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The Week in Review: El Capitan Conquered

On Wednesday, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first individuals to reach the summit of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, a vertical rock in …

Climbing

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Hiking

Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved

A new paper outlines five steps required for a virus to ‘spill over’ from bats to humans. But don’t just blame the bats—deforestation and hunting are …

Billionaires Are Reportedly Paying $4,000 For A Titanium Toothbrush

If you've ever dreamt of brushing your teeth with a gold toothbrush, a titanium toothbrush is probably the next-best thing.<p>Retailing for $4,200, the Reinast Luxury Toothbrush is the most expensive toothbrush on earth.<p>And it's not even electric.<p>So what makes it so special? The company claims that …

9 Maps That Show How Americans Speak In Different Regions

American English dialects and pronunciation have been a point of interest from coast to coast among linguists for years.<p>In 1999, the Harvard Dialect Survey, a research project conducted by Professor Bert Vaux, used a series of questions, to collect information about what terms, word pairs and …

Prudential: The Curious Secrets of a Long Life (Kind of)

The happy story of my transgender coming-out

Like Chelsea Manning, I transitioned to being a woman. I feared judgment, but I found acceptance and joy instead<p>I was born into a loving, suburban, upper-middle class family. My dad worked in the insurance industry and coached Little League while my mom stayed home with my brother, sister and me. …

Owner of John Lennon's tooth hopes to clone the late Beatle - TODAY.com

Today<p>John Lennon, flashing a toothy grin in 1967.<p>The dentist who purchased John Lennon's rotten molar for $31,000 at a 2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: He's getting it genetically sequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980.<p>Seriously. Dr. Michael Zuk has started up a …

How A Model Figured Out Childhood Obesity

Forget for a moment the fervid medievalesque world of miracle diets and deadly foods; Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop, literal and metaphorical; the “trap” of “calorific salads;” how quinoa saved Bill Clinton’s life; and the pea protein concentrate that supposedly powered Novak Djokovic to the top in …