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39 Places to Have a Great Long Weekend

Adventure<p>Master the three-day weekend getaway in one of these vibrant adventure towns across the United States. With the advice of a trusted local, discover the best spots to hike, bike, paddle, eat, drink, and sleep.

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Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars

Have you ever noticed that almost every barn you have ever seen is red? There’s a reason for that, and it has to do with the chemistry of dying …

Volvo 3-Cylinder Engine Echoes Ford, BMW, Daimler & Others With Threes

With its lineup of Drive-E four-cylinder engines, Volvo is becoming one of the biggest champions of engine downsizing.<p>Now, the Swedish carmaker is …

WOW Indeed! Budget Airline Launches $99 Flights to Europe

A low-fare airline called WOW just introduced new routes between the U.S. and Europe, with fares that are cheaper than what passengers are used to …

Aluminum May Reduce Sperm Count According to a New Study

Aluminum may be a major contributor to male infertility and reduced sperm counts, according to a new study released on Monday.<p>The study, published in …

Australia's Kakadu National Park Looks Like A Real-Life Wonderland

As winter is approaching here in the United States, we're looking for a warmer hideaway before the first snowfall.<p>A likely choice? Australia, where it's currently warm <i>and</i> a lovely time to visit Kakadu National Park. To be fair, monsoon season is sort of around the corner, but there are still a few …

Chipotle Set To Open A Second Pizzeria

Chipotle wants a bigger slice of the pizza market.<p>The burrito chain last December opened Pizzeria Locale, a gourmet pizzeria in Denver that specializes in individually crafted personal pies. On Sunday at 11 a.m., it plans to open a second location, also in the Mile-High City.<p>"I would say we're …

Could Flooring Every Car on the Planet Speed Up the Earth's Rotation? – Feature

We know that every burnout results in at least one angry bystander because science tells us that every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third Law also states that the torque that propels your car creates a reactionary force that acts on the Earth’s surface. Geologically …

How 5 Different Creatures Flap Their Wings

Eleanor Lutz is the 22-year-old Seattle-based designer behind Spaceship Earth, an online map that transforms Earth into the Death Star. But Lutz isn’t just a sci-fi nerd. She’s also got a degree in molecular biology and a love for the animal kingdom, interests she pursues in earnest by way of …

iPhone 6 Plus Owners Are Reportedly Complaining That The Phone Bends When You Put It In Your Pocket

When Apple initially unveiled its biggest iPhone to date — the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — many worried the device would be too big to stuff in their pockets. Now, as it turns out, those who can fit the phone in their pocket are reportedly complaining that the phone bends after being stored there …

America’s Best Summer Weekend Adventures

Adventure<p>Great adventures are all around us—and summer is the ideal time to seek them. To give you some ideas and inspiration, every weekday we will be sharing a different U.S. summer weekend adventure, state-by-state.

Taco Bell Owner's Next Big Thing Is Vietnamese Fast Food

Yum! Brands is hoping bánh mì sandwiches can be the next burrito.<p>On Friday in Texas, the fast food behemoth behind Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut launched its first Banh Shop, focusing on Vietnamese-style sandwiches made of meat or tofu with spices, vegetables and herbs on baguettes.<p>Yum! has its eyes …

13 Reasons Banff National Park Is The BEST Place To Be This Fall

As the world's third-oldest national park, Banff is a well-protected, well-loved zone of wonder in the Canadian Rockies. The sprawling wilderness offers glacial lakes, towering mountain crags, a quaint town and nearly 1,000 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails.<p>There seems to be something …

Wakie Wakes You With Phone Calls From Strangers

There’s alarm clock apps that force you to spin around, and ones that require you to move closer to your router. Then there’s Wakie, an app that encourages random strangers around the world to wake you up with a phone call.<p>Wakie has actually existed before, as it’s the international version of the …

