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How To Make Frozen Watermelon Mint Margaritas

Summer's here and it is hot out there, people. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is with a boozy frozen drink (duh!). We're all about the wine slushies, frozen daiquiris, spiked shakes, and of course, margaritas. Our latest obsession? Frozen Watermelon Mint Margaritas! Read on for the …

Social Security Trustees Report Without the Hysteria

Every year the Social Security trustees issue their report on the financial condition of the program. In the past this release was generally accompanied by some serious deep breathing as reporters warned of multi-trillion dollar shortfalls and the impending bankruptcy of the program. This could be …

Creative Commons is building a mobile app to kill stock photos

Content sharing nonprofit Creative Commons has been hard at work over a mobile app that lets people and organizations request and use images from users under an open license — ringing the death knell for stock photos.<p>It’s called The List, because it provides lists of locations, people, objects and …

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.<p>But if you're lucky — …

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

This post originally appeared over on the Maptia Blog<i>. The team at Maptia are creating a beautiful platform for telling stories about places (launching soon!) and you can check out their</i> 'See The World' <i>manifesto here.</i><p>The relationship between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and …

Smartphones in the Concert Hall

At a recent concert where I played the Brahms concerto, a young man in the second row filmed my entire performance on his smartphone. When I first noticed him, my reaction was one of surprise and mild annoyance. This sort of thing is prohibited, as a rule, in most if not all traditional concert …

AbleNook designers offer alternative to disaster-relief tents and trailers

The young designers behind the Ablenook believe utilitarian temporary shelters don’t have to be unwieldy, ugly, or expensive.<p>There are few mainstays …

How Does All Your Stuff Get to You? Inside the Shipping Industry

Almost everything you own and consume came to you via a container ship, but we know almost nothing about the industry. Rose George, author of the new …

Nexus 7 finds Apple napping

Google has beat Apple at its own Retina-display-thumping game. Meet the Nexus 7, the eye-popping 323-pixels-per-inch wonder.<p>It is, in a way, the (rumored) iPad Mini Retina wrapped in Android 4.3.<p>Here's the deal: If you can find most of the apps you need on Google's Play Store and would like a small …

In Chicago, 3-D Printers Are Available To Anyone With A Library Card

The Harold Washington Library's new Maker Lab is free and open to the public. Get making!<p>3-D printing may be the way of the future, but for the average Joe, actually getting ahold of a 3-D printer to use on the cheap remains somewhat challenging.<p>Starting this week, though, 3-D printing will be as …

France Battles Scourge Of Ready-To-Eat Meals In Restaurants

France's vaunted culinary culture has been taking it on the chin lately.<p>First came the news, which we told you about in April, that the majority of France's restaurants are now fast-food joints.<p>And now, another blow. In a recent survey of French restaurants, more than a third fessed up that they …

The ‘Soldier’ With the Bazooka—World War II, Iraq, and a Story of the Good War

A World War II veteran shares an unexpected photo, and story, with Iraq War veteran Phil Klay.<p>A few years ago I attended a party for World War II …

The first 3D-printed battery is as tiny as a grain of sand

Imagine a computer so small it could slip through the human bloodstream. At just a millimeter in width, a new battery built by a Harvard University …

North Carolina Punishes Owners of Gas Efficient Cars

It’s hard to see why else the state would propose a measure to lay a special tax on owners of hybrid and electric cars, writes Daniel Gross.<p>For a …

Voter Suppression, Chris Christie Style

Chris Christie, Mr. October! (So blacks don't turnout in large numbers when he's on the ballot.)<p>So this is all pretty obvious, innit? Chris Christie …

Google Will Soon Launch Google Web Designer, A Free HTML5 Development Tool For Creating Web Apps, Sites And Ads

Google will soon launch Google Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for “creative professionals.” The service, Google says, will launch within “the coming months” and is meant to “empower creative professionals to create cutting-edge advertising as well as engaging web content like sites and …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Top 5 investigative videos of the week: “Poverty is what makes the rich rich”

<b>Scene still from "Poor Us"</b><p>From New York’s crack epidemic to Stockton’s Great Depression, a look at the finest docs YouTube has to offer<p>Amanda Pike<p>June 2, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Some questions prompted by this week’s videos:<p>• Are your personal finances in better shape than your city’s?<br>• Why does the media …

Are We at the Electric Car’s Tipping Point?

