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Guatemala for first-timers

With its diverse indigenous culture, rich Maya heritage and colonial charm, Guatemala is an intoxicating adventure for both the jaded and novice traveler. That said, visiting for the first time can be a daunting experience. Embassy warnings, economic hardships and a bewildering range of things to …

Harvard provides a glimpse at how the robot plague will overrun us all

Think that fancy 3D printer of yours is a technological marvel? Well, it's got nothing on these tiny coin-sized robots. Computer scientists at Harvard University have built an army of 1,024 bots that collaborate to create various shapes, much in the way ants link to form bridges or birds fly in …

This camera can snap chemical reactions at a trillionth of a second

You know those high-speed cameras used to film mesmerizing ultra slo-mo videos? They're downright slow compared to this one developed by researchers from The University of Tokyo and Keio University in Japan. The 12-man science team has just revealed an extremely speedy camera that can take pictures …

Bike of the future removes the need to shift gears, pedal up hills or pack a lock

Biking in Seattle can be less than mellow with all the hills, traffic and especially that rain. But those things are exactly what inspired the Teague team of bicycle designers to build the Denny bike for the Oregon Manifest bike design project. The model (built by fabricator Taylor Sizemore) sports …

It's time to crowdfund the first step towards giant car-juggling robots

A robot that can juggle cars. And without any involvement from Michael Bay. That's the dream. Well, maybe it's just our dream, but a new Kickstarter project is trying to make it happen. It's (giant robot-sized) baby-steps to start with with: the initial prototype, costing $50,000, will only be …

See how digital effects put the spectacle into 'Game of Thrones'

Game of Thrones has a healthy $6 million-per-episode budget, but that's still nothing compared to the average Michael Bay blockbuster -- especially for the special effects needed to fill in the magic (and gore). That's where the creativity of effects house Mackevision comes in. If an epic shot …

Adventure Tech: Autonomous Drone Follows and Films Your Action

It's no secret that I think drones are a fantastic tool for capturing video footage, and are especially useful in the world of adventure and action …

10 Significant Things You Likely Didn’t Know About Social Media But Should

You probably won’t believe some of these facts about social media strategies, but the studies don’t lie (we hope). Test them yourself.<p>We love to make decisions and form strategies based on statistics. It’s why we A/B test and how we change directions on our social sharing.<p>Who doesn’t love a good …

How to Completely Delete Facebook From Your Life

If you're seriously considering deleting your Facebook account, you're not alone.<p>Start typing in the letters "dele" into Google and you'll see …

Wildlife photography: from Coolpix 4200 to Nikon D3s and every camera in between

<i>An excellent guest post by Des Ong (website | Facebook | Instagram) on wildlife photography from Coolpix 4200 to D3s and every camera in between:</i><p>Hi, …

Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images<p>Victory Day celebrations in Minsk, on 9 May, 2013, marking the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany. Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty …

These Are The Top 10 YouTube Ads Of The Past Year (And They're Actually Pretty Good)

Each year, YouTube crowns the top 10 video ads of the past year–not for 2013, but for the 12-month period ending close to the Cannes Lions advertising conference, which starts June 15 this year.<p>This year, the top 10 ads from Mar. 1, 2013, to April 30 of this year on the Google video site got a …

Supercomputer passes the Turing test by mimicking a teenager (update: reasons to be cautious)

After 64 long years, it looks like a machine has finally passed the Turing test for artificial intelligence. A supercomputer in a chat-based challenge fooled 33 percent of judges into thinking that it was Eugene Goostman, a fictional 13 year old boy; that's just above the commonly accepted Turing …

Expert tips for your first trek to the Indian Himalaya

Yearning to explore the forbidding peaks of the Indian Himalaya, but not sure where to start? These expert tips from a seasoned trekker will help you dodge the newbie mistakes and ensure your journey exceeds expectations.<p>Planning your trip<p>Thorough planning (or lack of it) can make or break a trip, …

67-Year Old Kayaker Completes Atlantic Crossing

Polish kayaker Aleksander "Olek" Doba completed an epic paddling expedition this weekend when he reached the coastline of Florida. The 67-year old …

Gear Closet: Garmin Virb Elite Action Camera

These days, everyone seems to be looking to get a piece of the "action camera" pie, that has been pioneered – and mostly dominated by – GoPro. To get …

26 futuristic urban farms and green spaces [pics]

With cities taking up more space on the planet than ever, communities are struggling to solve problems of food security, climate control, and how to …

Photo: Mercedes Semi Hauls 200+Ton Mining Dump Truck

Mining trucks, those giant, building-sized dump trucks that make the human beings operating them look like Lego minifigs, can weigh hundreds of tons—the mighty Caterpillar 797B tips the scale at a mind-blowing 308 tons—and many of its contemporaries weigh anywhere from 180 tons to 240 tons. For …

Do look down! The world's best skywalks – in pictures

As Canada's Glacier Skywalk opens, offering amazing views over Jasper national park, we take a look at the best skywalks around the world<p><b>Share your skywalk experiences in the comments below</b>

PHOTOS: 10 Best Budget Destinations for 2014

With amazing food, glorious public spaces, and unparalleled museums, theme parks, and beaches, the only thing “budget” about these world-class …

Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels

Solar power will slowly squeeze the revenues of petro-rentier regimes in Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. They will have to find a new business model, or fade into decline<p>Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and …

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SPICES & SPANDEX - The Travel Cookbook

***** PLEDGE £25 or more & PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!<p>"CYCLING THE LENGTH OF THE WORLD ON A HUNGRY STOMACH".<p><b>Spices & Spandex is a unique travel</b> …

Helium balloon flight from Robben Island to the mainland of Cape Town, South Africa

<i>Jaco Wolmarans, a freelance photographer and journalist based in Cape Town, will share his flight story on a helium balloon from Robben Island to the</i> …

Flying with the sun

IT LOOKS like being one of the most uncomfortable long-haul flights ever. This much is obvious from the unveiling in Switzerland on April 9th of …

Cycling to the Sahara (for less than £1000)

<i>As part of my Grand Adventures campaign I want to share the adventurous tales of other folk who’ve committed to action and set off in search of</i> …

Fleksy keyboard for Android now has achievement badges and cloud syncing

Even though Fleksy's predictive touch typing is fairly easy to learn, not everyone is familiar with all that this alternative keyboard has to offer. That's one of the reasons the company has incorporated a new Badge system in Fleksy's latest 2.0 update for Android, to hopefully have users spread …

BatteryBox portable charger promises to keep the juice flowing even after five years

A new portable battery promises to carry enough juice to charge eight iPhones and keep your MacBook Air going for 12 hours, <i>five years</i> after you buy it. Unlike others that lose their capacity over time, BatteryBox uses a new energy management system called BatteryOS that monitors what's going on …