Mayur Kumar

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6 issues that could pit Donald Trump against the GOP Congress

Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States, and he's got a Republican-controlled House and Senate to pass his every legislative whim.<p>Except, not really.<p>The reality is that Trump's unorthodox candidacy included many unorthodox positions for a Republican — positions voters might have …

The plane that runs on hydrogen and emits only water | CNN Travel

(CNN) — The dream of sustainable air travel is now one step closer to reality, after a team of researchers in Germany flew a plane that emits nothing but water vapor into the atmosphere.<p>The plane runs on fuel cells -- devices producing an electrical current from a supply of hydrogen and oxygen -- …

Aliens on Mars: NASA Captures Mysterious 'Ancient City' on the Red Planet

UFO enthusiasts are claiming that a proof that alien life has existed in the red planet is once again in one of NASA's official photos.<p>According to …

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Lightweight camping gear: how to pack

<b>YOU WINCE AT THE</b> memory of the feeling: the soles of your feet tenderised black and blue, straps cutting into your shoulder blades, your hip belt …

The UK's budget bucket list

Those great, trip-of-a-lifetime adventures – think Grand Canyon, Great Wall of China, or the Galapagos – often tend to be a bit, well, long haul. But, do these destinations, as spectacular as they are, somehow overshadow some of the wonderful places on our own shores? In a word, yes, according to …

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Saying Goodbye to Bruges

I once joined a discussion on a travel forum about Bruges and unintentionally ticked some people off who said you could see Bruges in a day or a day and a half. I suggested close to a week was more like it, and was grossly misinterpreted.<p>They misread me as saying that you should see <i>everything</i> …

Obama Set to Appear on ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

The commander-in-chief is going extreme.<p>President Obama is in Alaska for three days this week in an effort to promote aggressive actions to fight …

The Best Things to Do, See, and Eat in Providence, Rhode Island

Housed in a former bordello, the Dean Hotel keeps things oh-so local with repurposed industrial objects incorporated as design elements from top to …

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 …

The World’s Coolest Bike Tours

These quirky bike trips will have you begging for more vacation days

Photograph: Alamy<p>Fort of Tabernas.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/27/1440696419596/2fa6864e-761b-4c5f-86fa-17939585d999-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Fort of …

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The Top 23 Most Beautiful American Campsites

Photo by Christin Healey, Explorer for The Outbound Collective<p>It's not too late to get that summer camping trip in the books and any one of these 23 campsites would make for an amazing trip. Rally the crew, pack up the car, and head out to sleep under the stars at one of these beautiful American …

"We Quit Our Jobs & Traveled the World for 2 Years to 33 Countries in 302 Places Across 6 Continents"

<i>Welcome to the next interview in our</i> <i>interview peeries</i> <i>where travel bloggers share their insights on having</i> <b>Big Travel with Small Money!</b><p>Miles & Points …

Why Break a World Record?

To make it into Guinness World Records, people have braved extreme conditions, baked any number of jumbo-sized foods, and done extraordinary things to their facial hair. What’s the appeal of being the best at an arbitrary contest?<p>Earlier this week, Stuart Sobeske, a high-school student from …

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Robots, drones and heart-detectors: How disaster technology is saving lives

<i>Watch "Katrina: The Storm that Never Stopped</i>" Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Robots with cameras, microphones and sensors searched for victims stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops. They assessed damage and sent back images from places rescuers couldn't get.<p>It was August 31, 2005, two days …

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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Weather wars: who should be allowed to engineer our climate?

“The big thing nuclear weapons did wasn't all the details,” says Harvard climate scientist David Keith. “The really big thing is, they changed what it means to be a nation-state.” It’s on his mind because as the next century unfolds, Keith expects it to happen again.<p>Scientists usually shy away from …

Beach Mystery: Why Did Dozens of Whales Strand Themselves in the Everglades?

Wildlife officials, scientists and volunteers have been scrambling this week to save dozens of pilot whales that beached themselves in the shallow …

Updated US policy permits accidental bald eagle death via wind turbine

Wind farms that inadvertently kill federally protected bird species, including bald and golden eagles, are getting a reprieve as part of a new permit policy laid out by the Obama administration today. Under the new system, companies with wind farms can kill or injure a number of these birds as long …

Can Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Compete With Electric Cars?

Suddenly, hydrogen fuel-cell cars are back in the news. Headlines have proclaimed a coming battle between plug-in electric cars and the new shining hope, hydrogen-powered vehicles.<p>Three automakers--Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota--will offer fuel-cell cars to consumers by the end of 2015, albeit in …

Air district moves ahead on Newport Beach plan for fire pits

Air quality officials on Friday approved $600,000 for contractors to design and install gas fire rings on public beaches, taking a new step in the fight over hundreds of wood-burning fire pits on Los Angeles and Orange County coast.<p>The South Coast Air Quality Management District will pay two …

N. Hemisphere? Watch for earliest sunsets

The year’s earliest sunset for 40 degrees N. latitude happens around December 7; and in the Southern Hemisphere, the year’s <i>earliest sunrise</i> at 40 …

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A Brief History Of Octopi Taking Over The World

In honor of the totally-not-evil logo for the National Reconnaissance Office's latest space mission.<p>Octopuses, octopi, octopodes: whatever plural form used, the surprisingly smart eight-tentacled underwater cephalopods are a popular symbol of something far-reaching and sinister, both on earth and, …

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational …

Focus on stars Betelgeuse and Rigel

Tonight … look for Orion the Hunter, one of the easiest constellations to identify in the night sky. Many constellations have a single bright star, …

Children could have DNA tested at birth

Jeremy Hunt wants Britain to become the first country in the world to routinely test children's entire DNA at birth to identify diseases<p>Every child in Britain could have their DNA decoded at birth by the NHS to predict their risk of disease, the Health Secretary has predicted.<p>Jeremy Hunt, the …

APOD: Everest Panorama from Mars (2013 Dec 08) Image Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Cornell, JPL, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131208.html Explanation: If you could stand on Mars -- what might you see? Scroll right to find out. The robotic Spirit rover that rolled around Mars from 2004 to 2009 Mars climbed to the top of a hill in 2005 and took a series of images over three days that were then digitally combined into a 360 degree panorama. Spirit was instructed to take images having the same resolution as a human with 20-20 eyesight. The full panoramic result can be found by clicking on the above image and has a level of detail unparalleled in the history of Martian surface photography. The panorama was taken from the pinnacle of Husband Hill and has been dubbed the Everest panorama, in honor of the view from the tallest mountain on Earth. Visible in Gusev Crater are rocks, rusting sand, a Martian sundial, vast plains, nearby peaks, faraway peaks, and sand drifts. In the distance, fast moving dust devils can be seen as slight apparitions of red, green, or blue, the colors of filters used to build up this natural color vista. http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://athena.cornell.edu/ http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03095 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131208 #APOD