Alex Albers

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Climbing Everest in Virtual Reality Was More Powerful Than Any Video Game

This is virtual tourism meeting its most epic potential, the sort of project that really isn't for the players, but for the people.<p>Interstellar battles against war-mongering alien races. Sprawling, supernatural worlds full of magic and monsters. Alternative-history action adventures with all the …

Virtual Reality

How to Travel as a Couple

<i>Photo credit: RTWLovers</i><p>Traveling with your significant other adds a new level of adventure to your trip. You share unforgettable experiences that range from heart wrenching to adrenaline inducing to awe-inspiring. All in the course of a day!<p>But travel is full of pitfalls to make even the most …

Call Off Your Lawyers and Lobbyists; the Sugar Tax is Here to Stay

<i>By Jack Carrington, Strategist, 18 Feet & Rising</i><p>And so it should be.<p>The economist’s argument in favour would be that sugary drinks, like many consumer goods, have negative externalities and ought to be taxed accordingly. That way we can keep a degree of choice, whilst reducing demand and covering …

Sea-level rise factors unravelled

<b>Global sea-level rise since the 1970s has been predominantly driven by greenhouse gas emissions and not natural climate variability, a study suggests.</b><p>Over the last 100 years, sea levels have been rising much faster than over previous millennia.<p>Now, scientists have modelled the cumulative forces …

Climate Change

The Invisible Catastrophe

‘It just seems like a beautiful day in Southern California,” Bryan Caforio said.<p>It was late January in Porter Ranch, an affluent neighborhood on the northern fringe of Los Angeles. Caforio and I sat at a Starbucks overlooking an oceanic parking lot crowded with shoppers. The air was still, dry, 70 …

Oil & Gas Industry

Scientists say Antarctic melting could double sea level rise. Here’s what that looks like.

In a groundbreaking climate change study, scientists have found that by neglecting to include the melting of Antarctica, we have vastly underestimated the potential for sea level rise over the next 80 years — and beyond.<p>The most widely cited estimate of around three feet by 2100 includes sea level …

Climate Change

B.C.’s Wild Pacific Trail, a magical, powerful edge-of-ocean hike offering easy accessibility, free admission

UCLUELET, B.C. — Oyster Jim says walking Vancouver Island’s Wild Pacific Trail is a journey along the edge of the open Pacific Ocean, with its …

Hiking

Fox News “brainwashed” so many dads: “People are being bamboozled on a massive scale”

Salon talks to filmmaker Jen Senko about her new documentary on radical right-wing media’s terrifying effect<p>Filmmaker Jen Senko noticed a disturbing phenomenon. Her father, Frank, was a goofy, fun, non-political dad who treated people with respect when she was a child. However, when she was older, …

Anonymous declares 'total war' on Donald Trump — again

In a video posted to YouTube earlier this month, a masked man says, "we have been watching you for a long time and what we have seen is deeply disturbing." The man goes on to ask that people shut down Trump's websites and "reveal what he doesn't want the public to know."<p>Since Trump once said he …

Donald Trump

16 free apps that will change the way you travel

There are some that can help you find hidden gems or even efficiently navigate through the airport.<p>In the last few years, a slew of apps have gained attention for tackling problems travelers commonly face.<p>From an app that does your packing to one that connects you to free Wi-Fi, here are 16 new …

Apps

Garden of eating: In Kauai, good food and relaxation, however you like it, go hand in hand

Most tourists arriving at Lihue Airport could be divided into two camps. In the first are intrepid travellers with oversized backpacks stuffed with …

Fish

This app lets you play N64, PS1 and GBA games on your iPhone without a jailbreak

Emulating console and handheld games has been one of the primary reasons to jailbreak an iPhone for years, but the release of NewGamepad could bring …

Playing Firewatch? This is the first thing you should do

One toggle makes the game a bit better<p><i>Firewatch</i> is set in the wilderness of Wyoming, and your character is given a map of your surroundings as well as a compass to help you find your way around. The map also helpfully shows your location, so you always know where you are. You need to turn that off …

