Aidan Taverniti

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The Week in Review: A Very ‘Vape’ Year

Per its annual tradition of picking the most significant word of the year, Oxford Dictionary chose “vape” as 2014’s winner. Originating in the 1980s, …

Mirrors could replace air conditioning by beaming heat into space

A mirror that sends heat into the frigid expanse of space has been designed by scientists to replace air-conditioning units that keep buildings cool on Earth.<p>Researchers believe the mirror could slash the amount of energy used to control air temperatures in business premises and shopping centres by …

Photos of colorful Tokyo

<b>Kevin Kelly</b> searches for maximum vibrancy in Tokyo<p>The Nakasendo is an old road in Japan that connects Kyoto to Tokyo. It was once a major foot …

Supersonic jets can fly from New York to L.A. in 2.5 hours (or less)

The super rich may soon be going supersonic.<p>Over a decade after the Concorde made its last transatlantic flight, a number of companies are working on the next generation of supersonic passenger aircraft capable of speeds at least twice as fast as current commercial planes.<p>These planes will likely …

How Can I Make My Economy Class Seat Better?

<i>A:</i><p>Airlines have been on a roll with downgrading economy class seats. To wit: Jet Blue, whose planes are known for being the most comfortable (on the domestic front), just announced it will cram 15 extra seats into their Airbus A320 beginning in 2016. Since those aluminum tubes don’t expand, that …

How to Buy Groceries: Supermarket Shopping 101

We take you from the front door to the checkout aisle of the typical supermarket to help you buy (and not buy) food the right way<p><i>This is the second part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discussed how supermarkets try to get you to spend</i> …

How Virgin Atlantic Uses Light to Make Its New Plane a Superstar

It’s the age-old question: What do you get the birthday girl who has everything? If you’re Virgin Atlantic, you get her good lighting.<p>Named “Birthday …

The Complete Guide to Hacking In-Flight Wi-Fi

Going to bite the bullet to get online, are you there? This is the complete set of tricks to doing it the right way without getting robbed and coughing up full price.<p><i>This post originally appeared on Map Happy.</i><p>Paying for Internet on a flight can be extortionate. It probably doesn't help that …