American Samoa Is The Empty Slice Of Bliss You've Been Craving

Would you believe there's a virtually empty, incomparably lush, incredibly quiet and awesomely unplugged tropical escape that's technically a part of the United States?<p>No, it's not Hawaii. This is American Samoa, and you've kind of been ignoring it.<p>American Samoa is an unincorporated U.S. territory …

Structural trusses influence Bridge furniture by Variant Studio

The geometric patterns of bridge structures informed the shapes used to create this wooden furniture by Variant Studio (+ slideshow).<p>Influenced by …

This is what caffeine does to your brain

If you're an avid coffee drinker like me, you probably need three to five cups in the morning to feel like a normally functioning human being. You can probably also have a cup at 9 p.m. and still be fast asleep by 10. Caffeine, the main stimulant found in coffee, works on a chemical level to give …

10 Steps to Survive a Vacation With Your Spouse

Maybe your partner likes to sleep in until noon when you want to visit museums. Maybe your partner has a bigger budget. Or maybe, he just snores!<p>It happens. For those of us that love to travel, sometimes we encounter travel partners that don't simply travel the way that we do. Maybe your partner …

From Corporate To Entrepreneur: What Made Ryan Palmer Start A Luxury Sock Brand

Ryan Palmer co-founder of London Sock Company is the new king of luxury socks. Mr. Palmer, a senior manager at a Fortune 500 company was inspired to leave his career and turn to entrepreneurship. As he put it, “life is short and we only get one go at it. I wanted to look back at my life with a …

Abercrombie ditches clothes with logos in U.S. wardrobe update

Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) is ditching racks of clothing plastered with the company’s logo. As store sales continue to slide, it’s …

Massachusetts Has the Worst Drivers. Duh.

Allstate has conducted its annual study to determine where the worst drivers in America are. New Englanders (and Yankee fans who travel to Fenway to root against the enemy) will be unsurprised to learn that Massachusetts takes the cake.<p>Allstate Insurance's annual Best Driver's Report is out, and …

Which Tropical Island Is Right for You?

Scattered through the seven seas, these seductive islands are the perfect example of everything there's to love about tropical life.<p>The first time I came in contact with the concept of island, as associated to a semi utopian place, where wilderness and happiness walk hand in hand and follow the …

Boy dies from box jellyfish sting in Thailand

The boy, who was French, died on Saturday evening after being stung by the jellyfish, regarded as one of the most poisonous creatures in the world.<p>According to the Bangkok Post, the attack happened on Had Kuad beach, also known as Bottle Beach. He died on the way to Phangan hospital.<p>Local police …

Captured Russian troops 'in Ukraine by accident'

<b>Ten Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine crossed the border "by accident", Russian military sources are quoted as saying.</b><p>Ukraine has released video interviews of some of the seized paratroopers.<p>The incident comes as the Ukrainian and Russian leaders have held their first-ever bilateral …

US officials say monkey selfies can't be copyrighted (because it had to be said)

Here's a friendly tip for all wildlife photographers out there: don't let mischievous monkeys (and other jungle animals) push the shutter button in your stead. The U.S. Copyright Office just released a new public draft of its compendium of practices, and in it, the agency clearly states that it …

Google's prototype self-driving car will have a steering wheel after all

Google’s prototype self-driving car was unveiled to much fanfare with just two buttons – stop and go – for its test-track existence. But the introduction of new rules from the California department of motor vehicles (DMV) means the company will have reintroduce that near-obsolete technology known …

Three Bridge Chasm Is Unlike Any Waterfall We've Ever Seen

We've seen some hidden waterfalls and some inspirational waterfalls and some fabulously hike-able waterfalls... but all of those were just one, singular waterfall.<p>Behold: a rare TRIPLE waterfall, better known as the Baatara Gorge Waterfall or Three Bridge Chasm. Mountain meltwater slowly carved the …

Amazon plans to take on Google's online ad business

Can Amazon challenge Google’s dominance in online advertising?<p>Amazon intends to find out, according to a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report. The online …