Gravitational waves: Einstein was right - and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

Physicists and astronomers are agog. On Thursday, experimenters will report the first detection of a phenomenon that has been long predicted:bursts of gravitational waves generated by cosmic collisions of black holes.<p>Sadly it is not unknown for hyped-up scientific claims to be mistaken or …

Physics

Massive Tree Farms May Be a Really Bad Climate Idea

World-wide tree plantations, soil modification or bioenergy crops could add to the planetary harm of global warming, scientist warns.<p>To meet the Paris climate deal's goal of deep greenhouse gas cuts, nations appear to be relying on costly, possibly harmful large-scale projects to suck carbon …

Climate Change

What Happens To A Football Player's Brain During A Concussion?

Inside the injury that could destroy the NFL<p>No matter who you root for during this Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, a showdown between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, you can be sure the competition will be so fierce that there will be an estimated 130-plus plays hundreds of hits, tackles, …

OneGo, A Startup That Offers Unlimited Flights to Frequent Travelers For a Flat Monthly Fee

OneGo is a new startup that offers unlimited flights to frequent travelers for a flat monthly fee. Travelers can select from a national or regional …

GoEuro Helps You Travel Across Europe with One Click

Be it bus, train, plane, or car, the newly funded website and app sorts them all.<p>Flying to Europe is the easy part. Figuring out how to get around once you’re there can be a frustrating exercise, requiring hours to research the myriad of air, rail, and bus options. But GoEuro, a two-year-old …

Five Mods That Improve Fallout 4 Without Changing Everything

11 games coming to the HTC Vive this year

Elite: Dangerous<p>Budget Cuts<p>The Gallery: Call of the Starseed<p>Fantastic Contraption<p>Cloudlands: VR Minigolf<p>Hover Junkers<p>Tilt Brush<p>Job Simulator: the 2050 archives<p>Arizona Sunshine<p>Final Approach<p>Audioshield

Scientists observe the largest solar system ever discovered

Astronomers have discovered that a huge planet and star 104 light years from Earth form the largest solar system ever seen. The planet, dubbed 2MASS J2126-8140, and its red dwarf star are a full 7,000 astronomical units (AUs) apart, or a trillion miles (an AU is the distance between the Earth and …

Is Zika still a threat to pregnant women? Best safe babymoon destinations

Zika has largely disappeared from the headlines in 2017, but it continues to pose a risk to pregnant women, according to doctors and official advice. If you are pregnant and looking for a babymoon destination, you should be particularly careful.<p>Brazil and countries across the Caribbean have …

John McCain

Macklemore's 'White Privilege II' is so self-flagellating that it hurts

Is it possible for a rapper to second-guess himself out of existence?<p>Macklemore has a new single, "White Privilege II," a contemporary sequel of sorts to his song "White Privilege." And if you ever thought that what hip-hop needed most in 2016 was nine minutes of a self-flagellating Jezebel …

Black Lives Matter

Why 'Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel' Is the Worst Advice of All Time

I have an internet acquaintance that I’ve been following on social media for a little over two years now, an all-around nice, smart girl who blogs …

Eminem Once Examined The Other Side Of Macklemore’s ‘White Privilege’

<b>Words By Marky Mark</b><p>Late Thursday, Macklemore dropped a lengthy, audio opus on white privilege and all it entails. After carving out the necessary time to listen, “White Privilege II” got me thinking about Eminem and how he would’ve approached it. Then, I remembered that in his own way, he did.<p>Way …

Rap & Hip-Hop
Government

How Sarah Palin Paved The Way For Donald Trump

When Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for president this week, it was a surprise move, but one that seemed perfectly logical.<p>In fact, Donald Trump's rise can be seen as a natural extension of the kind of politics that Palin herself embraced after her unsuccessful run for vice president — combining …

Sarah Palin