What Is Innovation?

Innovation is what drove Naomi Shah to study indoor air quality while a student at Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., work that led her to win the Google Science Fair when she was 16 and become a finalist at the Intel Science Talent Search this spring.The innovation didn’t stop with the accolades. Shah wanted people to start thinking about improving air quality as a way to end respiratory diseases, like asthma, that had ravaged many people in her family. Read more.

You’re Fired! Now What?

It happened to Groupon CEO Andrew Mason. It happened to Scott Thompson, once the CEO of Yahoo!, and Scott Forstall, the guru behind Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads. And someday, getting fired may happen to youRead more.

Do U Know the Economics of Your Cell Phone?

Keeping track of cell phone calling minutes, texts and data may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a good way to learn how to keep a budget, especially if you’re paying part of your bill. And with 75 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 using their own cell phones, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, plenty of students should try to ace cell phone economics before heading off to college or the working world. Read more.

A Smart Virtual Cart: How to Be a Savvy Online Consumer

When Muncie, Ind., teen Madeline Grosh finds a really cool pair of shoes online, she will send her parents a quick email with a link as a not-so-subtle hint that these would make a superb birthday present.

But before they end up wrapped in shiny paper, mom usually replies: Find a better price. Read more.

Portfolio Managers: The Challenge Is Making More than One Winning Stock Pick

When Scott Bupb started dabbling in the stock market earlier this year, he had a cool $100,000 to play with. Now, he and his fellow stock pickers are a few dollars shy of his initial investment, thanks to a couple of underperforming members of his portfolio. “We invested in some things that were at their 52-week lows, but they kept going down,” he says. “They’re starting to come back up now, so we might start making money soon.” Read more.