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Why You Should Hire 'Points Hackers' to Book Your Next Flight

Deciphering airline and credit card points can often feel like reading a foreign language. Luckily, a new brand class of travel agents are here to help: points hackers.<p>By now, you’ve likely heard that the new Chase Sapphire Reserve card is giving away a signup bonus of 100,000 points, among other …

In drought-ridden California, a new fertilizer technology from KDC Ag could bring relief

Driving along the manicured streets of monied Los Angeles neighborhoods, it’s a challenge to think of California as rain-starved and sun-choked.<p>But a trip along Interstate 5 reveals a different world. Miles of browning grass stretch along the roadside, broken by the green clusters of California’s …

Dubai and Norway to drive visitors beyond star attractions with a blockchain-based loyalty program

Blockchain technology is running at a gallop and creating unique opportunities for travel companies to track their customer’s preferences, build more …

Customer Experience

Offbeat Trekking in Kyrgyzstan: Jyrgalan Boz Uchuk Lakes Trek, A Beginner’s Guide

<i>With over 90% of its territory covered in mountains, Kyrgyzstan has no shortage of treks filled with stunning landscapes, alpine lakes, shepherds,</i> …

As India's granary exhausts groundwater, farmers eye new crops | Reuters

CHANDIGARH, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is hailed as India’s granary, but Punjab faces a drastic decline in agricultural output unless it halts the rapid depletion of its groundwater, experts warn.<p>Labourers work in a paddy field at Thaska village in Punjab July 25, 2012. REUTERS/Ajay …

Now you can buy leftover buffet food for just $2

Many people take homemade leftovers to work or enjoy them as a late night snack. But would you dig into a stranger's leftover meal?<p>A new company thinks they can connect consumers with deliciously cheap grub while simultaneously combating food waste. BuffetGo is betting that people like leftovers so …

Cricket Doughnuts Are Now a Thing in Portland (and They Look Delicious!)

These sweet treats are just in time for Halloween, but could become a permanent addition to the foodie scene.<p>The press has been chirping a lot lately about cricket flour -- a high-protein flour substitute made from ground up crickets (aka "cricket meal"). While the number of companies offering of …

Food

Five classic French recipes by Pierre Koffman

From cassoulet to creme caramel, delicious dishes from OFM’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement award-winner<p>A cassoulet is perhaps the most famous dish from south-west France and there are countless variations across the region, with as many hotly debated arguments about which is the best, which is the …

Recipes

The 12 Most Beautiful Bars and Restaurants in the World

Because you deserve to only eat and drink in stunning surroundings.<p>Great restaurants are loved for more than just their food. Interior design plays an important part in the overall dining experience, which is why the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards celebrate stunning eating and drinking spaces each …

Hospitality

Soppressata and Provolone Grilled Cheese | Recipes

Mix together the soppressata and cheese in a medium bowl. Lay out 4 slices of the bread on a work surface and divide the meat and cheese mixture …

High times: Vertical farming is on the rise — but can it save the planet?

Groundbreaking advances in vertical farming, which doesn’t break ground at all, raise hopes it can feed the world<p>Farming as we know it is failing. Mom-and-pop operations are struggling to survive and Big Ag cares far more about its bottom line than about your health, or the health of the planet. …

The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train is coming to Germany

But not until December 2017<p>This week, French transit company Alstom unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train, which will begin making trips in Germany at the end of the 2017. The news was first reported by German newspaper <i>Die Welt</i>.<p>The super-quiet Coradia iLint passenger train is …

Phone Dead? These Companies Want to Charge It From a Distance

Energous Corp. has seen its share price more than double this year, largely on the promise of a smartphone future without electrical outlets or …

The 17 European universities with the highest quality of teaching

This year's ranking, released on Thursday, puts Britain's University of Oxford at the top of the pile as the world's best, beating out the likes of Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and its closest rival, Cambridge.<p>The overall rankings are based on teaching, research, and …

Shipping containers floated as the next BIG thing in student housing

The Copenhagen Urban Rigger project comprises nine recycled shipping containers arranged on a floating base in the city's harbor. There's a total of …

Housing

11 Luxury Hotels with Private Boats

At these properties, guests can hit the high seas in style<p>There’s a reason #imonaboat is a trending hashtag with over 500,000 photos on Instagram—there are few more glamorous ways to vacation. It’s nothing new, of course. Yachts have been an international symbol of leisure since Dutch and English …

6 Smart Apps for Entrepreneurs to Make them Super Productive

If you are an entrepreneur, then I’m sure you fully understand how time management plays a great role in meeting deadlines. You need to manage your …

Innovative Water-Gen machine harvests up to 825 gallons of clean water from thin air in a day

You might remember from grade school science class that water vapor is all around us, taking part in a continuous cycle that fills the clouds, lakes, …

High Technology that Revolutionized Farming

How are we going to feed the growing population by 2050? How we are going to double our food supply and how will the farming be sustainable? All the …

Farming

16 Best Places to Visit in 2016

From the medieval Spanish town most people overlook on their way to Madrid to the U.S. city experiencing a cultural renaissance, these 16 editor-endorsed destinations are best places to travel this year.<p>Medellín, Colombia<p>Miami<p>Okinawa Prefecture, Japan<p>Guadeloupe & Martinique<p>Istanbul<p>Paris

How to make the most of your frequent flier miles

Frequent flier miles can be contentious beasts—the kind of thing that divides marriages, or prompts travelers to keep Scrooge-like hoards that then vanish (along with the airline).<p>People have opinions, and loyalties—though not all programs are created equal. You're in good shape if you have miles …

The Best Secret Streets Around the World

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Travel

Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it.

Agriculture, with its fertilizers, has emerged as the biggest threat to water quality in many parts of the US. Some farmers are trying new …

Mapped: the holiday destinations now up to 39pc cheaper to fly to

From Scandinavia to Chile, over 60 countries worldwide have become cheaper to fly to since 2013. Our map shows you where to look for a bargain holiday<p>It's good news for those planning a 2016 holiday, as flights to a huge variety of destinations have been getting steadily cheaper over the past two …

Air Travel

The Most Funded Luggage Ever on Kickstarter

I find Kickstarter and other crowd-funding sites to be really interesting and a great way for innovators and creators to bring their ideas to market. …

Technology Will Save Us raises £1.2m to launch new gadgets

The start-up, which creates DIY gadget kits, has doubled in size this year and is now stocked in John Lewis<p>Technology Will Save Us, which makes products such as Electro Dough, which allows kids to make models that light up or make sounds, and a DIY gamer kit for coding and playing your own …

NASA releases new images of mysterious 8,000-year-old earthworks in Kazakhstan

Space buffs are forever stunned and amazed by the things NASA finds out in the universe, but some days, it’s the discoveries the agency reveals here …

Kazakhstan set for debut sovereign sukuk in early 2016 | Reuters

Nov 16 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan’s parliament has approved legislative amendments to facilitate Islamic finance, paving the way for Central Asia’s largest economy to issue its first sovereign sukuk next year, a government official said.<p>The amendments, which still require the president’s signature, …

Kazakhstan Looks to India, Iran for Access to the World’s Oceans

Since achieving independence in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, landlocked Kazakhstan has sought to end its geographical isolation …