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How Airbnb and Its Rivals are Winning Over Hotel Snobs

WE’D PROCRASTINATED in booking a room for a spring visit to Charleston, S.C., and were priced out of the good hotels. So I told my sister we’d Airbnb. Once a sharing-economy platform becomes a widely recognized verb, it has left the realm of trend and become a cultural game-changer. After doubling …

Hospitality

Stunning Footage Shows Just How Much New York City Has Changed In 80 Years

It's like opening up a time capsule.<p>A lot can change in 80 years.<p>A perfectly edited clip from The New Yorker shows a drive through New York City as recorded in the 1930s sharing a split screen with footage of the same locations filmed much more recently.<p><b>Check it out above.</b>

The purpose of life is to be a nobody

We all experience the world like we are at the center of reality.<p>We think and we feel in relation to how our senses absorb information and how this information mingles with our personal memories. The subjective perception created by these interactions provides the illusion of importance.<p>We forget …

Self-improvement

Where to Eat and Drink on a Roof in New York

While sidewalk cafes and restaurant gardens pop up as soon as the temperature rises, rooftop bars also signal the official start of summer. Some of these patios offer stunning views of Midtown Manhattan and Williamsburg, while some offer a perch to enjoy a breeze and a drink before it gets too damn …

'Manphrodisiacs': eight foods that make men better in bed

From tomatoes to turkey breast, Greek yoghurt to goji berries, hundreds of foods are said to increase desire and combat such common sexual problems as tiredness, stress, and depression. But there are several staples that help men considerably more than they do women.<p>So, if you're looking for that …

Nutrition

11 killed at teen birthday party in southern Mexico

The massacre took place during a "quinceanera" coming-of-age celebration in the Mexican state of Guerrero<p>A teenager's 15th birthday party became the scene of a ghastly massacre in southern Mexico where 11 people were fatally shot, officials said on Sunday.<p>The shooting occurred on Friday at a …

How to Attract Good Luck: 4 Secrets Backed by Research

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don’t mean …

Happiness

Take a weed break at work. It's allowed!

At most offices in America, smoking a joint during your lunch break or eating cannabis-laced brownies at your desk would land you in HR.<p>But in some states, not only won't you be punished -- you might be rewarded.<p>Kyle Sherman and Chase Wiseman cofounded Flowhub, which provides software for the …

Cannabis
Cannabis

Detect and Disable an Airbnb's Hidden Wi-Fi Cameras With This Script

Airbnb renters keep finding hidden Wi-Fi cameras watching them without them knowing. If you want to ensure your privacy in a rental, this shell …

Wi-Fi

9 Genius Charts That Let You Skip Cooking Math

Cooking shouldn’t be rocket science -- but when you’re faced with complicated recipes, ingredient substitutions or party-sized portions, it can feel like memorization and math skills stand between you and your best meal yet.<p>We’ve partnered with Campbell’s to bring you calculatingly fun new cooking …

What if South Africa’s richest men gave all their money away?

Bloomberg has created the Robin Hood Index, which looks at the richest men and women in 42 countries – and asks the question: how much could they …

Top 10 Hacking Tools of 2015

Hacking a network or webapp without using any automatic tool is not feasible anymore. But, selection of the right tool is an important job because …

Forensics

11 ways to speed up your Mac

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no sense.<p>Here are some simple, free ways to speed up your Mac.

Mac App Store

The amount of space junk around Earth has hit a 'critical density' — and it could jeopardize our space missions

<b>"We're at what we call a 'critical density' — where there are enough large objects in space that they will collide with one another and create small debris faster than it can be removed,"</b> Kessler recently told Marketplace.<p>For nearly 20 years, Kessler (who was retired until very recently) lead …

Space Exploration

Whitey Bulger’s Enforcer Slams ‘Black Mass’: ‘The Movie Is Pure Fiction’

From 1978-1994, Kevin Weeks served as a member of the Winter Hill Gang, and a close friend, confidant, and henchman to Whitey Bulger. And he says …

Crime

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New York City plans to make computer science mandatory in all public schools

The mayor is proposing a 10-year deadline in order to train enough teachers<p>According to estimates from New York City's Department of Education, only 10 percent of public schools in the Big Apple offer classes in computer science, and just 1 percent of the student population ends up receiving any …

Brazil

South Africa's new human ancestor sparks racial row

"No one will dig old monkey bones to back up a theory that I was once a baboon. Sorry," said Zwelinzima Vavi, former general secretary of the powerful trade union group Cosatu, a faithful ally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).<p>"I am no grandchild of any ape, monkey or baboon -- finish …

South Africa

David Blaine Freaks Out Bryan Cranston, Kanye West, and Will Smith’s Family With an Amazing Ice Pick Trick

On a recent episode of his series, <i>Real or Magic</i>, skilled magician David Blaine freaked out Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston, Kanye West, Woody Harrelson, …

Egyptian Billionaire Contacts Owners To Buy an Island for Refugees

An Egyptian billionaire has contacted the owners of two islands to buy a Greek island to provide housing and jobs for the refugees and migrants that …

A Russian hacker just admitted his role in the largest known data breach the US ever prosecuted

According to prosecutors, 34-year-old Vladimir Drinkman admitted to participating in a "worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers" that "resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses."<p>Drinkman was …

Corruption

37 fraternity members charged in hazing death at New York college

Nineteen-year-old student died from multiple, massive traumas in ‘glass ceiling’ ritual on Pennsylvania trip with members of Pi Delta Psi at Baruch College<p>The death of a 19-year-old student has shone a light on a ritual known as the “glass ceiling” in which young people pledging to join a …

The case for redistributing wealth in America is losing support from 2 demographics

Data has shown that the gap in income between the rich and poor has been increasing and the US is one of the worst developed countries in regards to economic inequality.<p>Politicians, protestors, and the media have increasingly become fixated on these themes of the wealth gap.<p>Despite the increased …

Income Inequality

North Korea warns U.S. it's ready to use nuclear weapons 'any time'

<b>(CNN) —</b> In its latest bout of saber rattling, North Korea says it is ready to use nuclear weapons against the United States and other foes if they pursue "their reckless hostile policy" toward Kim Jong Un's regime.<p>In a statement carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency on …

North Korea

Prepare for the Two Hottest Years on Record, Report Says

This year and next will likely be the hottest on record, new research suggests, the latest sign that a so-called hiatus in global warming has …

The Easiest Way To Get A Better, Smarter Brain

Extraordinary abilities -- from memory to supercharged creativity -- may be within reach for all of us, says neuroscientist Berit Brogaard, PhD, coauthor of the new book <i>The Superhuman Mind</i>. We asked her to tell us more.<p><b>Q: You say ordinary people possess talents they haven't even tapped into. Can</b> …