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Now even India's economy is slowing down

Once upon a time, there were four mighty emerging economies that would drive global growth for the rest of the 21st century.<p>A slowdown in the …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1. Russia dropped bombs on an area in Syria controlled by rebels who are not believed to be connected with the Islamic State,</b> even though Moscow says the airstrikes were meant to target ISIS.<p><b>2. Afghan forces have retaken control of the northern city of Kunduz</b> after it was seized by the Taliban on …

Big Leaps for Parental Leave, if Workers Actually Take It

Some corners of corporate America have a new message for new parents: Put down that laptop and pick up your baby instead.<p>Even as employees are increasingly tethered to the office, a workplace culture that urges new mothers and fathers to hurry back to their cubicles is beginning to shift.<p>In recent …

The 8 Most Charming Places to Stay on Your Cuban Vacation

The U.S. flag is now flying again at the embassy in Cuba, which means that easily traveling there from America is becoming more of a reality. While flights will become more readily available in the near future, hotel options are not so prevalent—a complete Havana itinerary isn’t going to be …

Google will now help you get solar on your roof

Google, which has long funded big solar and wind projects around the world, is stepping into the solar industry in a more web-based and traditionally …

One of the world's strangest border disputes is officially over

The two countries switched sovereignty over 111 enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 in India after a border agreement struck in June, the AFP reports, ending a 68-year-old dispute affecting the lives of more than 50,000 people.<p>The June agreement had originally been reached in 2011, but it took four years …

8 Things to Know Before You Hire a Contractor

He'll practically be a member of the family, so choose wisely.<p>Contractor Stephen Fanuka shares what he wishes his clients knew before hiring him — and after he's taken on the job.<p><b>1. Don't expect perfection — expect quality.</b> <br>The most unrealistic expectation a client can have is that the job will be …

Marriage at a 100-year low — and that's a good thing

Brace yourselves for the latest evidence that Americans are fleeing the institution of marriage like Roger Sterling leaves wives.<p>A report release Monday from Demographic Intelligence, which tracks marriage and birth trends in the United States, said marriage rates are the lowest in a century — 6.74 …

WhatsApp Android App Now Has Free Voice Calling For Everyone

After an extended beta test, WhatsApp has added a free voice calling feature to its Android app. This makes WhatsApp more competitive against services like Skype, Viber and Apple iMessage/FaceTime. The calling feature on WhatsApp launched for Android last month in beta to a small number of users, …

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Sri Lanka's China Dilemma

One year ago, Chinese Third World diplomacy was widely seen as being in crisis. Throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia, a growing number of emerging countries were expressing reluctance to be involved in relations with the Middle Kingdom based on its exploitation of their mineral resource …

Here's Your Job Offer - Take It Or Leave It!

Dear Liz,<p>I’m a big fan and I found you just at the right time, during my job hunt! I was so excited last week and now I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been interviewing with two companies but one of them has kind of gone silent.<p>I had an interview and got a follow-up call with some questions for me, …

Avoiding Battery Shortages

For years, the world's automakers have suffered from shortages of the batteries needed to power their hybrid-electric vehicles, as well as electric vehicles. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 interrupted Toyota Prius production just as the latest version was launching.

Android Phones Are Leaking Valuable Information, Here's How To Stop Them

In a Reddit post a user called Gooz announces his new Android app. Its goal is simple: to stop Google's Android leaking information to anyone who cares to probe for it. Gooz’s real name is Bram Bonné and he’s given a TEDx talk about the problems with Android giving over data that enables almost …

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Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

What Happens When A Chinese Tycoon Stands Up Against The Government?

In a country where political power easily makes or breaks a company, it is rare to see a private-sector business at loggerheads with a state-level government entity. That’s why the latest brawl between Alibaba, which is China’s biggest e-commerce company and is run by the country’s second richest …

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8 Facts to Know about Your Libido

Let's talk about sex.<p>We asked Dr. Nancy Simpkins, and internist and medical consultant for the state of New Jersey who works with libido issues in women during pregnancy, menopause and depression, what to know about sex drive.<p><b>1) The more testosterone, the higher the libido.</b> "Men have larger amounts …

10 Healthy Snacks To Eat At Your Desk

Jonny Bowden, a Los Angeles nutritionist who has written eight books, including, most recently, Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long Term Weight Loss, says the ideal office snacks are "well constructed mini-meals." That means food that contains protein, fat and fiber and …

10 Healthy Food Myths Debunked

From the editors of GoodHousekeeping.com, we set the record straight on common misconceptions about which foods are healthy for you.<p><b>1) Fresh is always better than frozen.</b><br>Freshly-shelled peas have more vitamins than frozen ones, right? Not exactly. "Fresh" produce often travels far distances and …

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U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years

American spies have detailed dossiers on the North Koreans who the U.S. says were behind the Sony attack. But the still-secret evidence likely won’t …

World Oil Production On The Rise

World oil production is on the rise, going from 87.8 million barrels a day in 2011 to 97.6 million a day in 2020. However, OPEC's share of the world's oil production is not going down. At least not by much. In 2011 it was 41%. Thanks to North America, OPEC's share will decline by a full percentage …

Judging By Google Searches, Here Are The Things Americans Were Most Clueless About In 2014

Here’s to a hopefully better 2015.<p>Ready to feel old? 2014 is basically over.<p>Every year Google rounds up all the stuff you searched for over the past 12 months and packages it into something called the Google Zeitgeist. The microsite culls data from “trillions of searches” and is always an …

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Which Famous Couple Tops Vivid’s Celebrity Sex Tape Christmas Wish List?

Say what you want about Vivid Entertainment and the porn company’s love of “leaked” celebrity sex tapes, but at least founder Steven Hirsch likes to give famous people a heads up. In a recent press release, Vivid’s honcho revealed his Top 10 “wish list” for new celebrity sex tapes, and Hirsch is …

8 Affordable Rental Chalets For Your Next Ski Vacation

Looking for a little bit of winter luxury?<p>These rental homes, all available on HomeAway, are perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of affordable winter luxury.

Samsung shutters flagship London store amid falling sales

Closing down a marquee location in one of Europe's biggest malls<p>What are Samsung Experience Stores? Why, they're a dying species, if the latest development in Samsung's efforts to establish its own retail empire are any indication. The flagship Samsung store in London, occupying a large and …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

How movies embraced Hinduism (without you even noticing)

Interstellar,Film,Culture,Star Wars: The Force Awakens,Hinduism,Religion,World news,Steve Jobs,Technology,Christopher Nolan<p>From Interstellar to Batman and Star Wars the venerable religion has been the driving philosophy behind many hit movies. Why?<p>Interstellar’s box office total is $622,932,412 and …

Amazon sellers face financial uncertainty after 1p automated pricing glitch

Amazon has come under fire for failing to help the small family-owned businesses that have lost tens of thousands of pounds after a technical glitch caused their products to be sold for a penny.<p>The firm, which had sales of more than $74bn (£48bn) last year, has ignored calls to offer compensation …