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The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

Even a Half-Century Ago, Journalists Were Predicting Detroit Would Go Bust

Longstanding flaws contributed significantly to this week's bankruptcy.<p>Reuters<p>News that Detroit has officially declared bankruptcy inspired me to dig into old newspaper and magazine stories to relive the city's glory years, and perhaps reread the stories of decline I remember from my childhood, …

Everything You Need to Know About Detroit's Bankruptcy

Here's how the Motor City got here, and where bankruptcy could take it<p>Reuters<p>After decades of decline, Detroit is broke. On Thursday, the Motor City filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history on its $18 billion of debt, and faces a future where only one thing is certain: lots of …

Picnic recipe: marinated cucumber and radish salad

This cucumber and radish salad keeps its crunch.<p>With a potato peeler, shave a whole cucumber into strips, working around the seedy core. (I eat the core as a juicy perk.)<p>Thinly slice a bunch of radishes.<p>Mix with a fat pinch each of salt and pepper. Leave to marinate for an hour, then drain away the …

Picnic recipe: potted salmon and shrimps

Potted salmon and shrimps is a retro but delicious picnic recipe.<p>Shrimps are packed with savoury flavours, gorgeous in this chunky salmon pâté. Don’t serve this too cold – it should be spreadable – so unless it is very hot don’t bother putting it in the cold bag. Oat biscuits go well.<p>250g salmon, …

Onion and rapeseed oil focaccia recipe

A tasty focaccia, flavoured with onions and rapeseed oil<p>SERVES<p>Makes 1 loaf<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1 tbsp quick yeast<br>• 600g strong white flour<br>• 1 tsp salt<br>• 1 tbsp caster sugar<br>• 100ml rapeseed oil, plus extra for greasing• <i><br>For the onion topping</i><br>• 4 tbsp rapeseed oil<br>• 3 large onions, sliced<br>• 1 tsp caster sugar<br>• 1 tbsp balsamic …

George W Bush is Wikipedia's most-edited entry

Anarchism, the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus also made the list of the most hotly-contested topics on Wikipedia's English-language edition.<p>Scientists analysed edits made to 10 language editions, including French, Spanish and German to find which entries received the most edits from users.<p>The team from …

How supermarkets get you to spend more in hot weather

Our savvy supermarket shopper column sidesteps the tricks to find the cheapest deals. This week: suntan lotions.<p>The summer holiday season has arrived. Parliament has closed for summer recess, schools are out next week and, for once, we don't have to leave the country to enjoy a sun-filled break.<p>We …

Louis C.K.: The ESQ+A

A conversation with the stand-up and actor (and writer/director/producer) about Louie and failure and money and burgers and Bill Clinton<p><i>Originally published in the June/July 2011 issue</i><p><i>In Louis's Infiniti G35, on the way to get a bite to eat at the Comedy Cellar in New York.</i><p><b>LOUIS C.K.:</b> I love this …

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Chris Rock: The ESQ+A

A conversation about LeBron, Obama, the Tea Party, the Oscars, Eddie Murphy, his new play, and fear<p><i>Originally published in the March 2011 issue</i><p><i>Nick & Toni's Café, Upper West Side, lunch, December 3, 2010.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> <i>Is that your iPad?</i><p><b>CHRIS ROCK:</b> Why would you go anyplace without your iPad? This is …

The Nerdiest Beers You Can Drink

<b>With the geeks of the world converging</b> on San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International this weekend, one local craft brewery thought this was high time to release a beer in collaboration with a geek icon.<p>Enter Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, the brainchild of Stone Brewing Co. co-founder Greg …

The Case of Cuba and the North Korean Ship

Diplomats have long employed disingenuous turns of phrase to avoid conceding inconvenient and sometimes self-evident truths that could compromise or embarrass their nations. While artfulness is preferred, bald-faced lying is also part of the protocol. When the Russian foreign minister, Sergei …

The Easy Profit Game Ends In Smartphones, So Apple Plays A New One

It seems Samsung and Apple at last have something in common. As the Korean giant forecast its profits would be massive, but slightly below expectations, its stock price took a tumble. It appears the industry has crossed through a level some call “peak smartphone” — the point of maximum profit. This …

