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Costa Rica - Logistics and Itinerary

In early March 2018 my fellow patch-worker Bob V and I spent an <i>entire week</i> in Costa Rica. This is by far and away the longest bird trip I have ever …

Central America
Climate

10 Adventure-packed Birding Destinations

If you ever snorkeled in the Florida Keys, mountain biked in southern Arizona, or kayaked around the San Juan islands, you might have forgotten to …

7 simple ways to save money online

You probably remember that problem from high school math class: If you saved $5 a day and invested it at a nominal interest rate, you’d make $147,000 after 35 years. The point your math teacher was trying to make was that little amounts add up.<p>But you don’t have to stick a $5 bill in a jar. The …

Making brown rice? Don't follow the instructions on the box

When I was a kid, brown rice felt like punishment. Like the ever-increasing amount of whole wheat flour that would appear in my mom’s pancakes and waffles, brown rice with dinner felt like we had done something really wrong.<p>My mom would always scorch it, informing us that, in other parts of the …

Scholars team up to dispel 400-year-old 'fake news' about US

Leading scholars from around the globe are teaming up to shed more light on how America got its start.<p>Nineteen prominent museums and historical societies from the U.S. and Europe that specialize in the 17th century have formed New England Beginnings .<p>The group is using mobile phone apps, searchable …

Ryder Cup 2016: Tom Brady, Michael Phelps show out for U.S. team

The stars are out for the United States this week at Hazeltine<p>The United States Ryder Cup team has an entire country behind it this week, and that …

How a retired university professor outperforms the market

<b>David Stanley</b><p><b>Occupation</b><p>Retired university professor<p><b>The portfolio</b><p>Includes about 30 blue-chip, dividend stocks – the two largest positions being Enbridge Inc. and Toronto-Dominion Bank<p><b>The investor</b><p>David Stanley's schedule has been full since he took early retirement in 1995. Currently, he is in the …

Investing

Alzheimer's: New drug that halts mental decline is 'best news for dementia in 25 years'

The first drug that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease is finally on the horizon after scientists proved they can clear the sticky plaques from the brain which cause dementia and halt mental decline.<p>Hailed as the "best news" in dementia research for 25 years, the breakthrough is said to be a potential …

Make Your Plans Now for 2017's Total Solar Eclipse

Sunday marks exactly one year before what will be the easiest total solar eclipse ever to travel to and witness. And if you've never seen one before, …

Solar Eclipse

After Getting Hate for Pro-Cop Comments, Charles Barkley Hits Back With a Million-Dollar Question

Former NBA star Charles Barkley has never been shy about either his political beliefs or his thoughts about what the 'black community' should do in …

Black Culture

Sheriff David Clarke: My message for America’s black community – It’s time to leave the Democratic Party

The Democrat National Convention seems to be mirroring for the American people exactly the kind of disarray and contempt for truth, laws, and order that progressive policies will continue wreak on the country, if given the chance to lead.<p>It’s difficult to imagine how this party’s Philadelphia party …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 5 Simple Things Every Day

Is it possible to improve your happiness simply by doing these things for only two minutes per day? Yes, says a Harvard-trained happiness researcher and best-selling author.<p>Can you improve your happiness simply by breathing for two minutes a day? Apparently so, says Shawn Achor, Harvard-trained …

Happiness

Piers Morgan Says People Should Start Listening to Trump on Terror Following Brussels Attack

Noted commentator Piers Morgan says people should start “listening seriously” to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump when it comes to …

Donald Trump

Here's what billionaire Donald Trump's office looks like

Republican presidential hopeful and billionaire businessman Donald Trump works in an office on the 25th floor of the 68-story Trump Tower, overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.<p>Trump told The Wall Street Journal's Monica Langley that his daily routine is to wake up at 5 a.m., read and watch the …

Donald Trump

Mesmerizing Migration: Watch 118 Bird Species Migrate Across a Map of the Western Hemisphere

For the first time, scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have documented migratory movements of bird populations spanning the entire year for …

