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Satellite Images Show How Much More Light Americans Use During The Winter Holidays

People all over the world celebrate important holidays by turning up the lights<p>'Tis the season to use way more electricity than you normally would. U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be seen by satellite. U.S. suburbs emit 30 percent to 50 percent …

What Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Showtime and the rest of TV need to resolve to do in 2015

Back at the beginning of the year, I suggested five ways that television could save itself in 2014: new year’s resolutions that the networks needed to follow as they navigated “this strange new world of streaming, stacking and binge-viewing.”<p>Those 2014 resolutions:<p>cultivate more event programming …

TV

We Predict 2015's Biggest Fashion Trends

With Fashion Week showing off clothes six months before they actually land in stores, predicting the future is less about performing feats of …

Proof That 2015 Will Be the Year of the Vadjacent

Michelle Monaghan, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna; Getty Images<p>February 26, 2012. Does that date ring any bells for you? No? February 26, 2012 was the day that Angelina Jolie extended a pointed leg and announced to the world that there would finally be light on the one place that, previously, sun simply …

Going Global in 2015: 10 start-ups to watch - CNN.com

Magic Leap are releasing few details, but the fledgling firm's virtual experiences are highly anticipated.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>A leap of faith<p>New reality<p>Get closer to your clothes<p>Goodbye to your phone<p>Closer to the action<p>How are you feeling?<p>Wireless electricity<p>Breath test for cancer<p>Quantified sleep<p>The credit …

The 2014 Health Trends We Can't Wait To Leave Behind

If there's one thing that's constant year in and year out, it's wacky health trends. Every year has them, and 2014 was no exception. While we've certainly made advancements in medicine and mental health, when it comes to our faddish tendencies, we seem to be running in circles.<p>So what are we hoping …

The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015

A survey shows which countries matter more to U.S. policymakers—and which matter less<p>Foreign policy often involves making difficult and debatable choices about which parts of the world matter more to a given country—and which, by extension, matter less. It's about defining national interests and …

5 digital health trends you'll see in 2015 - CNN.com

<b>(Mashable)</b> -- 2014 has been a huge year for health tech. According to digital health incubator StartUp Health, digital health funding in the first three quarters of 2014 has already surpassed $5 billion, close to double what was invested in all of 2013 ($2.8 billion).<p>"Digital health funding for the …

Notable Lives of 2014 in Pictures

Check out the best art GIFs of 2014

The creators of the Giphoscope -- the hand-cranked, real-world GIF machine -- have set about making a real name for themselves in the world of art. Marco Calabrese and Alessandro Scali have just hosted their very first ever annual Giphoscope Award, created to honour the very best of animated GIF …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness

6 Mistakes You're Making When Hanging Curtains

Here's what you need to know before you hang your window treatments.<p>Whether it's elegant draperies or a simple swath of fabric, every window needs the perfect complement.<p>1. Not Measuring Correctly<p>The first thing you should do is measure your windows and make adjustments depending on how you want to …

Small Spaces

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

After the year’s best reads in science, children’s books, psychology and philosophy, and art, design, and photography, here come the finest memoirs, biographies, and history books of the year — our most inviting bridge between past and present, personal and universal.<p>1. A LIFE WORTH LIVING<p><i>“To</i> …

Somebody Made A Champagne Pizza That You'll Want To Eat Immediately

"I wanted to try it and I wanted to be over the top" Andris Lagsdin, founder of the Kickstarted Baking Steel explained to The Huffington Post about his $50 pizza doughs.<p>Apparently Lagsdin was just having a casual conversation in his kitchen with a friend, The Seattle Food Geek writer Scott …

16 Cookies That Can Literally Be Thrown Together At the Very Last Minute

We've all been there before.<p>Your mind is about to be blown when you find out how easy these fancy semi-homemade treats are to make. Translation: Behold the most gorgeous cookie recipes that only require a tube of store-bought dough, or few ingredients with zero effort. This piece originally …

This Photographer Transforms His Dog Into Different Animals Every Holiday Season

Bristol, England-based photographer Peter Thorpe has a special treat for his clients every holiday season. For the past 20 years, he has sent …

European leaders warn against too much economic pain on Russia

The European Union's unanimous resolve to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine appeared to be cracking as French, German, Austrian and Italian leaders voiced concern at an alliance summit of inflicting too much pain on Moscow as its economy tumbles.<p>French President Francois Hollande was the …

Russia

Sony CEO worried for months about 'The Interview,' emails show

Kazuo Hirai was worried. For months, the Tokyo-based chief executive of Sony Corp. had been raising questions about his Hollywood studio's plans to go forward with a film depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>In a June 23 email, a Sony executive in Japan sent word to the …

Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner dies at 104

Longtime Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner, a voting member of the motion picture academy as a centenarian, died Friday of natural causes at Sunrise Beverly Hills Assisted Living, said his son, Steven. He was 104.<p>Gardner joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a …

Scared Of Heights? Your Ancestors Might Be To Blame

New research into the ways that humans develop phobias has come upon a surprising theory: It could be genetic. According to researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, memories can be passed down between generations via genetic switches and chemical changes in DNA that make experiences …

What Are Critics Who Saw ‘The Interview’ Saying About It?

Despite what North Korea wants, despite what its mercenary hacking army wants, what the Supreme Being Leader Of Almighty Power Of God Voice wants, what even some pundits from Fox News want — somehow, someway, we’re going to get <i>The Interview</i>. Because, as Mr. Universe said in the indispensable …

A 24-Year-Old Executive Created An Alarming New Model For Online Jihadists

The account combined an insider's view of the dynamics within Syrian and Iraqi jihadist groups with apologetics for some of their worst atrocities, including the rape and enslavement of Yazidi women in Iraq.<p>But at times during Shami's remarkable 2-year-long Twitter career, it was an unclear if he …

Which Celebrity Has the Most Followers After the “Instagram Rapture”?

Yesterday afternoon, you no doubt experienced a sharp jolt of dismay—followed by an hours-long period of mourning, confusion, and self-hatred—when you opened Instagram to find that your follower count had dropped, typically, depending on how many followers you had, by a margin of anywhere from 10 …

NASA reveals what carbon dioxide looks like from space

SAN FRANCISCO — NASA revealed the first-ever images of the global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, the key long-lived global warming gas. …

Nicaragua's Canal: Digging For Truth

According to Manuel Coronel, an octogenarian who runs the canal authority, their intentions are now beyond dispute. "When the bride and groom set a date, you know it's serious," he says.<p>But ask Mr Coronel just where construction will begin and who will pay for it, and he has no answers. Neither …

Panama Canal

Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

<i>Family Resemblance? (Image of Fulmoth Kearney used with kind permission of Merlyn White)</i><p>It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's …

Real-world doctors fact-check Dr. Oz, and the results aren't pretty

What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on “The Dr. Oz Show”? Less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.<p>If that sounds alarming, consider this: Nearly 4 in 10 of the assertions made on the hit show appear to be made on the basis of no …

Weight Loss

Eat The Enemy: How Eating Autumn Berries Can Help The Environment AND The Fight Against Cancer

<i>This story is part of "Eat The Enemy," a HuffPost series on edible invasive species, non-native plants and animals you can help contain from the comfort of your dinner table. Not all invasive species are edible, and some included in this series can be dangerous, including lionfish and wild boar.</i> …