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Milky Way no longer visible to one third of humanity, light pollution atlas shows

Scientists describe ‘cultural loss of unprecedented magnitude’ as global atlas reveals extent of light pollution in the world’s skies<p>It has inspired astronomers, artists, musicians and poets but the Milky Way could become a distant memory for much of humanity, a new global atlas of light pollution …

New CityHub Brand Attempts to Fill Void Between Hostels and Hotels

CityHub is a new hospitality brand that launched in Amsterdam on October 30 with a creative design model aimed at urban travelers seeking clean, …

An important development just happened for this $20 million submarine hotel

Having recently received patent and trademark approval, the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is all set to be constructed in Key West, Florida, after which it will be shipped out on a barge to an as yet undecided location.<p>Access to the structure will be via an elevator, with all rooms boasting Wi-Fi, …

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

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Congress's Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

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The NSA and its allies stole the keys to your phone's security

It's some real Ocean's Eleven s***<p>A new report by <i>The Intercept</i> details a stunning heist made by US and UK spies that has given intelligence agencies the ability to break through the privacy of smartphone communications. The report claims that the NSA and GCHQ successfully hacked the network of …

11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreign travelers

Japan has a unique culture with a very strict code of etiquette.<p>There are specific ways to eat noodles, good practices for accepting gifts, and certain rules to follow to avoid insulting a host.<p>This complex web of social rules and traditions can be overwhelming for those traveling to Japan, so we …

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How Impulsiveness Can Boost Your Creativity

The key may lie in a belief that slightly negative traits have silver linings.<p>Everyone who’s ever prepared for a job interview knows how to turn a personal weakness into a character strength. The flipside of being a little stubborn might be extra persistence. A bit of impatience, properly directed, …

This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

As regular Audiophiliac readers know, I love writing about cost-no-object, high-end audio, but I also have a soft spot for dirt cheap, but decent sounding gear.<p>When I recently reviewed the new small bookshelf speaker from Dayton Audio, the B452 , I couldn't help but be knocked out by their sound. …

The Key to the Best Chicken Fingers Ever

<i>by Matt Duckor</i><p>Photo: Romulo Yanes<p>"Aren't chicken fingers basically just fried chicken?" you might ask.<p>Absolutely not.<p>The chicken fingers of our childhood were glorious sticks of white breast meat, coated in a dubious, yet totally delicious breading that contained who-knew-what but got fried in oil …

Mark Bittman's case for savory food in the morning, and his favorite 15-minute breakfasts

When he isn't running or writing, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is constantly traveling — or eating. Here, the author of "How to Cook Everything Fast" shares his morning routine, and his two go-to 15-minute breakfasts for people in a rush.<p><b>Would you call yourself a morning person?</b><br>I am <i>the</i> …

4 Simple Steaks for Your Pan

Each week, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.<p><i>Today: Your pan called -- it wants to cook you some steak.</i><p>Steaks are often thought of …

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Brilliant Scoop Melts Ice Cream So You'll Never Have To Microwave A Too-Frozen Tub Again

So long to the days of microwaving our ice cream cartons.<p>The act of eating ice cream should <i>never</i> be taxing. It should only be delightful.<p>But when tubs of the sweet stuff come rock solid, anticipatory ice cream eaters are faced with a stressful dilemma: To microwave or to wait and allow the pint to …

9 Very Tricky Ways to Hide Booze

The cat and mouse game between drinkers and the agents of sobriety is an old one, but it's fairly simple.<p>The cat and mouse game between drinkers and the agents of sobriety is an old one, but it's fairly simple. Here's how it works: The agents say "no drinking here," and the drinkers nod politely …

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An Oral History of Burning Man, the Biggest, Weirdest, Most Clothing-Optional Desert Carnival on the Planet | Events

<i>"This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words. And indeed in thought." —T.E. Lawrence,</i> The Seven Pillars of Wisdom<p>It took some convincing to get me to Burning Man, even though—or because—friends couldn’t shut up about it. Their pictures were intriguing, sure, but the camp back then …

Kickstarter has a new king: Coolest, an all-in-one cooler

Back when it introduced its first smartwatch, there's no doubt that Pebble took the crowdfunding world by storm. But, more than two years after Pebble broke <i>and</i> set new records on Kickstarter, a cooler is now doing the same. As of today, Coolest is the most successful Kickstarter ever, at least in …

All The Cakes You Can Make With Just A Box Of Cake Mix And A Bottle Of Soda

It would appear that no cake recipe is as easy to follow as the one printed on the back of a cake mix box.<p>Eggs, butter (or oil), water. Heat, beat, bake. Easy as cake from a box pie.<p>But there <i>is</i> something easier, dear cake-lovers. Swap all but the cake mix for a bottle of soda. As Youtuber Mind Over …

9 Essential Tools for Cooking Vegetables

<i>As home cooks, we rely on our instincts, our knowledge, and our curiosities -- but we also have to rely on our tools. Which is why we're asking the experts about the essential tools we need to make our favorite foods attainable in our own kitchens.</i><p><i>Today: Deborah Madison, produce whisperer and</i> …

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The Essential Techniques That Every Home Cook Should Know

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: We're going back to basics with the essential cooking techniques -- think of this as Cooking 101.</i><p>The problem with cooking basics is that people often …

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7 Fast, Healthy Noodle Dishes to Make Now

Here, seven noodle dishes to try now.<p>First, the bad news: A study suggests that instant noodles might not be so good for you (shocking, we know). The …

How to Buy Bitters for Your Home Bar

We are in a bitters boom.<p>We are in a bitters boom. Everywhere you look there’s a new shiny, tiny bottle of distilled Sriracha bitters or plum blossom …

SoundCloud introduces ads and revenue sharing, as it prepares to launch a subscription service

Audio-sharing platform SoundCloud is introducing ads for the first time ever, in line with launching a new program for its content creators that allows them to make money on the platform.<p>The new creator partner program, On SoundCloud, has three tiers: Partner, Pro and Premier.<p>What’s new and …

Verykool Spark s505 review: Two SIM card slots at a fair price, but that's all - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The Verykool Spark has a thin, stylish design, and at $200 off-contract, it's a great deal.<p><b>The Bad</b> The camera struggles to take clear, well-lit shots.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The Spark is Verykool's best phone yet, but unless you need a dual-SIM phone, don't bother.<p>Visit manufacturer site for …

The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient People | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

People who win in the workplace, school, family life, or any other area of their life have a superb grip on productive living. Time is literally …

Bio-inspired Icebox

Frigido is a radical refrigerator that takes inspiration from our very own cardiovascular system! At the “heart” of the upright, circular design is a …