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6 of the Most Luxurious Ryokans in Japan

If you feel like you need to disconnect and recalibrate—and have a few days to do it—then look into booking a couple of nights at a Japanese <i>ryokan</i>. These traditional inns date back to the 8th century A.D., and many of the earliest ones were located along the Tokaido route, which connected …

Japan

Apple Clips (for iPhone)

<b>Pros</b><p>Live voice-generated text captions. Prisma-like video effects. Soundtracks. Clip trimming. Easy sharing.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Only square videos, no widescreen. …

Star Wars 9 will feature Carrie Fisher after family give blessing

<i>Star Wars</i> fans are probably still unsure what Carrie Fisher's death means for her role of General Leia in the franchise's future.<p>While it was known …

Scientists want to be first to drill into the Earth's mantle

<b>(CNN) —</b> Humans have been to the moon and explored almost every corner of the planet -- but there's one place they have never been.<p>An international group of scientists say they plan to be the first group to drill successfully into the Earth's mantle, the planet's interior, which lies just beneath …

Geology

Airbus figures out how to squeeze 80 more seats into its giant A380 jets

In an effort to squeeze more passengers into each cabin and more revenue out of each flight, the nation's airlines have reduced legroom and narrowed the seat widths in many main cabin sections.<p>Although nearly every major carrier is now reporting near-record profits, the move to optimize cabin space …

Aviation

12 eerie photos of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people.<p>These mysterious — and almost completely …

How to Hit Europe's Greatest Cities for Under $500 in One Trip

Remember when the dollar was worth about four cents on the euro and American tourists were paying, like, $14 for ketchup? Trying to visit more than …