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I bought a Costco vacation — here's why the retailer has completely changed how I book travel

"You can buy a vacation through Costco?" I was asked at least a dozen times in recent months.<p>My answer: Yes, and it's incredible.<p>I only became aware of Costco's travel deals in May, when a friend suggested checking out the warehouse store's website while planning an upcoming vacation.<p>I was amazed …

Air Travel

This super-tough Japanese flip phone is the first to meet 18 US military standards

It also has a built-in app that shows the ‘activity level of fish’<p>I’m absolutely fascinated by heavy-duty phones. “They’re just like my phone!” I think, “But I could throw them at walls and not care!” It’s a childish impulse, but what else are you going to do with one of these things? Well, …

Fashion advice for real guys from the woman who dresses Hollywood’s most stylish men

Stylist Jeanne Yang is responsible for making sure that some of Hollywood's most recognizable men — that would be George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Dornan, Terrence Howard and Diego Luna, among others — look like the stars that they are.<p>The Los Angeles native has become known for mixing …

Los Angeles

New Filipino restaurant brings lumpia, chicken adobo and tadyang to Eagle Rock

<b>Name:</b> Eagle Rock Kitchen. The casual, family-run Filipino restaurant opened six months ago in a small strip mall on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and College View Avenue in Eagle Rock. The restaurant serves traditional Filipino food, including chicken adobo and <i>lumpia</i> (fried chicken rolls that …

Colombia’s Former Guerrillas Need New Jobs. Why Not in Conservation?

Changing Planet<p>Painted flowers of pink and blue grace the nails of two slender hands posed on the trigger and barrel of an assault weapon. Behind the weapon, a hot pink t-shirt serves as backdrop. There is nothing else in the frame. From the moment that I saw this photo last month in <i>The California</i> …

Look Into This Dolphin’s Eyes and Tell Me That’s Not Grief!

Wildlife<p>Although we live thousands of miles and an ocean apart, my brother Giovanni and I share not only the same bloodline but also a passion for dolphins. For more than two decades, both of us have conducted scientific and conservation research on marine mammals in the wild; Gio in the waters of …

Why test chemicals on animals if we don't have to?

The overhaul of a 40-year-old law governing the testing of chemicals used in industrial and commercial products has won a lot of praise recently for giving the Environmental Protection Agency far more regulatory control over many more substances. But it is also being praised by animal welfare …

Young Cuban-Americans get new impressions on island visits

HAVANA (AP) — Miranda Hernandez's grandparents lost everything when they fled Cuba in the 1960s. She grew up thinking of the island as "North Korea with nice beaches," she said.<p>But when four young Cuban-Americans started a program sending peers with similar island ties to explore their heritage …

Exercise triggers brain cell growth and improves memory, scientists prove

Exercising may help boost memory because it triggers a protein which boosts brain cell growth, scientists believe.<p>For several years, researchers have noticed that aerobic exercise, of the kind which gets the heart pumping, also appears to improve memory and learning. But nobody knew how.<p>Now …

Maverick scientist thinks he has discovered a magnetic sixth sense in humans

Birds do it. Bees do it. But the human subject, standing here in a hoodie—can he do it? Joe Kirschvink is determined to find out. For decades, he has …

Earth Science

The dying breed of craftsmen behind the tools that make scientific research possible

Hunkered down in the sub-basement of the Norman W. Church Laboratory for Chemical Biology, underneath a campus humming with quantum teleportation devices, gravity wave detectors and neural prosthetics, Rick Gerhart chipped away at a broken flask.<p>Blowtorch in hand, he pulled the softened glass apart …

Anthony Bourdain's Favorite City To Travel To Is...

One of the most celebrated travelers is Anthony Bourdain. The star of shows such as No Reservations and Parts Unknown, Bourdain has traveled to over …

Video games are revealing the secrets of our aging brains

Our brains change as we age — this much we know. Some abilities peak in early adulthood, while others don't reach their maximum potential until approximately age 50.<p>And while researchers have used a variety of tests to analyze different aspects of mental acuity, we now have an especially powerful …

Starcraft

This airport is becoming a circus ... literally

Being stuck at the San Diego airport is about to get much more entertaining.<p>The San Diego International Airport has hired the Fern Street Circus to perform for fliers.<p>Starting Wednesday, a team of eight circus performers, including stilt walkers, jugglers, clowns and musicians will be roaming the …

With Hydrogen, Toyota Aims To Reclaim The Green Image Stolen By Tesla

At a swanky Tokyo hotel in 1997, as birds flitted across the sky on giant video screens, Toyota Motor introduced the Prius to the world. It wasn’t exactly sexy: a funny-looking compact sedan with itty-bitty wheels and a sloping nose. But under the hood was something new: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder …

