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What Megablazes Tell Us About the Fiery Future of Climate Change

<i>Editor's Note: This feature was originally published in our September 24, 2015 issue. In 2017, despite an exceptionally wet winter that</i> <i>ended drought</i> …

Study: Birds that mate for love have more successful bird families

At least in some birds, it seems a love match is much better than an arranged marriage. A new study published on Sept. 14 in PLOS Biology shows that birds and their offspring fare much better when they pick their own mates.<p>Behavioral ecologist Malika Ihle and her team at Max Planck Institute for …

Birds

A man spent six months and $1,500 making a sandwich from scratch

Welp<p>Cooking something "from scratch" can mean different things to different people. For some it means heading to the farmers market for some fresh ingredients. For others it means skipping the frozen goods section. But for Andy George, host of the show <i>How to Make Everything</i>, it means spending six …

Chile earthquake: 10 people killed and a million evacuated - as it happened

Waves are beginning to hit the coast of Chile amid tsunami warnings after an earthquake hit the north, killing at least eight people and flooding the town of Coquimbo<p><b>• Eight dead as 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits Chile</b> <b><br>• 15ft waves detected off the Chilean coast</b> <b><br>• Waves now hitting Chile</b> <b><br>• Epicentre is</b> …

Natural Disasters

The 10 Most Affordable Places To Live In The U.S.

Midwest is best.<p>Wanna live somewhere cheap? One particular region has your back.<p>The most affordable places to live in the U.S. based on housing, commuting and utilities costs are mostly cities in the midwest. The picks come from a new Trulia study that found America's most affordable cities based …

Nature is just showing off at these colorfully surreal destinations

No matter how many awe-inspiring structures we humans build, our abilities will never match what nature can create. This world has everything from …

Olympic National Park

10 Oktoberfests to Visit If You Can't Make it To Munich

As throngs of thirsty folk head to the halls for Oktoberfest 2015, we round up our favorite Oktoberfests around the country.<p><i>This post originally appeared in 2014 and has been updated.</i><p>Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Texas<p>Texas has strong ties to Germany—Texas German, a dialect, is still used amongst …

The Air Force will have combat lasers on its war planes by 2020

The Army has its HEL-MD (not to mention is working on GI Joe-style rifles and minesweepers); the Navy put a battleship-mounted railgun aboard the USS Ponce; and within the next five years, the Air Force expects to have laser weapons of its very own. These armaments, dubbed directed-energy weapons …

Cheetah Mobile: ‘Ghost Push’ Android virus infects 600k+ users a day with unwanted apps

Android users should probably be extra careful about what applications they download these days, especially when using non-Google Play stores. According to Cheetah Mobile’s security research lab, there’s a new virus that is spreading pretty quickly — by the firm’s estimates, it’s infecting more …

The first 3D-printed 'supermodel' is wearing your next outfit

Photographers Santiago & Mauricio have created 20-inch 3D-printed dolls based off real-life model Lindsey Wixson.<p>This doll was styled in clothing …

Miu Miu

Apple Discussing Self-Driving Cars With California’s DMV

Apple’s self-driving car program is getting very real. So real, in fact, that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is now holding meetings with Apple about them. According to documents obtained by <i>The Guardian</i>’s Mark Harris, Apple’s legal counsel held an hour-long meeting with DMV …

Blading to the Hamptons with the 'Uber for Helicopters'

Rob Wiesenthal, CEO and founder of Blade, the Uber for helicopters, would like you to know that Blade is not a luxury product. He insists upon it. …

Ocado: 'There absolutely is a battle plan' for fighting off Amazon

Online grocer Ocado said in a statement on Tuesday that sales jumped 17.3% to £272 million ($419.8 million) in the third quarter, thanks to a 16.6% rise in the average number of orders per week to 190,000.<p>That's despite a vicious price war amongst supermarkets kickstarted by discounters like Aldi …

US regulator accepts bitcoin as a commodity

Virtual currencies like bitcoin just came one step closer to legitimacy in the US. As part of its first action against an unregistered bitcoin options trading outfit, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has determined that digital currencies are commodities subject to its regulations. The move …

Air Force to Have Lasers on Its Fighters by 2020

Cheap and powerful, directed-energy weapons pods could be mounted on jets just five years from now.<p>The Navy has a seaborne deathlaser on patrol in the Gulf Coast, futuristic railguns in testing, and wants better versions of both in the next five years. Meanwhile, the Air Force isn't slacking; it's …