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TRAVEL TAIWAN: THINGS you've gotta KNOW, BEFORE you GO!

12 Days in Taiwan | Summer of 2013 (Part 1 of 5)

Instagramming Around Taiwan

While traveling through Taiwan with AFAR Magazine and Taiwan Tourism, I recorded my initial thoughts and shared my favorite images through Instagram. …

Taiwan Eats: Braised Eggplant with Garlic and Basil

Braising eggplant until just soft and thoroughly flavored is not a common technique in Western-style cooking routines. But in Asia, where eggplant varieties tend toward long and slender shapes like zucchini, it's ubiquitous, often featured in stir-fries and curries. A typical Sichuan braised …

7 Questions About Taiwan You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

Before traveling to Taiwan I didn’t know a lot about it. Well, that’s not quite true, I knew of its recent history and had a vague idea of the …

Careful what you tweet: Police, schools tap social media to track behavior

A teenager who claimed "sarcasm" after talking on Facebook about shooting up a kindergarten spent months in jail this year for making a "terroristic threat." Over the summer, Instagram photos of guns and money led to New York City’s largest gun bust ever. A mom's Facebook photo of her baby with a …

Social Media

The 10 Jobs With The Biggest Projected Salary Gains In 2014

We all know that software jobs are taking over the world. With smartphones battling for dominance through their software and interface design, cars chock full of programmable devices (I don’t own one but every time I rent I feel like I need an hour-long tutorial just to use the radio), and wearable …

How to Save Africa’s Elephants

In the 1980s, I did a stint as a wildlife researcher in Kenya. I witnessed a decade of unprecedented slaughter of African elephants by poachers, out to profit from rising ivory demand in Asia’s fast-growing economies of the day.<p>By 1989, more than 600,000 elephants had been killed—half of Africa’s …

Extinction

Hidden Hawaii: Exploring Mana Creek

On October 20th 2012, at approximately 9:35 a.m., history in the realm of human exploration was made. There was no victory parade nor a welcoming party, no medals or badges awarded. You didn’t read about it in a magazine or see it on the interwebs, for this is a tale that has gone almost entirely …

Alice In Wonderland

Autumn in Grand Teton National Park

It snowed on the night I arrived in Grand Teton.<p>The next morning, on the last day of September, the wall of mountains simply disappeared into whiteness, and as I hiked through the sagebrush, my face tingling with falling drops of ice, I sent this tweet:<p><i>big snowstorm overhead/ mountains melt into</i> …

National Parks

Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China after mass evacuation

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1016000/1016704_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518489322_635500e7ced397362d3d91af6c52d554<p><b>Powerful Typhoon Fitow has rammed into eastern China after triggering the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.</b><p>With winds up to 151km/h …

Natural Disasters