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The most important stuff about America we still don’t know.<p>Washington spends billions of dollars every year collecting information on the country, from high-profile surveys like the monthly jobs report to the little-known census of mink operations. But for all the resources expended to collect, …

Downtown Los Angeles hasn't seen this much construction since the 1920s

On the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles, workers are putting the finishing touches on the Wilshire Grand, the West Coast's tallest building. Owned by Korean Air, it rises 1,100 feet and will have a hotel, offices and observation deck when finished.<p>Two blocks …

Skyscrapers

Alexa May Have Won CES, But It Still Has a Fight Ahead - MIT Technology Review

Amazon doesn’t have an official presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it’s making no shortage of headlines thanks to its Alexa …

Secrets Of A Professional Gift Wrapper

Wrap your gifts this year like a true perfectionist.<p>Wrapping presents in pretty paper is a weird tradition, when you think about it. It also takes on a slightly sinister, “big industry” quality when you look into its origins: Gift wrap was popularized in the United States in 1917 by the Halls …

This Is the BEST New Website for Spontaneous Travelers

Love to jet set on a whim? Know you’d like to get away, but not sure where to go (even though you def have your eye on Brit’s fave travel destinations)? Lucky for you, there’s a tech for that. From apps that’ll give you access to maps without wifi to sites dedicated to uncovering cheap …

Washington D.C.

Book Your Health Vacation Now

EXPERIENCE SUMMER<p>EUR 357.- 3 nights, per person, double occupancy<p>Whether you prefer superb hikes, sporty adventures or just want to relax. Summer …

Four Airlines Fined For Misinforming Passengers About Compensation For Lost Bags & Being Bumped

If you’re involuntarily bumped from an overbooked flight, or if your bags are lost, the airline owes you some form of compensation. It turns out that …

LaGuardia's construction project is causing a travel nightmare

Travelers navigating the Grand Central Parkway is now a common sight, as construction has brought traffic entering the airport to a standstill, according to the New York Times.<p>The Transportation Security Administration now warns to arrive at La Guardia "a minimum of 2-2 ½ hours" before takeoff. …

Inside New Lab, an 84,000-Square-Foot Tech Paradise in Brooklyn

The collaborative workspace for emerging technology in robotics, artificial intelligence, and design, has just opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.<p>Nearly a century ago, Building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a hub of military innovation—tens of thousands of workers toiling by the water, building …

Lighting Outdoor Portraits Using A Beauty Dish | Joel Grimes

Among the various lighting modifiers, the beauty dish is a favorite for many portrait and fashion photographers. It’s different from all other light …

Canon

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

Scientists break record for keeping lab-grown human embryos alive

Research gives glimpse of critical period of human development, sparking calls for debate on current 14-day legal limit for embryo experimentation<p>Researchers have broken the record for growing human embryos in the lab, keeping them alive and active beyond the stage when they would naturally implant …

Genetics

Photographer Captures An Underwater Dance Of Colors

<p>Luka Klikovac’s light movements render incredible records of water-immersed colored fluids.</p><p>The shapes displayed in Luka Klikovac's work look like colored smoke, or maybe strange deep-sea creatures, but they're actually mixtures of colored and black liquids immersed in water. The …

Is Digital Technology Making Us Any Better Off? One Prominent Economist Says No And He May Be Right

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO of a conventional …

Innovation

For The First Time, Mac Users Have to Worry About Malware That Locks Their Computer And Demands a Ransom

Here's what you need to know.<p>Ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts all the data on your computer until you pay the attackers a ransom (often in …

The most promising cancer treatment in decades is about to get better

Patient Carole Linderman speaks to Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli before her blood is drawn for a liquid biopsy at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. AP The rise of immunotherapy has been one of the most startling and promising developments in cancer research for …

Small Design Details That Make a Big Impact

Vibrant, dramatic wall paint makes a big visual impact in just about any room. As does a patterned sofa in the living room or a graphic rug in the …

At Tech Conference, Meet The Tesla Of Bikes And A Weaponized Phone

You might think of Barcelona as an enchanted, historic European city. This week, it's home to a massive tech gathering: the Mobile World Congress. Tens of thousands of people from every corner of the earth are there — many showcasing the novel ways they're connecting citizen-consumers to the …

Apple vs. FBI: Bill Gates weighs in, while protests are planned across the nation

Amid the tense standoff between the FBI and Apple, a Los Angeles congressman on Tuesday urged FBI Director James Comey to drop the demand the tech giant help the agency unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists.<p>Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) wrote in a letter to Comey that it should …

Privacy

These secret codes have completely changed how I watch Netflix

We've all been there. You sit down on the couch, turn on Netflix, and the next thing you know, you've spent 20 minutes scrolling through shows and movies without finding a single thing you actually want to watch.<p>You feel like you've seen everything before, the recommended choices don't look …

The idea of new collections not being available to buy for months is outmoded in a world of instant gratification and incessant buying<p>A barometer of the fashion industry right now shows the outlook as unsettled at best and volatile and stormy at worst, but with a long-term forecast for brighter …

Fashion Shows

The Most Romantic Islands in the World: Readers' Choice Awards

When it comes to romantic getaways, there's something infinitely appealing about the isolation and untouched beauty of an island. Whether you want a luxury resort for your honeymoon or a pristine beach for a last-minute Valentine's Day escape, you can't go wrong with these 20 destinations, voted …

Tens of thousands flee Aleppo siege

A humanitarian crisis has mounted in Syria's second city as the Assad regime looks set for a major offensive. Turkey's prime minister warned global …

Photographer Spent 2,500 Hours Capturing Stunning Photos of Complex Snowflakes

Through his camera lens, Canadian photographer Don Komarechka explores a world which cannot been seen by the naked eye. Specifically interested in nature and macro photography, images by the young artist reveal a closer look at how the universe works. His recently unveiled piece, <i>The Snowflake</i>, …

The Sony a6000: Small and Light

The world's most beautiful airport control towers

National Air and Space Museum

The Best Hotels in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis of finance and culture and the best hotels help guests get beneath the surface of the city. Choose the spot that …