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5 Things to Watch For in 3D Printing in 2016

What is 3D printing good for?<p>That’s a question that’s become increasingly relevant in 2015, as the majesty of showing off 3D-printed trinkets has …

The 10 biggest risks the world faces in 2016

"And so, in 2016, conflict intensifies," Ian Bremmer, the head of Eurasia Group, and Cliff Kupchan write in the firm's annual list of top risks.<p>"This all means a dramatically more fragmented world in 2016 with more intra-, inter-, and extra-state conflict than any point since World War II."<p>Still, …

5 Reasons Why 2016 Will Accelerate Environmental Progress

2015 was a breakthrough year for our environment -- one of the most important in decades.<p>The nations of the world agreed to a climate deal that finally gives us a chance to turn the corner toward safety. America put in place the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from its largest source, power …

5 Expert Predictions for the Global Economy in 2016

From instability in Greece to energy technology, the stories to watch this year<p>The world will face economic challenges on multiple fronts in 2016. As the U.S. Federal Reserve begins its monetary tightening, Europe is struggling to manage migrant and debt crises, China’s financial stability is in …

Economics

3 Reasons Why 2016 Could Be a Banner Year for Startups

Analysts from venture capital and merger and acquisition researcher PitchBook say early-stage companies are likely to see an influx of investor dollars in the coming year.<p>There's never any shortage of predictions during the New Year, and venture capital data researcher PitchBook is adding its voice …

5 Ways Health Care Will Be Transformed In 2016

We’re optimistic… sort of.<p>2015 proved to be an exciting, albeit tumultuous year for the health sector. Doctors adopted new digital technologies with mixed success, , millions more people gained some form of health insurance, and scientists developed more precise ways to treat disease using …

Here's the Market's Biggest Problem for 2016

With the bull market roaring at the end of last year, Wall Street market strategists and pundits, almost without exception, were predicting …

FBI probes mystery of San Bernardino shooters' whereabouts for 18 minutes after massacre

The dark sport utility vehicle with tinted windows traced a haphazard path through the streets of San Bernardino.<p>The couple inside had just killed 14 people but seemed in no hurry to flee the city. For several hours, they meandered through an L-shaped area defined by the 215 and 10 freeways, often …

String of Storms Hitting California Due to Strongest El Niño on Record

Back-to-back storms in the Pacific are threatening to douse parts of the West for more than two weeks, thanks to a weather pattern driven by an El Niño that is tied with the strongest ever on record.<p>Storms drenched California Tuesday, with 1.42 inches of rain recorded at Los Angeles International …

Gunmaker's Stock Hits Record High As Obama Boosts Background Checks

Smith & Wesson rose 11% Tuesday, with investors anticipating another gun buying spree.<p>Shares of gun manufacturers soared today as President Obama outlined a series of executive actions meant to expand background checks for firearm sales.<p>Smith & Wesson rose 11% to close at $25.86, its highest …

Editors' Choice: Our Favorite Beach Resorts in the World

We're all dreaming of a warm-weather getaway right about now (how many degrees below zero is it?). Here are best beach resorts in the world that we return to again and again—spanning the globe from Rhode Island to Fiji—from Traveler's 2017 Gold List.<p>Hermitage Bay, Antigua<p>Hotel Esencia, Playa del …

Here’s what people thought of Steven Avery from 'Making a Murderer' 10 years ago

But after watching Netflix's latest true-crime documentary, many people don't believe justice was served judging by what they witnessed during the 10-episode series.<p>Steven Avery was exonerated in 2003 thanks to DNA evidence after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. In 2005, …

Five economic fears behind the Chinese stock slide that shook world markets

For the second time in less than six months, concerns about China's rocky transition from an export-fueled industrial nation to a more mature developed economy have rattled global financial markets.<p>The trouble began Monday when a private report showed a slowdown in China's manufacturing sector had …

China

Criminal charges possible after boy is killed by his sister's 3 pit bulls

Authorities were considering Tuesday whether to seek criminal charges against a woman whose pit bulls mauled to death her 9-year-old brother in California.<p>Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, was devastated by the Sunday attack in her small trailer in Yuba County, but no crime occurred, her attorney …

How to Dress for Winter Like a Street Style Star? Take a Cue From Sofía Sanchez de Betak’s Antarctica Packing List

In a sea of enviable holiday Instagram posts that showed our newly bronzed friends and loved ones frolicking half-clothed on the idyllic beaches of somewhere close to the equator, it was Sofía Sanchez de Betak making friends with a colony of penguins that made us all want to rethink even the most …

Weather

Samsung bragged that its new super-thin bezel-free TV is so beautiful that it doesn't even have 'unsightly' screws in the back

"It's a giant leap forward in design," executive Dave Das said at the company's press preview. "We thought through even the smallest details, removing any unnessary features, including those unsightly screws in the back."<p>Das added that the gigantic television is actually the first bevel-less, …

Why 'Quit Your Job and Travel the World' is the Worst Advice Ever

<i>Quit your job and travel. Just leave your job, pack your bag and travel!</i><p>It's a quote said by many travelers who've been on the road a while -- by some expats, travel bloggers, and others in between. You've seen it as their status updates, maybe they've told you face-to-face. It's even become a meme.<p>…

Cougar Lessons in Coexistence

A growing North American cougar population has inspired scientists to take a close look at the risk this species presents to humans. In his 2011 analysis of 343 North American aggressive cougar encounters, David Mattson found that only 29 resulted in fatal human attacks. Young cougars in poor …

Coachella 2016 is packed with female artists -- and is all the better for it

Given Coachella's history, the news that its three 2016 headliners -- Calvin Harris, Guns N' Roses and LCD Soundsystem -- consist of mostly male artists isn't surprising. With apologies to LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang, that's often the case in the American musical patriarchy.<p>But a rundown of the …

Music

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Arrested for Domestic Assault

<b>UPDATE:</b> Donald Fagen will not be immediately charged with assault after a physical altercation with his wife, according to the Wrap. Fagen agreed to …

Music