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Mercedes' Electric Maybach SUV Comes With a Built-In Tea Kettle

The future of the auto industry is China. It’s the world’s largest auto market, it’s growing quickly, and its emissions regulations—among the …

Maybach

Why Hunt's screen time limits for kids are scientific nonsense

Shouldn’t policy be based on evidence – not the other way around?<p>The future seems rosy for Jeremy Hunt. In his newest letter to social media firms, he envisions a future where every child gets a state-imposed and universal social media limit, similar to the alcohol units recommended by government. …

Social Media

An airline is going to pay 2 friends $4,000 each per month to move to Iceland and travel the world, accommodation included

Summer is around the corner, which means holiday planning for many people, and if you have some free time on your hands over the next few months, you could be in luck.<p>Budget Icelandic airline Wow Air is seeking two friends who would like to travel the world together this summer while blogging and …

Travel Guides

Sarah Sellers: the nurse who stunned the world at the Boston Marathon

A previously anonymous 26-year-old nurse is an overnight sensation (and Olympic hopeful) after a fairytale runner-up finish in Boston wrought by talent, perseverance and grit<p>The story was so good it seemed impossible to imagine. A 26-year-old woman with no sponsors or agents, who had run only one …

Marathons

Mum's dementia was so bad she was kept in hospital for her own safety - but then we changed her diet

When his mum’s dementia became so severe she had to be kept in hospital for her own safety, Mark Hatzer thought he had lost another …

Manchester

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Last year, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the …

Humanity

The Ugly Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A's Christianity

The fast-food chain's "infiltration" of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.<p>The New Yorker has been taking it on the chin lately for its essay about Chick-fil-A’s “infiltration” of New York City. Although most of the piece is about …

Religion

Zombie Cicadas' Bodies Are Literally Falling Apart

Parasitic fungus manipulates bodies and bedroom behavior of hapless insects

Insects

Pittsburgh perks up: Why a visit to the Steel City feels so fresh

US City Breaks<p>This once-struggling steel city is enjoying a visitor-friendly reboot, writes Thomas Breathnach.<p>Set the mood<p>Forget its steely rep, …

Travel

The Art of the Deal That Ended Violence in Northern Ireland

As President Trump prepares to sit down with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, he’d do well to consider Bill Clinton’s unorthodox approach to crafting the Good Friday Agreement.<p>In the coming weeks, President Trump is expected to engage in unprecedented negotiations with Kim Jong Un about North Korea’s …

Northern Ireland

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler

The number of rough sleepers in Britain is soaring, with deaths now a weekly occurrence. It’s time we got over our prejudices<p>“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers …

Homelessness

Paul Ryan Personifies the Devil's Bargain the GOP Struck With Trump

The outgoing House speaker, more than any other lawmaker, paved the path for congressional Republicans’ subjugation to the president.<p>Paul Ryan, who once aspired to advance the vision of conservative icon Jack Kemp, will leave Washington carrying a more tarnished legacy—as the most important enabler …

Donald Trump

Romantic Spots in San Antonio

San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas, and its many attractions hold great appeal to couples. A romantic city of great zest and variety, San …

Texas

What Did You Do in the Trade War, Daddy?

There is a problem with China. But what the U.S. is doing to solve it won’t work.<p>While Donald Trump has diverted his attention to other matters, here are some questions and answers to bear in mind, when he is back to talking about winning a trade war.<p><b>Q.</b> Is there a “China problem” to be dealt …

Political Science

7 Famous Pilgrimages Around the World That You Can Walk or Cycle

Photo by By Aleksandra H. Kossowska/Shutterstock<p>Petra, one of the more dramatic stops on the Abraham Path<p>From a Norwegian shrine for a Viking king to …

Hiking

The Report on Race That Shook America

It came out in 1968—yet little has changed since the Kerner Commission denounced “white racism.”<p>In July 1967, when President Lyndon B. Johnson formed a commission to analyze the riots then engulfing several major American cities, the radical wing of the civil-rights movement eyed his appointees …

Political Science

Explore the delights of the Danube on thrilling 200-mile bike tour from Bavaria to Vienna

To a non-cyclist, the thought of biking almost 200 miles over seven days perhaps does not sound like much of a holiday.<p>But with the sun shining down …

European Travel

Svaneti: How to hike through the most remote region in Georgia

At Mary’s Guesthouse in Mestia, I watch a large dog and two tumbling pups. “See? Their ears are clipped. Tails too,” says Alex Chikovani, my …

Hiking

Using these words can give away your social status, according to an anthropologist — and you’ll never hear a royal say them

Language is a minefield, and everyday habits can be an instant giveaway, revealing the speaker's social class. That's according to Kate Fox, a social anthropologist who picked out terms that a true upper-class Brit or royal would never use.<p>Her 2004 book, "Watching The English: The Hidden Rules of …

Linguistics

The Left’s Year of Magical Thinking

Fantasies about the Second Amendment, the Mueller investigation and Stormy Daniels threaten to sabotage the Democrats in November.<p>It’s Wednesday, November 7, 2018, and the Democrats have awakened to the taste of ashes in their mouths. Despite the poll numbers and the pattern of history, Republicans …

This may be Africa’s most scenic mountain range, yet it struggles to attract tourists

One of the earliest recorded tours to the Rwenzori Mountains was in the second century, when Alexandrian mathematician Claudius Ptolemy, searching for the source of the Nile river, named them the “mountains of the moon.”<p>Since then, modern-day Uganda has struggled to drum up the same kind of hype. …

Africa

12 Tips on What Driving Is Like in Seattle

How exactly much driving in Seattle sucks is a widely debated topic. If you’ve driven on the East Coast or in other countries, chances are driving in …

Seattle

9 Unique Hostels Across Europe You'll Want To Stay At

Check Out Some of the Most Interesting Hostels in Europe. Whether you’re new to the whole “hostel thing” or you’re a veteran of the dorm room, …

European Travel

U.S. Military Hopes To Save Injured Soldiers by Copying Tardigrades

If you're fascinated with nature's oddities, you might already know about tardigrades, a phylum that includes more than 1,200 species of eight-legged …

Biology

Don’t be so sure you know what a lowercase G looks like

Were you aware there are two versions of a lowercase G?<p>Can you pick out a lowercase G from a lineup? Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that a surprising number of adults can’t. In fact, many of the adults they tested weren’t aware that there are two versions of a lowercase G at all …

Johns Hopkins University

10 Amazing Things to Do in Valletta

Malta is not just an island of sunshine and beaches. It is an island that has seen many ups and downs over the course of centuries. Not surprisingly, …

European Travel

Meh Car Monday: When Was The Last Time You Thought About The Subaru Legacy?

This week’s Meh Car is a little more poignant than normal, perhaps even tragic, since the meh car involved wasn’t always meh. Not by a long shot. The …

Subaru

Trump Wants to Promote Sinclair? Let Him.

As long as I can still change the channel, who cares?<p>Our devotion to a free press knows no limits. Well, almost no limits. Should an outlet produce a news story or commentary that cuts too hard against the grain, who among us doesn’t want to reconsider the wisdom of granting just any newspaper, …

More Americans Are Dying From Suicide, Drug Use And Diarrhea

Americans are dying in different ways than they used to. As of 2014, more were dying from drug use than in years past, even as deaths from alcohol …

Public Health

The Gap Between Trump's Tweets and Reality

The president’s latest tirade—on immigration policy, NAFTA, and U.S. relations with Mexico—reveals a policy founded on misunderstandings, half-truths, untruths, and contradictions.<p>President Trump’s prolific comments on social media and elsewhere, along with his improvisatory approach, mean that …

Donald Trump