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A Rare Mix Created Silicon Valley's Startup Culture

Silicon Valley has become a powerful economic engine, driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs. But in simpler times, the area was known as the Valley of the Hearts Delight. And it took years to assemble the mix of talent, money and gumption to create America's startup hub.
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An Upgrade, And Bigger Ships, For The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is getting its first major overhaul since it was opened nearly a century ago. The massive construction project will add a third channel that will permit many more ships, and much larger ones, to take the shortcut between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
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City Rents Rise As Buyers Wait Out Housing Bust

The housing sector turmoil scared a lot of people away from buying homes. Now, many people who can afford to buy are renting, sending rental prices soaring. In places such as New York City, they're near record highs.
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FDA To Fund Controversial Research Foundation

In 2007, Congress created a public-private foundation to support research of interest to the FDA. Critics said this amounted to a new way for industry groups to influence the agency's decisions, and any FDA funding for the foundation was blocked for years. That's about to change.
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'Nature's Barcode' Tells The Story Of Foods' True Origin

As recent food mislabeling scandals show, a food's true identity and origin often get lost along the supply chain. Enter the "optical stable isotope analyzer," a device that could provide a lot more certainty about a product near the end of its long journey to the consumer.
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A Buyer's Market: The Balance Of Power In Retail

Shopping apps and retail websites give consumers the power to compare prices, read reviews and shop on the go. Stephanie Clifford, business reporter at The New York Times and market researcher Paco Underhill discuss how many brick-and-mortar stores are altering pricing strategies.

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