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The Mighty and Mysterious Mount Mabu

Changing Planet<p>After a long and arduous trip over savannah, across borders and into the forests of Mabu Mountain, we were finally able to begin our search for exotic undiscovered species. In this unique “sky island” forest, the ecosystem is isolated from the surrounding savannah simply because …

Named and shamed: worst battery sapping apps and bloatware

Did someone say poor battery life and resource hogging bloatware? These are all too familiar complaints in the world of Android, so you might be interested in this little collection of the biggest culprits.<p>Anti-virus provider AVG has collected data from a variety of anonymous users, who all agreed …

Apps

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #21

Human Journey<p><b>“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau</b><p>A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he …

Dodge Wins TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Titles, Sends Viper Racing Program Packing Three Days Later

At 1 p.m. Monday, we were on the phone with racer Kuno Wittmer, who on Saturday drove a Dodge SRT Viper GTS-R to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans season driver’s title and team title, to talk about his bright future in 2015 with SRT.<p>At 1:30 p.m. that same day, Kuno Wittmer was out …

Sports Cars

11 things you didn't know about national parks

At first glance, Alaska's Denali National Park is colossal. It's about the size of Vermont—or half the size of Switzerland. The park's main attraction, Mount McKinley, is the tallest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. Even the wild animals that roam the grounds are oversize: hulking grizzly …

Opinion: Why More Inventions Don't Win Nobel Prizes, and Why That's a Good Thing

Even though Alfred Nobel was an inventor, fundamental discoveries have won more Nobel Prizes. And maybe that's OK, a science journalist argues.<p>When Alfred Nobel wrote a will leaving his fortune to underwrite annual prizes for intellectual achievement, he specified that one be given "to the person …

Blood Moon Thrills Sky-Watchers

Changing Planet<p><i>The blood moon passes over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. early Wednesday morning, October 8, 2014.</i><p><b>The moon blushed red for sky-watchers across North America and much of the Pacific region early this morning, offering prime views of a total lunar eclipse.</b> (Video: “Time-Lapse: …

How Fast Would You Need to Go to Beat a Speed Camera?

Speed cameras. If you’re over the posted limit when the shutter clicks, you’re basically toast. How do you get around that problem? You can slow down, obviously, or you can travel fast enough that your license plate isn’t readable by the camera. How fast <i>is</i> that, exactly? Good question—and one that …

License Plates

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Watch a 1000-hp Hennessey Camaro Slay Its Tires

Set to different music and maybe narrated by Susan Sarandon, this video from Hennessey Performance Engineering of one of its modified Chevrolet Camaros could play like a fundraising commercial for needy third-world villages or puppy adoptions. Only for tires.<p><i>“Every five seconds, a pair of rear</i> …

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​AT&T to take on GoGo with in-flight Wi-Fi service

The wireless carrier partners with aerospace leader Honeywell to bring airline passengers a 4G LTE connection.<p>AT&T customers will soon be able to use a 4G LTE data connection midflight, the wireless carrier announced Monday.<p>The company said it hopes to launch a high-speed 4G LTE-based in-flight …

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$1.95M Palo Alto Teardown Transforms Into $6.995M Home

1479 Hamilton<p>Although rather mindboggling, it isn't entirely unusual for rundown houses on prime land in Palo Alto to sell for prices that top $1 million. Just recently, there was the falling apart 2-BR at 202 Emerson that went for $1.6 million and the Depression-era log cabins that brought $1.895 …

10 Cars Wearing Monocles—No More, No Less – Feature

The <i>New York Times</i> has declared that monocles are back in style as a fashion accessory for people; may Burgess Meredith have mercy on all of our souls if that’s true. But because there likely are at least a few hipster nitwits out there actually wearing one, allow us to stand with our colleagues at</i> …

Accessories

Falling for Zion: Hiking Russell Gulch to the Subway

<i>See all our guide to the world’s best hikes and trails.</i><p>Utah’s Zion National Park is a place of immensity; huge sandstone walls tower far above the valley floor, the sheer magnitude is unreal. Alas, tourists and tour buses are the most common sight to be seen here, yet there are places void of this …

Lufthansa Takes the Wrappers Off Its New Premium Economy Cabin

Yesterday Lufthansa took the opportunity at the ITB Berlin travel conference to reveal what Premium Economy class will soon be like for its long-haul …

Market Street, San Francisco

Cadillac’s ELR Ad Is Awesome for Xenophobes, Not Selling Cars – Feature

Cadillac started airing the Cadillac ELR “Poolside” spot way back during the Winter Olympics—was that really just last month—and the debate over this polarizing commercial has only gotten hotter. So which is it, brilliant or despicable? That depends entirely on what you believe is being …

Selling
Travel

Know Before You Go: Paris

If Paris is a croissant, crafted with immeasurable pride, kneaded by the hands of many, some visitors only get a taste of the flaky exterior. Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend or coming back for more, here’s a quick primer on getting to, from, and around this iconic city with ease.<p><b>>> When</b> …

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National Geographic Travel

Hennessey Venom GT Does 270.49 mph, Claims World Record

John Hennessey’s beef with Bugatti won’t be over until someone dies trying. We hope it doesn’t come to that, but the Texas tuner’s latest stunt—a clocked 270.49 mph on the Kennedy Space Center runway—is taking production-car speed records to unchartered territory.<p>With the space shuttle grounded, …

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