Cecily Mak

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Thousands of tourists flock to opening of world's tallest and longest glass bridge

After several "safety tests" that involved smashing the bridge with sledgehammers and driving an SUV over it, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon bridge in China finally opened to the public over the weekend.<p>On Saturday, almost 8,000 tourists went down to the site for a chance to try out the world's …

Bridges

Nasa to make all its research available free on the Internet

The American space agency, Nasa, is to make all its research available free of charge.<p>It is a move which will delight science enthusiasts and aspiring astronauts.<p>Normally such material is hidden behind a paywall, meaning that it is often out of reach for the lay enthusiast. The EU has also said it …

NASA

Lamborghini's $2.3-million Centenario Roadster is already sold out

Lamborghini just unveiled the Roadster version of the most powerful car it has ever built. And it's already sold out.<p>To celebrate its 100th anniversary earlier this year, Lamborghini unveiled the limited-edition, $1.9-million Centenario Coupe supercar. More than just a present to itself, the …

Lamborghini

I've used a meditation app loved by Wall Streeters and Olympic athletes daily for the past 8 months and now I can't imagine my life without it

Over the past eight months, I've had fun being the obnoxious guy who tells everyone he meditates every day.<p>Ever since I decided to try out the guided meditation app Headspace last December after hearing about it on Tim Ferriss' podcast, I've been much more aware of my thoughts and emotions, and …

Meditation

Taiwan asks Uber to pay bill in sales tax stand-off

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has asked Uber Technologies to pay a sales tax bill estimated by local media to be up to about $6.4 million, the government said on Friday, as a decision looms on whether the global ride-hailing service may be ordered to leave the island.<p>Taiwan's Investment Commission said …

Sales tax

15 Reasons Why You Should Go to Iceland On Your Next Vacation

Consider this your must-see list.<p>There are plenty of practical reasons why Iceland is a great place to travel. You can fly there in less than six hours from the East Coast, the dollar remains strong against the Icelandic krona, and it's an easy layover on your way to Europe. But even if all those …

Iceland

A geological mystery is close to being solved, thanks to a whale's upriver swim 17 million years ago. The location where the fossil had been excavated holds clues to early climate change.

A whale that apparently took a wrong turn up an African river about 17 million years ago may offer clues to the climate-change forces that shaped …

For Kids

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong …

Mindfulness

Federal Judge Throws Out Uber Driver Class-Action Settlement Offer

A federal judge in San Francisco has upended Uber's bid to settle a class-action lawsuit with drivers who claim they are employees and not independent contractors.<p>U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled Thursday that Uber's $100 million offer is "not fair, adequate, and reasonable."<p>In April, Uber, …

Uber

The Essential Brunches of San Francisco - Eater SF

Oh, you’re not that into brunch, you say? Then you must not have lived in San Francisco very long. Indulging in the weekend meal is more or less a sport in the city, something that locals, and the restaurants that cater to them, take as seriously as comparing yoga classes and complaining about Muni.<p>…

California

People Who Meditate Appear To Be More Aware Of Their Of Unconscious Mind

Meditation has always been a good practice for a human being. One of its advantages is that it makes us more aware of our internal body …

The Brain

Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis

Airbus, the second largest aeronautics company in the United States (behind Boeing) envisions a future of flying taxis operated by artificial intelligence. The ambitious plan sounds almost laughable when it reveals that it could begin testing as early as 2017, but then you remember that whole part …

Airbus

Last-Minute Guide to Bay Area Camping

It’s Friday (already?!). And dammit, you want to get outside this weekend. Last-minute camping in the Bay Area may seem as far away as the stars, but …

Camping

The U.S. will no longer have the final say on internet domain names

The National Telecommunications Information Admistration (NTIA) announced via blog post on Tuesday that it will hand over the internet domain naming system, or DNS, to a non-U.S. entity: the multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles called the Internet Corporation for Assigned …

DNS

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months.<p>With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with …

Automotive

National Geographic Now Lets You Print Thousands of Free Geographical Maps from Home

With a new web interface built by National Geographic Maps, you can now take a virtual tour all across the United States, downloading thousands of detailed topographical guides as you go. Called “quads,” the 7.5-minute maps span between 49 and 70 square miles, each one named after a local …

Maps

747 Rolls In — It’s Art, Right?

A 747 landed in the desert yesterday (well, it actually rolled in), but not without a bit of turbulence.The actual arrival couldn’t have been …

Burning Man

Why Iceland Should Be Your Next Undiscovered Getaway

Don’t let the name fool you. Despite being a Nordic nation, Iceland is anything but a winter wasteland. Better known as the land of fire AND ice, …

Travel

Ron Howard Will Produce ‘Mars’ A National Geographic Six Part Miniseries Based On Elon Musk’s Plan To Colonize Earth

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing an exciting new miniseries for National Geographic. Simply titled Mars, this film is an eclectic mix of …

Reddit Refuses Atlantic Records Request to Turn Over Info on ‘Heathens’ Leak

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Reddit

SpaceX sticks the landing again after Falcon 9 rocket launch

They're starting to make this look (relatively) easy.<p>Keeping plenty of space-mad Americans up late on a Saturday night, SpaceX successfully undertook its eighth Falcon 9 launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:26 a.m. ET.<p>Minutes later, Elon Musk's private spaceflight company also managed to re-land …

Falcon 9

The Most Incredible Meteor Shower In A Decade Will Peak This Week

The Perseids meteor shower is one of the sky’s more in-your-face meteor showers. This year, they’re even more excitable than usual.<p>“This year, …

5 Private Villas in Thailand You and Your Friends Will Never Want to Leave

Thailand’s unspoilt natural beauty is what dreams are made of. With a weather classification of “hot and humid” the lush country has exactly three …

Asia

GoPro will start selling its six-camera VR rig on August 17th

GoPro has announced that it will open up sales of its six-camera "Omni" virtual reality rig when the company starts shipping preorder units on August 17th. The $5,000 setup includes six Hero 4 Black cameras, the cube-shaped metal housing, and all the hardware and software that is necessary to film …

GoPro

Here’s How Flowers Move—and Why

It's an elaborate dance of hormones, sunshine, genes and bees<p>It may not surprise you that sunflowers have something of a thing for the sun. OK, that’s true of all plants, which is why they orient their flowers and leaves to follow the sun as it moves across the sky. But it’s sunflowers that are the …

Flowers

Awesome Video Compares the Size of Different Planets and Stars in the Universe

If you want to feel small and get a sense for the awesomely overwhelming scale of the universe and all of its planets and stars and empty space, …

Solar System

Google launches a kids’ map app that lets them explore 3D imagery of the Himalayas

Google today released a new application designed to get kids to explore the world using maps and 3D imagery. The new app, which the company describes as “an experiment,” takes advantage of Google Maps’ 3D imagery of the Himalayas but combines it with a bit of gameplay to make the idea of zooming …

Maps

One More Slice: San Francisco's Top Pizzerias for When the Craving Strikes

Though San Francisco is not known for its pizza compared to, say, the New Yorks and Chicagos of the world, a slew of new pizza joints in the past …

San Francisco Bay Area