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10 African startups that rocked 2014

<b>Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) —</b> 2014 has been another amazing year for startups in Africa.<p>More and more entrepreneurs turned their attention to building businesses that can solve the continent's problems and provide services it has long awaited.<p>Enterprises emerged to fix problems in payments, traffic and …

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

8 Things Your Pet Says About Your Personality

1) Researchers have established some general conclusions about pets and their owners personalities:<p><b>Fish owners are happiest.</b>• <b><br>Dog owners are the most</b> …

Pets

Our System Is So Broken, Almost No Patented Discoveries Ever Get Used

We all know the patent system is broken.<p>But most people believe that the biggest problem with it is abusive litigants who extort so-called “license …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Meet the Women Who Guard China’s Millionaires

Valued as secret weapons, female bodyguards are regarded as innocuous protectors who can disguise themselves as assistants or dance partners.<p><i>Watch our documentary about China's female bodyguards here.</i><p>Wearing a form-fitting black leather jacket with studded shoulders, leather pants, and …

China's 2014 Slowdown In 7 Charts

China's slowdown has been a huge economic story in 2014.<p>Even the latest data confirm that the Chinese growth is decelerating: the manufacturing sector is contracting and the housing market is cooling fast.<p>But to get a better sense of the big picture, it's good to take a look at the year as a …

Take the Plunge: 11 Swimming Holes Around the World

Lounging poolside is one thing, but nothing beats the childlike allure of splashing around in a swimming hole. The lake near your parent's home may top your typical list, but there are plenty of other swimming holes around the world that will capture your heart.<p>So, pack your swimsuit (and a sense …

A luxury take on extended stays | CNN Travel

10 Tips for Visiting Mongolia

For my 23rd birthday, I was lucky to be able to take a trip to the pristine Khuvsgul Lake in Mongolia. Khuvsgul Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in the world, the next best thing to Lake Baikal in Siberia. Khuvsgul is 700km north of Ulaanbaatar. To visit, one can opt for a two-day drive …

America's Coolest Rooftop Bars (PHOTOS)

When the golden hour hits on summer evenings, a ritual unfolds in cities across America: cubicle dwellers rush for the exits; lines form waiting for elevators to open; and social media is flooded with images of backlit skyscrapers and bright cocktails. It's rooftop time.<p>The coolest rooftops, like …

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The Top 10 Coolest Caves Around the World

The deep, dark world of caves is fascinating. From caves that light up with the glow of millions of glowworms, to underground caverns stuffed with crystals bigger than the average house -- here's our guide to 10 of the coolest caves in the world!<p>1. Cave of Crystals - Chihuahua, Mexico<p>Know what …

'To Travel is to Live': 24 Quotes that Will Inspire You to Wander

Shares 1K<p>By Silvia Mordini<p>In the spirit of full disclosure, you must know I am an admitted travel addict and spiritual explorer. My life and the …

Ranked: The 10 Best Island Beaches Around the World

By David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com<p>Beach season is officially here, and though there are many amazing shorelines to explore, our readers are partial to island beaches. Here are their ranked favorites in countries across the globe.<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities …

The world's best volcano tours

This nifty Kickstarter project will make it easier to charge all your Apple devices

If you’re looking for a way to charge your Apple devices in the simplest, most hassle-free way possible, you may want to check out the new Kickstarter project, MOS Reach.<p>Acting as an extension of the traditional wall outlet, MOS Reach is a rectangular device that includes a standard socket …

Crowd Funding

What every woman’s post-work ritual should be

Mondays are hard. Wednesdays are worse. And by Friday you're just glad to be alive. But this five-step de-stressing and pampering ritual can turn …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

Why Your Employees Want to Leave - Switch & Shift

Psychologist Thema Davis summed up the results of the difficult choice of standing up for something important: “<i>Some people don’t like you just</i> …

Leadership

Be a Better Leader Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Developing stronger leadership skills is an important act for virtually everyone in business. But becoming a better leader doesn't always require attending a pricey seminar. Sometimes, simple acts can have an immediate impact, says …

Business & Personal Growth Tips

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Designing An Online Store? It’s all about the side doors.

By Christine Pillsbury<p>In the analog space, a store’s “homepage” is the equivalent to the big, fancy mall entrances enticing shoppers to come in for a …

UX Design

Which Brands Will Triumph In 2014?

<i>The following guest post is by Thomas Mueller, Chief Experience Officer for strategic branding firm Siegel+Gale.</i><p>Though the definition is often hotly debated, most can agree that brand experience means ensuring you walk the talk. It’s that moment of truth when a customer has the right experience …