Sharif Hashmani

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10 travel apps that will make you feel like a local

From sleeping in a local's apartment to getting them to cook you a meal there, these 10 apps will turn you into an insider anywhere you go.

How to Tell If A Diamond Was Grown In A Lab

Use these 4 key differences<p>A new technique for growing diamonds in a lab can produce gems that are almost identical to their natural counterparts.<p>These synthetic diamonds are 30 to 40 percent cheaper, and can be produced in a matter of months. They’re so indistinguishable to the naked eye that the …

'The Great Fall of China' is hitting other markets

China's leading Shanghai Composite index has fallen by over 30% over the last 3 weeks. The collapse has largely been contained within China so far, but there are signs that it's starting to impact other markets.<p>Oil prices dropped 7.8% overnight to as low as $52.48 (£33.85) a barrel — the biggest …

US unprepared for coming crash with interest rates still stuck to the floor

The inability of the US central bank to raise interest rates since the crisis leaves it vulnerable when the next recession strikes<p>The Federal Reserve will not be ready to fight the next financial crisis when it comes, with the US economy still not repaired after the last crash, economists have …

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Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression.<p>Previous research has shown that just a 50-minute walk in nature can improve your mood, …

China clamours to set global gold prices | Asia

<b>Shanghai, China -</b> A bored security guard walks around the entrance hall of an unremarkable 11-storey building in downtown Shanghai, desperate to kill time. The receptionist, a young Chinese woman, is flopped across her desk, half-asleep.<p>It's a mid-June afternoon at the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), …

This $500 Million House Will be the Most Expensive Property in the World

Former Hollywood producer-turned-home developer <b>Nile Niami</b> is creating what will be the world's most expensive house, at $500 million, upon …

Liev Schreiber on Being a Bike Messenger, Paying Off Student Loans, and Villains

Everything you need to know about the Ray Donovan star.<p>Liev Schreiber, the Lower East Side-raised stage-and-screen actor lauded for roles ranging from Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Marvel’s Sabretooth, grew up fascinated by another distinctly handsome Tony Award winner known for his acting duality—Basil …

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