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How to Build a Booming Leather Business, Portland-Style

Tanner Goods has created a signature brand by tapping into its quirky community of local artists.<p><i>Editor's note: This tour of small businesses across the country highlights the imagination, diversity, and resilience of American enterprise.</i><p>The cult television favorite <i>Portlandia</i> gently satirizes a …

Robot finds fish beneath Antarctic ice, could be used to explore Europa

When a group of scientists drilled through 2,430 feet of ice in Antarctica to get to the water underneath, they only expected to find a few microbes here and there. Instead, they discovered a thriving community of fish and crustaceans -- all thanks to a remote-controlled robot that could one day …

What’s So Scary About A Nuclear-Armed Drone?

In one word: Everything<p>It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force’s secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be …

Military

Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta was a great man, and a great American designer. Over five decades he made fashion that was elegant, based on the tools of the trade that he learned in Spain at Balenciaga, and in Paris, at Lanvin under Antonio Castillo. I also considered him one of my close, best friends. He truly …

Apple reportedly readying record production for iPhone 6

Apple is apparently going big with its next-generation iPhone, both in terms of screen size and production volume.<p>The handsets, which Apple has yet to announce, will sport much-rumored 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens, according to The Wall Street Journal. Betting that larger screens will attract more …