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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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This 3-D printed robot talks 
  Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:27:31 EDT 
    Intel's Futurist introduces the world to "Jimmy," a walking, talking social robot.


Rent a World Cup buddy 
  Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:28:35 EDT 
    CNN's Isa Soares discovers that for a price, you can now rent a friend to enjoy the sights of Brazil with.


A tour of Rio's favelas 
  Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:28:43 EDT 
    There's lots for World Cup fans to do in Brazil, including tours of Rio's famous slums, or "favelas." Isa Soares reports.


Rare albino whale spotted 
  Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:12:55 EDT 
    A rare white whale named "Migaloo" was spotted Tuesday swimming off the coast of Australia.


Why neon lights are dying 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:13:05 EDT 
    A few years ago, Brian Daniel was driving around Los Angeles when he spotted a neon sign for a random storage facility. The red stick figures carrying yellow boxes glowed from the mundane building. It was like it was screaming out to him.


Summer of supermoons 
  Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:43:26 EDT 
    The first of this season's summer of supermoons filled the night sky over the weekend.


Bomb blasts and wedding bells 
  Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:26:42 EDT 
    She has been dreaming about this day for as long as I can remember.


A love affair with soccer 
  Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:58:15 EDT 
    The World Cup is the world's most widely viewed sporting event, according to FIFA. It seems the world (yes, even the U.S.) has a love affair with soccer that runs deep and transcends cultural differences.


The world's best national parks 
  Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:24:32 EDT 
    From biking hundreds of miles in Patagonia to trekking across Myanmar, iReporter Anne Dirkse has set foot on all seven continents, and she's done it all on her own. The travel writer and photographer from Loveland, Colorado, spends months out of the year uncovering hidden gems in other countries, and says some of her favorite places to visit are national parks.


Under the sea, in photos 
  Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:17:41 EDT 
    CNN invited underwater photography enthusiasts to share their best photos and stories from their travels under the sea.


53 spectacular wildlife photos 
  Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:07:57 EDT 
    Camping in the freezing snow at an altitude of 6,000 feet. Trekking through the jungle with an armed guard. Sitting on a boat in crocodile-infested waters.


Xi: Reformer or a 'dictator?' 
  Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:19:08 EDT 
    It's been nearly two years since Xi Jinping assumed paramount leadership in China, but the latest Pew Research Center findings show that Xi "so far has failed to make a strong positive impression" globally. Although several of China's neighbors, including South Korea, do view the Chinese president favorably, Xi has received mostly negative ratings from those surveyed in the West, the Middle East, and long-time rivals Japan and the Philippines.


China and Japan's 'war of words' 
  Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:17:35 EDT 
    Chinese state media frequently treats Japan's atrocities of the past like breaking news of today. But lately, the steady flow of war history-related news has become a flood.


Top TV anchor detained 
  Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:23:30 EDT 
    In the latest twist of a widening anti-corruption campaign, Chinese authorities have detained a popular and controversial television anchor with the national broadcaster, state media reported.


Skyscrapers that clean the air 
  Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:21:15 EDT 
    Imagine a skyscraper that cleans the air. You won't have to wait long -- two will soon be built in China.
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