Why There Is A Helium Shortage

From CNBC. What do balloons, MRIs and rockets all have in common? They all rely on helium — and the global market for the noble gas has been deflating for years. Helium is the second-most abundant element in the known universe, but it’s hard to capture on Earth because of how easily it floats out…

Why There Is A Helium Shortage

From CNBC. What do balloons, MRIs and rockets all have in common? They all rely on helium — and the global market for the noble gas has been deflating for years. Helium is the second-most abundant element in the known universe, but it’s hard to capture on Earth because of how easily it floats out…

How Nike Became The Most Powerful Name In Sports

From CNBC. Nike is one of the most recognized brands in the world. It continues to surpass rivals like Adidas and Under Armor, despite controversy and slowing sales growth in U.S. How did Nike become the giant it is today? Nike’s iconic swoosh logo and “Just Do It” slogan are universally known. As of June…

What It’s Like To Be An Amazon Flex Delivery Driver

From CNBC. Amazon has offered free two-day shipping for Prime members since 2005. As Amazon rolls out a one-day shipping guarantee for its 100 million Prime members, Amazon Flex drivers help solve the company’s last mile problem. CNBC spoke to these on-demand contract workers all over the country to find out what it’s really like…

Why Jaguar And Land Rover Face Uncertain Futures

From CNBC. Jaguar and Land Rover are two iconic automotive brands with rich heritages. They also have rocky histories of being passed between owners, with BMW owning Land Rover and Ford owning Jaguar in the 1980s. On the verge of bankruptcy, Tata Motors bought the two British sister brands in 2008 and turned them into…

How Robots Can Assist – Not Replace – Humans In Factories

From CNBC. On average there are 84 robots for every factory 10,000 workers, according to the International Federation of Robotics. For years, robots have had a bad reputation for stealing workers’ jobs. The rise of robots in factories has also increased the possibility of injury. Traditionally, robots needed to operate in separate spaces from humans.…

How The United States Got Hooked On Foreign Oil

From CNBC. The United States is predicted to become a net energy exporter by 2020. This will be the first time since 1953 that the country exports more fossil fuels than it imports. For almost a century prior, the United States of America was the largest oil producer in the world. So how did the…

Why Home Depot Failed In China

From CNBC. Home Depot bought Home Way, a Chinese home improvement company, in 2006. The acquisition marked the first time Home Depot had expanded beyond North America. With a booming economy and strong real estate market, China seemed like an easy win for Home Depot. Within six years, the company had closed all its stores…

Inside A Tech-Free School Where Tech Executives Send Their Kids

From CNBC. The Waldorf teaching philosophy is used at more than 1,000 institutions in 91 countries, including 136 schools in the U.S. Technology and screens aren’t used at all through 8th grade, and are scarce even in high school. CNBC gets an inside look at what it is like. In most public and private schools…

Why So Many People Are Dying On Top Of Mount Everest

From CNBC. Mount Everest. It’s big. It’s dangerous — and, more and more, it’s crowded. In fact, the world’s tallest mountain is getting so crowded with climbers, spring 2019 is shaping up to be one of the mountain’s deadliest climbing seasons in years. Here’s why so many people are dying on Mount Everest. » Subscribe…

How McKinsey Became One Of The Most Powerful Companies In The World

From CNBC. When the most powerful executives in the world have a problem they just can’t crack, many of them turn to McKinsey – a prestigious and secretive consulting firm that has been influencing business and government decisions for decades. But now, as consumers require more transparency, the company has been thrust into the spotlight.…

Why Google, Amazon, And Apple Are In Your Car

From CNBC. Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are partnering with automotive companies that rely on the tech giants to bring phones and artificial intelligence into vehicles. At its WWDC this week, Apple rolled out updates to CarPlay, which is now available in 90% of new vehicles in the United States. At Google I/O last month,…

Why Siri Is Not As Smart As Alexa Or Google Assistant

From CNBC. At any given time, most of us are within earshot of a virtual assistant. Computer scientists have been working on some of their underlying technologies for more than half a century — so why can’t Apple make Siri work better? Watch the video to find out where virtual assistants came from, where they…

How Mega Millions And Powerball Jackpots Grew So Large

From CNBC. While Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have grown in recent years, America’s lottery system goes back a long time. Lotteries in colonial times helped finance some of America’s roads, bridges, and schools like Harvard and Yale. Today, state-sponsored lotteries contribute millions state budgets, but some critics question how effective they actually are. In…

How The Sacklers, The Family Behind Oxycontin, Became Nonprofit Pariahs

From CNBC. The Sacklers, the family dynasty that owns Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Connecticut, are major benefactors to charity. Now, money from the Sackler family has become radioactive in the world of high-profile nonprofits and museums. In fact, cultural institutions like the Metropolitan Museum and Guggenheim in New York, and the Tate in London, have…

Why The Inequality Gap Is Growing Between Rich And Poor

From CNBC. For forty years, the U.S.-led global economy has produced an enormous improvement in human welfare. The percentage of the world’s population living on less than $1.90 per day fallings from 42% to 10%. At the same time, income inequality has surged in countries with advanced economics. Nowhere has it surged more than the…

The Rise Of Roomba And iRobot

From CNBC. Since its release, Roomba has become synonymous with robot vacuums. Worldwide sales of consumer robots reached $5.6 billion in 2018 and that’s in no small part thanks to iRobot and the Roomba. But in order to stay at the top of the market, iRobot has launched even more cleaning robots. » Subscribe to…

Why Harley-Davidson Is Struggling In India

From CNBC. Harley-Davidson may be the biggest name in American motorcycles, but the U.S. market is aging and shrinking. India and southeast Asia, with massive and growing markets, offered Harley-Davidson hope. But the legendary maker of big iron ‘hogs’ faces fierce competition in India. In order to succeed, Harley will need to make smaller and…

How To Double Your Money In The Stock Market

From CNBC. What is compounding and how does it work? Josh Brown told us that one of his favorite things when educating investors is to show them how compounding works. Compounding investments can help regular investors double their money in the market if they stick with their stocks over the long run. In this video,…

How Bernie Sanders Became A Millionaire

From CNBC. Bernie Sanders released his tax returns – it turns out he made more than a million dollars in both 2016 and 2017. We dug through the 2020 presidential candidate’s IRS filings to see how Bernie and his wife Jane make their money – mostly from book deals and the senator’s salary. Watch the…