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The Secret to Making Friends in a New City

Your landlord has given you the keys. You've driven or flown or sailed or ski-doo'ed triumphantly into this new city that you'll be calling home. Your moving boxes are brimming with your most essential belongings. You've brought along clothes, furniture, books, photos, friends...<p>Shoot.<p>You didn't …

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.<p>If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.<p>The Supreme Court clarified …

Gear & Gadgets

15 Pictures That Will Change The Way You See The World

A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest.

The 'Blurred Lines' Verdict Could Be Bad for Music

A jury orders Robin Thicke and Pharrell to pay $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye's estate, possibly lowering the bar for what's considered creative theft.<p>Robin Thicke and Pharrell's “Blurred Lines” is probably not the ideal song to be a test case for artistic freedom. If you thought the 2013 hit's lyrics …

Music

5 Of The Coldest Places On Earth

The good news: We made it to March! The bad news: It's still cold. The silver lining: These five places around the world are way colder than wherever you are right now.<p><b>Nuuk, Greenland</b><p>The adorably colorful capital city of Greenland might not make it out of the single digits this week.<p><b>Yakutsk, …

HIV strain came from gorillas, study finds

Western lowland gorillas in southern Cameroon appear to be the source for the second-most-lethal category of the immunodeficiency virus that crossed into humans, a new study suggests.<p>The category, called HIV-1 group O, has not been nearly as dangerous to humans as group M, which has infected more …

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

Space

New LG smartwatch rocks an LTE radio and autonomous mobile payments

LG just couldn’t wait to get to Mobile World Congress to break the news that it’s coming out with a new smartwatch that can connect to LTE networks and do mobile payments without the need of a smartphone. The new watch, LG says, is the first in the world to show up with an LTE radio.<p>The watch is …

Here's How To Avoid One Of The Most Common Life Regrets

Karl Pillemer, a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, has spent the last several years interviewing hundreds of older Americans to systematically collect their practical wisdom.<p>His first book, <i>30 Lessons for Living</i>, synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and …

7 Most Romantic Caribbean Resorts

<i>By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Vacation is meant to be an escape -- from the kids, from errands, from that irritating guy at work who's really into gratuitous lunchtime meetings. So if you're thinking of booking a Valentine's Day getaway this year, a carefree, all-inclusive resort makes a …

George R.R. Martin Wants To Set The Record Straight On Those ‘South Park’ Episodes

George R.R. Martin continues to avoid writing <i>A Song Of Ice And Fire</i> during his annual visit to San Diego Comic Con, but at least he’s been giving us boner-confusing moments like these to make up for it. Now he’s also cleared up something about those three <i>Game Of Thrones</i>-spoofing episodes of <i>South</i> …

2014 Hairstyle Trends for Men - Are you ready for a new look?

For those of us that suffered through the ‘bed-head’ era of men’s hairstyles, the current landscape of hairstyle trends for men is like a grand …

Tibetans Can Thank Ancient Humans for Gene That Lets Them Live the High Life

High-altitude adaptation may have come from interbreeding with Neanderthal relatives.<p>One of the most remarkable human adaptations has an origin that's not precisely human.<p>The physiological ability of ethnic Tibetans to thrive at miles-high elevations, unaffected by oxygen levels that leave …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

Workouts

10 Things You Should Know About Omega Timpieces

<i>Image Source: Wikipedia</i><p>If you’re familiar with the Greek alphabet, then you’re already aware that Omega represents perfection and success in the …

These Are the Clues Malaysia Air's Investigators Are Chasing Today

Investigators from at least nine countries hunting for a missing Malaysian passenger jet are sorting through a jumble of facts and theories that so …

Belgian French Fry Tour

French fries aren’t French at all—they’re Belgian. Lea Lane Stern visits their ancestral home in search of the best.<p>Belgium is known for its …

How To Build The Perfect Plate Of Nachos

By Andrew Knowlton, <i>Bon Appétit</i><p>The secret to great nachos? The architecture. Andrew Knowlton shares his guide to the layering, balancing, and copious amounts of cheese behind the perfect Super Bowl snack.<p>(Credit: Christina Holmes)<p>Nachos may flourish in sports bars alongside jalapeño poppers and …

French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese

<i>makes 1 sandwich</i><p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon each grapeseed (or olive) oil and butter, for frying<br>2 slices of french baguette or french bread<br>1 tablespoon …

30 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and I have 30 amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipes for you, one for every day of the month! Grilled cheese …