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China will make it rain over an area 1.7 times the size of France

China is creating rain in an area 1.7 times the size of France.<p>The massive Asian country will spend 1.15 million yuan ($168 million) to modify …

See Leonard Cohen's Life in Pictures

Leonard Cohen in 1967.<br>Jack Robinson—Condé Nast/Getty Images<p>1 of 15<p>Leonard Cohen was the consummate American poet. For starters, he wasn’t actually …

Hand Powered Portable Espresso Machines

Now There's Packaged Water Specifically Formulated for Your Morning Coffee

Amateur baristas looking to take your coffee game to the next level, take notice. No longer will you be forced to compromise your carefully crafted brew with mediocre water from a Brita filter — or worse, straight from the tap. A company called Aquiem has formulated specialty H2O that's meant to …

ASUS ZenUI Launcher now compatible with any phone running Android 4.3 or higher

In the early days of Android, OEM-created UX skins were perhaps a “necessary evil” in the eyes of some critics. Google’s own OS had far less usability solutions than it does today, meaning that TouchWiz and its irk provided some clear and sincere “value added services”. Defenders often point out, …

Google's 'Faster' undersea internet cable goes live

Internet users in Japan are about to get a speed boost. Google's 9,000km undersea internet cable from the United States to the country has been …

Google's giant new trans-Pacific internet cable goes online Thursday

‘faster, Faster and FASTER'<p>A new undersea internet cable funded in part by Google and connecting Japan with the US is slated to go online starting June 30th. The joint announcement, made today in a press release from NEC Corporation, says construction and testing on the trans-pacific cable, dubbed …

These Flower Portraits Will Leave You Breathless

Prepare yourself to be awestruck by Vicki Rawlins's flower portraits; using rose petals for lips and twigs for cheekbones, the Chicago-based artist collects pieces of mother nature in a bag and then painstakingly lays them out in her studio to create masterpieces. "Nothing taped, nothing glued, …

Businessmen mull buying cruise ship to house homeless people

Plan to buy 400-bed European cruise liner and sail it to New Zealand to ease housing crisis gets mixed reaction<p>A group of New Zealand businessman have come up with an idea to help New Zealand’s homeless – place them on a cruise ship.<p>Charity groups in Auckland estimate hundreds of people are …

Sheriff: Grizzly kills person near Glacier National Park

A grizzly bear attacked and killed a 38-year-old mountain biker Wednesday as he was riding along a trail just outside Glacier National Park, Montana authorities said.<p>Brad Treat and another rider were in the Halfmoon Lakes area of the Flathead National Forest when they apparently surprised the bear, …

Smartphone users temporarily blinded after looking at screen in bed

Medical journal reports that two women experience ‘transient smartphone blindness’ after constantly checking phones in the dark<p>Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.<p>Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in …

Forged letters mislead Utah residents about Native American land proposal

Interior secretary did not say land would ‘revert’ to US government, officials say, as flyers reject Navajos from ‘party’ for proposed Bears Ears national monument<p>Forged letters and flyers appearing at gas stations and post offices in tribal lands in Utah are spreading false information about a …

This Week In Small Business Tech: Now You Can Be Like Amazon!

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 – Artificial intelligence is becoming big business.</b><p>Per this Forbes report: “Facebook has introduced “Deep Text” a text understanding engine that can understand with near human …

Lebanon: Civil groups seek change in local elections

<b>Beirut -</b> It's dusk, and on the second floor of an old building in Beirut's fashionable Badaro neighbourhood, people of all ages are crowding into small rooms and spilling on to the staircase as they strain to hear speeches about what's wrong with Lebanon's capital and, most importantly, how it can …

Old Houses From Canada Find a Home in Washington State

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Here in the San Juan Islands of northwest Washington State, where a severe shortage of affordable housing threatens the economy and the community, a small nonprofit group has found an unlikely way to help anchor families that are struggling to stay — by lifting up unloved …

32 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘WrestleMania’

If this were <i>WrestleMania 31</i>, we might borrow a Baskin-Robbins motif and assign a specific flavor to each superstar setting foot in the ring (Roman …

Ku Klux Klan members linked to violent Calif. brawl released

Five Ku Klux Klan members who were arrested following a vicious brawl in Anaheim were released because evidence shows they acted in self-defense, police said.<p>Seven people who remained in custody were seen beating, stomping and attacking the Klansmen with wooden posts, Sgt. Daron Wyatt said Sunday.<p>A …

Apple shareholders reject diversity plan to recruit minorities as company leaders

Tim Cook urged investors not to vote through plans to accelerate recruitment of minorities on its 18-person board – which currently has 15 white men<p>Apple shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would require the board of America’s largest company to adopt an “accelerated …

Tim Cook

Here's how easy it is to get past an iPhone's fingerprint sensor

Business Insider met with fingerprint sensor company Vkansee at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to find out how to get past an iPhone's fingerprint sensor.<p>Vkansee produces tiny optical fingerprint sensors that it says capture more detail than the sensors in an iPhone.<p>To prove how different a …

Mobile Technology

'Friends' cast reunites for James Burrows tribute: See the 6 best moments

It was "The One Where They Reunited."<p>Five of the six stars of "Friends" appeared in a two-hour tribute to director James Burrows that aired on NBC Sunday night, which featured plenty of funny and touching moments. The celebration was honoring Burrows' legendary career in television, and other …

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Photo Friday: How to Edit Photos on Your Phone

Ever uploaded a photo to Instagram and got zero likes? It could mean anything: your focus is off, lighting’s flat, or the subject’s not interesting. But allow us to present you with a fourth possibility: you don’t really know how to edit photos on your phone.<p>Many photographers think of a photo as …

Mobile Photography

Record-setting storm kills 1 in Pacific

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least one person was killed when the most powerful storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere struck Fiji, a United Nations official told CNN.<p>Winds that reached 184 mph lashed the tiny island nation in the Pacific, felling trees, knocking out power and causing heavy flooding before it …

Weather

Nicole Lovell apparently stabbed to death; 2 Virginia Tech students charged

<b>Blacksburg, Virginia (CNN) —</b> Middle-school student Nicole Lovell was stabbed to death the day she went missing from her home in Blacksburg, Virginia, according to preliminary findings released by investigators.<p>Authorities also announced a new charge in the case, but they left key questions …

British explorer Henry Worsley dies crossing Antarctic, 30 miles short of goal

<b>(CNN) —</b> British explorer Henry Worsley has died attempting to be the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided, in an epic charity mission inspired by Ernest Shackleton.<p>The 55-year-old former British Army officer died after being airlifted to a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile, suffering severe …

Why Do Flammable and Inflammable Mean the Same Thing?

English is a trickster of a language, evidenced by the fact that two words that appear to be antonyms can actually mean the exact same thing. For the …

Language

Newborn baby pulled alive from toilet in Beijing

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Police are searching for the mother of a newborn baby girl found wedged face-down in a Beijing toilet on Sunday.<p>Residents heard cries from a public toilet block and notified police, according to the Beijing Times.<p>"Her head was upside down and her body was falling into the drain. We …

Disability

MY RIGHT HAND MAN

My obsession with notebooks started in 2nd grade with my sticker book collection. It was my pride and joy. Not only did I have the best stickers on …