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That Physicist in Omaha Is Still Working on a Warp Drive in His Garage

And he's filed for a patent.<p>When David Pares works in his garage at night, he has to do it by flashlight. That's because he just doesn't have the power for lights with what he says he's building in there: the first-ever working warp motor, the holy grail of sci-fi technology.<p>Even as bold claims go, …

Is There a Better Way to Talk About Wine?

When the wine critic James Suckling described a Ch<i>â</i>teau Haut-Brion in the pages of <i>Wine Spectator</i> in 1992, he needed just a single phrase to sum up the taste: “Big and meaty, with lots of fruit and full tannins, but featuring a sweetness and silkiness on the finish.” At the time, the field of wine …

Discover Mythology Across Iceland

Iceland has a mythical history like no other place, filled with stories of elves, trolls, vikings, ghosts, and fortune tellers. Each region of …

L'Anse Aux Meadows & the Viking Discovery of North America

For almost eighty years, the United States has celebrated Christopher Columbus day to honor the discoverer of the New World. For all the controversy …

Archaeology

A virtuous Viking: the medieval legend of Havelok the Dane

Many regions of England are fascinated by their Viking heritage, and that was as true in the medieval period as it is today. Here, Dr Eleanor Parker …

The Science That Makes Car Engines Sound So Different

The physics of engine notes, explained.<p><b>What separates a Porsche flat-six from a Toyota Avalon V-6</b>—aside from the bank angle, the power output, the engine location, and your interest in owning one? At full throttle, the Porsche belts out an aggressive mechanical rasp while the Avalon mutters a …

Butchertown Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients (6)<p>Ice<br>• 2 ounces high-proof rye whiskey<br>• 3/4 ounce amontillado sherry<br>• 1/4 ounce Cointreau<br>• 2 vigorous dashes orange bitters<br>• Lemon peel, for …

Recipes

How to Make Aquavit

In addition to using caraway and dill—the most traditional flavors for aquavit—in Sweden, home cooks make the spirit with an infinite variety of …

How does your expat package stack up?

Working overseas can be a fantastic way to see the world and add deeper experience and colour to your resume.<p>But, the rich packages for expats — the kind that offered big salary premiums or even membership of the local yacht club — are harder and harder to secure.<p>Packages for expats have become …

Retirement

Leviathan of last resort

EVER since Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in 2008 a common assumption has been that the crisis happened because the state surrendered control of …

Bitcoin Falls Below The $400 Mark, Down More Than 60% From Its All-Time High

Bitcoin reached another milestone today, with the cryptocurrency falling below the $400 per-coin mark. Bitcoin sold for over $1,100 inside of the last 52 weeks.<p>The price correction was driven by news from China, as it often has been. Fresh rumors of a government crackdown on the currency in the …

What Bitcoin Users Need To Know About Heartbleed

If you’re using a bitcoin wallet or an online wallet or exchange, Heartbleed could be a very real problem for you and your BTC. Luckily, things have finally settled down after a few days of panic and there are a few very easy ways to ensure you’re protected.<p>First, understand that the core bitcoin …

5 fantastic free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t

When it comes to smartphone platforms, there’s plenty to enjoy on iOS and Android alike. The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is obviously a heated one …

Don’t dump your bonds when interest rates rise

It’s a no-brainer, right? Owning bonds is bad when interest rates are on the rise.<p>Not so fast.<p>A review of past rising-rate periods shows that bond …

7 reasons to buy emerging-market stocks

They say the time to buy is when there’s blood on the streets.<p>Well, in emerging markets, it’s there now.<p>From São Paulo to Seoul, and from Mexico City …

6 reasons your investments stink

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an investment portfolio you could just forget about? Wouldn’t it be great if you could free yourself from the …

Hedged dividend investing for retirement

When it comes building a retirement-income portfolio, retirees are often faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge: They have to figure out how …

The ultimate contrarian’s bets for 2014

This is the busy time of year at the hedge fund Pariah Capital.<p>Pariah is a super-exclusive, super-elite (and completely hypothetical) fund which …

What the big money is betting on in 2014

What does 2014 hold for financial markets? The world’s biggest money managers are making some bold bets for the New Year, according to a new …

Where to invest in 2014? Recap of our live video chat

Stocks, bonds, China, REITs: MarketWatch columnists discuss your portfolio priorities

How financial advisers are investing for 2014

Divergent market moves and concerns about higher interest rates ahead are two of the factors that have propelled some financial advisers to tweak …