A Nutty Demand and Supply Story

Our almond story starts on the demand side in China with a name change. Just like apricot kernals, California almonds had been called xing ren until the apricot kernel growers accused the Americans of…

Why Should You Care About Time Zones?

At 5:30 am in San Francisco, the sun is not up and neither are most people. But, coordinating with NY time, work in the financial district has begun. Offices are active as are local coffee shops. Out …

Caffeine Highs and Lows

Among the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, euro-zone consumers are cutting back. As one Milan café owner explained, “Since the beginning of the year most of our regulars cut their coffees f…

Now or Later?

Reading about why people have a tough time delaying gratification, I started to think about countries. First people… A part of your brain–the insula–becomes more active when faced wi…

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