Jasen Melnick

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The Emergency Management Employee Who Sent Hawaii’s False Missile Alert Has Been Reassigned

On Saturday morning, Hawaiians (and vacationers) spent 38 terrifying minutes sending “last goodbyes” to loved ones and attempting to find adequate shelter after an employee “pushed the wrong button,” which sent out a false alert about a ballistic missile inbound from North Korea. Both Rep. Tulsi …

Ajit Pai

Pandemonium and Rage in Hawaii

A false alert of an impending missile attack highlights just how unprepared the country is for nuclear disaster.<p>Why would my 22-year-old brother be calling so early on a Saturday morning? I’d ignored the first call. But the second time the phone rang, I picked it up. He was panicking, his voice …

North Korea

9 Steps to Get You Ready to Move Abroad

Whether you're moving to London to study abroad for a year or working in Bali indefinitely, the process is entirely manageable.<p>It's finally …

How dangerous are vacations in Mexico?

The most recent US travel warnings for tourists going to Mexico triggered confusion and criticism. But they are the result of political pressure and …

This Is Probably What Neanderthals Sounded Like

Whenever Neanderthals turn up in pop culture, they tend to either make grunting ape sounds, use halting English in guttural voices, or spice up their …

Anthropology

The makers of Helix Steel say their tiny, twisted fibers can reinforce concrete faster and more efficiently than traditional rebar. But is the rest of the industry ready to believe them?

On Aug. 4, 2015, workers on Manhattan’s East Side unloaded the first truckful of a new kind of steel construction material that would be used for the …

How Emergency Alerts Are Supposed to Happen

Human error is blamed for a false alarm of a missile heading for Hawaii, but the scare left Americans wondering how the missile detection and …

The 38 Essential Mexico City Restaurants

The first thing any visitor to the Mexican capital will take in — probably while staring in awe out the window as their airplane descends over the intense, urbanity-on-steroids sprawl — is the sheer size of this town, 573 square miles in total. It’s densely populated and patchworked with distinct …

4 Sprint Workouts That’ll Increase Your Speed

Plus, why picking up the pace is so important to improving your performance.<p>Here’s the thing about running: If you don’t ever run fast, you’re never going to get faster. So if you’re trying to improve your running performance—even if it’s just to get those miles over with more quickly—then you need …

Congress Changed 529 College Savings Plans, And Now States Are Nervous

If you're like most Americans, you don't have a 529 college savings plan.<p>If you're like most Americans, you don't even know what it is.<p>All the more reason to keep reading.<p>That's because, with the new tax law, Republicans have made important changes to 529 plans that will affect millions of …

This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted

...even if the cause is bad weather.<p>As the snow falls and the temperatures drop down the entire East Coast, thousands of people have found themselves …

5 Things We Just Learned About Silicon Valley's Drug-Fueled Sex Parties

It's all fun and games for the big-name men who attend, but women end up disadvantaged<p>When you think of Silicon Valley and its tech startup culture, you probably picture dorky computer whizzes in zip-up hoodies hammering away at their keyboards all day before switching over to video games sometime …

Swearing, Using Foul Language May Be A Sign Of Honesty

People who tend to swear more could be more honest and trustworthy with their opinions and ideas, a new study has shown.<p>An international team of …

C. difficile epidemic caused by food additive

When <i>Clostridium difficile</i> infections rear their ugly head, patients are at serious risk. But no one knows what is behind the soaring number of …

The 10 Best TRX Moves for Runners

If you’re not using these straps to improve your running performance, you should be.<p>To get better, most runners—well, run. But the best runners know that improving speed and endurance isn’t just about logging more miles; it also requires time in the gym. And one of the best ways to build the …

3 Compensation Secrets Airlines Don't Want You to Know

'Tis the season of overcrowded airports, overbooked flights, and massive airline delays. On the bright side, you may be entitled to more than you …

Airlines

The Key to Seeing a New City Like a Local, According to Full-time Travelers

It's all in the timing.<p>For a lucky few, traveling isn’t just a passion or a hobby, but rather a full-time job that happens to come with a whole lot …

Physicists Test a Strange Nuclear Sphere That Could Revolutionise Fusion Energy

Like nothing we've seen.<p>It's well established that nuclear fusion - the reaction that powers our Sun - could be the key to unlocking clean, limitless …

Why American doctors keep doing expensive procedures that don’t work

The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half.<p>The recent news that stents inserted in patients with heart disease to keep arteries open work no better than a placebo ought to be shocking. Each year, hundreds of thousands of American patients receive stents for the …

Why a Small City in Pennsylvania Just Shattered a Snowfall Record

The Great Lakes region is sending the year out with a bang. Wave after wave of lake effect snow has pummeled the region, making for a record-setting …

The Tax Bill’s Gift to Big Coal

By now, it’s no secret that the sweeping tax reform package approved by Congress last week includes a bunch of provisions that help the oil and gas …

The Best Places to Stay in Tuscany

In this guide, you'll find the best places to stay in Tuscany, from top-rated hotels in Tuscany's popular hill towns and cities to agriturismo …

Tuscany

Why You Need to Stop Eating Egg Whites

Scan the “healthy” section of a brunch menu and there you’ll find it: the world’s saddest order, the egg white omelet. This time will be different, …

California says the only safe way to talk on your cell phone is to text

Earlier this month, the California department of health released guidelines warning residents to avoid putting mobile phones up to their heads.<p>“Keep your phone away from your body,” the state health department writes. “Although the science is still evolving, some laboratory experiments and human …

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The Mystery of Maine’s Viking Penny

The coin is the real deal, but how did it get all the way from Norway?<p>The story that Guy Mellgren told about the curious silver coin began on the …

We Have Failed to Regulate Thousands of Potentially Hazardous Chemicals, Warn Scientists

This is not a drill.<p>This week, the US government delayed a ban on three hazardous chemicals known to be dangerous and even lethal to human beings, …

Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied to Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep

Older brains may forget more because they lose their rhythm at night.<p>During deep sleep, older people have less coordination between two brain waves that are important to saving new memories, a team reports in the journal <i>Neuron.</i><p>"It's like a drummer that's perhaps just one beat off the rhythm," says …

Thrilling hikes alongside face-sized spiders in Taiwan's version of Yosemite

Before I tell you about the Zhuilu Old Trail, I should confess that the day before I got there, I failed my first Taiwanese test of fortitude.<p>Guide Steven Chang and I were hiking alongside the Shakadang River in Taroko National Park, a medley of gorges, mountains, jungles and waterfalls that is …

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German Words to Avoid: A Special Slang Glossary

Warning: This article may contain examples of the following language:<p><b>unanständig</b> dirty, obscene, indecent; improper, rude, ill-mannered• <b><br>unanständige</b> …

Koch Brothers Are Cities' New Obstacle to Building Broadband

The three Republican commissioners now in power at the FCC voted this week to erase the agency's legal authority over high-speed Internet providers. …