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Here's What Happens When An Amoeba 'Eats' The Brain

Last week, nine-year-old Hally Yust died after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba infection while swimming near her family’s home in Kansas.<p>The organism responsible, <i>Naegleria fowleri,</i> dwells in warm freshwater lakes and rivers and usually targets children and young adults. Once in the brain it …

15 of the most haunted places in the world [pics]

WHILE I’M NOT MUCH OF A BELIEVER in the paranormal, I’m a big enough crybaby that the mere thought that I <i>could</i> have it wrong keeps me far away from …

Europe's hottest place to freeze

Embrace Finland’s cool climate with its signature pastimes of ice hockey and skiing, or escape the cold in one of the nation’s ubiquitous saunas.

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Where to Go Next in Europe

Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe – London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. …

Too Broke to Travel? This Agency Sends Your Stuffed Animals on Vacation

If your wallet is a little too light to take that holiday vacation, a new service is offering an inexpensive way to live your travel life vicariously... through your stuffed animals. Just don't blame them if your toys would rather visit the Cabbage Patch Kids headquarters instead of Las Vegas.<p>The …

10 Terrifying Bridges You Need to See to Believe

If you suffer from gephyrophobia (fear of bridges), click away now. From bridges so frightening that people will pay someone else to drive their car across to bridges that are just plain dangerous, these 10 bridges are the world's scariest. Are you brave enough to make it to the end of this</b> …

How to Trim Your Toiletries Kit

Is it normal to be jealous of a toiletries kit? I once felt pangs of dopp-kit envy when I caught a glimpse of a fellow traveler's perfectly organized toiletries bag, filled with little labeled bottles and just the right amounts of everything. As a consequence, I endeavored to unearth the secrets of …

Why you should stay put when you travel

I get asked about Japan all the time. I’m far from an expert on the culture, but I spent two years living there, working two different jobs, getting …

Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

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Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in November

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in November:</b><p>Do your ears — and stomach — a favor and go whole hog at the <b>Music to Your Mouth Festival</b> (November 19-24) near <b>Hilton Head</b><b>, South Carolina</b>. Experience a …

Travel Quote of the Week: On Unknown Lands

Who doesn’t love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel …

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iPhone 5c Was Always Planned as Mid-Tier, Not Low-End, Says Cook

Is the price of Apple’s new iPhone 5c too high for the market for which it was intended?<p>Not according to CEO Tim Cook, who said the device isn’t …

Second Google barge sighted: What could they be?

Not one but two secret floating barges have now been tied to Google, but what could they be?<p>In the past week, the Mountain View, Calif., tech giant was linked to a company that has leased out a hangar in the middle of San Francisco Bay where it is building a mysterious structure behind tight …

Shattering sunroofs: Audi latest to issue a recall

Sunroofs are intended to give you a clear view of the heavens above without the hassle – or cost – of buying a convertible. But few owners are likely to anticipate the problems that have so far snared at least three automakers, according to reports on file with the National Highway Traffic Safety …

Nigeria’s economy is about to grow 40% in one day

South Africa could be ousted as Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy when Nigeria publishes its revised GDP figures in December. By using more up-to-date economic data, Nigera’s GDP is expected to show a 40% increase.<p>Since last year, government workers have been traversing the country in order to …

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Swaddling babies can cause them hip problems, doctors warn

The practice of swaddling babies, which has become fashionable as a way to calm them, risks causing them hip problems as they grow, doctors warn.<p>Parents have been turning to the old-fashioned practice in order to settle their babies and help them sleep better. Swaddling, which involves wrapping the …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You're on Amazon.com. You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are …

US drone strike in Somalia kills top al-Shabaab explosives expert

A US drone strike in Somalia has killed two senior members of the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, including its top explosives expert, officials and residents have said.<p>The strike is a further sign of intensifying US military intervention against the al-Qaida affiliate in the wake of …

WhatsApps Shows BlackBerry The Mountain That Needs To Be Climbed

Yes, the 10 million downloads of the Blackberry Messenger app (BBM) on Android and iOS was impressive, but the announcement at Nokia World 2013 by WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum shows that the Canadian messaging platform has a long way to go before it can be considered significant in the modern market.<p>With …

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

The 10 Best Buys in 2014 Motorcycles

The colder weather might signal the end of the riding season in many parts of the country, but that's no reason to stop hunting for your next bike. Many of the 2014 motorcycles have already hit dealer lotsand there are plenty of bargains no matter w<p>The colder weather might signal the end of the …