Shakyra Walker

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The Selects: Extreme Body Piercing

This company is making a $4 smartphone

Smartphones typically cost in the triple digits, but one company is looking to drastically reduce that price tag.<p>Indian company Ringing Bells will start shipping the Freedom 251, an Android-based smartphone that will sell for an almost unthinkable $4. The company expects to ship 200,000 smartphones …

The 13 cities with the best work-life balance in the world

Using data from Swiss banking group UBS, the site compiled information on the biggest, most important cities globally, taking into account how many hours per week and per year people work as well as how many days holiday they take, before creating the ranking.<p>All 13 cities are in Europe, although …

Northern lights, blood moons and brilliant stars - in pictures

Photograph: The National Maritime Museum

Northern Lights

Redditors put the Panama Papers into terms a 5-year-old could understand

With 2.6 terabytes of data, and 100 media partners publishing reports, it's easy to get lost in the whirlwind of information.<p>We've given a breakdown of the key elements, but sometimes an even more simplified version is helpful.<p>Situations like this are tailor-made for the expository subreddit …

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

Cleaning

This Mad Genius Built His Own ‘Star Wars’ Lightsaber And It Runs On Alcohol

From the genius who built a Thor’s hammer that only he could lift, comes a real-life lightsaber, blue light and all, that’s essentially a flamethrower that runs on–you guessed it–alcohol.<p>The video above introduces Allen Pan lighting a cigarette using the lightsaber, so you just know that this …

Donald Trump says he uses 'every single thing in the book' to avoid paying taxes

"I mean, I pay as little as possible. I use every single thing in the book. And I have great people," the Republican presidential front-runner told supporters in Sioux Center, Iowa.<p>He contrasted his approach to how former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) addressed the tax issue during the 2012 …

9 Bento Boxes and Other Ways to Pack Your Lunch in the 21st Century

You know how you used to pack your lunch box every day, emblazoned with your favorite action figure, Little Pony, or Sailor Moon character? Maybe you picked one out during back-to-school shopping every year, and you carried it with pride as it kept your PB&J safe and sound? And then you grew up, …

Blind man's 'American Idol' audition ends in tears

The poor guy probably never saw it coming.<p>Mario Bonds, a 27-year-old blind man from Washington D.C., was sent packing Wednesday night in the most heartbreaking “American Idol” audition of the season.<p>“I was born with a degenerative eye condition that caused me to go blind by the age of 10,” he …

The Incredible Things Your Brain Does While You're Sleeping

When your body is at rest, your brain is hard at work.<p>Until recently, sleep was something of a mystery to us. Scientists didn't know why we slept -- and they thought that when the body was at rest, the brain was, too.<p>Now, we know better. The brain performs a number of important activities while …

Here's how long a day lasts on other planets of the solar system

The ways in which we measure our days and years, for example, are actually the result of our planet's distance from the Sun, the time it takes to orbit, and the time it takes to rotate on its axis.<p>The same is true for the other planets in our Solar System.<p>While we Earthlings count on a day being …

The Right Way to Freeze Basically Everything

We talked to a culinary school professor about how to freeze any food like a pro.<p>Preserving is getting a lot of attention right now: throw a stick and you’re bound to hit a 10 dollar jar of artisan pickles or a jam made from berries you've never heard of before. But the easiest—and most direct—way …

Comfort Food

Light and shadows: Skin bleaching in Uganda

<b>(CNN) —</b> Living in Uganda in 2013, German photographer Anne Ackermann couldn't ignore the sight of light-skinned women with obviously dark feet, elbows and joints.<p>As someone who regularly documents issues surrounding beauty, identity and womanhood, Ackermann's natural curiosity led her to Mama …

Hyperloop Race Picks Up Speed

Rival firms are working to build the futuristic transport systems, but high costs interfere<p>To build a hyperloop transportation system, engineers must create a near-vacuum in miles-long tubes, deploy powerful magnets to suspend capsules on a sliver of air and propel passengers at nearly the speed of …

