Caleb McEachern

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Forget LED bulbs—the future of interior lighting is lasers

Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. He has been instrumental in pushing them to the point that they are the true heir to Edison’s electric bulb. But in his own head, and in his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: …

Engineering

Round the world with kids – what to know before you go

Fed up with the stresses and strains of a working life in London that left little time to spend with our two boys (then aged 6 and 3), my partner and I decided to do the modern equivalent of running away to join the circus: we let the apartment and took the kids travelling the world for a couple of …

Asia Travel

Lisbon Like You've Never Seen It

In Lisbon, for one week this September (9/21 to 9/28), you can become an explorer, seeing the city with its iconic sights in a completely different light. Lisbon Week -- this is only the second time this festival has been offered and the first time it has international appeal -- offers seven themed …

European Travel

How the Internet is killing innovation

<i>Rob May is CEO and cofounder of Backupify.</i><p>I believed the same lies that you still believe, for a long time. I was in college during the early days of the World Wide Web, and like others, I rejoiced in the incredible access to knowledge it provided, and diversity of thought it promoted. So when I …

6 Great Spots in Europe to Visit During Shoulder Season

Imagine... traveling to Europe when the crowds are thin, the weather is pleasant, and the costs are slashed. Don't think it exists? It does. Europe's shoulder seasons -- that beautiful time of year when the temperatures begin their climb upwards or slow descent down, the water is that perfect …

European Travel

Secrets of My Travel Drawer: Avid Travelers Recommend 20 Must-pack Items Vetted by Countless Miles, Mishaps, and Serendipity

You hate packing. I get it. You're worried you're going to forget something crucial or pack too much -- and really, you just want to get on with your vacation. I've logged enough miles now to know my staples; things I've learned after many years, and even more miles, make frustrating moments more …

Travel Gear

How to Choose the Perfect Honeymoon Spot

Planning a wedding often means dealing with a seemingly endless list of over-the-top choices, from the shape of the ice sculpture to whether or not your college roommate's plus-one deserves a spot on the guest list. Save up all that decision-making energy and channel it into the one choice that may …

Weddings

Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

European Travel

What Is the Dress Code for My Cruise?

Today, not all ships offer (or insist on) formal nights. - Photo by Thinkstock<p>Gone are the days when formal nights were a staple of cruising, punctuated by tuxedos and ballroom gowns. Cruise lines have loosened their grip on restrictions for formal wear to accommodate younger travelers' more casual …

Men's Fashion