Tesla’s making money, sales are up, and plug-in prices are coming down in a big way. By Daniel Gross.<p>“I would build a motorcar for the great …

The Fringe Factor: Grover Norquist is a Muslim?

A rundown of this week’s crackpot theories from our fearless political leaders.<p><b>Grover Norquist Is a Secret Muslim</b><p>How do you spot a Muslim? A beard is …

Cicada Time-Lapse Video By Samuel Orr Makes Insects Look Beautiful

A good piece of art makes you appreciate what it means to be alive, and Indiana-based cinematographer Samuel Orr's spectacular short film about cicadas does just that.<p>In order to make the video, Orr, a 42-year-old natural history filmmaker and time-lapse photographer, told The Huffington Post he's …

College Credit Mexican American Studies Class Replaces Banned Arizona Public School Offering

A Mexican American studies curriculum that was banned in Tucson public schools is back, in the form of an after-school course for college credit.<p>Two former teachers of the program, Curtis Acosta and Sean Arce, announced Tuesday that they will team up with Prescott College to offer a Mexican …

Dear Fox Business: Nature's Calling

Now, I have been known on occasion to bury the lede somewhat in my blogs, so let me be upfront about this:<p><b>Lou Dobbs and his all-male panel on Fox Business are pretty deluded.</b><p>They have clearly watched that scene with the monkeys from the Dawn of Man in <i>2001-A Space Odyssey</i> a few too many times, and …

What does it really feel like to fall out of a building?

<b>The Falling Man of the "Mad Men" opening credits (AMC)</b><p>Life speeds up when we get older and slows down when we are terrified. Unlocking the mysteries of time perception<p>Claudia Hammond<p>May 25, 2013 7:35pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception”<p>When BBC reporter …

Is salt really so bad for you?

<b>(Shutterstock/Jiri Hera)</b><p>Decades of science show no conclusive evidence that cutting back on dietary sodium reduces cardiovascular morbidity<p>Michael S. Fenster<p>May 27, 2013 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.<p>No salt, low salt, salt free, heart-healthy salt substitution–any …

‘Something Happened to My Head. I Couldn’t Get Focused’

Many World War II veterans felt lost after returning home. They dropped out of school and couldn’t focus on their postwar lives. Pulitzer …

Google's Timelapse project shows how the Earth has changed over a quarter of a century

Google has expanded its mapping platform to launch a new project called Timelapse, taking you back through time to see how our planet has changed over the last 25 years. To create its new interactive HTML5 animations, Google teamed up with the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and TIME to combine …

BASE jumper's terrifying 1,000-foot fall caught on GoPro

For many of us, the video below of Matthew Gough falling 1,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned during a BASE jump is like watching a common nightmare brought to life.<p>Remarkably, the video bears even more similarities to that horrible falling dream than first meets the eye, in that in the …

Living On Bitcoin For A Week: The Expense Report

A few readers asked if I would provide the (very convoluted) ledger from my week of living on Bitcoin. Here is the accounting, including how I spent my Bitcoin and the value of that Bitcoin in U.S. dollars at the time I spent it. You’ll see the week was not just an exercise in living on Bitcoin but …

Pheed iPhone Craze Heads To Android

Pheed, a new social media platform aimed toward the younger generation, has just released a much-anticipated Android app, now available on Google Play.<p>The wildly popular social network, which launched in November last year and attracted millions of users and visitors since, is geared primarily …