We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.
Preservationists are struggling to renew the ancient Medina in Tunis — one of the oldest Arab Muslim cities and a warren of elegant doorways, fountains and faded palaces mansions.
With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.
The influenza season is under way and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn it may be particularly severe. We have an update on the flu and what you can do to protect yourself.
Even Syrians who made their way to Russia long before their country's civil war are finding life tougher since the war started, with employers exploiting their desperation for a safe home.
In Washington, D.C., a local commissioner is working to get Sen. Francis Newlands' name removed from a fountain. Newlands was an outspoken white supremacist who tried to repeal the 15th Amendment.
To help end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michael Sharp sits among the banana trees and talks with the fierce fighters about memories of the past and dreams for their children.
Scientists are growing mock organs made of human cells to better study diseases and to help test drugs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are working on a gut-on-a-chip.
OK, we'll go first:
- Fun fact: Hangover cures don’t work … mostly because scientists don’t know why we get them.
- Fun fact: The company Fuhu has a ball pit in the middle of its office.
- Fun fact: Coffee, bourbon and bacon are going to be more expensive next year.
- Fun fact: You can rent a $378 Kate Spade necklace for $65.
- Fun fact: Adidas released a soccer ball that uses sensors to measure your kick.
- Fun fact: The guys who invented the New Year's glasses shaped like digits didn't get rich off their idea.
In the late 1980s, the Noid was pizza's worst enemy. He made pies arrive cold, late or crushed, with cheese stuck to the top of the box – at least that's what Domino's ads would have you believe.
Domino's could "avoid the Noid," delivering hot, fresh pizzas in 30 minutes or less. The Noid ads were a huge success, spawning toys and even a video game.
But it all came crashing down in 1989, when the Noid suffered what may be the worst PR disaster in history. Zachary Crockett has written about the Noid for Priceonomics, and he tells us the strange, sad story.
Six brand mascots potentially as strange and popular as the Noid
The mascot for Hi-C's popular "Ecto Cooler" until 2001, 17 years after the release of "Ghostbusters."
Bob the Baby
Not to be confused with the E-Trade baby, who didn't get his own show on CBS.
These guys also inspired a short-lived TV series, starring a young Nick Kroll.
This plastic-faced mascot was polarizing, but popular enough to appear in several video games.
Twenty-one other bodies were pulled from the Java Sea near Borneo. The Airbus A320 crashed Saturday with 162 passengers and crew aboard.
Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.
Doug Williams, one of the country's most vocal critics of the polygraph test, will go on trial in January. For decades, he has helped people "beat" the test by exploiting its shaky science.
$7.3 billion is the sum ESPN will pay for the 12-year broadcast rights for NCAA football's four major bowl games, plus the two semifinal bowls and the national championship game.
Since the playoffs draw championship interest to three games instead of just one, the moneymaking potential is huge, and many say it's only a matter of time before the bracket is expanded to eight teams or more.
"I do believe that this will be the first step in an expansion in what will likely be an eight-team playoff eventually," says Paul Swangard, director of the University of Oregon's Sports Marketing Center.
As the TV money keeps growing, program budgets and coaching salaries are increasingly on par with the pros. But the only ones who aren't seeing a payday are the players.
In the run-up to New Year's Eve, there was a lot of speculation about whether Uber’s surge pricing would affect ridership. That means when demand goes up so does the cost of using the car-sharing service.
Uber reports that most of the trips subject to surge pricing happened between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on what is technically New Year's Day.
More than 100,000 passengers were in an Uber at the stroke of midnight, and demand increased by 180 percent between 12:01 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., according to Uber.
New Yorkers took the most trips around 2 a.m. and Parisians took the most trips around 4 a.m., local time.
Making something new from something old. Marlo Fox is a denim designer at the Gap, Jeff Garza is a veteran of the war in Iraq. And he collects of odds and ends.
Together, they've built a new business called Fox Hole, and a second life of sorts for very well-loved clothes.
It all started with Jeff's dad's old Levis.
The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."
It's a new year and some of the daily items we buy will see a price increase. Mark LoCastro, a shopping expert from DealNews.com sheds light on why things will cost more this year. We are talking about items that we can't live without like coffee, chocolate, and bacon. One of the main reasons for this increase is that demand has outstripped supply. Another issue is mother nature and drought. But it's not all doom and gloom, we will see items like gas prices on the decline. This is great news for consumers because they end up with more money in their pockets. Which could put momentum into retail sales and the stock market. Check out LoCastro's full list.
It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.
We looked back at the most popular posts of 2014 and found many of them were about eggs. So we asked: What makes this everyday food so intriguing?