Craig Benson

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5 Great Free Apps For A Long Weekend

Hit the road, see the sights, find a room, and more.<p>Summer’s in full swing, which means it’s time to blow off work and do some sightseeing. If you find yourself with a few extra days on your hands, these free apps can help you make the most of them.<p>1. Hit the Open Road<p><b>Roadtrippers</b> (Android, iOS) …

Rainbow of Fluorescent Corals Found—Why Do They Glow?

Deep beneath the waves of the Red Sea, scientists have discovered corals that fluoresce in a range of colors, likely because it helps their algae friends.<p>Deep beneath the surface of the Red Sea, a rainbow of glowing corals have been discovered that's unlike anything scientists have ever seen.<p>"I was …

How Bicycles Can Stay Balanced by Themselves

The science behind the "coastie"<p>Of all the mean-spirited games we played as children in the '70s, perhaps none was more cruel than the "Coastie" or …

Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.<p>That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg.<p>A small study …

Eggs

Photo of twin tornadoes was storm chaser's 'unicorn' shot

Hail as big as golf balls slammed into him as drenching rain fell, but none of that mattered. Weather photographer Kelly DeLay sensed this was his moment to capture the kind of rare natural phenomenon that fuels the adrenaline of a storm chaser.<p>And at 7:04 p.m. on June 4, DeLay snapped the …

Gadget lets you hear music without wrecking your ears

The best Beats headphones can’t help you if your ears are unable to hear certain subtle sounds. You can crank up the volume, but that only puts your hearing in peril.<p>The creators of Aumeo want to change the way you listen to music with an audio device that profiles your hearing – testing it with a …

Everyman Porter Key Knife

While we appreciate a good crafted knife here at CH, those beauties are often reserved for wilderness adventuresand stay tucked in their leather sheaths most weeks. But even for desk-locked souls, a blade is necessary for routine tasks like opening packages and letters. Andrew Capener and Asher …

Inside Don Draper’s Big Sur Nirvana: The Esalen Institute

I once had the pleasure of teaching for a year at Harvard Divinity School. My office was on the same floor and just three doors down from the little …

Hot Springs

Stanley McChrystal on how to shake up the military

By Lillian Cunningham<p>Lillian Cunningham<p>Reporter hosting the "Presidential" and "Constitutional" podcasts<p>Email Bio Follow<p>"I've dealt with a lot of chief executive officers who could walk in and be general officers in the military tomorrow. All we'd have to do is get them a uniform and a rank."<p>And …

National Security

The best idioms from around the world, ranked

<i>The following were sourced from</i> I’m Not Hanging Noodles On Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World <i>by Jag Bhalla (National Geographic Books, 2009).</i><p>25. Ear-nectar<p>Origin: Indian. Meaning: A sweet noise or sound.<p>24. Can’t stop being the owl.<p>Origin: Italian, French. Meaning: Can’t …

A Steam-Free Way to Bend Wood: The Hot Pipe Method

This low-tech method is best for pieces up to 3/8" in thickness<p>Scotty Lewis describes bending wood as "one of the most exciting and magical things a …

3 Years and 6,000 Miles on a Horse

Video: Boost your SEO – 8 Tips To Get You Started

We get it: Search Engine Optimization can seem complicated, and you probably want to throw in the towel on the whole thing if you’ve tried time and …

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (2 May 2015)

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p><b>Top picks</b><p>Great story: On the unexpected brewing war between astronomers and robot lawnmowers.<p>Four areas of debate over CRISPR-edited embryos examined by stem cell biologist Paul Knoepfler<p>How camera film was optimised for white skin colour. A great piece …

Man sings “If I only had a brain” during MRI

While he sings, watch what’s going on inside his head.<p>Researchers used a new MRI technique that is 10 times faster than standard MRI scanners to …

Colorful New ‘Dwarf Dragons’ Found in South America

Weird & Wild<p>The newfound wood lizards live in Ecuador and Peru—and chances are, there are more yet to be discovered, scientists say.<p>Attention <i>Game of Thrones</i>: Three new species of "dwarf dragon" have been discovered in Peru and Ecuador, a new study says.<p>Due to political unrest in Ecuador, it took …

South America

Spectacular Photos of a Camel Train Roaming Australia’s Cable Beach

Add this to our bucket list! As Australia's first professional Instagrammer, Lauren Bath gets paid to travel the world to photograph the most amazing destinations. An ex-chef, she was an early adopter to the Instagram platform and she now boasts an astounding 384,000 followers. Recently, she …

Australia

The Radical Christianity Of Kendrick Lamar

To understand who Kendrick is, you have to understand what he believes. Parsing prominent religious themes in the life and music of hip-hop's most unconventional new superstar.<p>The first time the rapper Lecrae spoke to Kendrick Lamar, more than five years ago, he called him after hearing the song …

Rap & Hip-Hop

If It Feels Like Stress Is Killing You, That's Because It Might Be

When you feel frazzled, so do your organs and cells<p>Chronic stress stems from many circumstances, such as poverty, a bad marriage, or long-term ailments. Its repercussions—elevated cortisol levels and inflammation—can wear us out, from the cellular level on up to our major biological systems.<p>Nervous …

Enhancing Corporeal Security By Listening In On Bacterial "Chatter"

Microbial signals can warn our bodies of a possible attack<p>Surveillance is one of the most effective ways to maintain overall public safety. By learning about the activities in the environment, one can assess the potential for threats to be realized as well as get a handle on any growing concerns. …

Tomb and Chariot of Ancient Celtic Prince Unearthed in France

Science News<p>The 2,500-year-old lavish tomb and chariot of an ancient Celtic prince have been unearthed in France.<p>The ancient princely tomb, which was discovered in a large burial mound, was filled with stunning grave goods, including gorgeous pottery and a gold-tipped drinking vessel. The giant jug …

A 3D-Printed Car Inspired By The Leaf Of A Plant

German engineering firm EDAG took inspiration from the leaf of a plant for its 3D-printed Light Cocoon concept car, which debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, open to the public through March 15.<p>Rather than printing the entire body shell of the vehicle out of a rigid composite material, as startup …

One Hundred Years of General Relativity

How PayPal uses deep learning and detective work to fight fraud

Hui Wang has seen the nature of online fraud change a lot in the 11 years she’s been at PayPal. In fact, a continuous evolution of methods is kind of …

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company?<p>What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"?<p>Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, says composer and …

University of Maryland

Why Killer Whales Go Through Menopause But Elephants Don’t

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Last summer, I met Granny. I was on a whale-watching boat that had sailed south from Vancouver Island, in search of a famous and well-studied group of killer whales (orcas). Two hours after we set off, we started seeing black fins scything through the …

Killer Whales

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Books

Given a multiverse, does astrology work somewhere? | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Whether they exist or not, we can at least think of four different kinds of multiverse. Or maybe five.<p>I find it amazing that the scientific method (or methods, if you prefer) is powerful enough to start classifying different types of multiverse. Max Tegmark has had a go at it, as described here by …

The Non-Judgmental Guide to Getting Seriously Into Tea

My friend Laura is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to a tiny tea shop in a Queens strip mall, where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over China and Taiwan.<p>"I want you to see the amazing teas I keep …