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Conservationists accuse governments of failing to protect koalas

Revelations of koalas suffering graphic injuries and death in Victorian timber plantations are evidence of a long-standing failure to properly …

House GOP budget plan collapsing

Like an army that’s outrun its supply line, the Republican budget strategy in Congress shows almost daily signs of coming apart.<p>The central premise, as sold by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, was that Washington could wipe out deficits in 10 years and protect defense spending, all while …

Which Nations Hate The U.S.? Often Those Receiving U.S. Aid

To figure out which countries dislike the U.S., one quick way is to simply look at which ones are getting the largest dollops of U.S. aid.<p>This wasn't the focus of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. But it did emerge when Pew spoke to people in 39 countries about the U.S. and China, asking …

Eike Batista, Formerly World's 8th Richest Man, Loses $33 Billion In Just 16 Months

You think losing a $10 bill is bad? Trying losing $33 <i>billion</i>, and with it your ranking among the world's richest men.<p>That’s what’s happened to Brazilian oil tycoon Eike Batista, who last year was quite literally on top of the world. Life was good, he was eighth richest man on the planet, and once …

The Trickiest Questions Apple Will Ask In A Job Interview

While every tech company asks programmers technical questions to see if they're fit for a job, Apple makes a point to follow up each response with "but how would you optimize that/make it better?"<p>And then there are the questions that really throw you off.<p>Via Glassdoor's Interview Questions and …

This little orange box is spreading economic opportunities across Africa

A little orange box that started in South Africa is now making it’s up across the continent.<p>Nomanini is a social enterprise company that sells a “business in a box.” The portable orange device is called Lula, and works as a digital vending machine for selling prepaid vouchers for mobile airtime, …

Maryland Touts Low Obamacare Health Insurance Premiums

Health coverage sold on Obamacare's health insurance exchange in Maryland will be among the cheapest in the country, state officials said Friday.<p>A 21-year-old nonsmoker will be able to buy health insurance that costs as little as $93 a month on the Maryland Health Connection, the state's health …

Mobile is ‘the new IT’: 5 reasons to spend more on enterprise mobility

The old saying goes you have to spend money to make money. While this notion might seem antiquated in today’s ultra-budget conscious business environment, it wasn’t always that way. Think back to the early 80s—companies invested millions on desktop computers knowing it would make their employees …

Don't Let Bankruptcy Fool You: Detroit's Not Dead

Reid Dropped from ‘Sharknado 2’

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston Could Have Run-In at Toronto Film Festival

It's a small world after all. Eight years after their divorce, <b>Brad Pitt</b> and <b>Jennifer Aniston</b> may find themselves face-to-face at the Toronto …

Film Festivals

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures breathtaking images of Earth from Saturn

NASA's unmanned Cassini spacecraft has already returned some gorgeous views of the planet Saturn, which it is currently flying around. But the latest images should be enough to make it and any other interplanetary travelers (such as Voyager 1) homesick. On July 19th, the spacecraft, located about …

August 2013

Why Messi and Neymar Will Be Unstoppable Together at Barcelona

In pairing Neymar and Lionel Messi on the same team, Barcelona have pulled off the transfer coup of the summer window. The South American idols, firm admirers of each other's games, have the potential to form a partnership more potent than any currently operating in world football.<p>In the minds of …

On the NBA's bizarre decisions around Kevin Durant's contract

NBA owners decided to give the Thunder $15 million on Thursday because of mistakes made when allowing Oklahoma City to sign Kevin Durant to a fatter contract in 2011.<p>Grantland's Zach Lowe broke some bizarre news on Thursday: the NBA Board of Governors voted this week to award the Oklahoma City …

20 Years Ago, Tupac Broke Through

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable year in music. Over the 12 months of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and more than a dozen other rap groups released albums that helped change the sound of America. That year one of the most influential …