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Pico Iyer on What Leonard Cohen Teaches Us about Presence and the Art of Stillness

<i>“Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments,”</i> Alan Lightman wrote in his sublime meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“and at others to ride the passion and exuberance.”</i> In his conversation with E.O. Wilson, the poet Robert Hass described beauty as a “paradox of stillness and …

Considering Going Solar? Read This Valuable Solar Energy Advice First!

You may want to use solar energy at work or home, but you might not know very much about it. Do some research on the topic, and find reliable …

How the US Can Produce Cleaner Energy While Capturing Economic Benefits | World Resources Institute

<i>A new WRI study finds that there are many “win-win” opportunities for the United States to reduce emissions and save money for consumers and</i> …

Road Trip: Low Country, South Carolina and Georgia

Few regions in the United States pack in as much history, culture, and natural beauty as the Low Country.<p>Few regions in the United States pack in as much history, culture, and natural beauty as the Low Country—a 200-mile (322-kilometer) stretch of coastal South Carolina and Georgia.<p><b>Overview</b><p>A …

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Astronomers accidentally discovered the brightest pulsar on record

Remember NuSTAR, the specialized space telescope NASA designed specifically to study black holes? It just found something much, much brighter. Astronomers at NASA have stumbled upon what appears to be the most luminous pulsar ever discovered, but they almost mistook it for a black hole. After …

Forget everything you thought you knew about how women orgasm

A new study claims that there is no such thing as a vaginal, or clitoral orgasm. Oh, and apparently the G-spot is a myth, too. Radhika Sanghani reports<p>The elusive G-spot does not exist, according to a new study.<p>So far, so typical. It seems we can’t go a few months without researchers offering a new …

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Perfect Day In Charleston, SC

When you think of the South, what comes to mind, pulled pork sandwiches, home made sweet tea, corn on the cob, falling off the bone spare ribs, BBQ stained T-shirts?<p>It's clear that the South has made a name for itself in the food industry. Food is their forte, but what about the other f word, dare …

Amazon's Fire TV pulls in big new content deals, follows Apple's lead

Amazon announced a slew of new content deals this morning, setting expectations for what’s to come this year to the young Fire TV.<p>Following recent additions from the Disney Channel and MLB, Amazon touts that shows from the following networks will be made available on the Fire TV by year’s end: …

Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud

Apple has a wide-ranging plan to keep its ever-expanding empire green—but it has a few holes.<p>The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm, but as the woman in charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: The panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still …

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

The problem with TCP/IP<p>Data is sent over the internet in "packets," or small chunks of digital information. The exact format of the packets and the …

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10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 To Come In Same Color Combination as Galaxy S5 (Rumor)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has leaked extensively in the past few weeks. The handset is expected to see the light of the day in September.<p>According to a …

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Bitcoin Vault Xapo Raises $20 Million From Greylock, Index And Announces BTC Debit Cards Are Shipping This Month

Secure BTC vault Xapo has announced it’s raised $20 million from Greylock Partners and Index Ventures, bringing its total investment capital to $40 million. Other investors include Emergence Capital Partners, Max Levchin, Yuri Milner, and Jerry Yang.<p>Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi will join Xapo’s …

The first Chromebook with a Core i3 processor is here

Even more Intel inside<p>Chromebooks are best known for being simple, pared-down devices that browse the web and don't do much else. As a result, aside from the exhorbitantly expensive Chromebook Pixel, most Chromebooks have underpowered processors when compared with more fully featured laptops. …

The Trick to Great Corn on the Cob? Mayonnaise, and a Grill

Step away from the boiling water! In this grilling video, we show you how to add way more flavor to your ears of corn.<p>We could eat a lot of corn on the cob. A <i>lot</i>. But we've thankfully abandoned the boiling-pot-of-water ways of our youth in favor of a smokin' hot grill, some fresh lime juice, and …

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How to choose between Thailand’s classic gulf islands

With hundreds of dreamy tropical islands scattered along Thailand’s extensive coastline, choosing your ideal island escape can be overwhelming. Each one of those specks in the ocean is a tantalising composition of turquoise water, lush jungles and divine beaches – so how's a traveller to …

5 Amazing Experiences Every Traveler Must Try!

<i>Photo courtesy of Pics1/Dreamstime. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello of Budget Travel.</i><p>The phrase "adventure travel" has a bit of an image problem. For many, it conjures only images of climbing mountains, diving into underwater caverns, and, well, aching muscles. But when we asked ourselves what …

Taiwan: a secret foodie wonderland

Right now, in-the-know foodies from across Asia are descending on an island in the East China Sea to gobble steaming plates of dumplings and nibble stinking sticks of tofu.<p>Taiwan’s food scene is exploding and now is the time to go - Taiwanese chefs are winning awards, the country heaves with night …

Belize Proves "Good Things Come In Small Packages"

The ex-British colony, lodged between big brother Mexico to the north, the jungles of Guatemala to the south and west, and nestled on the world's second largest barrier reef to the east, offers a wide range of exploration to satisfy all travelers. Belize may pack in more flora, fauna and diverse …

French Polynesia: Marlon Brando's private isle opens as luxe resort

To say Brando slept here is an understatement. In the 1960s, Marlon Brando bought the string of islets in French Polynesia known as Tetiaroa and made it his home. The Brando, an exclusive luxury resort accessible only by plane, opened Tuesday on the late actor's personal slice of paradise.<p>"There is …

The 25 Best Hotels In The World

The magazine asked its readers to vote on hotels around the world, and rank them by categories such as location, service, and food. Each hotel then received an average score out of 100.<p>This year, the Triple Creek Ranch in Montana took the top spot. But Triple Creek Ranch isn't the only American …

The Nicest Grain Silo You've Ever Slept In

A “thin place.” That’s how John and Judi Stuart describe their bed and breakfast/working farm that sits on 82 pristine acres in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The Celtic term refers to an earthly locale whose boundary with heaven is especially fine—a holy border of sorts where you can sense the …

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Steeped in Darjeeling

This month's great read selected by our editors: Andrew McCarthy heads to India's verdant northern hills to indulge in the champagne of teas.<p>From the June/July 2014 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p>SITTING ON A SPLINTER-PLAGUED BENCH outside a cement-and-mud hut under a magnolia tree, I watch a …

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Reader Recs: World’s Best Beach Towns

Summer is officially underway in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you’re anything like me, that means one thing—beach season. Whether it be a long weekend at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina or an extended stay in sandy Punta Cana, I’m always ready for an ocean breeze and the sweet tang of …