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Drinking Water Database: Put in Your ZIP Code and Find Out What's in Your Water

What's in your drinking water? Whether you're wondering if your water is safe or just what that weird smell is, a new tool is now available that …

Ancient Zen Advice On How Not To 'Be A Jerk'

A few months back, I wrote a post titled The Most Important Philosopher You've Never Heard Of. My point in that piece was to introduce readers to Eihei Dogen, a 13th-century Japanese Zen master who is considered, by many, to be one of the world's most subtle thinkers on issues of mind and being.<p>The …

The world's cheapest (and most expensive) beaches

Beach bums in search of a bargain could do far worse than head to Vietnam, new research has suggested.<p>When it comes to the cost of food, drinks and an all-important bottle of sunscreen, the country’s beaches are the world’s cheapest, according to the second annual Beach Price Index – a survey of …

How to make perfect ice cream at home: the ultimate guide

We all scream for ice cream. When homemade, it is the best of all puddings. You can slave away at a Bake Off-worthy multi-tiered mousse for that smart dinner party – but, in the end, what guests choose is the ice cream.<p>And sure, ready-made, gourmet-style ice cream in a cardboard pint pot is pretty …

Beginner-Friendly Meditation Retreats in Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Settings

Meditation is taking hold of mainstream culture, whether it’s showing up in the form of new mindfulness apps or stylish studios like MNDFL in New York City or Unplug in Los Angeles. For those who are just starting to explore meditation or looking to focus their existing practice, longer, dedicated …

The Food Lover's Drive-Through Guide To Louisiana

Ain't no place to satisfy your hunger (for great food and adventure alike) like the good ol' Bayou State. Come and experience a taste of Louisiana!

Tacos Árabes Are the Answer to All Your Bad-Tortilla Woes

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>Nothing is created in a vacuum...unless, of course, you consider that everything in the universe exists in the near-vacuum of space. So, maybe I should rephrase that: <i>All</i> things are created in a vacuum. But that's not …

Avocado Recipes

These delicious recipes include gooey cheese-topped guacamole and chilled avocado soup with crab.

Could You Handle This 21-Day Costa Rican Retreat?

A new wellness retreat aims to get you out of your comfort zone.<p>At a time of year when we’re all taking a good, hard look at our habits, one travel “experiment” begs that you leave all those habits—and work, and life—behind for 21 days. That kind of time away is enough to make a majority of …

Expand Your Coffee Horizons

Track your favorites with the Coffee Passport<p>Great coffee is an experience all its own. The aromas, flavors and sense of adventure when you delve …

CurioCity - CurioCité | Bacteriophages and the mystery of the Gan

<i>Above: Ganges River, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (Babasteve)</i><p><b>Did you know?</b> Bacteriophages (or phages) are viruses that infect bacteria and …

Study Shows Diners React to Bad Restaurant Experiences Like Trauma Victims

A bad restaurant experience could leave diners suffering from a mild form of trauma, say researchers at Stanford University. According to the <i>Telegraph</i>, <b>Dan Jurafsky</b> — a professor of linguistics and computer science and author of <i>The Language of Food</i> — presented his findings over the weekend at the …

While PETA's Kill Rate Rises, VA Senate Bill Aims to Stop It From Slaughtering More Pets

PETA's kill statistics for 2014 are now available. They're even uglier than last year's. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is once again poisoning over 88% of the dogs and cats entrusted to their care. Perhaps as high as 98%, if you factor in the dishonesty of their reporting, as pointed …

14 Things You Didn't Know About New Orleans

Mardi Gras season is well under way. This year, around one million tourists are expected to flock to New Orleans to partake in the festivities. If you’re one of the lucky million and it’s your first time in the Crescent City, make sure to prepare yourself for the unique wonderland you're about to …

MegaBots wants to make your giant battle mech dreams come true

Walk around New York Comic Con and you'll see plenty of celebrities of the nerd world and more cosplay than is comfortable. You might not see too many robots, however. Thankfully MegaBots makes up for what previous years have lacked. Just outside the main exhibition hall on the third floor of the …

1901 Boston time capsule yields small red book

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A 113-year-old, shoebox-sized time capsule was removed Thursday from the head of a lion statue where it had long sat, hidden in …

Chromecast software vulnerability paves way for another root exploit

Google regularly rolls out Chromecast updates that plug up previous root-friendly exploits, but there's a new method you can use if you want complete control over your streaming device. A group of hardware hackers (fail0verflow, Team Eureka and GTVHacker) have not only discovered a vulnerability in …

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Takes the Ice Bucket Plunge, Challenges Apple, HTC and Nokia Phones

Some smart marketing for Samsung, highlighting the fact that the S5 -- unlike many rivals -- is water-resistant.<p>Lots of tech CEOs have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but Samsung’s Galaxy S5 might be the first tech product to do so.<p>And it is some smart marketing, given that the S5 is waterproof …

AT&T's gigabit internet beats Google Fiber to Silicon Valley

Well, this has to be awkward: the first company to bring gigabit internet to Silicon Valley isn't Google, it's AT&T. The telco's ultra-high speed U-verse service will land in Cupertino in a few months, meaning that Apple employees (or any other subscribers in the area) will be able to test AT&T's …

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

24 hours in Mumbai

Be prepared to be jostled, hurried and incessantly chatted to as you soak in the trendy yet traditional vibe of Mumbai.<p>24 hours isn't nearly enough time to explore all the highlights of this intoxicating city, but this whistlestop tour will help you catch the flavour of Mumbai: serene mornings by …

27 Of The Best Places In The World To Swim

Planet Earth is made up of 71% water allowing so many opportunities for <i>great</i> swimming. That would require quite a bit of exploring to find perfection, so we made your life easier and have listed the 27 best places in the world to take a dip.<p><b>1. Linapacan Island, Palawan, Philippines</b><p>An island …

N2Aos brings KitKat to Kindle Fires

Earlier this year, N2A Cards offered Nook tablet owners the option of deploying Android 4.4 KitKat, effectively leveraging Barnes & Noble's sweet hardware for a more traditional tablet experience.<p>Now Kindle owners can get in on that action. N2Aos, the company's Kindle-oriented offshoot, now offers …

Why the Ultimate Italian Sandwich Took 2 Years to Create

Why did it take 2 years to create the perfect Italian sandwich? We spoke with its inventors—Court Street Grocers' Eric Finkelstein and Matt Ross—to find out<p>Meat-sandwich lovers are in luck—restaurants from Roman Candle Baking Co. in Portland, Oregon, to Publican Quality Meats in Chicago are doing …

N Korea: Not so 'Stalinist' after all | North Korea

The international media loves to describe North Korea as the "world's last Stalinist country", or as a "communist dictatorship". Both descriptions are not completely off the mark, but seriously misleading nonetheless.<p>It is often overlooked that the last 20 years in North Korea were a time when …