Gerald Schram

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California is about to explode with a spectacular wildflower display

California's parched, drought-stricken landscape was soaked this winter by ceaseless storms, creating the perfect conditions for a spectacular floral display.<p>In coming weeks, wildflowers will bloom in colorful profusion, carpeting the state's undulating hills and grassy valleys, especially in …

National Parks

Snowden's preferred email provider, Lavabit, has been resurrected

Lavabit, the encrypted email provider Edward Snowden favored, has risen from the ashes with more security features than before. If you'll recall, company chief Ladar Levison shut it down in 2013 instead of complying with the government's demand to hand over its SSL encryption key. Authorities …

General Tso’s Tofu

This past Friday, the chef many believe was responsible for creating the titanic Chinese-American favorite, General Tso’s Chicken, passed away. …

Food & Dining
Viagra

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Mental Health

Bob Dylan Does Sinatra and It’s Actually Good

Is this the strangest tribute album of all time? Dylan singing relatively obscure Sinatra songs over a pedal steel back-up? Weirdest of all? It’s …

Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history

In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history.<p>In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25. As he looked back over his short life, the Dutchman found little to celebrate among the meagre …

Art

The Time Wes Siler Almost Killed Me

<i>Some bad decisions were made while backpacking The Lost Coast and a buddy ended up alone, in a storm, after dark, fording whitewater and climbing</i> …

Antarctica, 100 years since Ernest Shackleton

It was the beginning of the end. As the pack ice closed about the ship that evening the men thought little of it, but her situation had become terminal. She was dying: a slow, frozen, twisted death in Antarctica. And those on board would be lucky to escape with their own lives.<p>Exactly 100 years ago …

Google Glass programme halted but firm says kit is not dead

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1138000/1138126_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524312253_fd0d9a1425b5cc726279221f557f6260<p><b>Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear.</b><p>The company insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer …

Wearable Tech

Is poker a game of skill, or a game of luck?

As a spectator sport, poker traditionally isn’t the most engaging thing to watch. I realised this when I found myself in the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas a few years ago. I was there for a couple of days with a friend, and being a fan of poker, thought it would be fun to check out a high stakes game …

Artificial Intelligence

Dawn Wall's Underdog Climber Recounts His Push to Catch Up

Kevin Jorgeson, lagging behind his partner, made an eight-foot leap of faith to finish the toughest part of his historic climb.<p><i>Editor's Note: Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have completed their ascent of Yosemite's Dawn Wall. See photos of the moment they reached the top.</i><p>Kevin Jorgeson …

World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the …