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If a nuclear weapon is about to explode, here's what a safety expert says you can do to survive

When Hawaii's ballistic-missile-threat system blared an alert across the state on January 13, many people didn't know where to go, what to do, or whether they could even survive a nuclear attack.<p>The alert sowed confusion, fear, and, pandemonium — especially among tourists— in the 38 minutes before …

North Korea

Meet the richest person in every US state

America is home to the most billionaires— and billionaire wealth — of any country in the world. Only six US states have no billionaires.<p>That's according to Forbes, which listed the richest person in every state by net worth. The majority of the people on the list are self-made, but many, including …

Siblings

Why Dropbox decided to drop AWS and build its own infrastructure and network

There is always a tension inside companies about whether to build or to buy, whatever the need. A few years ago Dropbox decided it was going to move the majority of its infrastructure requirements from AWS into its own data centers. As you can imagine, it took a monumental effort, but the company …

How To Make Over $100,000 Per Year Creating Online Courses

Have you ever wondered how regular folks work up the gumption and courage to follow their dreams? Joseph Michael, a regular dad from Missouri, offers a story of redemption nearly anyone can relate to.<p>While the entrepreneur once lived paycheck-to-paycheck, he eventually taught himself how to use …

Entrepreneurship

606 pairs of empty shoes: the growing toll of suicide in New Zealand

Suicide is New Zealand’s silent epidemic. The country has the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world and some people want to talk about it<p>It has been just over a year since Georgia MacBeath died, when life support was turned off at the hospital where she was taken.<p>Georgia had been found …

North Island

If you're drinking tap water, you're consuming plastic pollutants

Microscopic plastic fibers are pouring out of household faucets from New York to Delhi, according to original research by Orb Media, a nonprofit digital newsroom in Washington, DC.<p>Working with researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Minnesota, Orb tested 159 drinking …

Why China can't get enough of QR codes

The world's second largest economy is on the fast track to ditching cash.<p>Hundreds of millions of shoppers in China increasingly use their smartphones to buy everything from designer handbags to street snacks. At the heart of the country's digital payments boom are QR codes, two-dimensional images …

QR codes

Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker

How Forever 21 and other retailers avoid liability for factories that underpay workers to sew their clothes.<p>Before dawn six days a week, Norma Ulloa left the two-bedroom apartment she shared with four family members and boarded a bus that took her to a stifling factory on the outskirts of downtown …

Los Angeles

The best coffee shop in all 50 states

Starbucks’ green mermaid may reside in all 50 states, but part of what makes this country so special is the distinctness of each state in the union. …

A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—The first Americans to spend much time in South Florida were the U.S. Army men who chased the Seminole Indians around the peninsula in the 1830s. And they hated it. Today, …

Rainfall

AMD Narrowing The Gap With Nvidia: Time To Buy

AMD (AMD) has joined hands with Baidu (BIDU) for optimizing software for AMD’s Radeon Instinct GPUs in Baidu's datacenters. As a result, AMD’s open …

This Is What Your Overactive Brain Needs To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Hint: Don’t Netflix and chill.<p>You already know how much better you feel after a good night’s sleep, but sleeping well helps your brain in less apparent ways than just not being groggy the next day. In fact, getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night can help secure your cognitive well-being.<p>In …

The expensive, rare, and stylish sunglasses worn by Silicon Valley's top tech execs

You generally won't find Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, or other billionaire tech execs sporting expensive tailored suits or Rolexes like their high-powered peers in the rest of corporate America. Instead, they signal their membership in the elite another way — with expensive sneakers and luxury eyewear.<p>The …

Silicon Valley

Inside the world of Silicon Valley's 'coasters' — the millionaire engineers who get paid gobs of money and barely work

On a sunny summer morning, a Facebook engineer woke up to go to work but felt ill, ran to the bathroom and threw up. "I thought I was getting sick," the engineer recalled.<p>It wasn't a virus or food poisoning. The engineer was having a bad reaction to the thought of going to work.<p>This person was …

Silicon Valley

Honda Adds A Cool But Nearly Invisible Feature To 2018 Accord

This morning in Detroit, Honda revealed the all-new 10th-generation Accord sedan and while pretty much everything about it looks like a good upgrade from the outgoing model, little was truly surprising. There was however one little detail in senior vice president Jeff Conrad’s presentation that …