High-speed Rail

Sanders campaign defends opposition to slavery reparations

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign on Thursday defended his record on fighting racism after being attacked by a prominent advocate of slavery reparations to African-Americans.<p>"Senator Sanders is the most progressive member of the United States Congress and has unabashedly …

The World's Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Is Now Under Construction

The yearly energy output should equal about 19,000 barrels of oil.<p>Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera Corporation announced today that construction has begun on the largest floating solar power plant in the world in terms of energy output, according to a press release from Kyocera. The 13.7 …

Women of ‘The View’ Turn on Guest Host When She Asks If Exclusively Black Programming Increases Racial Division

“The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sonny Hostin ripped into one of their guest hosts Thursday afternoon, after that guest insinuated that actor Stacey Dash was right when she said that African-Americans in pop culture further segregation.<p>Dash said on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday that she …

12 Steps to Clear the (Mental and Physical) Clutter From Your Life

Make time and space for what really matters with this step-by-step guide.<p>Clutter, both mental and physical, is a productivity and a joy killer. And you don't have to take my word for it. Here's what one study out of Princeton concluded about clutter:<p>"If you want to focus to the best of your ability …

Productivity

GEORGE SOROS: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are 'doing the work of ISIS'

Soros, 85, made the comments in a Bloomberg TV interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.<p>He accused Trump of fear-mongering, saying that his comments about Muslims might lead people to perpetrate harmful acts.<p>That then plays in the hands of ISIS, he said, as the terrorist …

The shocking story of The Kiss

It is known as one of art’s most popular images of sexual love, but Auguste Rodin’s sculpture of two lovers has a tangled – and controversial – history, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>It must be one of the frankest – and most popular – images of carnal love in the history of art: Auguste Rodin’s monumental …

WATCH OUT NETFLIX: People are now streaming more video on Amazon than Netflix

The research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) just released a study showing that people stream video content on Amazon as much as (or more than) on Netflix, thanks to Amazon's decision to offer both a subscription and single-pay service in the same place.<p>Amazon's magic is that …

How subscription video on-demand services like Netflix are contributing to the demise of pay

Growth of subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) services in the US has slowed considerably over the last year as competition in the online video streaming space intensifies. Heavy hitters like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are increasingly squeezed by new competitors with exclusive content and …

Pay-TV

Is Netflix Turning Into ‘Netfilth’?

Anytime HBO launches a new show, I know two things about it right away without having watched a single episode: It will be 1) a high quality production, and 2) filthy. The latter is why I do not subscribe to HBO, and the former is why I wish they would invest in some diversity in their …

American Airlines frequent flier program to reward dollars spent, not miles

American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, said Tuesday that it is fundamentally changing how it awards frequent flier miles, joining other major U.S. airlines by rewarding dollars spent instead of miles flown.<p>The change, also made by Chicago-based United Airlines earlier this year, benefits …

9 things I do every day that make me more productive

About six years ago I would say I was 100% unproductive. Everything I did would cost me in either well-being or money.<p>By "well-being" I mean, competence, good relationships, and freedom. So when I say "cost me well-being" I would do things to specifically hurt the above three.<p>Now, I feel I'm …

Top 10 Adventure Trips

5 Bad Leadership Habits That Undercut Your Team's Productivity

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the entrepreneurial world, every second counts. In the early stages of a startup, you’ll only have limited resources despite operating under high pressure and tight deadlines. Every decision you make could potentially set a …

Employment

Philosophy saved me from poverty and drugs: that’s why I teach it to kids | Andy West

Can you be a good person if you do bad things? Who should have power? These are questions of direct relevance to young people from troubled backgrounds<p>When I tell people I teach philosophy, to children their reaction is almost always: “Gosh, you mean in a private school?” When I tell them that I …

East London

The Scientific Secrets of What Makes a Happy Home

<i>Home</i>. The very word conjures up all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings. But you've surely noticed that some people's houses feel more <i>homey</i> than others. They say you can't put happiness in a bottle -- and yet recent research reveals plenty of ways to boost joy based on where you buy, how you renovate, …