Maureen McKiernan

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Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Ebola: the race to find a cure

In October, scientists set out to do something unprecedented – conduct a drugs trial during an epidemic to find a treatment for a lethal disease. Could they make history and change the way we deal with outbreaks?<p>The border crossing did not look encouraging. Dense tropical forest spilled over the …

The Non-Judgmental Guide to Getting Seriously Into Tea

My friend Laura is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to a tiny tea shop in a Queens strip mall, where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over China and Taiwan.<p>"I want you to see the amazing teas I keep …

How A Media Star Found Mindfulness After A Meltdown In Front Of 5 Million Viewers

Some of us find mental clarity in quiet solitude. Others do it in front of a television camera.<p>After Dan Harris, then an ambitious rising star at ABC’s news division, was left panting for breath during an on-air panic attack on <i>Good Morning America</i> in front of 5 million viewers, he realized that his …

Clooney, Clinton and useless 'soft outrage'

<b>(CNN) —</b> After the Paris attacks by al Qaeda-aligned Islamic terrorists, much of the world -- even some Muslim world leaders -- seems united in the defense of free speech and freedom of religion.<p>And at the Golden Globes recently, Hollywood declared its aversion to attacks on liberty, mocking North …

Charlie Hebdo

To improve schools, let teachers take over

Walk through a typical public school, and you see students, sitting in rows of identical desks, listening to teachers talk.<p>Unless the teacher is particularly inspiring, half of the students are zoning out. This isn't just a problem for teachers, half of whom leave the profession within their first …

Whimsy Travel: Adventure on a Budget

If returning to the same all-inclusive beach resort each year is your idea of the perfect holiday, then London-based travel startup Whimsy might not be for you. The newly minted web company prides itself on fostering exploration. The site utilizes an algorithm that combines cost savings with macro …

Travel

America’s perfect, self-sustaining terror machine: Why we’re forever doomed to a national security state

Decades after the Cold War, fear of foreign enemies real and imagined still dictates American foreign policy<p>As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the …

10 extraordinary destinations you have probably never heard of

Siberia

Settling down is the scariest part about growing up. But trust me: it beats life on the go

For 30 years, I moved homes as quickly as possible. Then I fell in love – and now I’m loving my lesson in staying put<p>I am a master at leaving.<p>The first time I left home, I was four years old. Without telling anyone or asking permission, I carted all my toys up the stairs to where my grandmother …

Does chilly weather really cause a cold?

Maybe Mom was right all along.<p>Although generations of parents have warned their children that venturing into the cold without a hat will make them sick, scientists have long understood that viruses cause the common cold, and that they can strike in all seasons.<p>Now, however, new research suggests …

Biology

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

How to Take Amazing Vacation Photos With Your Phone

<i>Roberto Trm / Flickr</i><p>There may be no better travel companion than your smartphone. Beyond putting useful information at your fingertips, these devices allow you to take detailed, high-quality images on the fly, often replacing bulky digital SLR cameras. While the smartphone camera's point-and-shoot …

Lowcountry, High Class: Eating Through Charleston in a Weekend

These days, you can't open a magazine without an article heralding Charleston as a must-see culinary destination. Between the perennial appeal of Lowcountry staples like benne wafers, shrimp and grits, and oyster roasts and the highbrow, high-profile chefs like Sean Brock, Mike Lata, and Craig …

National Geographic Travel