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Google is doubling down on biotech

The company is turning the team that develops smart contact lenses and other healthcare initiatives into a full-fledged, standalone company rather than a lab project.<p>The life sciences group will "graduate" from the Google X labs and become its own separate company under the new Alphabet corporate …

Emerging Technology

12 Breakfast Slow Cooker Recipes That Make Mornings Easier

Mornings are hard, but breakfast makes them better. The only problem with this most important meal of the day is that we have to make it. Carving out time for breakfast is tough, with the rush of the a.m. and the allure of the snooze button. That's where the slow cooker comes in to save your …

Cooking

Artist Banksy opens derelict 'Dismaland' theme park

LONDON (AP) — The elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest project — a parody of a seaside theme park called "Dismaland" complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car.<p>The artist, best known for his subversive, stenciled street art, said …

Streetwear

The power duo making your startup dreams come true

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the male-dominated world of startups and entrepreneurship, two young women are showing initiative to give the next generation of African female business leaders a fighting chance.<p>She Leads Africa, a platform founded by Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei offering knowledge and support to …

Entrepreneurship

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

17 Small Habits To Make You More Productive

<i>“The goal of a mini-habit is to be consistent. In fact, consistency is much more important than what you accomplish with this daily habit.”</i><p><b>The</b> …

Productivity

Millionaires Don't Use To-Do Lists (They Use This Instead)

Do you really think Richard Branson and Bill Gates wrote long to-do lists and prioritized items as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and on and on?<p>In my research into time management and best practices for productivity, I've interviewed over 200 billionaires, Olympians, straight-A students and entrepreneurs. I …

Time Management

The 'time blocking' productivity hack changed my life — here's how it works

Email, phone calls, meetings, interviews, driving, answering questions, tech support, coding, hosting webinars, and whatever else you have to accomplish during those hours that you've defined as "work."<p>Interruptions abound and productivity drops. Your day is spent playing catch-up on a million …

Time Management

Lost in space? Nasa under pressure

<b>The recent flyby of Pluto brought back memories of Nasa at its best. But is the space agency's effort to explore the Solar System with robotic spacecraft in trouble?</b><p>Among Nasa's greatest achievements was sending astronauts to the Moon and returning them safely. An American flag was planted on the …

Space Science

These images of the star-smeared sky aren't what you think (pictures)

Starlight?

San Francisco

Yazidi Child Soldiers Take Revenge on ISIS

A year ago, the U.S. went back to Iraq to defend the Yazidis. Now the youngest of them, coached by a Marxist terrorist organization, are training to …

Republican presidential debate: 8 takeaways

<b>(CNN) —</b> The top 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination only had a few minutes each on Thursday to capture the attention of voters tuning in to the first big-league Republican presidential debate.<p>Donald Trump may have grabbed the most headlines from the night, but the prime-time …

Government

12 Enjoyable Steps to a More Balanced Life

We tend to go over to the extremes in our search for more pleasure, when instead we should be looking for more balance if we want to live a happier …

The Truth About Sex After Menopause

When I started my blog in May 2014, I had been re-singled for a year-and-a-half after a long marriage. I was dating up a storm and feeling at the top of my game intellectually, sexually, and simply as an empowered woman in the world. My experience ran counter to the conventional wisdom that women …

Women's Health

Nobody says 'LOL' anymore

The new way to laugh online is "Hah aha" or through emojis, at least according to Facebook.<p>In response to a New Yorker article on "Hahaha vs. Hehehe," Facebook thought it would be fun to figure out how its users laugh online.<p>The winning laugh is the "Haha," but it can vary wildly by region. Florida …

Emoji

'Sharing economy' surge creates labor conundrum

Are these the new, empowered participants in the "sharing economy," or workers being exploited by well-funded technology companies?<p>That is an open question as millions of people shift from traditional employment to freelance "gig" work, giving them more independence, but without the social safety …

Economics

We Hacked Slinkies to Make Jewelry and It Was Awesome

Do you ever start a project and finish with something completely different than what you had planned? We find that’s more likely to happen when you really let creativity take the reigns. Take this Slinky DIY, for instance: we initially bought the nostalgic toy to make, of all things, a wedding …

Jewelry

Michael Phelps sends message, answers critics, with one race

SAN ANTONIO -- Four months ago in a tiny tent behind the grandstand at the Mesa Aquatic Center in Arizona, Michael Phelps admitted for the first time …

Swimming

Pork Shoulder Cutlets with Fennel and Asparagus Salad

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 30 min<p>Opposites attract: This bright, sprightly salad is just the thing to cut through the richness of succulent pan-fried pork.<p>April 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>1¼ pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), fat trimmed to ¼ inch, cut into 4 steaks<p>¾ cup …

Asparagus

9 Fruits That Cause Belly Bloat

Though you shouldn't nix these delish and nutrish fruits from your diet, you might want to take extra steps to avoid feeling puffy post-snack. Here, why some fruits make you prone to bloat—and how to deal.<p><b>Apples</b><br>Apples are loaded with antioxidants. In fact, a green apple contains more antioxidants …

Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark

From the outside, the AeroFarms headquarters looks like any other rundown building in downtown Newark, N.J. It used to be a store, and more recently a nightclub. Now it's a test farm.<p>"My favorite is the mustard green that's called a Ruby Streak, which is this leaf right here," says AeroFarms CEO …

Aquaponics

Pell Grant Myth Busters: Why Pell in Prisons Isn't as Controversial as You Think

It's hard to describe what access to education means for someone currently incarcerated. For many, it offers the chance to feel human and normal in a place that can seem to leave no space for independent thought. Its proven link to lowered recidivism shows that education leads to better choices, …

All in the family: 13 stars who've acted onscreen with their real-life kids

When the family business is show business, there's a chance a star and his/her child will wind up in the same movie at some point or another.<p>It's happened a few times for Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer, both of whom appear in the new movie "Ricki and the Flash," arriving in theaters …

Tom Hanks

What I’m Reading: Fast Company Tech Editor Harry McCracken

<i>Fast Company has a particular beat: the business of big ideas. Whatever the space—tech, design or commerce—Fast Co.’s team of writers and editors know how to “best chronicle how changing companies create and compete.”</i><p><i>One of the people responsible for investigating innovative tech companies at Fast</i> …

Mexico would extradite 'El Chapo' to United States -- if he's caught again

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman would be extradited to the United States if he happens to be caught again, under a Mexican court order announced by authorities.<p>The court ruling obtained by the Mexican attorney general's offices marks a reversal from last year when authorities …

Mexico

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg Achieve Peak Awkward Interview

Not only is this the summer when love died, but it's been the summer of awkward interviews.<p>There was that one for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" that Robert Downey Jr. walked out of. And the one where local broadcast reports called "Paper Towns" star Cara Delevingne "Carla" and then insulted her. And …

Jesse Eisenberg