• Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers

    By Gayatri Suroyo BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the…

  • Your High-Tech Holiday Gadget Guide for Christmas Morning

    Phones, fitness bands and streaming video devices were all top tech Christmas gifts this holiday season. Here's what to do to get the most out of your devices.

    ABC News
  • Sombre Christmas, gatherings banned in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

    By Emma Farge FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leoneans observed a sombre Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the government banned traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola in the worst-hit country. Small groups of Christians in formal attire were…

  • SPONSORED POST: A Q&A with Architect Michael Chen

    Inspired by BP Gasoline with Invigorate®, The Next Mile explores the stories of trends, products and people who go a little farther than the norm. The series is a collaboration between BP Fuels and Vox Creative. We recently sat down...

    Curbed Philly
  • Sierra Leone district declares three-day Ebola lockdown

    FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's northern district of Port Loko, the area with the highest rate of Ebola transmission, plans a three-day lockdown over Christmas as it seeks to contain the disease's spread. Sierra Leone is the worst-hit country in West Africa with over 9,000 cases. The rate of…

  • Bear loose in suburban Phoenix is finally wrangled

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona wildlife managers say they believe the black bear that was spotted twice this week in a Phoenix suburb but eluded capture finally has been caught.

    Associated Press
  • Ancient Glass Bracelet Decorated with Menorahs Found in Israel

    Archaeologists in Israel recently unearthed a glass bracelet decorated with a timely design. The ancient piece of jewelry is engraved with a seven-branched candelabrum, or menorah — the symbol of the Hanukkah holiday. The bracelet was discovered in Mount Carmel National Park, which researchers…
  • CDC Monitoring Tech For Possible Ebola Exposure In Atlanta Lab

    ATLANTA (AP) — A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said.The person working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta may have come into contact…

    Huffington Post
  • Christmas Night Sky Brings Cosmic Holiday Views

    But unlike last year, Venus is not making a quick exit from our evening sky. To the unaided eye the manger appears in the middle of the dim constellation of Cancer as a soft, fuzzy patch or dim glow.
  • Biz Break: Biotech IPOs surge in Silicon Valley, nationwide

    Today: Biotechnology companies enjoy their best year on the IPO market since the dot-com boom.

    San Jose Mercury News
  • Book Talk: Patricia Cornwell on writing about darkness, loss

    By Nicholas P. Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the crime fiction realm, author Patricia Cornwell’s fame may be surpassed only by her brainchild and longtime heroine, forensics expert Kay Scarpetta. In “Flesh and Blood,” Cornwell’s 22nd Scarpetta novel since the series began in 1990, Scarpetta tracks…

  • Year in Curbed: What Was the Best New Building Project of 2014?

    Welcome to Year in Curbed, wherein we close out 2014 by asking local design, real estate, and media luminaries to reflect on the highlights and lowlights of a year's worth of development in San Francisco. The answers are in no...

    Curbed San Francisco
  • Birthplace of Winter Holiday Traditions Seen from Space (Photo)

    That's the message a newly released photograph from the International Space Station (ISS) seems to suggest. The photo was captured by an astronaut aboard the ISS as the station orbited over Turkey. The ancient city of Babylon was located in Mesopotamia, just south of the Fertile Crescent, and so…
  • Complex jobs might help maintain brain fitness in aging

    By Janice Neumann (Reuters) - Regardless of IQ, people who work at complex jobs have a slightly higher chance of being better thinkers as they age, a recent study suggests. “When we look at the association between complexity of work with people or data, we see that those in more complex jobs…

  • Greenland's Ice Loss Now Comes from Surface

    Greenland's disappearing ice shifted gears in the past decade, switching from shrinking glaciers to surface melting, researchers reported here last week at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting. Instead of losing ice where massive glaciers meet the sea, Greenland now sends meltwater…
  • Eight Great Popular Science Books From 2014

    I can't claim that these are the absolute best popular science books of the year. All that I can do here is to look at the books I reviewed for in 2014 (with the addition one guest title). Any "best of" list has to operate within the subset provided for selection, and this is…

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  • 6 Times Holiday Decorations Turned into Disasters

    Each winter, many people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments and tinsel.