12 Ways To Prepare For The Next Great Depression

Click to viewOur economic future could be even bleaker than you expect — and last year was the moment to unleash your inner survivalist. If the financial system suffers any more crises of confidence, credit gets even tighter, and the fed falls into a liquidity trap, we could be in for several hardscrabbling dystopian… » 4/11/08 9:10am 4/11/08 9:10am

Consumer Scandals Of The Future: A Chronology

The next few decades will see miraculous improvements in consumer technology — and new and better rip-offs to go with them. No matter how advanced our science, corporations will still find ways to spam, scam and invade your privacy. Those shiny new toys will break down... or break your neck. Here's our future history… » 3/20/08 4:02pm 3/20/08 4:02pm

When The Economy Booms, Dystopias Rule

Economists agree the U.S. is sliding into recession, and that can only mean one thing — fewer movies about oppressive systems that crush the souls of ordinary people. We charted the number of dystopian movies in the U.S. for each of the last 30 years, against economic downturns, and found that dystopian movies are… » 2/22/08 10:30am 2/22/08 10:30am

Brain Scans Reveal That Inflation Gets You Hot

Inflated prices trigger the pleasure centers in your brain more than fair ones. Not only is the idea of buying something expensive more exciting than buying something on sale, but you'll actually get more genuine pleasure out of something expensive — even if it's not worth the cost. A group of social scientists at… » 1/15/08 7:20am 1/15/08 7:20am