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The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

Is Australia’s Housing Boom (Finally) Coming to an End?

A debate is raging about whether the residential sales-sector is heading for a soft landing<p>Residential sales volume and values have started to fall in many areas of Australia, partly the result of efforts by lenders and government regulators to cool a sizzling pace of transactions.<p>But now a debate …

Stock Markets

The giant garbage vortex in the Pacific Ocean is over twice the size of Texas — here's what it looks like

There's far too much plastic in the world's oceans, and the problem continues to build up.<p>Every little bit of plastic that gets tossed into the ocean or swept downstream out to sea either sinks or is picked up by currents. Much of it is eventually carried into one of five massive ocean regions, …

The pros and cons of using Google Glass for business travel

You might get some funny looks from fellow drivers or from security at the airport, but Google’s internet-equipped eyewear is built for business …

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40% Of People Never Use Their Frequent-Flyer Miles

According to the results of a study conducted in the U.K. by Collinson Latitude, "rewards seem to be beyond reach or are simply not attractive enough."<p>I suspect that most folks covering this story conclude by offering some tips about how to avoid losing miles.<p>My take is different: If you find you …

6 Ways to Save on a Trip to Europe

Ask anyone and they will tell you that traveling to Europe this summer will not be cheap, unless of course you want to go very early June or late …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

National Parks

Using Google Glass as part of air travel experience

<b>Pro</b>: Creepy to some or downright useless to non-Gmail users, Google trawls through your Gmail account for flight confirmations. When your flight is …