Is bacon dangerous? The science behind food trends

Is fat really bad for you? Should we consume less salt? And what’s wrong with gluten, anyway? A science writer and a consultant cardiologist separate fact from fiction<p><b>The great diet food con</b><p>Have you ever wondered why people on diets seem to be on and off them forever? Or why it’s really only people …

Nutrition

Amazon Sweetens Prime Membership With Automatic 20% Off New Video Game Releases

It’s pretty wild to think that once upon a time, <b>Amazon Prime’s</b> central feature was basically free two-day shipping. Today Amazon offers Prime Instant Video (its own Netflix-style streaming service), Prime Music (an all-you-can-consume music streaming service), unlimited photo storage, a Kindle …

Shopping

Texas Governor Proposes Nine Amendments To The U.S. Constitution

"Now it is Texas's turn," Gov. Greg Abbott writes, proposing an amendment that would allow a two-third vote of the states to overrule Supreme Court decisions.<p>Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is going big in the new year — calling for the states to come together to add nine amendments to the United States …

Greg Abbott

Apple's 25 Best iPhone Apps of the Year

Klodjana Dervishi<p>Jun Imaizumi<p>Francis Olarte<p>Kinyat Chan<p>Gayle Tan<p>Dan Carr<p>Klodjana Dervishi<p>James Bogue<p>David Kalonick<p>Brendan Ó Se<p>Chris Cotter<p>Pei …

Hong Kong

Best free iPad games 2018

So you've got an iPad, but have come to the dawning realisation that you've got no cash left to buy any games for it.<p>Have no fear, because the App …

Stranger Things

A Harvard scientist who's studied coffee for 20 years explains why the drink is amazing

Dr. Frank Hu just finished a 20-year study on the effects of coffee on the human body. People who drink more coffee it turns out, live longer.<p>Specifically, Hu's study found that coffee-drinkers have lower risks of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as suicide.<p>The research began …

Coffee

The right drones for everyone this holiday season

There’s a buzz in the air: The mad rush for holiday shopping is just around the corner. According to the US government, Americans will give up to 1 million drones as presents this holiday season, making them one of the hottest gifts not made by Lego or Apple. Quartz has compiled a list of some of …

Drones

Best iPad apps 2018: download these now

The best iPad apps<p>It's the apps that really set iOS apart from other platforms - there are higher quality apps available on the App Store for the …

Apps

The Secrets in Greenland’s Ice Sheet

At one point several hundred thousand years ago, snow began falling over the center of the earth’s largest island. The snow did not melt, and in the years that followed, storms brought even more. All around Greenland, the arctic temperatures remained low enough for the snow to last past spring and …

Sea Level

Sweetener in gum is causing surge in accidental dog poisonings

Tonia Cox had no idea that a sweetener in sugarless chewing gum could nearly kill Murphy Jo, her family’s dog.<p>Ms. Cox, of Charlotte, N.C., came home to find that the labradoodle had knocked her son’s Ice Breakers gum off the counter and ingested about 20 pieces. The dog began vomiting and later …

How One NFL Franchise Is Helping Nursing Moms

Attending Vikings home games just got a little bit easier for nursing moms.<p>On Oct. 18, the Minnesota Vikings became the first NFL team to offer designated in-stadium spaces for nursing moms who wish to pump or breastfeed in private. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony before their home game against the …

The enigma behind America’s freak, 20-year lobster boom

Drizzled in butter or slathered in mayo—or heaped atop 100% all-natural Angus beef, perhaps? The question of how you like your lobster roll is no longer the sole province of foodies, coastal New Englanders, and people who summer in Maine. American lobster has gone mainstream, launching food trucks …

New England

Potter Marsh – A Year of Birding an Anchorage Hotspot

Potter Marsh is one of the best known places to go birding in Anchorage. The mostly shallow wetland was created by damming an estuary in 1917 and has …

Birds

How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

On the way to his son's baseball game on Long Island, sports writer J.R. Gamble tells me that his son, J.C., is quite a ball player.<p>"I have a lot of clips and highlights that I show people of him doing amazing things — jumping over catches, hitting balls right-handed, hitting balls left-handed," …

Serena Williams