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What It’s Really Like to Learn a Language With an App

Spoiler: Instant fluency is only a fool’s hope.<p>Paris is the City of Love and the City of Light, but is it a city where newbies should attempt to …

Journalist Spends Four Years Documenting India's Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before They Disappear

Tucked away on quiet streets far from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist attractions, in between the spectacular palaces, temples, and tombs that appear on the covers of guidebooks, an entire category of Indian architecture has faded into obscurity and historical obsolescence. Called …

How Converting My DSLR to Infrared Made Me Fall In Love with Trees

My name is Luka Gorjup, and I’m a 29-year-old photographer who was born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia — you know, that tiny beautiful country in …

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10 Essential Family Travel Hacks

Having kids definitely slowed my husband and me down. When you've got a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, it's can be hard to get to the grocery store--forget horseback riding in Patagonia or partying all night on a houseboat in Paris. Still, we've managed to keep traveling without resorting to, um, …

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Fighting the Second Skeleton

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is an incredibly rare disease, striking just one out of every two million people. It’s also an incredibly astonishing disease. A single mutation to a single gene causes muscles to spontaneously turn into new bones. Over time, people with fibrodysplasia …

Polaroid Snap: A New 10MP Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid today announced its new 10-megapixel Polaroid Snap instant digital camera, which the brand calls “the perfect blend of nostalgic Polaroid …

The Burning Man Temple Project, LLC

This startup’s exit isn’t an IPO, it’s a pyre. A really big pyre.<p>Imagine walking into an investor meeting and saying, “I need funding for my $300,000 project–but oh, by the way, when we’re done with our startup, we’re going to burn our product to the ground.” Then imagine having the same …

21 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Mondays Suck Less

Because Mondays really don't have to be so awful.

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The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

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The Intriguing History of 1930s Baby Cages

Yes, that is an infant dangling out a window.<p>You probably remember your mom being a little more freewheeling about child safety than today's young parents are. Perhaps you roamed aimlessly around the neighborhood until dinner, or rode in a not-so-secure carseat (or, if you were really lucky, a …

27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

Verizon's Hum can turn your '97 Stratus into a connected car

If you want in on the connected car action but your vehicle is nearly as old as the internet, Verizon's new Hum service may help. It's a $15 per month plan that includes an iOS or Android smartphone app and CDMA-enabled hardware that plugs into an OBD-II port, something all 1996 and newer vehicles …

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Best of the Bunch: What to Look for When Buying Fresh Radishes

<i>One of the best parts about our test kitchen manager, Brad Leone's, job is his weekly trip to the farmers' market. It's his responsibility to supply the kitchen with ripe produce, protein, and pantry staples year-round. In the summer, when the farms are cranking out the good stuff, Brad is like a</i> …

Amazing Places You Can Stay Around The World For Less Than $50 A Night

You live to travel. But damn, it's expensive. And since you'll probably bust your budget on overpriced airfare and some kind of Fiat rental, that doesn't leave much to spare for a killer suite.<p>Thankfully, there are places all around the world you can stay for about $50 a night. We've rounded up the …

How To Keep Tomatoes Fresh For Longer

By Leslie Stephens<p>This trick -- which only takes 5 minutes -- may be the answer to avoiding refrigerator-chilled, flavorless tomatoes.<p>More: How to keep tomatoes fresh for longer<p>A few weeks ago, when our Test Kitchen Manager Derek was doling out tomatoes that wouldn't survive the weekend in the …

Flamethrowers spark Second Amendment debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> The debate over the Second Amendment has gone up in flames in Michigan.<p>The City Council of Warren, a suburb of Detroit, is debating an ordinance that would ban the assembly, storage and use of -- flamethrowers?<p>Yep, flamethrowers.<p>Resident Chris Byars figured people had seen flamethrowers in …

The Science of Six Degrees of Separation

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OneRX helps you find where to get the lowest-priced prescription medication

While most insurance providers offer tools to help you calculate your prescription medication costs, the websites or apps are often poorly designed and difficult to use on the go.<p>OneRX, a new app for iOS and Android that launched this month, wants to simplify the search by helping you compare …

5 easy ways to take a digital detox

Travelers thrive on being connected to the world. It’s in our nature to want to meet new people, experience different cultures and places—and share …

Of Course There’s an Airbnb For RV Rentals

The great American road trip is the stuff of mythology, and now it’s just gotten a little bit easier—if you have RV travel in mind. Outdoorsy is a …

Portraits of People Camping in Walmart Parking Lots

<i>Dave Gooding, Liz Deno, and Shaggy (dog), from Georgia, are on their way to Montana. “You meet a lot of good people who like to help out, so when</i> …

This Video Proves Daniel LaRusso Was the Real Bully in Karate Kid

You knew it all along.<p>We all like to think of <i>The Karate Kid</i> as that awesome coming-of-age tale about an underdog named Daniel beating school bully Johnny with the ancient karate magic taught by lovable guru Mr. Miyagi. Johnny is really set up to be the classic '80s teen villain. He's tall and has …

Michigan Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Matrix' With Unreal Engine

Infinite space in a 10-foot x 10-foot room<p>One of the key revelations of the seminal 1999 sci-film <i>The Matrix</i> was (spoiler alert) that most of humanity was trapped inside an elaborate virtual world. At the time, the scenario seemed far-fetched, if not wholly outside the realm of possibility. But 16 …

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The Most Photogenic National Parks

America's best idea--our national parks--are probably best known for the outdoor activities they afford us. From hiking to fly fishing and everything in between, these well-maintained and preserved public lands open up a whole world of outdoor activities.<p>The active resources are easy enough to …

This Freerunning Video Uses Perspective and Optical Illusions to Mess With Your Head

Professional free runner Jason Paul recently teamed up with Red Bull to create this wild optical illusion video that you have to see to believe — or …

6 uncomfortable truths about Thailand

1. Thailand is a top destination for victims of human trafficking.<p>Thailand is a source, transit, and destination country for victims of sex and labor …

7 Watermelon Sculptures That Almost Look Too Good to Eat

Crafting

Gaze adoringly at your loved one, and they will soon look deformed, monstrous or like your mother, according to a study. One writer puts it to the test<p>The first two minutes are the trickiest. My partner, C, and I are seated opposite one another in our bedroom, staring into each other’s eyes. As she …

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