Astrid Garcia

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A New York State of Mind, California Dreaming, and Caribbean Fever: Weekend Roundup

This week we put our heads together to deliver some intel on a few truly excellent locations; New York, California, and the Caribbean. Before you …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

The 19 Most Beautiful Places In The World Are Hidden In America

Europe is great and Asia is awesome, but the song says <i>America</i> the beautiful.<p>These hidden places prove you don't need to spend big bucks and make a transatlantic trek-- the world's most beautiful wonders have been here all along, right in your American backyard.<p><b>Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone</b> …

Poachers take chunks from California redwoods, put majestic trees at risk

Tree poaching conjures up the lawless Amazon jungle, but America's magnificent redwood forests now face a piecemeal but steady assault by poachers too, California officials say.<p>Thieves are cutting massive chunks from the base of the champion trees, which are the tallest on Earth and are up to 2,000 …

Thailand Earthquake Beheads Buddha Statue And Devastates Wat Rongkhun Temple

Myanmar and parts of northern Thailand were rocked by a strong earthquake on Tuesday that killed one person and hurt several dozen more.<p>Another casualty of the seismic disruption was a huge statue of the Buddha in the Chiang Rai province of Thailand, which was decapitated by the earthquake. Monk …

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Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage

Children under nine years old could be legally married and wives forced to comply with sexual demands under newly tabled legislation described by critics as a setback for women's rights<p>Children in Iraq could be legally married before the age of nine under sweeping legislation tabled on Tuesday that …

LGBTQI

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: America’s Anchors

I thought Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert might be a little nervous to meet with me. I was the real news commentator, after all, and they were the …

NASA discovers new gully on Mars

A NASA spacecraft has spotted a big gully on Mars, a feature that appears to have formed only within the last three years.<p>The powerful HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) imaged the channel, which is found on the slope of a crater wall in the Red Planet's mid-southern …

In Florida, Sprawling Humans Confront the Bears Who Lived There First

Officials are worried about the sharp growth in human-bear interactions—and a vicious attack—in a state where the number of people has tripled. Can …

U.S. Products Made In China Cause An Extra Full Day Of Smog A Year In Los Angeles

In the spring, when the dominant winds carrying over fumes from Chinese smokestacks are particularly strong, sulfate particles produced from China’s …

Pollution

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

57 maps that will challenge what you thought you knew about the world

THERE’S SO MUCH MORE to the world than we can usually glean from a map of a place.<p>Sure, you’ve got the political and topographical maps we’re all …

Maps

What Americans Don't Know About Science

On a recent survey, just 74 percent of Americans said that the Earth revolves around the sun.<p>Every two years, the National Science Foundation releases a report on the state of science in the U.S. and around the world. It includes survey data for how Americans answer basic scientific questions such …

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the first primates to have their genetic makeup altered with the powerful technology which many scientists believe will lead to …

Man Smuggles 40,000 Piranhas

New York man pleads guilty to illegally importing the sharp-toothed fish.<p>Talk about taking a bite out of the Big Apple.<p>On Wednesday a New York City man pleaded guilty to smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas into the city illegally.<p>Joel Rakower, 66, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn for …

No Relief Forecast After One Of California's Driest Years Ever

<b>Listen · 3:11</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>It's a near-perfect morning on Venice Beach in Southern California, temperatures in the 60s, with a breeze. You can hear the waves of the Pacific crash against the sand. Only a layer of clouds mars the scene.<p>Scott and Sue Nolan, visiting from …

The snow leopard, a Sochi Olympics symbol, is near extinction

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are little more than a month away. The mascot for the games is the snow leopard, a symbol selected by the Russian people.<p>Vladimir Putin said the mascot was chosen because it's "strong, powerful, fast and beautiful." It's also close to extinction in …

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Design

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Books

‘Ender’s Game’ movie features surgical robot built at UC Santa Cruz

Raven II is used to simulate brain surgery on one of the main characters.<p>The Raven II surgical robot developed in Jacob Rosen’s Bionics Lab at UC Santa Cruz makes a cameo appearance in the new movie “Ender’s Game,” which opens today (Nov. 1) in theaters across the country.<p>“Ender’s Game,” starring …

10 Useful and Free Android Apps for Photographers

The smartphone is slowly becoming an invaluable tool for a photographer thanks to a growing number of photography apps that make use of its hardware …

Composition in Photography

In this article, I will cover a core concept in photography that is neglected by a surprising amount of photographers. Photography is a wonderful …

Landscape Photography

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Salmonella Shutdown? USDA Threatens Closure Of Major Chicken Plants

<b>Update: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013:</b><p>At 9:00 pm Thursday night, the USDA told us that Foster Farms had submitted and implemented immediate changes to their slaughter and processing systems to allow for continued operation.<p>"FSIS inspectors will verify that these changes are being implemented in a …

Zoo In China Swaps Dog For Lion, Hopes No One Notices

Visitors to a zoo in China got a rude surprise when the lion started barking.<p>Turns out it was no lion, but just a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog — which, for what it's worth, more closely resembles the king of the jungle than does perhaps any other domestic canine.<p>Apparently, …

Samsung announces the Hennessy, a dual-screen, quad-core Android flip phone

When you think of smartphones, the image of a sleek, minimalist slab is probably what comes to mind. But how about a flip phone? Now there’s a form …