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How to Travel Light on Your Next Trip

Whether traveling for business or visiting family and friends, packing efficiently can be a challenge. Not wanting to forget anything or feeling pinched for time, it's easy to panic and overfill your suitcase. Avoid the hassle (and extra airline fees) by traveling light. Pare down to the essentials …

Our weird sleep pattern might be why we are the top species on the planet

There’s much that we share with our primate ancestors: opposable thumbs, ability to eat many kinds of food, living in large social groups, and so on. Yet, it is perhaps one trait we don’t share with them that has made us the top species of the planet: a weird sleeping pattern.<p>Across populations and …

Biology

Brain Surgery Serenade: Man Plays Saxophone During Tumor Removal

The team of doctors who recently operated on Spanish musician Carlos Aguilera's brain wanted to be sure they didn't affect his ability to play the saxophone – so they had him play songs during a 12-hour surgery.<p>A partially sedated Aguilera obliged, playing "Misty" and other songs, in addition to …

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

Spotify’s ‘Year In Music’ Recaps The Songs You Listened To Most In 2015

The end of the year is nigh, which means tech companies left, right and center are issuing their annual recaps. Spotify, one of the few worth keeping note of when it comes to these matters, has just launched its 2015 ‘Year In Music’ feature which provides a neat recap of the sounds that kept you …

Diving Japan's Izu Islands - Gear Patrol

Sunday, Jul 22, 2018<p>True Cultural Immersion<p>Diving the Izu Islands, or Learning Japanese the Hard Way<p>December 3, 2015 | By Jason Heaton | Photo by …

Scuba Diving

Paleo Profile: Spain’s Megatoothed Croc

Paleontology is still pretty new as sciences go. It’s only been around in any kind of organized form for less than 200 years, and while today’s explorers and researchers can trace their pedigrees through multiple generations, paleo practitioners have really only just begun to literally scratch the …

Winter on the Great Wall in China: Pictures

There's a good reason why the next generation of robots will look like animals

Biomimetics.<p>That's the field dedicated to imitating aspects of nature to better understand, and potentially solve, complex human issues.<p>It's the reason why so many engineers and researchers are creating robot models of animals.<p>Robotic animals can help researchers better understand locomotion, …

Robotics

Baidu found China’s “ghost cities,” but it is keeping their locations mostly a secret

Researchers from Peking University and Baidu, the largest search engine in China by far, have drawn on Baidu’s very big data to find the ghostliest cities in the country.<p>A ghost city, put simply, is a place with far more residential buildings than people. And thanks to a post-global financial …

Baidu

How To Beat Long Flight Blues

<i>Follow Travelle on Instagram and Facebook</i><p><i>By Eva Baczynska</i><p>Whether you're traveling for work or fun, being stuck in an airplane for hours en route to your destination can be the least fun part of the trip. There is possibly nothing more boring than sitting still in a small space with nothing to do. …

Carry-on Essentials for Long Flights

<i>By Gloria Atanmo for the CheapTickets Travel Blog</i><p>When it comes to long flights and even longer layovers, let's be honest, it SUCKS. There are few things in life I really hate, and long flights is right up there with diarrhea and Donald Trump (arguably synonymous, but I digress).<p>As a full-time …

Air Travel

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

United Nations

Our Prehistoric Cousins Had Demonic Skulls

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>If there’s one conference I can’t bear to miss, it’s the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting. Especially because there’s always at least one image presented during the talks that makes me sit bolt upright in my chair and think “What the hell is <i>that</i>?” A few …

Google Goes Analog With Its New Note-Taking Tools

The My Edit Notepad helps marketers use the Think With Google online service, just by checking off boxes with a pencil on paper.<p>Think With Google is a service Google offers that gives marketers insight into how to best promote their companies. It offers a series of tools which use Google’s own data …

Toxic haze threatens millions in southeast Asia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is cutting short his visit to the US to deal with a growing environmental crisis back home.<p>Wildfires across the length of his country over the last few months have thrown up huge clouds of smoke that now hang over much of southeast Asia, from Malaysia and Singapore, …

Bacon And Sausages Do Cause Cancer, Says World Health Organisation

Processed meats are now classed as a carcinogen.<p>Dr Ian Johnson, a nutrition researcher at the Institute of Food Research, said in a briefing given to the Science Media Centre that "the classification reflects the strength of the evidence for an effect", not how big that effect is. "The effect is …

Absinthe Used to Be Malaria Medicine: The Secret Medical History of Cocktails

Créme de menthe settled rebellious stomachs and absinthe fended off malaria. This is the secret medical history of the speakeasy cocktails we've come to know and love.<p>"We don't create cocktails now to cure venereal diseases or to relieve gout, but there's that history there," says <b>Matthew Rowley</b>, …

4 Ways To Prepare Food This Weekend To Eat Healthier All Week

<i>By Perri O. Blumberg</i>, SELF<p><i>(Photo: Romulo Yanes)</i><p><b>1. Pre-Dress Your Greens.</b><p>Hearty greens like cabbage, kale, and even shredded Brussels sprouts can be pre-tossed in vinaigrette and last for a few days. (But spinach and arugula will get mushy and wilt if you dress them in advance.) Try this roasted …

Healthy Eating

19 Of Hawaii's Most Epic Photo Ops

Do it for the 'gram.<p>Hawaii is undeniably photogenic, but even in the Aloha state, some photo ops are better than others.<p>Vacations, after all, are as much about sharing your adventures with the folks back home as they are rest and relaxation.<p>Whether you’re a professional photographer, a selfie …

Beaches

This Friendly Slack Bot Will Schedule Your Meetings For You

Meet Howdy, a trainable workplace bot that can automate boring administrative tasks.<p>When the professional chat app Slack launched in 2013, the small team at software development studio XOXCO immediately started building integrations. Based in central south Austin with a dozen delicious food trucks …

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Flu

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

Robotics

Beijing Design Week 2015: “Everyday Issues (Continued)” and the Baitasi Making Hub

Chinese Design students and DIYers tackle the challenges of living in a rapidly changing city of 20 million residents and counting.<p>Design schools …

Dramatic cougar chase in Victoria ends with tranquilizer dart

It was the perfect Hollywood ending to a guns-drawn pursuit of a cougar bounding across backyards, over fences and through garages in a downtown Victoria neighbourhood steps from British Columbia's legislature.<p>Dozens of residents peered over fences or stood on balconies watching the drama as police …

4 Design Lessons From The Pixar Team

A new exhibition at Cooper Hewitt explores the design tools and principles that go into making Pixar films so damn lovable.<p>Since 1986, when two adorable anthropomorphic lamps graced the screen in the short <i>Luxo Jr.</i>, Pixar has become an emblem of how to run a creative and successful business. Its …

Inside the ISIS Blueprint for Winning

Back in 2010, ISIS was on the downswing. The terrorist group then published a think tank-like pamphlet on how to get a country of its own.<p>Despite the …

What the Modern Presence of Water on Mars Means

Mars may be the solar system’s most tragic planet. It once had a dense atmosphere; it once fairly sloshed with water; just one of its oceans may have …

Meet the aspiring writers behind your fortune cookie messages

Have ever wondered how companies produce the seemingly endless fortunes found in the free cookies you get at Chinese restaurants?<p>The answer is high school students and struggling writers.<p>There are around 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the US, and every year a mind-boggling 3bn fortune cookies are …

Engagement Rings