Disney Doesn’t Have Enough ‘Confidence’ in Video Games to Keep Making Them

Disney has canceled Disney Infinity and will no longer self-publish video games.<p>Yesterday, Disney announced that it's canceling its "toys-to-life" franchise (physical toys that interact with video games) <i>Disney Infinity</i>. Around 300 people at Disney's Avalanche development studio in Utah will lose …

This new image-editing app is so good, I'm ditching Photoshop

Less than shocking news: The photo above isn't actually a museum-aged Kodacolor portrait of my grandfather. It's a digital picture of my friend Sean, who dropped by my headshot studio and was nice enough to lend his picture to this article.<p>The film-like texture, dust, and scratch marks are courtesy …

Tutorials

Animal intelligence has been widely underestimated, says primatologist Frans de Waal

Ever stare out into space and look for signs of intelligence? Well, we should be looking right here on Earth, primatologist Frans de Waal argues in his new book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” (He’ll discuss it at a Smithsonian Associates event Wednesday.)<p>For centuries, …

Animals

Los Angeles Without a Car? It's About to Get Easier Than Ever (And We'll Show You How)

When the westbound Expo Line train glides into Santa Monica's Downtown station on May 20, the future of Los Angeles will have arrived. For the first time since the 1950s, that world-famous coastline will be back on the Southland's slowly-growing rail transit grid. With this and more exciting …

California

Humans Could One Day Evolve to Live Forever

If jellyfish can do it, why can't humans?<p>It is a biological inevitability that just about every living organism will die—it's the <i>how</i> and the <i>when</i> that are up for debate. Some species barely make it to adulthood, while others go on for centuries. Ninety-nine percent of all species have already gone …

Google wants to inject cyborg lenses into your eyeballs

Google has patented a new technology that would let the company inject a computerized lens directly into your eyeball.<p>The company has been developing smart glasses and even smart contact lenses for years. But Google's newest patented technology would go even further -- and deeper.<p>(<i>Note: the</i> …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Physicists Squeeze Water Molecules Into an Entirely New State

Beyond solids, liquids, and gases.<p>Physicists from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a new state of water that cannot be explained as a solid, liquid, or gas. It is a peculiar, and like exceedingly common, "other" state that water molecules are forced to exist …

5 hard truths about quitting your job to travel the world

Traveling long term, and embracing the career uncertainty that accompanies it, is no picnic.<p>I would know. In the fall of 2014, I gave up my cushy job as a magazine editor in New York to embark on a year-long excursion with my begrudging boyfriend.<p>Fast-forward 365 days, and we've explored 15 …

Sri Lanka

Second contagious form of cancer found in Tasmanian devils

Transmissible cancers—cancers which can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells—are believed to arise extremely rarely in …

Games in 2015 were better when they stepped away from the guns

For a medium that for much of the last decade has been overrun with machismo, 2015 in video games represented a year of powerful role reversals. It was time, finally, to put down the guns.<p>Over the last 12 months I've played many diverse roles: a woman losing her virginity in "Cibele," a dying tree …

How thermal imaging tech is about to become hot stuff

<b>Soon we'll all be feeling the heat, thanks to thermal imaging technology.</b><p>Although it's already been used by industry, the military and some emergency services, it was expensive and therefore had a limited market.<p>But in the same way that GPS location tech has now found its way into cars, …

Imaging

BLU Life One X is official, 5.2-inch full HD $99 Moto G competitor with octa-core MediaTek chip

As low-end smartphones go, few are as popular on Amazon as BLU’s unlocked budget-friendly Android phones. If it already had a reputation for offering great bang for your buck, it will only get stronger with the newest device in its lineup. The BLU Life One X has just been launched, it costs under …

10 Quick Tips That Can Save L.A. Lives in a Disaster

"Don't get scared - get prepared," says Los Angeles-based disaster preparedness teacher, Deidra Dwyer, who adds that despite Southern California being "eighteen months pregnant" for a major earthquake, only two in every ten Angelenos are even somewhat ready, and that's an optimistic number.<p>With …

Los Angeles County

Here’s what Volvo thinks you’ll do when your car is driving itself

According to Volvo’s research, the average American spends 26 minutes driving to work. One way. That’s more than nine days a year, and the Swedish carmaker is building a time machine to get some of that time back for you.<p>Well, it’s not actually a time machine (though that would be awesome too). …

Car Tech

Nature Behind Bars: Animal Class Helps Prisoners Find Compassion

Professor Marc Bekoff teaches a popular animal behavior course at the Boulder County Jail, which has helped some inmates bond with the natural world—and ultimately reconnect to society.<p>Next Friday at 8:30 a.m., if you happen to be an inmate at the Boulder County Jail in Colorado, consider going to …