La directrice adjointe de cabinet de M. Ayrault serait à l'origine de l'interdiction de survol de l’avion de Morales

Selon des informations du "Monde", la directrice-adjointe de cabinet du premier ministre aurait pris la décision d'interdire le survol de l'espace …

Espionnage économique : EADS lancé dans une course de vitesse

Le directeur des opérations d'Airbus, filiale d'EADS, affirme que le groupe européen d'aéronautique est une cible privilégiée de l'espionnage …

Edward Snowden ne croit pas à un « procès juste » aux Etats-Unis

Dans sa lettre de demande d'asile au Nicaragua, l'ex-consultant de la NSA craint de ne pas être traité « de façon convenable avant " un procès …

La NSA travaille « main dans la main » avec les Occidentaux, répète Snowden

Dans une interview publiée dimanche par Der Spiegel, l'ex-consultant de la NSA détaille comment les espions américains travaillent avec leurs …

20 Most Important Restaurants in America

No, we're not talking the fanciest, trendiest, or even the ones with the most stars. These are the places that define how we eat out.<p><b>By Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appᅢᄅtit</b><p>No, we're not talking the fanciest, trendiest, or even the ones with the most stars. These are the places that define how we eat out. …

French Fries

The modern bikini just turned 67! Smithsonian Magazine, sourcing Random History, tells about how it was received in American pop culture at the time: http://s.si.edu/14Uzqcz Photo courtesy of German Federal Archives

Watch A Russian Proton-M Rocket Explode In A Massive Fireball

This is what 600 metric tons of rocket fuel looks like when it explodes.<p>Early this morning, a Proton-M rocket launched by the Russian Federal Space Agency exploded a few seconds after taking off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the launch site for most Russian space launches.<p>The rocket was …

How Slot Machine Sounds Trick Your Brain

Nice music doesn't always mean a real win.<p>When you win a bet on a slot machine, the machine rewards you with a celebratory noise: that electronic string of notes saying, <i>You're a winner! Here is, like, 30 cents, probably.</i> If you <i>lose</i> the bet, there's usually not a noise.<p>But here's the twist: modern …

And America's Unhealthiest Restaurant Meal Is…

A nutritional health lobbying group finds that the actual nutrition facts for some restaurant meals are much worse than the restaurant reports.<p>Like a tale-telling fisherman, fast-seafood restaurant Long John Silver's may have exaggerated the size—and nutritional value—of its fish.<p>The lobbying group …

Reporters Aren't Drawing The Connection Between Climate Change And Wildfires

A Media Matters analysis shows just 4 percent of recent TV reports and 9 percent of print articles mentioned climate change when reporting on wildfires.<p>Climate change is a major contributing factor to wildfires, like the blaze in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters this week. But is that connection …

Would A Human Head Transplant Be Ethical?

A couple professors sound off about the ethics of transplanting one human's head onto another human's body.<p>Two days ago, we reported on a controversial paper by Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canaveri about human head transplants. The paper, entitled "HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project …

Laser Nanosensor Can Detect Bacteria In Minutes

This tiny device could eventually measure tumor cells, too.<p>A new matchbox-sized nanosensor can scan for the presence of bacteria and tell if an antibiotic is effective within a few minutes, rather than the days or weeks that conventional testing methods require.<p>Researchers at EPFL, the Swiss …

How Much Is Your Gmail Worth To A Hacker?

My life on the internet is worth surprisingly little cash.<p>Earlier this year, cyber attacks were listed as America's top security threat. The internet is a dangerous place! While it's one thing to talk about hacking weapons secrets or banks, let's get personal: What about our email accounts?<p>When it …

Space Wind Really Does Exist

We detect a plasmaspheric breeze.<p>More than 20 years ago, researchers proposed the existence of a space wind--a steady flow of charged particles--inside the Earth's magnetosphere, the region of space governed by our magnetic field. After years of theoretical work, Iannis Dandouras, an astrophysicist …

The Weird Way Alcohol Behaves In Space

Quantum tunneling holds a clue for one of the great mysteries of space chemistry.<p>A few years back, scientists discovered a giant cloud of hooch floating around in space. The 288 billion-mile cloud of gaseous methanol, an alcohol present in antifreeze and some moonshine presented a conundrum: How do …