Darin Letzring

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Worried about PRISM? How much would you pay for better privacy?

Image credit: Shutterstock<p>Privacy has been a big issue in the news lately, with the disclosures of whistleblower Edward Snowden that the US government, through the NSA, is actively running a program that eavesdrops on communications within the country and abroad. And while it’s debatable whether …

Taking on the World’s Toughest Bike Race: The Road to La Ruta Starts Now

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Anyone who’s been in a race knows that the rush of crossing the finish line is followed almost immediately by the sinking question …

The Never-Ending Family Sailing Trip

My husband James and I were in New Zealand six years ago when we learned we were pregnant with our first child.<p>I had just been in Cambodia reconnecting with surviving relatives and working around the country as an NGO photographer. James was with his boat <i>Anasazi Girl</i>, a Finot-Conq carbon Open 40, …

Connecting With Nature Boosts Creativity and Health

Richard Louv explains how society can overcome nature-deficit disorder.<p>"I've been arguing for a while that connection to nature should be thought of as a human right," Richard Louv told the crowd assembled in the courtyard of National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Louv …

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

Voyager 1 Reaches Gateway to the Galaxy

Wildlife<p>This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring the outer shell of the solar system before entering interstellar space. Credit: JPL/NASA<p><b>Despite traveling 36 years and 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from home, the intrepid Voyager 1 spacecraft still has not left</b> …

Wind Power and the Thrum of Lawsuits

<i>I encountered my first wind turbines in the early 1980s when, on a family holiday to the Pacific coast, my father drove through the Altamont Pass Wind Farm in northern California. Four siblings and I jammed our faces against the back windows of my old man’s Econoline van for a lasting look at those</i> …

5 Sky Events This Week: Venus Buzzes Beehive, Morning Return of Mars

Changing Planet<p>The Beehive Cluster in the constellation Cancer will host Venus as it appears to glide through the 600 light year distant group of stars. Credit: Tom Bash and John Fox/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF<p><b>Early evening and mornings this first week of July offer up some celestial close encounters</b> …

Who Are the Hotshots? A Wildland Firefighting Primer

Elite firefighting crews travel to remote locations to battle wildlife blazes.<p><b>The 19 firefighters who lost their lives battling a raging wildfire in central Arizona on Sunday were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew of U.S. wildfire firefighters based in Prescott, …

19 Awesome Hikes Under 5 Miles

<b>You can pack a lot into five miles</b> – we’ve found slot canyons, redwoods, caving, 100-year-old via ferrate, sand dunes, summits, just to name a few. …

Heat Wave Safety: How To Stay Safe When Temps Soar Into The Triple Digits

At least one man is dead and numerous others were hospitalized because of the heat wave that swept over southwestern parts of the United States this weekend, bringing temps in Death Valley National Park up to anywhere from 128 to 129.9 degrees Fahrenheit, according to news reports.<p>The elderly man …

The Surprising Truth About Working Out Twice a Day

For the spring semester of my junior year, I packed up my yoga mat, P90X DVDs, and as many clothes as I could feasibly squeeze into one suitcase, and …

Do You Know What Vaccines You Need?

More than half of adults don’t know when they last had a vaccination. Are you one of them?<p>Chances are that you got a handful of vaccinations as a kid and haven’t thought much about it since then. But there are a few shots that you still need to stay on top of as an adult—like the pertussis vaccine, …

The Ultimate Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

How to make delicious fries—and the healthiest, tastiest dip to go with them<p>Avocado is packed with good fats. And the good news is, mixing the smooth, creamy superfood with a smoky spice like paprika makes for a mouthwatering combo. Try this at home: Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Avocado …

Products Archive

How to Cook a Hot Dog in a Milk Carton

Back in April I showed you how to cook bacon and eggs in a paper bag. Now we're on to roasting hot dogs in a flaming milk carton as shown in this …

How Not to Break a Fly Rod: Don't Grab Above the Grip

Most fly rods break as a result of human stupidity. Of course, many rods carry a no-fault warranty (meaning we're already paying, in advance, for the …

6 Ways to Bust Out of a Rut

If your running is feeling stale, try these simple tips to get rejuvenated.<p>No matter how much you love to run, there are bound to be days when you’re burnt out, bored, frustrated, and want to throw your running shoes out the window. Sure, routine can help keep you consistent, but mixing things up …

Marathons

Pick The Swim Drill For Your Weakness

<i>Improve your technique by doing drills catered to your weaknesses in the water.</i><p>Drills are most effective when they target your specific stroke …