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Listen to one of the best short science fiction podcasts right now

Clarkesworld Magazine is one of the most acclaimed outlets for short science fiction and fantasy stories<p>Audiobooks are in the midst of a boom. Last June, the Audio Publishers Association reported that the field grew a whopping 34 percent between 2015 and 2016, and by all accounts, that growth is …

Science Fiction

Sprint: 5G will be 15 times faster than 4G, and T-Mobile merger will slash prices

Prior to the announcement of Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile, now-outgoing CEO Marcelo Claure told customers to expect higher 5G prices, and T-Mobile downplayed expectations for its initial 5G speeds. But Sprint’s new president and incoming CEO Michel Combes had some good news to share this week: …

T-Mobile

These Are the 25 Most Breathtaking Hikes in US National Parks

From hikes across ancient glaciers to lush rainforest treks, these are the 25 most beautiful U.S. national park hikes.<p>Sure, with 60 National Parks …

Hiking

The $4 Billion Baha Mar Resort Is a Cacophony of Hospitality

From a balcony at the six-month-old SLS hotel in the Bahamas, there’s an expansive view of the main grounds of the Baha Mar resort: Clusters of …

Soundtracks

American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone

As younger generations become more racially diverse, many states are allocating fewer tax dollars to public colleges and universities.<p>Drawing almost no attention, the nation crossed an ominous milestone last year that threatens more economic polarization and social division: For the first time, …

Higher Education

Best and Most Scenic Summer Road Trips for 2018

There's nothing quite like taking to the open highway in the summer in America. After all, the U.S. was built on epic cross-country treks.<p>Get steeped …

National Parks

Best Trips to Take After Retirement

Blue Ridge Parkway<p>Billed as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the spectacular 469-mile drive joins Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great Smoky …

National Parks

Plover lets you share files between any devices over Wi-Fi, AirDrop-style

Apple’s AirDrop service is great for beaming files between your iOS and Mac devices over Wi-Fi – but it sadly doesn’t work with other platforms. Thankfully, a bunch of young developers have built a handy tool to make it just as easy to transfer files over your local network, using anything that has …

Is Your Computer Slow? Here's How to Check if It's Being Used by Cryptominers

And how to stop it, too.<p>Good news - virtually all traditional types of malware declined in the last few months.<p>Not so good - mainly because hackers …

Malware

Science Has Found a Drug-Free Way to Unlock Lucid Dreaming

Try this at home.<p>In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as <i>milam</i> aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having …

Once you learn these 5 brutal truths about life, you’ll be a much better person (according to Buddhism)

Life is no picnic. All too often, we have to overcome obstacles in order to survive.<p>Sometimes we try to deny these obstacles because they’re too …

Animatron lets you create awesome videos with little know-how

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access to this animation studio for $49.99.<p>When you have something to sell or a message to get across, video is your friend. Animatron Studio Pro is an innovative platform that lets you create captivating animations without any special design skills. Used by the likes of …

Infographics

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Every month, NPR Music asks DJs from public radio stations across the country: What song can you not get out of your head? Each time, we end up with a collection of new tunes and local favorites that's as varied as you can imagine.<p>For this month's playlist, we consulted with friends as far-flung as …

New Albums

Disconnect will protect your privacy on public Wi-Fi during your travels this Spring

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime tracker blocking and VPN protection for $49.<p>As the latest Facebook revelations hit the headlines, many of us are starting to think more carefully about digital privacy. Disconnect is a service that helps you block online trackers and stay anonymous, thanks to built-in VPN …

Information Systems

The Best State Parks in the USA

Are you looking for more ways to get outside this year? As of 2014, there were 10,234 state parks in the United States, and the number grows larger …

Hiking

Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Google knows where you’ve been<p>Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You …

Privacy

5 of the Best Washington RV Parks

Washington has long been a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts from across North America. This Pacific Northwest paradise houses a ton of options for RVers …

Download and protect your Facebook data in just a few clicks

You can't put the genie back in the bottle but you can know what they know about you.<p>The Facebook privacy scandal has users demanding to see how much the social media giant knows about them and how they can limit the amount of data they're giving out.<p>The bad news is that your data may already be …

Apps

I Found Out Everything Facebook Knows About Me — And You Can Too

Prepare to be horrified.<p>Cambridge Analytica, the political research firm recently accused of accessing Facebook users’ information without telling …

Cambridge Analytica

Fox News analyst quits, rips network as a “propaganda machine” in letter to colleagues

He signed off: “As our president’s favorite world leader would say, ‘Das vidanya’” — Russian for “goodbye.”<p>A Fox News analyst quit in a scathing letter that accused the network of degenerating into “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”<p>Retired Lt. Col. …

How to opt out of Facebook’s Platform data sharing

You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it. But Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user …

The Last Temptation

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory<p>One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent …

Religion

This Is the Absolute Best International Airline Now

Plus winners for every region.<p>Heading overseas? In most cases, you can expect to be stuck in your seat for far longer than you’d like; you may well …

Incest, a Murdered Love Child, and Endless Gold: Inside Madrid's Most Lavish Gilded Age Palace

The Marqués de Linares and his bride scandalized 19th century Madrid with their ostentatious spending on a bling-bedecked mansion that's boggled …

50 Most Beautiful Highway Drives in America

With spring on the horizon, now is the time to begin planning your next road trip, keeping in mind that the journey is more important than the …

10 great hidden-gem parks and campgrounds

As spring approaches, popular campgrounds across the country are already selling out with travelers making reservations months in advance. But some equally wonderful sites seem to always have room, says Jessie Johnson and Matt Schneider, authors of <i>North Carolina Adventure Weekends</i> (Menasha Ridge, …

National Parks

Stressed? Here's how to tap into a zen feeling (almost) instantly

With just a little practice, you can feel at 'om' almost anywhere, at any time.<p>It’s common knowledge that today’s stressors are many. According to a report from the American Psychological Association (APA), American stress levels are rising for the first time in 10 years. Also common knowledge: …

Meditation

10 ways to fix your home Wi-Fi problems

When Wi-Fi slows down, so does our entire life. Our email and browsers stop loading. Our streaming movies freeze. Alexa stops responding. Our phones revert to data plans. Everything buffers at the same time, ruining the momentum of your routine.<p>There are plenty of reasons your Wi-Fi keeps slowing …

Wi-Fi

5 Apps That Should Terrify Every Parent, According To Experts

If you see these on your teen's phone, it's time for a talk.<p>The internet can be a cesspool of danger for some teenagers, says Sedgrid Lewis, an internet safety expert who blogs under the moniker Spy Parent. Some of the apps that teens favor can expose them to predators and encourage them to engage …

Social Media

10 best budget vacations for spring

<b>(CNN) —</b> Smart travelers know that there's no time like the present to visit brag-worthy beaches and celebrated cities -- for a fraction of what the crowds will be paying in the summer travel season.<p>From the shores of the Atlantic to party towns such as Vegas and NOLA, we've got stylish steals at …

Myrtle Beach