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A Girl Who Codes

Computing has always been a boys’ club. How 18-year-old Nikita Rau–and other young women like her–are finally changing that.<p>Nikita Rau is a high school senior and, at this moment, drinking applekiwi-strawberry juice out of a plastic cup. We’re in the cafeteria of Bronx High School of Science, in …

Computer Science

Top 10 irreplaceable nature reserves on Earth - in pictures

The most irreplaceable nature reserves on Earth have been identified by an international team of scientists, based on the large numbers of threatened animals and birds they harbour. They range from a misty mountain refuge for nature in Colombia, to the rainforests of Madagascar, the elephant-rich …

A Modern-Day Hanging Gardens Of Babylon

The Parkroyal Hotel on Pickering is a contemporary interpretation of Babylonian hanging gardens, via Southeast Asia.<p>Singapore prides itself on its green-minded policies. With a well-connected public transportation network, robust water collection and treatment infrastructure, and a promise to …

Architecture

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color

Iran is a notoriously closed society, so this was an unusual milestone: It was recently the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based magazine <i>FSHN</i>.<p>Iranian-Canadian photographer Afra Pourdad took photos of model Shabnam Molavi posing in public spaces — in bazaars, on …

5 Reasons to Go to Lake Tahoe this Winter

Straddling California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination. But it really comes to life in the winter, as the go-to spot for winter …

Pinterest Will Launch a Travel Channel to Push Users from Inspiration to Booking

Pinterest will soon launch a section devoted to trip inspiration and planning, Skift has learned from multiple sources.<p>The visual sharing site will …

Quit Your Job and Travel The World: Reddit Users Reveal Their Final Straw

Quit your job and travel the world. <i>So much</i> easier said than done.<p>Sure, there are signs that clue you in, but how do you know when you’re ready? The final straw, that defining moment you decide to leave behind life as you know it and face uncertainty, all for the desire to explore the big, unknown …

12 Fab Hotel Deals: Black Friday Through Cyber Tuesday

(photo: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort)<p>Attention, vacation shoppers! The post-Thanksgiving shopping days aren't just for scoring deals on holiday gifts. They're also a prime time to land a fabulously low price on your next family trip, whether you'd like an island getaway, city break, or …

Shopping

The Top 10 New Zealand Beaches

New Zealand has more than 9,000 miles of coast and hundreds of pristine beaches. From jagged, rocky shores to hidden black and white sands, turquoise lagoons to tumultuous surf, seaside natural hot springs to immense dunes, there's a beach for every temperament in the land of the Kiwis. Whether …

New Zealand

Remodelista - Sourcebook for the Considered Home

Founded in 1995, Slant Studio’s projects range in scale from houses to live/work conversions to residential and commercial interiors. We work in a …

New Website Lets You Track Sharks Around Maui

Maui has received a fair amount of bad press this year. After an unprecedented spike in shark attacks this year, including one which led to the death of 20-year-old German tourist Jana Lutteropp, the Valley Isle seems to many visitors more terrifying than it is relaxing.<p>Now, just in time for the …

Trolltunga, Norway Is The Scariest Instagram Spot On Earth

We've seen a lot of scary spots in Norway, but this is the hands-down scariest. It's called Trolltunga, and it's the edge of a cliff. Waaay back in the ice age, glacial water froze a hunk of this mountain and caused it to break off, leaving what locals call "the troll's tongue."<p>Crazy hikers make …

Airports Are Making More Money Than Ever on Non-Aeronautical Revenue

Airports in North America see an opportunity to make money not just on aviation, but they are increasingly focusing on non-aeronautical revenue, …

In Indonesia, one community’s trash is this woman’s treasure

Indonesia has a trash problem. In Jakarta, 110-hectares of the city’s garbage sits in a landfill piled so high, locals call it “the mountain” and …

Budget Vacation? Try Language School

Aqui was mi problema: "<i>Quiero apprender mas espanol porque hablo solamente un little y solamante en el presente.</i>" I was tense challenged.<p>Think very bad Spanglish.<p>No matter. I wanted to upgrade my Spanish, to see if the old brain could still learn to conjugate. And with only a week for this …

United Updates iOS App With Multiple-Flight Award Booking for Frequent Flyers

United optimized its app for iOS 7, inserting some nice new features without adding anything that would make for a “wow” factor.<p>United added …

8 Aviation Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

Sidecar and Lyft Will Introduce Mandatory Fares in California

Ridesharing startup Sidecar announced that California users will now be required to pay fares for rides they take using the service, moving away from …

What the Lonely Planet Debacle Tells Us About the BBC

Tony and Maureen Wheeler, founders of the Lonely Planet travel books, guided an entire generation of backpackers to the cheapest banana pancakes in …

Gulf Airlines To Go On $100 Billion Plane-Buying Spree At Dubai Airshow

Gulf airlines are set to place orders worth over $100 billion as the Dubai Airshow gets under way on Sunday, industry sources said, led by record …

‘Orchard Beach’ Captures Community and Diversity of New York City’s Bronx Riviera

In ‘Orchard Beach,’ photographer Wayne Lawrence honors the working class people who flock to the Bronx’s only beach.<p>Wayne Lawrence/INSTITUTE

Low-Cost Carriers in the U.S. and Europe Face Their Moment of Truth

It all started with orange hot pants, white go-go boots and lots of cocktails.<p>In the late Sixties, when Rollin King, the owner of a small Texan air …

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Ski Vacations

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Johnny Volk. His panoramic photo of Homewood Mountain Ski Resort in Homewood, Calif., shows the serene, untouched beauty of the mountains. Of his photo, he says:<p>Homewood Resort is uniquely situated on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe making it a prime …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

Red Sea

Things I Learned Wandering Around Europe for 7 Months

<i>These things, traveling taught.</i><p>After five years a slave in the consulting world, I booked a oneway ticket to Iceland, and negotiated a seven-month sabbatical. Yes, in that order.<p>It's common to wonder: What did you learn? How did you change? What impacted you the most?<p>These are a few of the things …

Happiness