or play, and if you expand the definition of adaptation to include real-world events (like this year’s nominee, “American Hustle”), the number jumps almost as high as the percentage of winning dramas.
Hot in Here? Supreme Court Takes On Global Warming
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that tests whether the EPA can regulate greenhouse gases in power plants.
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Is Life in America Getting More (or Less) Expensive?
Every month the government issues its measure of consumer inflation, and every month, Americans scratch their heads in puzzlement.
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How to Grab Skating Gold: It's All About Math
New rules used to score figure skating requires that judges create two different sets of scores, multiplied against varying factors, averaged and then added together. As if that wasn't complicated enough, the scoring happens twice.
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Why the Jobless Rate Isn't What It Seems
The unemployment number: it's the mother of all economic barometers. But do Americans really know what it's telling us and whether it's giving us a complete picture of the labor market's health? Watch this NBC News video and find out.
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Pain at the Pump: Why Do Gas Prices Change?
The price of gasoline depends on everything from refiners and shippers to geography and taxes.
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