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7 gadgets to take with you the next time you go camping

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Rather than listing things that will distract you from your time away from school or work, these gadgets are mostly meant to keep you a …

Headphones

Sleeping Under the Stars: 6 Extraordinary Hotels With Open-Air Rooms

There’s something magical about sleeping outside, but we’re not talking about a sleeping bag on the ground in a tiny tent. Instead, how about resting your head at a hotel, not a campsite, in a plush bed with the comforts of any five-star suite. This is the ultimate dream. Located at various points …

13 cities you can't pronounce (but should definitely visit)

As of tomorrow British travellers can add a new destination to the ever-growing list of intriguing places to visit in eastern Europe – with names that can only be pronounced after you’ve had at least five vodkas.<p>This one is Olsztyn – pronounced "Ol-sh-tin" since you ask – a modest-sized city on the …

Driverless cars could be tested on UK motorways in 2017

LONDON — Driverless cars will begin trials on local roads in the UK this year, motorways the next, and could be widely used by 2020, if Chancellor …

24 Style Tips to Steal from British and French Girls

The runway is a great place to catch up on all the next-big-thing trends, but beyond the officialness of Fashion Week shows, it’s the streets (and our Instagram feeds) that we turn to time and again for inspiration. Budgets and bills mean a constant flow of new duds might not be in the cards, but …

Cannabis does not cause anxiety and depression, study finds

Scientists have found no link between cannabis use and mental health problems in a study of 35,000 people<p>Cannabis does not increase the risk of developing anxiety or depression, a new study has found.<p>There has long been debate over the drug’s potential link to mental health problems.<p>A major study …

Cannabis

Today's gravitational wave announcement could be two great discoveries in one

Today’s expected announcement may not be just one great discovery but two because of the black holes that are rumoured to have created the signal<p>It is now widely expected that the detection of gravitational waves using the Ligo (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) observatories …

Ehang's autonomous helicopter promises to fly you anywhere, no pilot required

We haven't seen a human inside a flying 184 yet<p>Its press materials and statements raise lots of questions. Could a remote pilot really take over in an emergency and hope to successfully navigate a landing? How does it communicate with other aircraft? The 23 minutes of flight time is given only for …

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Particles

This Company Is Selling Jeans That You Don't Have to Wash for Months

They even have a no-stink guarantee.<p>Call it the denimhead's dilemma: You live in your favorite pair of jeans, but eventually, they start smelling like it. Well, one company says they've solved the problem by inventing jeans that never stink or stain, no matter how often you wear them.<p>ODO Denim has …

How To Instantly Age Cheap Bourbon To Make It Taste Expensive

It just takes four ingredients.<p>Want to bring a bottle of fancy bourbon to your next dinner party, but only have enough in your budget for the cheap stuff?<p>The chefs at America's Test Kitchen discovered the best solution -- age it yourself, instantly.<p>In their new book, "Kitchen Hacks: How Clever …

Flavors

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Globalization

Pebble Time Round review

Pebble, the company that had everyone thinking about smartwatches again, has had a busy year. It launched a brand new watch, the Pebble Time, this spring, complete with an entirely revamped software platform. It then followed that up with an upscale steel version. Now it’s preparing to launch the …

California Cabernet 2012: 10 top wines

Linda Murphy picks 10 top wines from California Cabernet 2012 vintage, and speaks to producers about that successful year.<p>California Cabernet …

Could This Drug Cure Alcoholism?

How a rarely used medicine helped one Hollywood star finally stop her problem drinking.<p>Twenty years ago, Claudia Christian was on the trajectory that …

The 11 Slow Cooker Mistakes That Might Be Sabotaging Your Meals

How many are you committing?<p>The slow cooker is the one appliance heralded by just about every home cook for making our lives easier. But just because it'll cook you dinner all on its own doesn't mean there aren't rules and guidelines that need to be followed for it to do its job well. Because there …

To tame bitter coffee, skip the sugar and add some salt instead

Coffee is my go-to choice for a cognitive boost. I enjoy a morning cup of joe (almost every alternate day), but like a lot of people I’m not a fan of coffee’s bitter flavor. So to mask it, apart from adding lots of milk, I guiltily dump in a sugar cube (or maybe two).<p>I’m not alone. Even …

Coffee

China economy logs weakest growth since 2009

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s economic growth dipped below 7 percent for the first time since the global financial crisis on Monday, hurt partly by cooling investment, raising pressure on Beijing to further cut interest rates and take other measures to stoke activity.<p>The world’s second-largest …

The illicit wine-makers of Pakistan's north

Every autumn in the remote village of Sher Qilla in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rehmat joins the many agile young people taking to the trees for the long-awaited harvest under the watchful eye of their gnarled and chiselled elders.<p>Drenched in sunlight, bunches of grapes crown the treetops, …

Shia Islam

June 2015

10 things Singapore does better than anywhere else | CNN Travel

Who might lead ISIS if al-Baghdadi dies?

<i>Watch "Blindsided: How ISIS shook the world," a GPS special airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> For weeks, reports have been circulating that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was seriously injured in an airstrike back in March.<p>On Wednesday, …

Al-Qaeda

Forget the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy wardrobe – the woman is a superhero

Maternity wear,Fashion,Life and style,The Duchess of Cambridge,Monarchy,UK news,Pregnancy<p>Why are the media obsessed with how Kate is dressing during her difficult pregnancy? It’s a miracle she can even smile in public, let alone wear anything other than a giant sack<p><b>Now that the second royal baby is</b> …

Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

Childbirth