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The Man Who Builds Houses With Water

Matyas in front of the prototype of the water house<p>Would you build a house with water? Hungarian architect Matyas Gutai believes that water is the …

With surge in Cuba interest, tour operators add departures

As interest in travel to Cuba surges, tour operators are adding departures, introducing new programs and extending itineraries to keep up with the …

Is Cuba ready for the business boom?

As Barack Obama becomes the first US president to visit in almost 90 years, Cuba's "practically virgin" foreign business scene is drawing increasing interest. But is Havana ready?<p>Nico had a problem. The small, turquoise bungalow he runs as a B&B in the far east of <b>Cuba</b> was not getting noticed.<p>Bought …

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'Dozens dead' in southern Yemen clashes

At least 19 Huthi Shiite rebels and 15 pro-Hadi militiamen were killed overnight as the rival forces battled for control of the town of Daleh, said one official who did not want to be named.<p>"Street fighting took place in Daleh after the arrival of significant Huthi reinforcements from Ibb" further …

Airbnb is Now in Cuba—A Major Win, With a Major Caveat

Peer-to-peer rental behemoth Airbnb has announced that Cuban properties are now available to book on its website. The more than 1,000 listings, …

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Drones Used to Stop Elephant and Rhino Poachers in Africa

Elephants and rhinos in Africa are increasingly threatened by poaching as ivory and rhino horns become more desirable, but a new method using drones has proven effective in stopping the poachers in their tracks — from thousands of miles away.<p>More than 20,000 elephants were killed by poachers in …

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Nigeria attracted N780bn real estate investment in 2014

<b>By YINKA KOLAWOLE,</b> <i>with agency report</i><p>Nigeria attracted $3.96 billion (about N780.12 billion) on real estate development in 2014, which is 11 percent …

When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Humans have had such a huge impact on the Earth that some geologists think the human era should be enshrined in the official timeline of our planet.<p>They want to give the age of humans a formal name, just as scientists use terms like the Jurassic or the Cretaceous to talk about the age of …

10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of

Photograph: Alamy<p>The ruined church of Saint Gregory in Ani.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/2/1427992789854/37495f19-766c-477d-bb7d-17e66cffb858-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>The ruined church of Saint Gregory in …

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

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5 Reasons to Go to New Orleans Now

As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, it’s a marvel to see how this formerly devastated city has emerged from the wreckage and …

Easter: Vatican Mass, the Easter Bunny and that blood moon

Watch the season finale of Finding Jesus, Faith, Fact, Forgery at 9 p.m. Eastern Sunday on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Easter is a cornerstone event in the Christian faith, but it's surrounded by interesting quirks.<p>It celebrates the completion of Christ's mission of salvation in the Crucifixion and Resurrection. …

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IBM says it’s king of cloud. Amazon, I’m guessing, would beg to differ

Cloud reporters got a pitch from IBM(s ibm) the morning after Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings announcement claiming that it — not Amazon(s amzn) Web …

Why The Washing Machine Was The Greatest Invention Of The Industrial Revolution

"I was only four years old when I saw my mother load a washing machine for the first time ever. That was a great day for my mother," Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, said in one of his many TED talks.<p>Unfortunately, about five billion people around the …

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France to send 400 more troops to Central African Republic | Reuters

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France said on Friday it plans to send another 400 troops to help combat a crisis in the Central African Republic as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded for more swift, robust international help to stop sectarian violence that could turn into a genocide.<p>A French soldier …

Anti-Maduro protests persist in Venezuela, dozens jailed | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro’s government kept dozens of student protesters behind bars on Friday as unrest still rumbled across Venezuela following this week’s violence at political rallies that killed three.<p>A demonstrator stands with a flag on his back as demonstrators block the …

5 Famous Entrepreneurs Who Learned From Their First Spectacular Failures

Feeling like a failure? So did these entrepreneurs–before they went on to revolutionize their industries.<p>Most new businesses fail–that means most entrepreneurs and CEOs fail right along with them. What makes one person pack up his desk and go home while another shakes it off and tries again?<p>It’s …

Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war

On 17 January, scientists downloaded fresh data from a pair of Nasa satellites and distributed the findings among the small group of researchers who track the world's water reserves. At the University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti looked over the data from the gravity-sensing …

How to be a smarter reader | Oliver Burkeman

There's plenty of advice out there to help you read more – but what about how to get more from what you read? Here's how

Does streaming music make Amazon Prime’s $99 price tag worth it?

It’s music to some users’ ears: Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +0.91% is launching a streaming music service that’s free for Prime users. But does this make …

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How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter In 2014

<i>This is the first in a two-part story on how to manage your mental energy to do your best work. Click here for the second article, “7 Types of Experience Your Brain Needs To Function At Its Best.”</i><p>It’s a common scenario for many of us.<p>You start the day with an idea of what you want to work on and …

Ask Anything: What Does Water Taste Like?

H2-oh-so-tasty<p>For thousands of years, philosophers claimed that water had no flavor. It’s the baseline for the sense of taste, they said—a starting point and null condition. What water is to tongues, darkness is to eyes and silence is to ears. “The natural substance water per se tends to be …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

Sap Discovery Could Turn Syrup-Making Upside Down

Last year researchers at the University of Vermont announced something that could change the way we think about Vermont — or at least how it produces its famous maple syrup.<p>The time-honored method calls for inserting a tap near the bottom of a tall, mature maple tree. At the end of February, the …

Concern grows over possibility of a massive power surge

FREDERICK, Md. — Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is …