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Everything That's Happened Since Supreme Court Ruled on Voting Rights Act — ProPublica

<i>This post has been updated. It was originally published Nov. 1, 2013.</i><p>As voters head to the polls this November, citizens in more than a dozen states …

The Happiest Country in the World

So far, I’ve been to about ten countries that each claim to be the happiest country on Earth.<p>In Iceland, in Denmark, in Holland, even in India once, someone pulled me aside to claim that their country is the happiest. I never disagree; I just simply ask, “How do you know?”<p>I’ve taken enough Stats …

How to pack like the pros

Does traveling more make you pack less? Not necessarily, although we talked to five high-mileage, high-profile travelers (whose combined annual airline points could buy a private island in the Caribbean) to get their take on carry-on and carrying less.<p>Pauline Frommer<p><i>Publisher of Frommers.com and</i> …

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NASA explains mysterious ocean lights seen by satellite

It sounds like the setup for an episode of "The X-Files." A satellite records evidence of a mysterious cluster of lights in the Atlantic ocean, far from human civilization. Could it be the reappearance of all the lost ships from the Bermuda Triangle? Could it be a secret alien headquarters hidden …

Android 4.4 KitKat unofficially arrives to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

After all the rumors and speculation, Android 4.4 KitKat finally was unveiled on Thursday with a promised update coming to most Nexus devices within weeks. For Galaxy Nexus owners, it was also revealed that the older Nexus handset wouldn’t be getting its hands on KitKat through an official …

Time Machines: The military sphere

<i>Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills.</i><p>If you've ever played the arcade version of <i>Missile Command</i> or used a mechanical mouse, then you've sampled technology that originated in a …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: shape-shifting tires, modular smartphone and the burgeoning cockroach industry

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>Elon Musk made headlines around the world this summer when he lifted the curtain on the "hyperloop" -- a concept for an ultra-fast train that could transport …

10 Song of the Summer Contenders From Daft Punk to Ciara (VIDEO)

At summer’s midway point, Kevin Fallon ranks this year’s contenders for the season’s biggest song.<p>Each year artists hustle to deliver the song of the …

Ohio city of Oberlin debuts community-wide environmental dashboard

The city of Oberlin, Ohio, is pioneering a new website that uses entertaining graphics to show the entire town’s electricity use, water flow, and even water quality — all in real time.<p>The developers call it the Oberlin Environmental Dashboard, and hope it will become a model for motivating …

Reminder in Egypt: Democracies Are Only as Good as Their Institutions

Elected leaders aren't always interested in transforming their countries' politics -- and they can't always do it when they try.<p>Reuters<p>As mass social demonstrations, and the military, have toppled Mohammed Morsi in Egypt and called for new elections, it's worth remembering why transitions to …

John Kerry and Water Sports: An Unfortunate History

The secretary of state is being mocked for staying on his yacht as Egypt erupts. His latest troubled encounter with the sea.<p>It's a holiday week, but as you may have noticed, there are some events going on in the world -- most notably, a coup in a major U.S. ally in the Middle East. You know, the …

How Strong Is the Female Sex Drive After All?

Women may be more sexually omnivorous than men, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're as hungry.<p>Daniel Bergner, a journalist and contributing editor to the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>, knows what women want--and it's not monogamy. His new book, which chronicles his "adventures in the science of …

A Mongolian Neo-Nazi Environmentalist Walks Into a Lingerie Store in Ulan Bator

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria spent time documenting Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass, one of several ultra-nationalist groups that have expanded in the country. The 100-plus members of Tsagaan Khass have recently shifted their focus from activities such as attacks on women it accuses of …

The Southwest's Forests May Never Recover from Megafires

"Abnormal" fire risks have become the new normal.<p>If you doubt that climate change is transforming the American landscape, go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sweltering temperatures there have broken records this summer, and a seemingly permanent orange haze of smoke hangs in the air from multiple …

Greenhouses Made With Salvaged Windows

What better way to recycle old salvaged windows than to build them into a unique garden greenhouse or potting shed?Old windows, doors, and other …

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DIY Chicken Coop

Want a coop tour? Oh, I'm so glad you said yes! I am more than a little stoked about my chicks' new digs.<p>This was a DIY green build through and …

pickled vegetable sandwich slaw

If you’re one of those people who saw the word “pickled” in the title and said “Ugh, no, sorry, not for me,” do know, I was the same not too long ago …

Pure for Flickr

When Yahoo unveiled its all-new Flickr redesign earlier this year, featuring full-res imagery and 1TB of free storage, this perhaps went some way towards reversing the decay suffered by the once vibrant and uber-popular photo-hosting service.<p>While Marissa Mayer is still steadily trying to …

The TSA Has an Instagram Account — And It’s Pretty Weird

Who knew the Department of Homeland Security had an eye for photography?<p>The Transportation Security Administration — better known as the TSA, or the …

AT&T Considers Selling Your Browsing History, Location, And More To Advertisers. Here’s How To Opt Out

Good news, everyone! Wait, no. Not that one. The other one.<p>Bad news, everyone!<p>AT&T is considering selling your usage data (location, web browsing history, etc.) to advertisers, having seemingly decided that it’s been too long since everyone was mad at them.<p>They noted the plan in a preview of an …

Does A $347 3-D Printer Mean The Future Is Here? Or Just Paper-Thin Progress?

Now on Kickstarter, the Buccaneer is designed for easy at-home use, costs less than an iPhone–and just might make or break our collective dream of technology.<p>The magic words, or magic number-plus-letter, of our technological fantasies to date are: 3-D. The 3-D printer is this year’s collective …

SpaceX shows off new nav gear with latest Grasshopper rocket launch-and-landing (video)

We've been watching as the SpaceX Grasshopper's leap has grown higher and higher with each successive launch (and landing!), and the rocket's flights never fail to impress. The reusable spacecraft's latest test is no exception: this time, the 'hopper sailed past its previous 840 feet record, …

Search anonymously on your phone with DuckDuckGo

If the government's PRISM program has you looking over your shoulder, perhaps you'll find yourself a little less paranoid with DuckDuckGo Search & Stories on your phone. The app was released today for iPhone and for Android.<p>DuckDuckGo lets you search anonymously. Unlike other search engines, it …

The Easy Profit Game Ends In Smartphones, So Apple Plays A New One

It seems Samsung and Apple at last have something in common. As the Korean giant forecast its profits would be massive, but slightly below expectations, its stock price took a tumble. It appears the industry has crossed through a level some call “peak smartphone” — the point of maximum profit. This …

Fires still burning in Quebec town 24 hours after runaway train crash

Fires continued burning for more than 24 hours after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires …

Postcards from Mr Bingo: hate mail that's first class – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/may/25/postcards-from-mr-bingo-in-pictures<p>720<p>'I get emails every day begging me for hate mail,' …