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This company's productivity soared after replacing 90% of employees with robots

It's hard to argue against automation when statistics are clearly illustrating its potential. The latest evidence comes out of a Chinese factory in Dongguan City.<p>The factory recently replaced 90 percent of its human workforce with machines, and it led to a staggering 250 percent increase in …

The Future

Which ‘Trusted Traveler’ Program Is Right for You?

Are you waiting in line at the airport watching others zip through security with less hassle? If you haven’t signed up for a “trusted traveler” program to cut your waiting time, this may be the year to do it.<p>Consider these figures: The number of airline passengers at United States airports hit a …

Get Paid To Travel: the 12 best jobs in travel – and how you can do them

Travel photographer<p>Timothy Allen<p><b>What’s so great about it?</b> I love the unknown. Travel is one of the only surefire ways of jumping into the unknown. …

11 High-Protein Slow-Cooker Dinners Under 500 Calories

Healthy Eating

The Myth Of The Gross Used Things

<i>We begin today with a satirical rant, which will, I promise, eventually wend its way around to some possibly useful advice.</i> My used sideboard. The …

Frugal Living

How to Enjoy the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels, Without Paying to Spend the Night

Ample terrycloth bathrobes, bubbling bathtubs, and round-the-clock room service are often synonymous with luxury travel, but when five stars are a few more than your holiday budget can allow, you ought not miss out entirely. Do a little research and you’ll find that grand hotels the world over will …

Here Are All The Foods That Can Help You Debloat

Bloating is uncomfortable. It's also complicated, because there's no one thing that causes it. You could be bloated for a number of reasons. Maybe it's because you're lactose intolerant and ate a dairy product, or because you spent the last four hours chewing gum and accidentally swallowed too much …

7 fruitless smoothies for low-sugar sipping

If your blender gets a workout just as often as you do, you’re probably no stranger to the green smoothie. Pulsing vitamin-rich greens with frozen …

Healthy Eating

The 25 Best Movies of 2016

With just days left before we turn another page in the calendar, here's a look back at the year's best films.<p>The movie year is just about over, and a review of the past twelve months makes clear that cinephiles have been spoiled with sterling movies, from blockbuster superhero sagas and low-budget …

How to make socca and other delicious pancakes with chickpea flour

You can find savory chickpea pancakes on tables in France, Italy, Gibraltar, parts of northern Africa — and, these days, many restaurants across America. It's easy to understand the widespread appeal. This delicious crepe has a lovely, slightly earthy flavor, smooth, moist interior and crispy …

Why I Travel the World Alone

I’ll never forget the day I checked in for my flight to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was at South Africa’s O.R. Tambo …

Jilted Vendor's Trademark Ploy Forces Yosemite Park to Change Names of Landmarks

Historic hotels and other beloved landmarks at Yosemite National Park will soon undergo a name change in a multi-million dollar tussle over who owns …

The Rising Stars of Kenya’s Greater Mara

TravelDigital Nomad<p>Dusk is done and I see nothing. But, even after a long hot day tracking wildlife in the bush, my guide refuses to quit.<p>He edges the Land Cruiser we’re sharing forward, headlights off, and makes a a blind, wide arc to the left. After he parks and cuts the engine, we wait in the …

America's 21 Most Beautiful Campsites

From Death Valley to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back down to the Grand Canyon, we've got the country covered.<p>With 3,794,100 square miles of soaring mountains, pristine beaches and crystal clear lakes, the United States offers endless options for those looking to spend a few nights under the stars. But …

Ultralight Tent Trailer Follows Your Motorcycle or Small Car

Traveling by motorcycle or small car can be a challenge if your goal is to spend your nights in the great outdoors. Most trailers are either so big …

Backpacking

New Reasons to Visit Carmel Valley

Several iconic properties in Carmel, California's valley reveal major upgrades and re-openings this summer.<p>Big news hits Carmel, California’s little …

7 reasons your next trip needs to be Norway

1. Farm-to-table isn’t ‘hip’ in Norway. It’s just considered normal.<p>To say Norway’s culinary culture is impressive would not be giving the country …

8 Things You Should be Buying at International Grocery Stores

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Catherine Lamb shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Why you should seek out international grocery stores to</i> …

Make Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi in Less Time Than it Takes to Cook Dried Pasta

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>I love gnocchi. At least, I love the gnocchi in my mind. Light, pillowy, flavor-packed, they're the perfect vessel for turning a good red sauce into a full-fledged meal. In reality, more often than not they're leaden, dense, mushy, or dull. And it's …

Self-Driving Car to Embark on 3,500-Mile Trip Across U.S.

Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.<p>An autonomous car developed by Michigan-based auto supplier Delphi Automotive will …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

The 10 Best Books We Read All Year

<i>Believe it or not, we didn't spend all of 2014 watching dancing divas on YouTube but actually read quite a few worthwhile tomes. Below, we select our ten favorite books of 2014.</i><p><b>1. The Martian by Andy Weir</b><br>Started as a serial blog and then the hardback came out this year. A timely tale about being …

The 11 Best Books of 2014 That You Can Spend 2015 Reading

Did you read any books this year? I hope so! It was a great year for women writers, who dominated critics lists (spoiler alert: including ours), highly anticipated follow-ups, and out-of-left-field debuts.<p>No? Maybe you pretended to read a book this year, lugging around that copy of <i>Oblomov</i> waiting …

The 10 Best Books of 2014

Perhaps no novel this year was more feverishly anticipated—or more frequently stolen from my desk—than **Elena Ferrante’**s <i>Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay</i> (Europa), the third installment of the enigmatic Italian author’s Neapolitan novels, which tell a single story with the possessive force of …