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5 Tips for Walking Spain's Camino de Santiago

There's a lot to be learned on a month-long medieval pilgrimage. Here, a few lessons gleaned from the dusty road.<p>Twenty-eight days of walking. More than 400 miles crossed. Four women and one goal—to complete the ancient pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. You might know someone who's …

Hiking

Alchema can make homebrew cider your next DIY habit

We've seen devices for brewing beer with ease at home, but what if you're more of a hard cider drinker? Well, you may soon have a countertop option that turns fresh fruit into the adult beverages as well. This is Alchema: A $299 device that takes your favorite fruits, sugar, water and yeast and …

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Day trips from Bangkok

Where you might expect modern industry and suburban living to dominate, the old ways of central Thai life quietly endure. Reachable as <b>day trips from</b> …

25 Unknown Ancient Wonders You Have to Visit - Quiet Corner

The Colosseum and the Great Wall of China are impressive, but they get too much credit! In this list, we dive into some of humanity’s most …

Archaeology

How archaeologists found the lost medieval megacity of Angkor

Recent technology reconstructs the urban grid of a city overtaken by jungle.<p>The ornate, pinecone-shaped towers of Angkor Wat in Cambodia float above …

The Cooler Coffee Table Is a Genius Idea

Find out how to DIY the ultimate summer coffee table.<p>Imagine this: You've been waiting anxiously to kick off summer with the best barbecue your neighborhood has ever seen. You'll finally be able to put your beautiful back patio to good use, and show off all your new favorite recipes. But just as …

Britain BC: Francis Pryor on Britain's best Bronze Age heritage sites to visit

<b>Left:</b> Francis Pryor's documentary, Britain BC, reveals new ideas about how pre-Roman British culture might have flourished. Picture © Channel 4.<p><i>With</i> …

How to Make Your Own Kombucha for Less Than $1 a Bottle

DISCLOSURE:<p>Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on …

NASA's Newest X-Plane Will Have 14 Electric Motors and Run Entirely on Batteries

Say hello to the X-57 Maxwell.<p>NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced the agency's first X-plane designation in 10 years today at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation 2016 forum and exposition. The X-57 "Maxwell" will be an experimental aircraft with 14 …

New "Liquid Wire" Channels the Power of Spider Silk

It never relaxes for a second, just like nature.<p>Spider silk is notoriously difficult to recreate artificially, but that hasn't stopped people from trying to synthesize the wonder material. There was the company that attempted to get goats to lactate silk, and patents have been issued to grow spider …

ian stell forms flexible furniture that expands + contracts for countless configurations

<b>ian stell forms flexible furniture that expands + contracts for countless configurations</b><br>all images courtesy of ian stell<p><b>new york-based designer ian</b> …

Alphabet's Newest Bipedal Robot Is Mostly Leg, All Impressive

Built by the Alphabet-owned company SCHAFT, this leggy little guy is one sturdy bot.<p>While Alphabet may be looking to part ways with robotics extraordinaires Boston Dynamics, it seems the shell company formerly known as Google still has plenty of interest in robots. SCHAFT, another company owned by …

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture

A new material design innovation has made wood practically invisible. Just watch for splinters.<p>You don’t have to shop at Ikea to see that Sweden is obsessed with wood. Over 57% of the country is covered in upwards of 51 billion trees, and lumber and paper products are one of the country’s biggest …

Pensioner killed after woman falls on him while attempting suicide

A Spanish pensioner was killed after a woman fell from an apartment balcony on top of him as he sat on a street bench below<p>A Spanish pensioner was killed after a woman thought to be suffering from depression fell from an apartment balcony on top of him as he sat on a street bench below.<p>The woman …

Chromebit Mini-PC Hits Stores for Only $85

Extra-tiny, extra-cheap computers have been carving out a niche for themselves in the past several years, highlighted by the success of Intel’s …

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Trippy Non-Mechanical Ferrofluid Clock Features Self-Assembling, Organic Numbers

The Ferrolic Display makes it look like live paramecium are telling you the time<p>You simply have to see this. Imagine an Etch-a-Sketch had sex with a …