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Notable Lives of 2014 in Pictures

Amazon picks the 100 best books of 2014

Celeste Ng may want to prepare for a deluge of attention from the literary set. Her debut novel, "Everything I Never Told You," just topped Amazon's list of the 100 best books of the year.<p>"We loved it," said Amazon editorial director Sara Nelson. "This book is a gem. It's beautifully written, it's …

Why The World Is Moving To Diplo’s Beat

The DJ superstar is a performer, a producer, and the creative force behind a growing musical empire. He even pays his taxes.<p>Diplo was halfway to Burning Man when the pilot got lost.<p>It was just the two of them in a tiny prop plane last summer, on what was ­supposed to be a two-hour hop from Los …

Play This: Sonically Pleasing Puzzler 'Monument Valley' Will Break Your Brain

Mobile games often can be described as quick, addictive, frenetic. They don't take a lot of time, and you can play them in line at the grocery …

Kulan is an all-electric beast of burden

Researchers in Germany want to commercialise an award-winning prototype of a small, electric-powered agricultural vehicle that, like the common ant, is capable of carrying much more than its own body weight.<p>Nicknamed the Kulan, the futuristic four-wheeled vehicle weighs about 660lbs – a quarter the …

Framing

Body Fuel

I am training hard and on a mission to knock off some excess weight, so I totally understand the need to eat the right food at the right time. …

An Isolated Case: OM/ONE Is World’s First Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Audiophiles often debate the merits of coupling or isolating speakers from their stands: the “coupling” contingency believes speakers should be …

Interesting Album of Once in a Lifetime Photographs

So much of photography is waiting for just the right time. The split second when lightning strikes, a bubble bursts, or a predator leaps for its …

Photography

Kodak to Exit Bankruptcy, Will Emerge as a Commercial Printing Company

It seems we’re entering into the final chapter of the Kodak Bankruptcy epic. After filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy in January or 2012, the ex-camera …

The 5 Steaks You Should Be Grilling Now

<i>Welcome to our new weekly series On the Grill, where our Sunday Dinners columnist Tom Hirschfeld will be showing us how to grill everything from steaks to salads with confidence (and style).</i><p><i>Today: How to grill the perfect steak, soup to nuts: the 5 best steaks to grill, the 5 rules for cooking them</i> …

Shooting victim Chris Lane’s last moments caught on 911 emergency call

The harrowing last seconds of shooting victim Chris Lane's life have been heard on a 911 emergency call.<p>The seven-minute call, released by the district attorney's office in Duncan, Oklahoma, begins with local resident Joyce Smith telling the operator she was driving her Toyota Corolla and spotted a …

Guantanamo guard gave prisoner '50 Shades of Grey'

A lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged in the Sept. 11 terror attack has said that guards gave his client a contraband copy of the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" apparently as a joke or an attempt to discredit him.<p>The allegation came weeks after a US congressman returned from visiting …

British national arrested in China during corruption probe

<b>A British risk consultant, Peter Humphrey, has been formally arrested by Chinese authorities during a continuing probe into pharmaceutical firms.</b><p>Mr Humphrey and his wife, a US citizen, have been detained for the past six weeks as authorities investigate bribery charges against the firms.<p>One of the …

Corruption

NSA illegally collected thousands of emails before Fisa court halted program

The secretive court that oversees surveillance programs found in 2011 that the National Security Agency illegally collected tens of thousands of emails between Americans in violation of the fourth amendment to the US constitution.<p>The foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court ruling stemmed …

Syrian activists offer harrowing accounts of alleged chemical attacks

CAIRO -- Syrian opposition activists reached in the suburbs of Damascus provided harrowing accounts of what they said were chemical attacks unleashed by the military early Wednesday.<p>Although descriptions varied, they generally said that the chemical agents were deployed using rockets that landed …

Middle East