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11 crazy facts about Saddam Hussein

Dictators are colorful people, to put it mildly. It must be something about being constantly alone, maybe being a little paranoid all the time, or maybe they just get on a non-stop high from absolute power.<p>Hitler thought eating meat was abhorrent, but had no qualms about methamphetamine. Francois …

Saddam Hussein

A brilliant sci-fi thriller imagines how the massive floods of climate change could transform Earth

Robinson's past books mostly been set in space — on interstellar starships or amid the long terraforming project of the planet Mars — but they've centered on questions of how we treat planet Earth. Is this fragile environment portable? Can we fix it if we break it? What is there left to do if we …

Global Warming

5 Travel Photo Mistakes You're Making With Your Camera

Smart phones have turned many of us into travel photographers, shooting hundreds of images of our travels, from sunsets and beaches to selfies and tropical drinks while we’re on vacation. Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, the demands — and the competition — for great images is always increasing. …

Cameras

11 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform New York City by 2035

Manhattan's most recent transportation upgrade came in the form of the glistening, $4.5 billion Second Avenue subway line, which opened on January 1.<p>On the other side of the island, Hudson Yards — the most expensive real estate development in American history— is under construction. And on an …

Skyscrapers

Trump’s Yuge Week Two

What mattered, and what didn’t.<p>President Trump’s first week in office was so frenetic and chaotic that last Friday, we published a guide to everything he had done so far, along with a 1-to-10 rating of every action’s immediate substantive impact and potential long-term significance. We assumed it …

Donald Trump

10 apps everyone should have on their computer

Mobile apps are far more popular than their desktop counterparts, but most people still rely on laptop or desktop computers, either for work or just browsing the web at home.<p>Whether you've invested in Apple's Mac line or a Windows PC, there are absolutely some worthwhile desktop apps out there to …

Apps

Never built New York: the city that might have been – in pictures

From an elevated 19th-century pneumatic railway to a skyscraper cathedral and a Native American alternative to the Statue of Liberty, Never Built New York chronicles ambitious plans for the city which never saw the light of day<p>Never Built New York, by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, is published by …

Italy’s Banks Are in a Slow-Motion Crisis. And Europe May Pay.

Trump's plan to spend on infrastructure leads companies to pitch their products as infrastructure

Gone are the days when federal infrastructure spending was measured in highways, bridges and ports.<p>As President-elect<p>Donald Trumpconsiders a massive new spending plan on public works, policy experts, lawmakers and companies are racing to make the case that infrastructure could include projects such …

Urban Design

The White House photographer has taken more than 2 million photos during Obama's presidency — here are the best

Pete Souza has taken an estimated 2 million photographs during Obama's eight years in office, and released them to the public in real time on Flickr and Instagram.<p>Souza has captured historic moments, such as the Situation Room meeting where Obama learned the outcome of the mission to kill Osama Bin …

Driving
Stock Markets

3 states just voted to make marijuana completely legal — here's what it does to your body and brain

Marijuana's official designation as a Schedule 1 drug— something with "no accepted medical use" — means it is pretty tough to study.<p>While nearly half of the US has legalized the drug in some form, its national status has made comprehensive research into the drug's potential benefits (as well as its …

Cannabis

Why Oklahoma Can't Turn Off Its Earthquakes

Sunday night's 5.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Cushing, Okla., is the latest and, in some ways, the most troubling in a series of temblors that has …

Oil & Gas Industry

Russia keeps increasing its oil production

Now, the same analysts have released a report saying that Russia's oil output will hit 11.7 million bpd in 2017, an upward revision of a previous estimate that claimed average daily output would be nearer to 11.4 million barrels. The earlier estimate envisaged the 11.7 million bpd mark wouldn't be …

Goldman Sachs

9 Weird Habits That People Find Attractive

When we think of making ourselves more attractive, we usually think about changing our hair or putting on makeup, but it turns out, how others view …

Psychology

Trump Hotel DC Did Not Wash Bathrobes Between Guests; Hyatt, Sheraton, Wyndham Properties Guilty of Dirty Pillowcases

In September, Inside Edition published a report regarding the cleanliness of a few hotel properties, as mentioned by <i>View from the Wing</i>. They applied …

Apple Might Announce These 5 Things This Week

Apple fans should be sure to mark their calendars for Oct. 27, which is when the company will likely introduce new desktop and laptop computers, …

MacBook

Check Out the Best Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Costumes Just in Time for Halloween

An employee wearing a mask of Donald Trump poses for a photograph at the Shenzhen Lanbingcai Latex Crafts Factory in She<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Anthony …

A soldier's photos from Iraq reveal a beautiful yet hellish landscape that's choking with toxic smoke

Oil-well fires have raged for months near Mosul, Iraq, and US soldiers in the region are choking on the toxic smoke and haze.<p>ISIS chose Mosul as its stronghold in the country about two years ago and have prepared for an assault ever since, according to Peter Bergen at CNN.<p>But as part of more recent …

Pollution

Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be president

In the final debate, Donald Trump blew his last best chance to present himself as a remotely credible candidate. Clinton now stands on the brink of historic power<p>In the last debate of the election, Hillary Clinton emerged the way she hoped she would, as the all-but-certain first female president of …

Snapchat heads for IPO that could value 'mega unicorn' at $25bn

The flotation of the five-year-old app, now used by more than 40% of young Americans, will be the largest social media IPO since Twitter in 2013<p>Snapchat is preparing for a “mega unicorn” flotation on the stock market that could value the five-year-old mobile app known for its disappearing photos at …

Living in my Cities: Skylines city taught me I am terrible at building cities

What with my occasional fascination with the tiny little people living in the simulation games I play, I thought it might be nice to spend some time …

iPhone 7 Sales Figures: What Is Apple Trying To Hide?

Before the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus went on sale to the public, Apple CEO Tim Cook ensured that the markets and the media knew that Cupertino would not be releasing the first-weekend sales figures for the smartphones. Rightly pointing out that this would be more a measure of its efficiency in …

Mobile Technology

Donald Trump Jr compares Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles

Tweet, which echoes racist memes, prompts outrage and slew of rebuttals on social media<p>Donald Trump Jr has used a Twitter post to liken Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles and suggest that America should not accept any.<p>The tweet sparked outrage on social media, with some users posting harrowing …

These Are the Ugliest Buildings in the World

Sometimes design goes horribly wrong.<p>As any designer knows, there are some ideas that simply look better on paper than in actuality. For that reason, Building Design, a British architecture website, awards the Carbuncle Cup an honor bestowed upon the worst building of the year. This year, the site …

This Alzheimer's drug could be worth $20 billion

Putting this monstrous figure into context, this experimental medicine has the potential to even surpass AbbVie's anti-inflammatory drug, Humira, which is on track to generate upwards of $16 billion in global sales by 2018 and is currently the world's best-selling drug.<p>Although this $20 billion …

Biotechnology

Pokémon Go streamer mugged live on camera

A Pokémon Go player was mugged last night while streaming live in New York's Central Park.Viewers saw Twitch streamer Rickeybot punched to the ground …

Pokémon

The iPhone 7 hits stores -- but some models are already sold out

Mobile Technology

My Divorce Forced Me to Leave the Home I Had Spent Years Renovating

After taking a hiatus to travel, the design guru is rebuilding in a new house.<p>The homes I'd poured my soul into — that had shaped the direction of my career and life — were no longer mine.<p>This house and I had been growing together since the beginning. We were broken down, ripped apart, and empty at …