The oil and gas industry is booming in Charlotte, where more than 550 companies -- some big, like Duke Energy (Fortune 500), and many much smaller -- have stepped up tech recruiting activity by 22% since last March. "That's impressive, considering that North Carolina's tech workforce already grew 6% in 2012," Silver notes. "A new wave of energy investments is underway right now, which will probably increase technology and engineering job creation even more." ,
Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov is looking for backers for the world's first immortality research center.