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California vies with other states in commercial space race

SAN FRANCISCO — As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives.<p>They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of …

Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria

Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.<p>Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of …

13 Places You Should Visit In 2013

We looked at major developments, cultural trends, and global festivals to find the hottest places to travel around the world in 2013.<p>There are vast untouched landscapes that offer incredible outdoor experiences, cities that are experiencing a cultural rebirth, and up-and-coming destinations that …

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10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia<p><b>The diving:</b> Indonesia boasts an …

The 25 Best Hotels In The World

We've created the ultimate list of the best hotels in the world by aggregating four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites.<p>The rankings we used were Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual …

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The HistoMap – Four thousand years of world history

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

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The 10 most famous cars sold at auction

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A Java Escape

The World's Highest-Paid DJs

Just a few years removed from bagging groceries in Scotland, Calvin Harris is now the world’s highest-paid DJ. He leads a cast of musicians collecting six-figure nightly checks for performing at nightspots from Las Vegas to Ibiza—and for other business ventures once reserved only for rock, rap and …

Five of Australia's treasured islands

Ah, Australia. Partying the night away amid the bright lights of Sydney. Exploring the undersea extravaganza of the Great Barrier Reef. Watching the sun rise over wind-sculpted Uluru. A visit Down Under is never short of do-before-you-die moments.<p>But did you know that there’s a whole lot more to Oz …

Sleep Like a Monkey: Nine Highflying Tree House Hotels (Photos)

Don't Look Down!<p>Check into one of these hotels to fulfill your childhood fantasies but with grown-up, luxury accommodations.<p>06.30.13 4:45 AM ET

Amazing Photos of Places You Need To Visit

You've thought of Paris, the Great Wall of China and the Amazon rainforest. We've thought of the not-so-typical yet completely remarkable places to …

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A Lotus in the Desert: China's Xiangshawan Resort

In the Xiangshawan Desert, a remote stretch of dunes in Inner Mongolia, about 350 miles west of Beijing, an architectural lotus recently blossomed: the Desert Lotus Hotel. The hotel is part of a new resort built amid a vast sea of sand dunes, increasingly popular with Chinese tourists. The resort …

Parametric Architecture Rattles The Italian Alps

With the Paramount Alma Residence, PLASMA Studio places a contemporary and well considered wake-up call in a sleepy town of quaint chalets.<p>Tucked away in the northernmost part of Italy’s South Tyrol province is the picturesque town of Sesto. The thousand-year-old hamlet sits at the base of the …

Red Bull Billionaire Buys A New Million Dollar Extreme Submarine

Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz just dropped $1.7 million on a new extreme submarine. Part jet fighter<b>,</b> part great white shark, the DeepFlight Super Falcon glides underwater with the agility of a dolphin. Mateschitz hired Hawkes Ocean Technologies to build the bespoke submersible for …

Garmin readies Android-powered Monterra outdoor GPS

Today, Garmin pulled the wraps off of its new Monterra -- a handheld, outdoor GPS device that can survive in conditions and environments where few smartphones dare to tread.<p>At first glance, the newest model in Garmin's line of outdoor GPS devices looks remarkably similar to the existing Montana …

Google’s other plan to connect the unconnected: satellites

There’s a lot of attention focused on Project Loon, Google’s ambitious and bureaucracy-defying plan to blanket the Earth with internet signals from …

Pink Floyd says Pandora is 'tricking artists,' joins other musicians in attack on the service

Iconic band is latest to lash out at Pandora's attempts to cut royalties to artists<p>Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy<p>The war of words between Pandora and much of the music industry continues to escalate. The latest volley was fired by none other than members of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd, who lashed out …

U.S. Mayors to Obama: Quit Cracking Down on Marijuana

Syrian fighting threatens site of earliest known urban warfare

<i>By Owen Jarus<br>LiveScience</i><p>An ancient city in Syria, which was the site of the earliest known case of urban warfare, now finds itself threatened by the effects of a modern-day war.<p>Around 5,500 years ago, before writing was even invented, the people of an ancient city called Hamoukar, located in …

Architects Want To Turn A Nigerian Slum Into A City That Floats On Water

Lagos, Nigeria is one of the world's ever-expanding "megacities"—urban centers with populations of more than 10 million.<p>Places like this are increasingly demanding the attention of forward-thinking architects and urban planners who can help address the demands arising from this rapid expansion, …

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16 Tips From The Depression Era That Are Actually Life Hacks

Because wasting your hard-earned gravy is bonkers.<p>Check out this post for 46 more penny-pinching tips.

10 Great Pool Houses from Members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory

Now that it’s finally summer, we’re ready to break out the SPF 85 and brave the sun. Here are 12 of our favorite pool houses from the Remodelista …

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Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

We're building a comprehensive, firm-wide resource for project specifications.<p>This is what great architecture looks like today.<p>Find the best brands for every architectural product and material.<p>Renowned architects have now created more than 100 houses in the city.<p>José Selgas and Lucía Cano explore …

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10 Inspiring Entries in National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest

You now have less than a week to enter the ultimate photo contest! To date, we've shown you both some nature standouts as well as some stellar animal entries in the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. If you think you've got what it takes, you have until June 30th to enter and win a …

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