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Armed Robotic Squadron Takes to the Air

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 7, 2007

In the skies above the bloody streets of Iraq and Afghanistan, military drones continue to deliver the goods on one battlefield after another. Part spy and part weapons system, the effect of drones in the war on terror is both visible and undeniable.

Ready to Vacation in North Korea?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 7, 2007

Few would have dreamed of gallivanting around China during the Cultural Revolution. Now, the country is a tourist hotbed and host of a major tourism industry gathering this year. Could North Korea turn the same corner in a few decades?

It's the Fundamentals, Stupid

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 6, 2007

Amid the recent stock market weakness, the pundits are virtually unanimous in their claims that good underlying economic fundamentals are being trumped by irrational fear.

Peak Oil is Here

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 6, 2007

The world's most respected journal of economics has now officially acknowledged the advent of peak oil, validating (finally!) what we've been saying for years.

Bulls Catch a Summer Cold

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 3, 2007

After looking so dangerous only a couple of weeks ago as the Dow cracked the 14,000 mark for the first time, the bulls seem to have caught themselves a nasty summer cold.

Bankruptcy Rumor Crashes Beazer

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 2, 2007

True or not, rumors definitely have power, and the ongoing mortgage morass has produced them by the barrel-full lately. Unfortunately, in this case Churchill would be wildly off of the mark. Within the pain of the housing bubble, it seems, most of them--not just half--eventually turn out to be true.

Desktop Factory Brings 3D Printing to Consumers

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 1, 2007

As the markets up at Wall and Broad Streets continue to pacify the bears with an ongoing downtrend, to the nation's entrepreneurs it's really nothing but a sideshow.

Israel Biotech Comes to Baltimore

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 31, 2007

I've traveled far and wide to get the scoop on international investing opportunities. Sometimes, though, the story comes to me. Last week I gathered with a cadre of Israeli biotech heavyweights just a few minutes from my Baltimore office.

What a Difference a Week Makes!

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 27, 2007

Last week, as the Dow breached the 14,000 mark for the first time, bullish swagger on Wall Street went into overdrive. Some of the bulls that I'm often pitted against on television used the occasion to specifically heap scorn on my assessment of the U.S. economy and my investment advice.

NFC Turns Cell Phones into Money

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 26, 2007

At the ripe old age of 43, the fact that I'm a living and breathing anachronism is something that is kind of hard for me to admit. But every time that I check out of any store these days I am reminded of how out of step with the rest of the world I really am.

Medical Robots Continue to Revolutionize Healthcare

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 24, 2007

Baltimore, Md.--When it comes to what people actually do when they are at work over the course of a long day, there is one profession whose daily grind absolutely astounds me. When it comes to a combination of long hours, skills, and smarts, these people are practically from another planet. That’s how different their work day is from what the rest of us do.

Fear, Desire, Death . . . and the Internet

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 23, 2007

If I were to suggest that the mining industry owes its current robust condition to the Internet, the image of a horse's posterior might pop into your head. But bear with me, and see if you can’t be convinced.

Sorry Ben, the Buck Stops with You

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 20, 2007

During his testimony before Congress this week, Ben Bernanke didn't hesitate to opine on a number of topics that had very little to do with his mandate as Fed Chairman. The wealth gap, racial factors in income inequality, and the impact of capital gains tax policy were all fair game.

The TSX Venture Exchange

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 20, 2007

TSX Venture listed companies were the beneficiaries of over CA$1 Billion in the month of June, bringing the total amount raised for 2007 to almost $6 Billion.

Fannie and Freddie Drop the Bomb

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 19, 2007

As we have said so many times before in these pages, watching the government do practically anything is akin to watching molasses run down he hill in January. But as slow as that bureaucratic morass is, when it finally does manage to make a decision with some real weight, it comes crashing down like a massive hammer.