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Starbucks Launches Pilot Test Of Its Own Green Apron Delivery Service, Starting In New York’s Empire State Building

Starbucks is beginning pilot tests of its own delivery service, starting today. The company is debuting its Green Apron Delivery Service in New York’s Empire State Building, where it will be able to trial food and beverage deliveries that reach the more than 12,000 people working in the building, …

Apple's e-book business is no longer under scrutiny

Three years ago, the Department of Justice brought Apple, and major publishers, to book for trying to maintain the prices at which e-books could be sold. As part of its punishment, the firm had to suffer the presence of a court-approved monitor, Michael Bromwich (<i>pictured, left</i>), placed to ensure …

Bottled Up: The South's Amazing, Low-Profile Distilleries

You already know about bourbon. But a cavalcade of micro-distillers throughout the region has begun turning out everything from vodka to rum to …

New York City’s 15 Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants

Of all the hidden bars in the city, the Back Room is one of the few that actually served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. (It was run by notorious …

Injectable electronic brain nets could give us a window into the mind

Shooting up with a syringe full of electronics is no longer an off-brand cyberpunk fantasy — in fact, it could be a valuable scientific procedure. In this week's issue of <i>Nature Nanotechnology</i>, a Harvard research group is showing off a thin mesh that could track brain activity with less invasive …

Nasa tests 'flying saucer' for Mars mission: as it happened

US space agency conducts test in Pacific of vehicle that could eventually deliver astronauts to the Red Planet<p>• Nasa to test flying saucer for use on Mars <b><br>• Life on Mars: Nasa finds first hint of alien life</b><br>• <b>Life on Mars: in pictures</b><br>• <b>Nasa astronauts take GoPro on space walk</b><p><b>23.05</b> We'll leave it there. …

Space Exploration

Review: Polaroid’s ZIP Instant Photo Printer is the Perfect Pocket Companion

The Polaroid ZIP is an instant photo printer designed for printing out your favorite snapshots on the run; we got a chance to play around with one, …

Happy Birthday, Einstein: Relativity Faces New Frontier

A century ago this year, a young Swiss physicist who had already revolutionized physics developed a radical new understanding of gravity.<p>In 1915, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described gravity as a fundamental property of space-time. He came up with a set of …

Physics

5 Spots With The Clearest Waters In The World

By: Gianni Jaccoma<p><i>Credit: Flickr/Marjan Lazarevski</i><p>How many times have you visited a beach or a lake, only to be tragically disappointed by the murkiness of the water? Sure, you could go for a swim in there if you <i>really</i> wanted, but there's no way of knowing if whatever brushed your leg was seaweed, …

Fish

'3-D Cutter' Othermill Goes On Sale

Othermills work like the opposite of 3-D printers, cutting material away instead of building it up.<p>You can think of an Othermill as the opposite of a 3-D printer. Instead of building up objects from raw materials, Othermills create objects by cutting away a larger block of material into something …

5 Ways The Internet Will Revolutionize Work And Play By 2025

Experts imagine how our lives will be different when our connections are 100 times faster than today’s. (Are you listening, Comcast?)<p>For all the ways the Internet has changed how we live and work over the last 20 years, there are still plenty of areas it hasn’t touched, and plenty more where it …

Internet of Things

UK Leaders See New Norther High-Speed Rail Line As Growth Driver

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron gave his support to a proposal for a high-speed rail line, referred to as HS3, across northern England after it was …

How to get the most from a short trip to Ireland

Vibrant cities, otherworldly monuments, ancient castles, sweeping beaches bordered by jade-green fields, cosy pubs with crackling fires and toe-tapping traditional music sessions – Ireland offers a multitude of memorable experiences. And its compact size makes it possible to fit many in, even on a …

Why Bordeaux Is Much More Than Sipping Wine

The two women at Chateau du Taillan are debating over the rind on a large, beautiful wedge of Saint Nectaire cheese. There are two types of people in this world, one of them declares: those who eat the rind and those who do not.<p>At this wine and cheese pairing workshop led by Les Médocaines, I am …

Smartphones are about to get awesome again

Smartphones. They’re all just a bunch of undifferentiated rectangles, right? You’d be forgiven for feeling a little jaded about the rate of innovation in smartphones over the past couple of years. A 4-inch iPhone still dominates the consumer landscape, HTC is still designing beautiful but flawed …

Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media

<b>“Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”</b><p><b>“Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.”</b><p><b>“Just avoid holding it in that way.”</b><p>Apple’s public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world — certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products …

How To Bring Home Spa-Like Opulence With Amazing Hot Tubs

Our hectic modern lifestyle and the constant hustle and bustle often tempt us to spend a relaxing weekend in a rejuvenating spa. But would it not be …

Top Pin of the Day: A Sophisticated Outdoor Patio

Today's top pin is an outdoor patio with a chic color scheme. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>In the patio of designer Tobi Tobin's Hollywood Hills farmhouse, handsome gray and white Sunbrella fabrics cover most of the furniture.

Moving Up on Potrero Hill

When architect Cary Bernstein’s client moved into a 1900s cottage in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, he was a bachelor; after his life …

Architecture

What to Do With Your Leftover Paint

Here's what to do when you're stuck with a few half-empty cans. This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.<p>Painting is an easy way to update a room, but often you end up with a lot left over. But don't just dump it down the drain! Leftover paint can be hazardous, as it contains …

Surprisingly, It's Semi-Cheap To Rent Out A French Castle

Planning a vacay on the cheap? Consider renting out a château grand enough to accommodate the entire family—extended and all!<p><b>Castle #1</b><p>14th-century La Chevallerie Château<p>Overlooking the plain of Le Mans, this 7 suite castle has everything from horseback riding paths to car racing tracks. If you're …

BMW-Toyota partnership may yield hybrid Z4

The BMW-Toyota sports-car lash-up has been reported on for a couple of years now, but new information from a report in the U.K.’s Autocar sheds more …

iPhones could become most popular e-reader

Stephen King’s latest novel is a phone book. Up to 50% of iPhone users read e-books on tiny screens, according to new research from e-book rental …

Why global recovery could depend on China's taste for luxury

Attitudes are changing in China, but western export hopes are pinned on a swelling middle class embracing its inner consumer<p>China's looming coronation as the world's largest economy, years ahead of schedule, is probably not particularly surprising in one sleepy corner of Oxfordshire. Around half of …

In Aruba, Life's a Beach

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.--Rachel Carson<p>Some people love a parade, some love a rainy night. I love a beach. After a long, hard winter, I was so ready for the beach. Aruba, here I come!<p>Aruba, called The Happy Island …

Alanya: The Scandinavian Secret for Beach Parties and ... Village Culture?

Apparently, all the Danish, Swedish, and Norwegians have been feasting, drinking, sun-soaking, castle-trotting, pirate ship-playing, and water-park slaying in the Southern beaches of Turkey.<p>Well, surrender the booty Vikings, I'm crashing this party!<p>When I started posting photos of on my Instagram, …

Drink the World: Barcelona

There's a fountain at the top of a lovely tree lined street called La Rambla that they say if you drink from, you will never leave Barcelona. I do not think they mean this as a threat, more as a promise.<p>Barcelona is special. Some cities need to be tackled like you're wrestling a bull (Rio), or …