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10 Great Off-the-Grid Airbnb Rentals

Airbnb has opened up a world of traveling possibilities. You’re no longer locked into hotel locations and prices. And while the company and hosts …

Jurassic Park

Perfect Your Running (with Math!)

Any runner gunning for a PR knows that pacing strategy is important. And until now, most of those strategies look like this: Figure out what pace you can hold for the distance, and hold it. But two French researchers say a varied pace is better, and they’ve created the ultimate running algorithm to …

Americans Can Go to Cuba -- Just Don't Lay on the Beach!

On a recent CODEPINK trip to Cuba with a 150-person delegation, we found the island crawling with Americans taking advantage of the relaxation of U.S. travel restrictions and the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations. Conan O'Brien was taping his comedy show at a Cuban cigar factory. Senators …

Cuba

Why Bartenders Are Spiking Your Cocktail With Vinegar

Tart drinks are having a moment, from the profusion of new kombucha brands to cocktails built off shrubs or drinking vinegars: sweetened vinegar-based syrups infused with fruit and spices that date back centuries.<p>Drinking vinegars, also known as shrubs, refer to both the flavored, sweetened, …

Jacquemus Fall 2015 RTW Runway

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Makers of Scientology Documentary Call on Tom Cruise and John Travolta to Address 'Abuses'

The makers of one of Sundance’s most buzzed-about films are putting the heat on John Travolta and Tom Cruise.<p>At a TimesTalk panel on Monday to …

The most important article you’ll ever read

I’d like to begin this piece the same way I used to begin dates; by apologising in advance for the disappointment I’m about to cause. I honestly tried to write the most important article ever, one that would stand the test of time no matter what happened, but the fact is, despite the title, I …

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Three steps to weasel-woodpecker acceptance

You can do this<p>This picture is magical. This picture is confusing. This picture is full of amazing science. It's a weasel riding a flying woodpecker, and it's making you feel some #feels. Fortunately, weasel-woodpecker acceptance is within reach, and these steps will get you there.<p><b>1) Denial: is</b> …

Stop relying on your smartphone to think for you, scientists say

Psychologists carried out tests which suggested many phone users see their hi-tech phone as their 'extended mind'<p>People are relying on smartphones to do their thinking rather than solving problems for themselves, scientists have said.<p>Psychologists in Canada carried out tests which suggested many …

Why you really do get that from your father

We may look like our mothers but our genes have more in common with the paternal line, study finds<p>It is good news for put-upon husbands who fear their wife will turn out like their mother-in-law: scientists say that, genetically, we are more like our fathers.<p>A study has found that although we might …

50 Cent Will Bet $1.6 Million USD That Mayweather Will "Smoke" Pacquiao

Earlier today, 50 Cent appeared on The Breakfast Club alongside his G-Unit comrades to<p>Earlier today, 50 Cent appeared on <i>The Breakfast Club</i> alongside …

The YotaPhone 2 and its awesome e-paper display are coming to the US

The YotaPhone 2, which ranks as one of the coolest and more novel Android smartphones in recent memory, is headed to the United States. <i>Phone Scoop</i> reports that the company plans to launch an Indiegogo campaign in the spring and make the phone available for around $600. Should that prove successful …

FREAK security flaw made Android, Apple users vulnerable to hackers

Many Apple and Android users had been left vulnerable to hackers for more than a decade due to a former U.S. government policy, according to …

Man suspected of firing at U.S. spy agency arrested

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland police have arrested a man suspected of firing at the National Security Agency headquarters, and who is also suspected in four other shooting incidents, authorities said on Wednesday.<p>The suspect, Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, Maryland, was arrested late on Tuesday, …

US general: Iran role in Tikrit assault 'may be positive' | DW | 04.03.2015

Dempsey said on Tuesday that the involvement of Iranian-backed Shiites in pushing "Islamic State" (IS) out of Sunni areas of northern Iraq could be …

Middle East

US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

Analysis of police records found racist comments from officers as well as statistics that showed African-Americans make up 93 percent of arrests while accounting for only 67 percent of population<p>A US Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, …

CORRECTION: Lady Gaga, R. Kelly not performing in Selma

CORRECTION: Despite earlier reports, neither Lady Gaga nor R. Kelly will perform in Selma this weekend for the commemorative event. The singer’s …

Apple now ships more smartphones than Samsung, if you ask Gartner

When we last checked in on the battle for the top spot in the smartphone market, Apple and Samsung were neck and neck. If you ask Gartner, though, it isn't quite so evenly matched. The analyst group estimates that Apple managed to edge past Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2014, shipping 74.8 …

Iran and Obama dismiss Netanyahu speech to US Congress

Tehran has called the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the US Congress on Iran's nuclear talks deceitful and a desperate attempt to impose an irrational agenda.<p>In his speech to Congress, Netanyahu said that the world must stand together to stop Iran from gaining access to a …