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Chinese-owned Volvo to open first U.S. car factory

(CNN) — Volvo will build its first car plant in the U.S., hoping to reverse a decline in sales in the world's second biggest auto market.

The Chinese-owned car maker said Monday it would invest $500 million to build the plant.

Volvo sold nearly half a million cars in 100 countries last year, up 8.9% …


Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.

A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found …

Top 10 Qualities of Extremely Successful People

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By Lolly Daskal

If you really want to bring success into your life, you should cultivate yourself just as you’d …

Like Mars: Dusty Sandstorm Blocks Visibility And Travel In Dubai

Dubai took on a Mars-like glow Thursday, after a major sandstorm descended upon the city in the United Arab Emirates. Conditions forced airlines to delay or cancel flights in Dubai after the sandstorm arrived from Saudi Arabia early in the morning.

For a sense of the scale of the sandstorm's impact, …

Middle East Travel

An Enormous Sandstorm Is Making Life Hellish in Dubai

Amateur footage shows the city blanketed under a thick orange cloud

A massive sandstorm has hit the United Arab Emirates, massively reducing visibility and causing disruption to air and road traffic in several Gulf cities.

The bad weather is caused by strong winds that have whipped up desert sand and …

United Arab Emirates

Giant Spanish 'Superslug' set to invade British gardens

After a mild winter the UK is set to see an explosion of slugs. Make sure you're prepared

Gardeners’ least favourite pest is set to have a record year in 2015. It appears the warm winter may have protected plants from frosts, only to have them eaten by slugs and snails in summer.

The mild …

Taken out: Liam Neeson to quit action movies in two years

His new film may be called Run All Night, but Liam Neeson knows there’s a limit to his energy – and has said he’s getting ready to call time on ass-kicking action roles.

“Maybe two more years. If God spares me and I’m healthy,” he said in a US interview. “But after that, I’ll stop [the action] I …

Entertainment (UK)

PM to have cancer op, full recovery is expected

SINGAPORE — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery to remove his prostate gland tomorrow …


Bacteria used to convert solar energy into liquid fuel

"This is a proof of concept that you can have a way of harvesting solar energy and storing it in the form of a liquid fuel," said Pamela Silver, …

Solar Power

Hubble captures rare image of triple Jupiter transit

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare image of a triple transit, as three of Jupiter's largest moons cast their shadows on the gas …


The weekend cook: Thomasina Miers’ pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday (and Valentine’s Day)

Valentine’s Day and Shrove Tuesday are only a few days apart this year, so if the thought of curling up and munching delicious food with someone you fancy is your idea of the perfect night, read on. Whenever you choose to eat today’s dishes, I hope you’ll like them as much as I do: one features a …


Will Companies Solve Climate Change Before Countries?

As officials bicker about agreements, major global companies can change their behavior at the snap of a CEO's finger.

I just spent a week at the 15th Annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in India, a four-day eco-extravaganza for hundreds of participants from government, business, academics, …

8 Romantic Date Night Dinners

Pull out the candles, pick out a Netflix movie, and send the kids to Grandma's house. It's the biggest date night of the year! Avoid the crowds and over-priced restaurant menus and whip up one of these easy and delicious dinners instead.

1. Grilled Spice-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin Filets with Chimichurri


Leaos Solar electric bicycle has integrated solar panels

Getting around by bike rather than car or bus has its advantages, but not everyone wants to be stuck pedaling for endless miles. That's where …



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In another bowl, beat the eggs and then whisk in the milk …

Volkswagen Installs Huge Solar Array At Chattanooga Plant

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Volkswagen flipped a large ceremonial switch yesterday that signaled the official launch of a huge array of photovoltaic solar cells at …

Creating a Bacterial Culture with Proper Sterile Technique

Microbiology is a very important part of science utilized by every sector of biology, whether that is to study medicines or create special substances …

Manned Mars missions could threaten any Red Planet life

Humanity has long dreamed of putting boots on Mars, but those boots have the potential to stomp all over any lifeforms that may exist on the Red Planet.

A seething, swarming mass of 100 trillion microbes will accompany every astronaut who lands on Mars. This diverse " microbiome " has evolved with …


Why Does Everything In The Universe Spin?

Do you feel dizzy? Maybe you should! The Earth is rotating as it spins around the Sun, and the Milky Way is rotating...but thanks to gravity and …

8 Forgotten Kids Shows Sure to Give You Nightmares

Cable access shows aside, the strangest stuff on TV has to be children's programming. I used to watch it myself, but I was a picky viewer -- much of …


Samsung rejects concern over 'Orwellian' privacy policy

Users of Samsung’s Smart TV devices have raised concerns over the device’s privacy policy, which seems to suggest that they should not discuss any sensitive topics in their living room while the television is plugged in.

The warning relates to the product line’s voice recognition services, which …


Architects Want To Turn Old Subway Tunnels Into An Underground Cycling Highway

The conceptual London Underline would offer pedestrians and cyclists an alternate route through central London.

London commuters could one day ditch the Tube for a different kind of underground transportation experience. A proposal by global architecture firm Gensler would turn out-of-use metro …

Transportation (UK)

Geologists solve tectonic plate mystery with half a tonne of explosives

Geologists may have finally explained how tectonic plates shift by blowing up hundreds of kilograms of dynamite in New Zealand.

Half a tonne of explosive slurry was pumped into a dozen, steel-cased holes spread nearly 100km across New Zealand’s north island.

The seismic waves produced by the …


25 Words That Are Actually Acronyms

There’s an old language myth that claims posh stands for “port out, starboard home.” According to the tale, the first posh people were wealthy cruise …

Cool Stuff

The best of Paris haute couture 2015 – in pictures


Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor

Beijing’s mayor, Wang Anshun, has called the city “unliveable” because of its noxious smog, according to state media.

“To establish a first-tier, international, liveable and harmonious city, it is very important to establish a system of standards, and Beijing is currently doing this,” he said last …


The Hidden Secret on Page 60 of Good Will Hunting's Script

On its release in 1997, the film Good Will Hunting proved to be a sizeable hit. It also garnered several Oscar nominations, with the late Robin …

Good Will Hunting

16 Fees We'd Like to Charge the Airlines

Matt Meltzer

That $189 round-trip flight to New Orleans looked too good to be true. And, it was. Because once you arrived at the airport, you learned there was a check-in fee. And a checked-bag fee. And a carry-on bag fee, an in-flight magazine fee, a Spanish-language translation fee, a lavatory …


Alex Nash, 5, Gets $24 Bill From Friend's Parents For Missing Birthday Party

A 5-year-old boy in Plymouth, England, was given a $24 invoice for missing a friend's birthday party in an unusual dispute that appears to be heading to court.

Alex Nash was supposed to attend the party at a local ski park in December, where kids were treated to snow tubing, tobogganing and lunch. …


What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.

It’s a well-worn sociological truth that the neighborhoods in which we live can have a powerful effect on our lives. But how do our neighborhoods affect our overall happiness and well being? And what might they reflect about our …