‘Quora for cancer’ startup theMednet raises $1.3 million in seed funding

TheMednet launched out of Y Combinator earlier this year to bring physicians a sophisticated platform for finding the best in treatment research, starting with cancer. It has now raised $1.3 million in seed funding to help it reach even more of those physicians.<p>The funding comes from Endure …

Seed Funding

20 Things the Most Valued Employees Do Every Day

From buying into the leader's vision to sharing good information, here are the essential traits of the best employees.<p>Think about the best boss you've ever had. Now, think about the kind of employee that boss valued most.<p>Regardless of who that employee was, I think I can probably describe him or …

Micro-investing startup Stash raises $40 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stash, a New York-based startup that lets individuals save small sums of money and make micro-investments through a mobile app, has secured a $40 million investment in a round led by fund manager Coatue Management.<p>A man looks at his cell phone in a park in Los Angeles, …

WeWork Becomes World’s Fifth Most-Valuable Startup

WeWork Cos. raised $760 million in a funding round that places the co-working business among the world’s five most-valuable technology startups.<p>The …

Mistbox mini sprinkler system cools down your tired AC unit

Mistbox wants to lower your energy bill by gently spraying water on your outside AC unit. Confused? Keep reading.<p>The summer months are tough on air conditioners. Not only is your thermostat's set temperature likely lower because of the blistering heat, your outside AC unit has to use more energy to …

These Are The World’s Finest Shoemakers You Need To Know

A quality suit is good, a nice watch is a must, but without a decent pair of shoes your first impression is likely to sink. Everyone says they’re the …

Men's Fashion

Make Your Vacation a Little Smoother with These Handy Gadgets

Traveling can be stressful enough with overcrowded flights and trying to find your way in unfamiliar surroundings. Running out of power for your phone or getting lost in a strange city should not be something you have to deal with. From suitcases that can find themselves, to ensuring you never run …

10 Inspirational Quotes From Africa's Youngest Billionaire, Mohammed Dewji

Mohammed Dewji. 42, is Africa’s youngest billionaire. Dewji, who is worth $1.3 billion, is the CEO of METL Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in East Africa, with interests in manufacturing, distribution, trading, haulage, storage and real estate.<p>Dewji maintains a public Twitter …

Africa

This startup helps Uber drivers make extra cash by selling random stuff in their cars

Anyone who's been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in an Uber probably could have used a pair of headphones or an Altoid at some point.<p>Cargo is a …

China's New 'Forest City' Will Make You Rethink Urban Cities

When China decides to do something, the country can be incredibly agile and quick in implementation. One example is the construction of a “Forest City” that pushes the boundaries of sustainable urban planning and development, a concept the EPA should certainly take a look at.<p>The Chinese government …

Concept Design

Jeff Immelt, Jeff Bezos And The Rebirth Of Corporate Strategy

I spent the last two weeks in Alaska — which meant I was out of the blogosphere on June 12 when GE tossed Jeff Immelt out before the end of his 20 year term and on June 16 when Amazon announced its $13.7 billion Whole Foods buy. (I own GE shares and have no financial interest in Amazon stock).<p>But …

The DJI Spark Is The First Drone I Actually Want To Buy

DJI on Wednesday unveiled the Spark drone, the smallest model the popular Chinese dronemaker has released to date.<p>A first for DJI, the Spark can be …

3 mesh Wi-Fi systems that will completely change the way you stream

Mesh Wi-Fi systems might seem like just a silly trend if you’ve never tried one, but we can assure you that’s not the case. The fact of the matter is …

Apple Watch Series 3: What You Need To Know About The Next-Gen Smartwatch

The Apple Watch is selling at a record rate. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the Cupertino company’s latest earnings call that Watch sales had almost doubled, year-over-year, and that Apple’s wearables business was the size of a Fortune 500 company.<p>But while the Series 2 model is selling like …

Smartwatches

6 Tips For Getting Your Little Learner Ready For Kindergarten

As the end of a school year approaches and a new one looms on the horizon, parents and caregivers with preschoolers are attending kindergarten …