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5 'Cultural Experiences' That Are Not Worth Having

I've learned that a lot of cultural experiences are complete bulls**t. A lot of the time they're tourists traps, at best an inside joke among the locals at tourists' expense, while others are simply not worth the time, or are unsafe, or are reprehensible. Here are 5.<p><b>1. The Mona Lisa</b><p>Honestly, I …

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Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail

There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. Here are <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine’s top five ways to get on board.<p>1. The Ghan, Australia: the luxury rail ride<p>The Australian outback is a place that’s hard to grasp: a vast, ill-defined area mapped by Aboriginal people not on paper …

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18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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A Lesson From Cambodia: Never Underestimate Your Resilience

I’ve just returned from a trip to Cambodia with my family. In between lots of fun and adventurous new ‘firsts’ (“Crispy fried crickets anyone?”), I had many encounters that reminded me just how resilient the human spirit can be.<p>While in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, I visited the infamous S21 – …

Big bang theory: how dinosaurs had sex

<b>DINOSAURS WERE THE LARGEST</b> animals to ever walk Earth, and they ruled the planet for more than 160 million years. The long-necked <i>Argentinosaurus</i>, …

Tennis Star Agnieszka Radwanska Dropped From Her Church Group After Posing Nude In The 'Body Issue'

The church group decided that Radwanska's appearance in the magazine was "immoral behavior" and severed its relationship with the tennis star.<p>Senior Catholic priest Father Marek Dziewiecki told the Telegraph:<p>"It's a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the …

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What It's Like Behind Bars for Aaron Hernandez

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Switching from the lavish lifestyle of a well-paid NFL player to the hard-line existence of a …

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Mike Miller Amnestied by Miami Heat

Mike Miller's postseason return to relevance won't save him from the NBA's amnesty period for a second straight season.<p><b>UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 5:11 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford</b><p>ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported the latest on Miller's status:<p><i>---End of update---</i><p><b>UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m. ET</b> …

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Fan Runs on Field at 2013 MLB All-Star Game, Plans Everything on Twitter

The most entertaining play of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game didn't air on your television.<p>With the Fox cameras turned away and radio broadcasters delving into baseball-related topics, a Citi Field security guard executed the perfect tackle on an attention-seeking fan.<p>As it turns out, Dylan Masone's …

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Next-Gen iPhone Production Kicks Into Gear; Will There Be a Mid-Tier iPhone, Too?

Martin Hajek<p>Apple is ramping up production of its next-generation iPhone ahead of an expected fall introduction that could include a second, …

On the 30th anniversary of Nintendo’s iconic console, the company is facing an existential crisis

On Monday, the original Nintendo game console turned 30, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely that the company that made it will last another 30 years.<p>Nintendo’s issues are many. The company took losses in its last two fiscal years despite maintaining revenue—mostly because of a strong yen, says …

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Phone out of juice? Scientists want to recharge it with urine

It's a liquid gold rush! Scientists find yet another way to power our smartphones (and other devices) with pee.<p>Gotta pee? In the future, you might think twice before you flush that valuable power source down an ordinary drain. Scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the U.K. figured out a new …

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Xbox One games can be played while they download, confirms Microsoft

One of the major selling points of the PlayStation 4 was how easy it would be to jump right into a game. Just surf the online PlayStation Store for your title of choice, and immediately begin playing. Now, it looks like that advantage might be moot: Microsoft says its Xbox One can perform the same …

Voice of America could air in the US as anti-propaganda law is dropped

The United States government operates an entire network of broadcasters that distribute news in languages from English to Uzbek, but an "anti-propaganda" law has prevented their news from being aired domestically — until now. Earlier this month a legal change went into effect that many are worried …

UK to test self-driving cars on public roads this year

Driverless cars will soon be rolling across the UK's public roadways, thanks to a government decision to permit tests by the end of 2013, reports BBC News. A report from the country’s Department of Transport gives a rundown of the plans, which it believes will lower congestion and improve safety — …

For First Time, Astronomers Read Exoplanet's Color

Astronomers have determined that an alien planet is blue like Earth.<p><b>A giant gaseous planet that's orbiting a star 63 light-years away is a deep cobalt blue that's reminiscent of Earth's color as seen from space, scientists say, marking the first time an exoplanet's true color has been …

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range hits Australia

Samsung has launched 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablets today, expected to hit Australian shelves "soon". And the prices are aggressively …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review: Sporty, splashy fun, but not truly rugged - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Samsung's Galaxy S4</b> Active has a sporty design, takes strong daylight photos, and delivers the majority of Android 4.2 features. It also has a great speakerphone.<p><b>The Bad</b> Aqua mode is fixed focus, the S4 Active takes weak low light shots, and the phone isn't as durable as its name suggests. …

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HTC One Mini shows up as 601e in Chinese certification database

Why hello again, One Mini! While HTC has yet to make this metallic 4.3-inch phone official, the closest thing we have right now is this certification in China's TENAA database. What's new is the "601e" model name, which positions it in a similar tier as the other slightly bigger 600 series devices …

Google Maps 2.0 Hits the App Store, With iPad Support, Indoor Maps, Enhanced Navigation & More

Following last week’s official announcement, Google Maps 2.0 has now officially launched on the iOS App Store – a major updating bringing official …

Dry in a Jiffy

Continuing Dyson’s legacy of unlikely innovations, the Traveldryer utilizes the same digital pulse technology in a super-compact unit with a …

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Salt Shaker With A Difference

Most of us are guilty of sprinkling generous amounts of salt over our food, especially when we have intake restrictions. Mamma is a saltshaker with a …

DuPont Corian Solid Surfaces Will Offer Wireless Charging Solutions for Smartphones and Tablets

DuPont Building Innovations has teamed up with Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to bring you wireless charging solution for your gadgets (smartphones and …

Hexahedron Watch Features Unique 3D Snake Illustration to Tell Time

<b>Hexahedron watch design</b> was based on the older version of Peter Fletcher’s watch called Anacube. Anacube design utilizes 3 faces of a cube in …