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The Best New Hotels of 2013 to Add to Your Travel Bucketlist

-- Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>It's been a big year for the hotel industry -- from the opening of America's first LEGOLAND resort to the introduction of the innovative "Instagram hotel," there's been a slew of amazing new accommodation options on offer for travellers to enjoy. As we now …

The New American Airlines Will Trade Under 'AAL' Symbol on Nasdaq

American Airlines Group, the company that will be formed when AMR Corp’s American and US Airways Group Inc complete their merger, will trade under …

Quit Your Job and Travel The World: Reddit Users Reveal Their Final Straw

Quit your job and travel the world. <i>So much</i> easier said than done.<p>Sure, there are signs that clue you in, but how do you know when you’re ready? The final straw, that defining moment you decide to leave behind life as you know it and face uncertainty, all for the desire to explore the big, unknown …

Viral Video: Why Are "Roll Clouds" So Rare?

A Texas couple recently captured the phenomenon on camera.<p><b>It's not something you see every day: a horizontal cloud, vibrant orange and rotating, that's taken over the sky.</b><p><b>But that's just what people got to see online this week after a couple in Timbercreek Canyon, Texas, spotted a "weird-looking</b> …

I come not to praise QWERTY, but to bury it

<i>This article was originally published on November 15th, 2013. We have revived it today in light of BlackBerry's declaration that it's getting out of the business of designing and building its own phones. As the last holdout to favor physical keyboards on smart mobile devices, BlackBerry's</i> …

An Argentine car mechanic invents birthing tool inspired by wine corks

It all started with wine: Jorge Odón, a car mechanic in Argentina, was inspired by a YouTube video demonstrating the removal of a sunken bottle cork to invent — of all things — a new birthing device that's been enthusiastically endorsed by doctors, donors, and the World Health Organization.<p>Called …

J Mays' legacy

More Than Just Retrofuturism<p>Mays is by far not the first designer to use heritage design cues in his work.<p>The announcement that J Mays will be leaving his chief creative officer role at Ford Motor Company on January 1 ends a 13-year run in one of the industry's top design roles. While best known …

Most of the world’s solar panels are facing the wrong direction

You’d think it would be easy: the sun is “up,” and, like leaves and basking reptiles, solar panels should face in that general direction. But most installers of solar panels, especially the ones for homes, follow conventional wisdom handed down from architects, which holds that in the northern …

Solar Panels

Dez Bryant buys PS4s for shoppers

Christmas came early for several shoppers at a Dallas Wal-Mart, with Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant playing the role of Santa Claus.<p>Bryant showed …

Dez Bryant

The Day SF Became Gotham City: How a Metropolis Is Making a 5-Year-Old's Wish Come True

On Friday, November 15, San Francisco became Gotham. The city did not do this for Comic-Con, nor to film a new movie. The city did this to fulfill …

San Francisco

US Navy christens first Ford-class aircraft carrier

<b>The US Navy has christened the first of its new Ford-class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.</b><p>The new super-carrier, which is only 70% complete, is named after late US President Gerald Ford.<p>It is the first of 10 carriers designed to get more fighter planes into the sky more quickly, but with …

Military

Why the House must pass ENDA

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to protect gay employees from job discrimination with an overwhelming bipartisan vote. Republicans should support these protections, and I hope the GOP leadership in the House schedules the bill for a vote. It’s the morally right thing to do. No one …

W.H. seeks GOP immigration help

President Barack Obama hasn’t given up on immigration reform, but he still needs a way to break through with House Republicans.<p>The White House has reached out to former George W. Bush administration officials, conservative business leaders and selected House members, all in search of a way to hone …