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Biggest, Smallest, Most Expensive: 8 Record-Breaking Books

Despite the constant predictions that e-books are set to kill traditional publishing, our love affair with the humble print book continues. Books …

Why It's Very Dangerous to Be an Investigative Journalist in America

Jane Mayer's account is something everyone should read.<p>I know all of us in the biz are supposed to be standing with Megyn Kelly these days as she defends the First Amendment against the tantrums of He, Trump. But spare a moment to stand with Jane Mayer who is, quite simply, one of the very few …

Journalism

How Electric Concrete Could Make Shoveling Snow a Thing of the Past

A new type of conductive concrete uses electrical currents to instantly de-ice roads during winter storms.<p>As much as 42 inches of snow covered the ground last week after a historic blizzard slammed the East Coast. Days later, cities are still working to clear roadways and sidewalks.<p>Chris Tuan, a …

David Schwimmer Describes the Friends Reunion as “Lovely”

Plus the TV cast that may have made him a little starstruck.<p>Thanks to <i>Big Bang Theory</i>’s <b>Kaley Cuoco</b> and the age of social media, we already know what the upcoming “<i>Friends</i> reunion” will <i>look</i> like. But now, thanks to <b>David Schwimmer</b>, we know what it felt like as well.<p>“Well, it was just lovely to be in …

Celebrity News

Police Say Armed Oregon Militia Leader Ran a Roadblock and "Reached For His Waistband" Before He Was Killed

Police say the shootout that killed Oregon militia spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum began when he crashed into a roadblock and ended when he reached …

Law Enforcement

Will Smith Takes a Stand: 27 Years Before His Oscars Stance, Star Skipped 1989 Grammys to Send a Message

This year’s Oscars ceremony isn’t the first awards show Will Smith has taken a stand against.<p>Smith, 47, has publicly said that he won’t be attending …

Traveling to Cuba Just got Even Easier

Ready to finally take that dream Cuba trip? Yesterday, a handful of new amendments went into effect, further relaxing travel and economic regulations …

Cuba

Skinny Quinoa Tabouli

Paula added to quinoa from The SkinnyIngredients:• 1 c quinoa, rinsed and drained (will yield 3 cups cooked)<br>• 2 c water<br>• 1 t kosher salt, more to taste if …

Tomatoes

Sage Northcutt Knows You Want to Punch Him in the Face

And he's OK with it. Because when the 19-year-old UFC fighter returns to the Octagon on Saturday, he's certain all eyes will be on him<p>Sage Northcutt …

Basia Bulat Wants Pop Music to Be a Vessel for Individual Interpretation

How did a career deciphering pop music take Basia from Montreal to Louisville?<p><i>Photo by Matt Williams</i><p>Basia Bulat's latest record <i>Good Advice</i> contains multitudes. You could say it contradicts itself consistently, pairing joyous, celebratory pop sonics with lyrics that explore the complexity of human …

Canadian Music

Sumptuous gowns close Paris haute couture fashion week | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Exquisite craftsmanship wrapped up Paris haute couture week, with luxury fashion brands presenting sweeping, intricately detailed gowns aimed at the spring wardrobes of some of the world’s richest women.<p>A model presents a creation by Chinese designer Guo Pei as part of her Haute …

Fashion Week

Elvis Costello: My Life in 10 Songs

How Bruce Springsteen and Margaret Thatcher — plus a little revenge and guilt — inspired some of Costello's greatest work<p>"I was asked to write an …

Snapchat shuts down its original content channel

After experimenting for about five months and failing to make a mark, Snapchat’s ‘Snap Channel’, which featured original content created in-house, is shutting down, reports Deadline.<p>The ephemeral messaging service had hired Marcus Wiley, co-head of comedy development at Fox, to lead a team of 15 …

Free at last! Apple finally ditches controversial antitrust monitor

Apple has finally ditched its controversial antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich after two years of what Apple acknowledges has been a “rocky relationship.”<p>Bromwich was first installed in Cupertino back in October 2013, after Apple was found to have illegally colluded with five book publishers to …

Twitter to lay off 8% of employees

The Jack Dorsey era at Twitter is beginning with a downer.<p>Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it is laying off 336 employees, or about 8% of its global …

Airplanes

Two firefighters die as Kansas City building collapses after blaze and rescue

‘Worst day, but they didn’t die in vain’ says fire chief after crews ushered residents to safety before being struck by falling wall<p>Two Kansas City firefighters were killed and two injured when a burning building collapsed on Monday night, a fire official said.<p>Battalion Chief James Garrett told the …

Kansas City

Israeli leader vows 'aggressive steps' to halt wave of violence

Israel's prime minister on Tuesday said he would take a series of "aggressive steps" to halt a wave of violence in Israeli cities after two attacks in Jerusalem left three Israelis dead. Three Palestinians, including two attackers, were also killed.<p>The attacks in Jerusalem, including a deadly …

Israel

The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

Its members have been massacred on several occasions, but ‘The Family of the Tiger’ fights on.<p>ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called …

This cat is the perfect thief… but his owner is a policeman

It’s probably advisable to stay on the right side of the law when one of your family members is a police officer.<p>But try telling that to Tigger the …

Virgin births really happen — here are the animals that prove it

Virgin birth is a thing, and it's been happening for millennia in some animals.<p>It's something called parthenogenesis, which basically just means reproduction without fertilization. The mother provides both sets of the DNA necessary to create an embryo, which is typically female.<p>Here are the animals …

Biology

How the seeds of weed were sown

Until 20 years ago, > ganja cultivation was not heard of in the Agency villages of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. With a heritage of podu …

Cutting Back On Meat Consumption Could Help End Hunger By 2030: Experts

ROME, Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In trendy, hipster London or New York, it's all about juicing, vegan diets and snacking on kale crisps. Thousands of miles away, in Nairobi or Bogota, the middle classes are more likely to reach for roasted goat or a juicy steak.<p>Later this month, world …

Experts are hailing this exotic fruit that tastes like pulled pork as a 'miracle' crop, which could save millions from starvation

On the outside, this giant fruit resembles something out of the Jurassic era and emits a sweet yet putrid stench.<p>But don't be fooled: The fruit, known as a jackfruit, is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation. And the unique fruit inside of it is just the …

South-east Asia

The Innovators: London air-raid shelters sprout a growing concern

Farmers using hydroponics and LED technology to grow greens underground are ready to harvest their first crop<p>As German V2 rockets pounded London in the later stages of the second world war, one of the underground safe havens where thousands of people sought refuge was a tunnel system deep below …

Aquaponics

National Geographic Travel

Photos of dogs on camping trips will make you want to go hiking

Goes to show the even dogs can feel some #wanderlust too! Over on Instagram, one account is quickly becoming famous for showing photos of dogs that …

Climbing On Mount Denali

Photos