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It’s the Guns - The Atlantic

Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.<p>This stark discrepancy is often treated as a baffling fact, requiring some counterintuitive explanation. After today’s massacre in Texas, the state’s …

Guns

The roads least taken in America

U.S. Route 160, Arizona<p>U.S. Route 160 starts in Missouri and runs through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico before reaching its terminus near Tuba …

Hiking

Report: Costly Electric Vehicles Hardly Do Anything To Help The Environment

An in-depth study found that, contrary to widespread belief, zero-emissions vehicles actually increase the amount of pollution that is emitted into …

Electric Vehicles

Why fewer Londoners are taking the tube – an expert explains

For the first time since 2008, the number of people using the world-famous London Underground – locally known as “the tube” – has fallen. After over …

England

‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’

An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks.<p>Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the center-right Washington think tank that has, amid a decade of turmoil inside the Republican Party, remained a sober, respected voice on matters of …

Political Science

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Importing Photos in Lightroom

If you haven't closely examined everything you can do when you import photos in Lightroom, you could be missing the chance to save valuable time in …

Tutorials

Easily Remove Distracting Background Elements From a Photograph In Three Steps

Sometimes a background element distracts from the focus of an image too much, but it can't be avoided in the composition. That's where this video …

Tutorials

Visiting the Languedoc Roussillon Region of France

The Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France is an undiscovered gem filled with a breathtaking coastline, some of France's best cuisine, a rich Medieval …

European Travel

More Simple Secrets to Using the Powerful Curves Tool in Photoshop (VIDEO)

We’ve featured several tutorials on how to use the powerful Curves tool in Photoshop and Shutterbug readers keep asking for more so here’s another …

Tutorials

Google makes it easier to delete the search, browsing and viewing history it keeps on you

Google is making it easier to see the search, browsing and YouTube viewing history it keeps on you, to delete any items you don’t want included, and to stop the company from logging your activity in future …<p>It’s doing this to comply with new European privacy regulations, known as the General Data …

Google

11 Must-See Cities in Spain That Take You Beyond Barcelona

As peak vacation season approaches, many of us are daydreaming of warm weather and a nice glass of something refreshing. If you're looking for an exciting European adventure, where better to head than the land of sangria, sunshine, and sweaty dance halls: Spain!<p>If you've grown tired of marching …

European Travel

These Uber Air ‘Skyport’ concepts look straight out of Star Wars

For both eVTOL and speeder bikes alike<p>If Uber is to get its “flying taxi” service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company’s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six …

Transportation

Everything that scrapping the Iran deal says about Donald Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's exit from the Iran nuclear deal was one of the most significant moments of his presidency -- and cemented a sharp turn in decades of US foreign policy orthodoxy.<p>It also opened a new window into Trump's political soul, showing his willingness to unleash the kind of …

Donald Trump

Are Uber and Lyft helping or hurting public transit?

A new survey examines how ridehailing is impacting transit choices<p>As ridehailing services such as Uber and Lyft continue to grow, their impact on transportation policy, congestion, and the environment have been the subject of much curiosity and research. Can the ease of ridehaiing convince car …

Transportation

This 18-400mm Lens Might Be the Only Lens You Ever Need

A while back, I wrote a feature on some crazy camera lenses that were various levels of amazing, though some of them were downright impractical.But …

Cameras

Nutella celebrates World Password Day with the worst security advice ever

It’s World Password Day today, which means you should probably think about how you’ve secured your online accounts, and how you can ensure that they’re not easily hacked. Following Nutella’s advice on the matter would probably be the worst thing you can do, though.<p>I love Nutella as much as the next …

Information Systems

The Curious, Secret Underground Tunnels in LA

When people think of Los Angeles, they usually think of Hollywood, the beaches and bodegas of Venice or the mansions of Beverly Hills. But there is a …

Beverly Hills

Behavior-Based Design Solutions: How Simple Changes to a Bicycle Crossing Improved Efficiency

Good design takes people's natural behavior into account, rather than forcing unnatural solutions on them. In this example from Amsterdam, we see the …

Cycling

I had no idea this hidden iPhone trick existed, and now it’s one of my favorites

A few months ago I told you about a nifty little iOS trick that may very well keep some iPhone and iPad users from losing their minds. How annoying …

Apps

Apple discontinues its AirPort WiFi routers

The longstanding rumors of Apple exiting the WiFi router market were true: the company is officially discontinuing its AirPort and Time Capsule base stations. An Apple spokesperson told Engadget that the company would continue to provide hardware and software support (such as patching bugs and …

Wi-Fi

Trump Flips Out on NBC's Chuck Todd for Exposing 'Art of the Deal' President as a Lousy Negotiator

Trump positioned himself as the "Art of the Deal" author who is a great businessman and great negotiator. All of that has been proven false.President …

Donald Trump

Inside Rex Tillerson’s Ouster

The last days of his brief and chaotic tenure as Secretary of State.<p>Rex Tillerson’s team was fighting again. “So, who’s going to go in with him?” Margaret Peterlin, his chief of staff, was saying. She looked me up and down with an expression that suggested she’d discovered a pest in the house. We …

Rex Tillerson

Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade.<p>In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and …

How to equip your car for emergencies

Take the junk out of your trunk and put this gear in instead.<p>Summer road trip season is that liberating time when we actually leave the HOV lane and drive farther than Costco. It's also a time when you need to be ready for emergencies on the road in unfamiliar or remote places. Instead of using …

Batteries

The One Router Setting Everyone Should Change (But No One Does)

The vast majority of home Wi-Fi users don't know the first thing about keeping their routers secure, a new survey finds.<p>Eighty-two percent of 2,205 …

Trump's Rush to Confirm Comey's Accusations

The White House teased an elaborate plan to push back on the former FBI director’s book. Instead, the president took to Twitter to validate its central characterizations.<p>As the release of James Comey’s book neared, Republican operatives in Washington began spreading the word: They had a plan to …

Donald Trump

Trump Loyalist: Scott Pruitt Is an Even Bigger Monster Than You Thought

Fresh accusations from Pruitt’s former deputy chief of staff paint him in a very, very bad light.<p>Earlier this month, in the wake of revelations about his pricey travel habits and sweetheart deal on rent courtesy of a high-powered lobbyist, <b>Scott Pruitt</b> sat down with a series of reporters to clear …

Donald Trump

Apple warns macOS users that it will drop support for 32-bit apps

Apple has begun issuing notifications to macOS users that confirm plans to drop support for 32-bit applications.<p>“This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility,” reads the warning users will see when they load a 32-bit app for the first time in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. …

This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of Their Ideas

UrbanFootprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions.<p>When a state senator in California proposed a bill that would require …

Urban Design

Today’s 5 Best Quotes From Freaked-Out Trump Sources, Ranked

The FBI raid on the home and office of Trump fixer and attorney-sort-of-at-law Michael Cohen has predictably triggered President Trump. In addition …

Donald Trump