More Americans Are Deciding to be Buried with Their Pets

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Headstones above a pet and her master sit side-by-side at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.

Rhona Levy has her burial planned out. She will be cremated, her ashes will be divided into two bright red urns and she will be taken to the cemetery.  Then, half of her will go into a plot with Snow, Putchke and Pumpkin, and the other half will go in nearby with Shaina and Twinkie.

 

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20 Million People Live Underground in China

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Ordinary Chinese people priced out of China’s property market.

To understand how far ordinary Chinese have been priced out of their country’s property market, you need to look not upwards at the Beijing’s shimmering high-rise skyline, but down, far below the bustling streets where nearly 20m people live and work. There, in the city’s vast network of unused air defence bunkers, as many as a million people live in small, windowless rooms that rent for £30 to £50 a month, which is as much as many of the city’s army of migrant labourers can afford. (Pics)

Membership Decline is a Worrying Trend Among Service Groups Like the Masons

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Inside a Masonic lodge.

Despite the impression given by books such as author Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, and movies like National Treasure, the Masons are not a clandestine group.

“We’re not a secret society,” Bennett says. “We’re a society with a few secrets.” 

LED Teeth Are the Latest Trend in Japan

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A man shows off his stick-on lights, a new idea in teeth fashion.

Technology and the height of fashion don’t often go hand-in-hand. Apple devices, smartphones, and PMPs may count as a fashion accessory, but the latest processor, fastest SSD, or a next-gen graphics card don’t. That hasn’t stopped the Japanese trying to think of novel ways to make certain components fashionable, though. While the well-known bits of a PC don’t fit the bill, those little LED lights that appear on most home electronics devices apparently do. (videos)

 

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China’s Economy Overtook the U.S. in 2010 to Become Number One

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China’s economy overtook the U.S. in 2010.

Some time in 2010, the Chinese economy overtook that of the United States.  In purchasing power parity (PPP) terms – that is, adjusting for the different costs of living in the two countries – the size of China’s economy was $14.8 trillion in 2010, compared to the US economy’s $14.6 trillion.

 

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2011 Facebook Stats and Facts

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Facebook is used by 1 in13 people worldwide.

Facebook Statistics, Stats and Facts for 2011 are starting to roll out, and here is the first infographic to wrap them all up thanks to Online Schools. With over 500 million users, Facebook is now used by 1 in every 13 people on earth, with over 250 million of them (over 50%) who log in every day. The average user still has about 130 friends, but that should expand in 2011.

 

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Mobile Broadband Users Will Surpass 1 Billion by the End of 2011

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Number of mobile broandband subrscriptions to surpass 1 billion in 2011.

Mobile broadband subscriptions are on track to surpass 1 billion in 2011 only months after reaching half a billion, Ericsson said on Tuesday, highlighting a key growth driver for the telecom sector.

 

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Citigroup Estimates in 50 Years Smoking Will Die Out Around the World

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In approximately 50 years there will be no smokers in the developed nations according to Citigroup.

Citigroup estimates that within approximately 50 years there will be no smokers left in developed nations. We list the date smoking will die in 18 different countries from the UK to New Zealand.

How Americans Try to Control Their Impulses Through Technology

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 Apps and devices help the weak of will put on the brakes when texting, spending or driving would be self-destructive.

Dan Nainan can’t trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses an Internet-blocking program to shut down his Web access twice a day. “I’m sorry, but try as I might, I could never, ever do this on my own,” said the New York City comedian, who’s struggling to finish a book. “I wish I could, but I just don’t have the discipline.”

 

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