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The US Economy Is On The Verge Of Achieving Something That's Been Unthinkable For Years

The US economy — the world's biggest — is accelerating, while China's — the world's second-biggest — is decelerating.<p>For 2015, Nuveen's Bob Doll predicts that the US economy will actually contribute more to global GDP growth than China's. This would be the first time that has happened in nine years.<p>…

Markets

This Is the Best of Lifehacker 2014

At the end of every year, we take a look back at our most popular posts to reminisce (and to help you catch any stuff you might have missed). Here's …

Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.<p>The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki …

Bill Gates

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

4 Ways Living Abroad Changes You... Forever

It was in the summer of 2002 that we first decided to move abroad. The kernel of an idea was already there but, during those months, we began to grow an idea into reality.<p>One year later and our first stop was Vancouver, Canada, where I turned my back on the corporate world and returned to student …

Inspiration

Here's What Makes NYC's The Dead Rabbit The Best Bar In America

In 2014, Business Insider named The Dead Rabbit the Best Bar In America, calling it "<i>the</i> place to be after work."<p>The Irish-American tavern is a well-kept secret of businessfolk working in the Financial District, although it draws a regular crowd of Irish tourists.<p>Owners Sean Muldoon and Jack …

Northern Ireland

Porridge could be key to a long and healthy life, says Harvard University

Eating porridge, brown rice or corn each day could protect the heart against disease, Harvard University has found<p>A small bowl of porridge each day could be the key to a long and healthy life, after a major study by Harvard University found that whole grains reduce the risk of dying from heart …

Serotonin map of brain could lead to better targeted antidepressants

Research that aims to map the activity of serotonin in the brain could revolutionise the use of antidepressants and behavioural therapy for people with mental illnesses.<p>The neurotransmitter serotonin has long been associated with mood, with drugs that boost the chemical in the brain helping to …

Inside Putin’s Information War

I spent years working for Russian channels. What I saw would terrify the West.<p>There were more than 20 of us sitting around the long conference table: tanned broadcasters in white silk shirts, politics professors with sweaty beards and heavy breath, ad execs in trainers—and me. There were no women. …

Want fewer highway deaths? Build the animals some bridges

When animals and cars collide, the cars usually win<p>Growing up in rural Iowa, roadkill was basically a fact of life. Skunks were the most dreaded, for obvious reasons, but cars mowed down raccoons, squirrels, pets, and — sometimes fatally for drivers and passengers — deer. Roads often pass through …

Wildlife

The seven habits of highly confident people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life. It influences your success in leadership, how you engage with your team, and at work in general. It influences how you build your business, how you are in your family life, …

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

Mental Disorders

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Physicists have a problem with time. <br>Whether through Newton’s gravitation, Maxwell’s electrodynamics, Einstein’s special and general relativity or …

David Cameron: President Obama calls me ‘Bro’

Prime Minister says special relationship between US and UK has never been better<p>David Cameron and Barack Obama are so close that the United States President calls him “Bro,” the Prime Minister has claimed.<p>Saying that the two leaders are on intimate terms, he added: “The President has said the …

The World's Most Worker-Friendly Countries, in 7 Charts

From legally enshrined vacations to how far an hour’s wage will go.<p>Where would you want to work if you could? The charts below look at which countries offer the best working conditions—from legally enshrined vacations and how far an hour’s wage will go, to how much severance you’ll get if your boss …

Setup

The Large Hadron Collider sets its sights on dark matter

After finding the Higgs boson, the LHC has had a refit to enable it to operate at even greater extremes – and to solve more questions about the beginnings of the universe<p>There is no shortage of superlatives that can be applied to the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, though many are strange and …

Reuters Reveals Its Most Popular Instagram Photos Of The Year

Each day it posts the best images from Reuters photographers around the world, with compelling imagery and stories that need to be shared.<p>Here are the original photos of Reuters' 29 most popular Instagram posts from 2014, based on likes and comments, along with their original captions.

15 Ways The World Will Be Awesome In 2050

But when you consider ongoing social and economic progress and all of the coming innovations in science and technology, there's plenty of room for optimism.<p>Now that 2015 is here, we've pulled out some of our favorite ideas about what the world will look like 35 years from now.<p><i>Corey Adwar</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Back In 2000, The CIA Made These Predictions For 2015

Here were some of those predictions, according to a December 2000 story from The Telegraph.<p><b>"International affairs are increasingly determined by large and powerful organizations rather than governments."</b> Verdict: Probably true, though it is sometimes hard to distinguish between non-state actors and …

Natural Gas

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

Sculpture

Iraq Hasn't Exported This Much Oil Since 1980

Iraq exported 91.141 million barrels of oil in December for an average of 2.94 million barrels per day, the highest daily average since 1980, Assem Jihad told AFP, citing initial figures.<p>December exports were far and away the highest in 2014, eclipsing the previous best month by more than 11 …

Oil

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

Genius

Junk food may not be dangerous for a quarter of people, says scientists

Scientists at the University of Washington discovered one in five obese people did not show health problems linked to a poor diet<p>Junk food may not be dangerous for a quarter of people after scientists found some metabolisms appear immune from the impact of an unhealthy diet.<p>Although gaining excess …

These Are The Most Incredible Photos The Air Force Took In 2014

Aside from coordinating and carrying out airstrikes against ISIS and other militant groups around the world, the branch also had to maintain its typically high level of readiness. The branch compiled a year in review, showcasing the US Air Force in action.<p>These are some of the most striking images …

One Of These 21 Movies Will Probably Win Best Picture At The 2015 Oscars

<i>Welcome to For Your Consideration, HuffPost Entertainment's breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and Feb. 22, 2015, entertainment managing editor Christopher Rosen and entertainment editor Matthew Jacobs will pore over awards season and discuss which films will make the most noise at the 87th</i> …

The Oscars

New York City Used To Be A Terrifying Place

The New York City of the 1970s, however, looked very different from the safe and gentrified metropolis we know today. The Bowery, now lined with luxury apartments, housed much of the city's illicit activities, while drug dealers and prostitutes worked openly from Park Slope to Times …

Revealing Photos of New York City from the 70s and 80s

New York City was the urban culture capital of the 70s and 80s, setting trends and leaving an impression on the world. While the Big Apple has maintained its creative influence, a lot has changed over the years. Taking a look back at photos by documentary photographers from three to four decades …

New York City

A Former CIA Agent Explains How To Advance Your Career Like A Spy

They have to gain their opponent's trust and respond to a crisis quickly.<p>In the book "Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer," J.C. Carleson writes about her experience as an undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency and the business and career tips she gained during …

Employment

Leaked NSA Documents Reveal How To Hide From The NSA

If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP.<p>These three technologies could help people hide their activities from the National Security Agency, according to NSA documents newly obtained from the archive of former contractor Edward Snowden by the …

30 Questions to Help You Reflect and Get Excited for 2015

<i>This post originally appeared on BrandMentalist.com</i><p>Another year has almost gone by, but now is the perfect opportunity to reflect and build a plan for next year.<p>I've come up with a set of questions to help you reflect, focus and build a plan to make your 2015 a successful year that embraces …

Happiness