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The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the "gift economy."<p>The busiest time of year for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is not Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or any of …

California Shark Attack Involved "No Brainer" Danger

Great white shark attacks are on the rise, says an expert. But there are ways to reduce risk.<p>The attack of a 40-year-old swimmer by a great white shark in southern California on Saturday has people questioning shark fishing and beach safety.<p>The man survived the attack with serious bite injuries. …

Baja California

First of Its Kind Map Reveals Extent of Ocean Plastic

There's less than expected on the surface. Scientists are trying to find where in the ocean it's gone.<p>When marine ecologist Andres Cozar Cabañas and a team of researchers completed the first ever map of ocean trash, something didn't quite add up.<p>Their work, published this month in the <i>Proceedings of</i> …

Pollution

Causes of Deadly Washington Mudslide Revealed in Scientific Report

The report says that logging in the area may have played a role.<p>A deadly landslide that killed 44 and obliterated a riverside neighborhood in Washington state last March was fueled by rain soaking the site of an eight-year-old landslide, while logging in the area may have also played a role, …

Weather

Overlooked Records 2014

As is our tradition, we're taking this space over the holiday weekend to highlight some very good records you might have missed. None of these releases received a Best New Music designation and not all were rated above an 8.0, but all are records worth revisiting. Read, listen, and click through …

Weezer Release New Song "Back to the Shack"

Weezer's new album <i>Everything Will Be Alright in the End</i> is out September 30 via Republic. Listen to the new track "Back to the Shack" now. It's a seemingly autobiographical song about getting back to their roots.<p>On July 23, the band will play "Back to the Shack" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy …

Remedy - Old Crow Medicine Show

No Appalachian string band has ever reached the popularity of Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS). Few artists can entertain thousands of young rockers at …

Blue Ridge Mountains

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Lucinda Williams To Release Double Album “Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone” – September 30 | Twang Nation - The Best In Americana Music

Roots-music legend, and three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams is set to release her first-ever double album “Down Where The Spirit Meets …

Sturgill Simpson: “Life of Sin” – Late Show with David Letterman 7/15 | Twang Nation - The Best In Americana Music

Last night Sturgill Simpson added his name to a long line of excellent roots performers that have appeared on the Late Show with David …

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys - Ink My Name [Live at WAMU's Bluegrass Country]

Why We Smile And How To Spot A Fake One

Flickr/Nana B Agyei<p><b>BI Answers: Why do we smile?</b><p>Studies have shown that smiling can help us cope, make us feel good, and even increase our longevity.<p>Some say we even smile in the womb and can understand the social significance of those toothy grins very early on. "At just 10 months, for instance, an …

Psychology

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

Six Pounds Of Pot Slathered In Vaseline Found At Seattle Hotel

Initiative 502 made possession of small quantities of marijuana legal for those 21 and older. But there was nothing in 502’s rules and regulations …

Cannabis

Big Bertha's Stalled Progress | Seattle's News Elixir

<b>For Today</b><p><b>Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Committee Special Meeting</b><p>The tunnel-boring machine Bertha's stalled …

U.S. Department of Justice

Seven Charged in Hash Oil Explosions; One Killed Octogenarian Former Mayor

As SW’s Matt Driscoll pointed out a few months back, the booming, cottage industry of hash oil production can be very, very dangerous. Not only could …

Jenny Durkan

My Bucket List

Every other year, I update my bucket list to cross off items that I’ve done and add in new items that have appeared on my travel radar. Some people …

10 of the Coolest Hotels We’ve Stayed At

Thanks to this website, Alberto and I have had the chance to travel far and beyond, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe, North Korea to South Africa. Along …

European Travel

Street Art from Around the World

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n recent years, street art has evolved into something more than just graffiti. Renown artists like Banksy have helped bring …

Australia's Gold Coast: Big Swells, Wide Beaches and Eternal Sunshine

As a child, the Gold Coast was a familiar name to me. My friends in school often had their vacation there and somehow I associated it with theme …

Gold Coast

World’s 10 Most Ethical Destinations 2014

<i>While we’re on the topic of ethical travel, here’s an interesting list I’d like to share with you.</i><p>Every year, the non-profit organization Ethical …

Nonprofits

World's Friendliest Countries

Each year, the World Economic Forum ranks 140 countries in order of their hospitality towards international travelers. The ranking is created based …

Walking the Camino de Santiago: A Complete Guide

As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of …

The New Way of War: Killing the Kids

In 1994, on the eve of Rwanda’s genocide, Radio Mille Collines, in Kigali, incited listeners with a venomous message: “To kill the big rats, you have to kill the little rats.” It was a veiled command to murder the youngest generation of Tutsis, the country’s minority tribe. In less than four …

How the Beatles Created Self-Conscious Stardom

As I watched “A Hard Day’s Night” again, what struck me was the screaming of girls, which is the implied sound beneath the opening mad dash to the title tune and becomes piercingly real every time the Beatles face the public: when their train arrives at London, and they run to a taxi; when they …

The Best Music of 2014 So Far

Now that we’ve spent a weekend with hotel-grade Prosecco and consumer-grade explosives, it’s time to look at spreadsheets and dance.<p>Below is a Spotify playlist of fifty songs from 2014 that I love. It is missing Lil Wayne’s “D’usse” and a dozen other songs only available on YouTube. Take note: …

The Video Game That Maps The Galaxy

In 1961, members of M.I.T.’s Tech Model Railroad Club created Spacewar, one of the first video games that ran on the university’s hulking hundred-and-twenty-thousand-dollar PDP-1 mainframe computer. Spacewar, like so many of the video games that would follow, took place in the cosmos. The setting …