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America’s war to start all wars: How the invasion of Panama birthed the quagmire in Iraq

Twenty-five years ago this month, George H.W. Bush gave the U.S. a model for unilateral, preemptory “regime change”<p>As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the war that started all of Washington’s …

23 Of The Best New Photo and Video Apps Launched in 2014

The year 2014 saw a literal explosion of photo and video apps for iOS, Android and even for the desktop — many with their own unique niche or angle. Some are easy to learn and use while others focused on complex maneuvers best accomplished with a quality camera and a learning curve.<p>Here some of the …

Woman Spends 3 Days In Jail Over Plane Seat Swap Gone Horribly Wrong

The next time you think you might want to change seats on your flight, consider this cautionary tale — one woman found herself in jail for three …

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7 Top Tips To Get The Most From Your Wonderful New iPhone

Once more, Christmas Day dawns and no doubt countless smartphones are being unwrapped around the world. For some these phone be ’same again with a slightly bigger number’ as the familiar wins out. For others the new smartphone will be their introduction into a new ecosystem. The last few years have …

Why airlines bump passengers, and what you can do about it

Welcome to one of the busiest travel times of the year. The airports are going to be absolutely packed this weekend, and bad weather could make an already hellish travel experience even worse. Add to that aircraft changes and overbooked flights, and it's pretty much assured that there will be some …

The Entire U.S. Population Fits In These 4 Chinese Provinces. So What?

In terms of total land area, the U.S. and China are close in size, but the latter's population is more than four times that of the United States. …

The Economists Who Studied All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

"If it costs more, does it taste better?" and other financial questions about restaurants that permit unlimited consumption.<p>When I was a kid, the paradox of choice didn't occur to me. I wasn't yet overwhelmed by the "tyranny" of too many options, nor stressed with decision making if more options …

Logos and Graphics by Joe White

Diverse vintage inspired logos and graphics from 2013 and 2014 by Joe White.<p>Below you can see diverse logos, letterings, and other branding elements …

Graphic Design

Face Washing 101: 6 Things to Avoid

Avoiding these common face-washing blunders will help you get better skin.<p><b>1. Overdoing it</b><p>Too much washing can age your skin. Do it no more than twice daily, though an extra wash pre- or post-workout is okay.<p><b>2. Using a harsh cleanser</b><p>Consider swapping out soap — which can strip your skin of its …

Seychelles cells: The Somali pirates 'jailed in paradise'

<b>There are more than 1,000 convicted Somali pirates in prisons around the world. Some of them end up in a UN-funded jail on the tiny island nation of Seychelles.</b><p>The Indian shopkeepers along the beach have never heard of the prison at Montagne Posee, but a villager tells me to drive above a deep …

China doesn’t want your trash anymore—and that could spell big trouble for American cities

As Americans carefully separate the paper and plastics from their trash, most probably don’t realize that their country doesn’t recycle stuff so much as export it to be recycled elsewhere. Specifically, to China. For more than five years, scrap and trash has consistently been the US’s biggest …

Sustainability

Flu in pregnancy 'may raise bipolar risk for baby'

<b>Flu during pregnancy may increase the risk of the unborn child developing bipolar disorder later in life, research suggests.</b><p>A study of 814 expectant women, published in JAMA Psychiatry, showed that infection made bipolar four times more likely.<p>The overall risk remained low, but it echoes similar …

Dutch government to probe export of milk formula to China

<b>The Dutch government is investigating a shortage of certain brands of baby formula, as well as potentially illegal exports of the products to China.</b><p>However, the Dutch Economic Affairs ministry said there was no national shortage in the country.<p>Tainted milk scandals in China have created distrust of …

Huawei boss gives first international media interview to reject security fears

The head of Chinese technology giant Huawei has given his first international media interview in New Zealand to reject cyber-security fears that has seen the company frozen out of the US, according to reports.<p>In what was billed as his first media interview outside of China in 26 years at the helm …

Did a Female North Korean Traffic Cop Save Kim Jong-un from Assassination?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When you win North Korea's "Hero of the Republic" award, you've probably helped the entire state …

The Biggest Hacks Of This Year Weren't Hacks — They Were Tricks

The modern hack isn't a "hack" at all: It's a lie, another lie, and some simple web design.<p>Yesterday, <i>The Onion</i>'s tech team penned a blog post explaining Monday's social media hack in elaborate detail. It lays out in plain language exactly out how employees were duped by the Syrian Electronic Army — …

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After 100,000+ Downloads, Group With 3-D Gun Plans Goes Dark

Minutes ago, just as we were reading a <i>Forbes</i> story headlined "3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days," this message appeared on the Twitter page of the group that has made those plans available to the world:<p>"#DEFCAD has gone dark at the request of the Department of Defense …

Democracy's Surprisingly Low Approval Rating in Pakistan

What the country's changing demographics mean for its upcoming election<p>On May 11, Pakistanis will head to the polls to elect a government for the next five years. For a country that has struggled to maintain democracy, and one that has been governed by military regimes for the majority of its …

HSBC is most expensive bank for cash withdrawals abroad

Holidaymakers are being charged up to £12 every time they use an overseas cash machine.<p>Holidaymakers are spending thousands of pounds on banks' transaction fees and conversion charges just to access their own cash when abroad. According to calculations by Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, …

Adobe's Project Mighty Input Tools Look Pretty Awesome

Color me impressed! I figured the next generation of designer-relevant input devices would come from Apple or Wacom, but surprise—it's Adobe. The …

Seven Customer Service Lessons I Learned In One Day With Richard Branson

It’s rare to find a leader who elevates the experience for employees and customers to such a degree that other brands benchmark against his or her company. I recently had a unique opportunity to spend a day with one such leader, an entrepreneur and billionaire who has built a brand considered the …

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Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

Stunning Satellite Images Show A Changing Globe

Google has released a stunning cache of satellite images that show how the globe has changed in recent decades. Thursday's announcement came from the search giant's official blog:<p>"Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we're releasing more than a quarter-century of images of …

Customizable Multifunctional Bookshelf: Fusillo

Fusillo isn’t your ordinary wall shelf. In fact, it’s more than just a shelf, it’s a coatrack, a bike rack, and bookends, too.<p>Handmade in Italy and …

Security alert: How a travel technology company is grappling with an ethical hacker

Imagine you’re a transaction processor that powers ticketing for several consumer travel websites, and you are contacted by a programmer outside of …