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Food and Wine

Australia's culinary scene has progressed well beyond the backyard barbie to include some of the best food and wine travel experiences.<p>From the …

Australian PM seeks to block visas for 'hate preachers'

<b>Australia's PM Tony Abbott has said he wants visa rules tightened so preachers of extremist ideologies will be refused entry into the country.</b><p>He said the proposed legal amendments would also make it a crime to "promote terrorism" in Australia and make it easier to ban extremist groups.<p>Australia has …

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“Guardians of the Galaxy”: Marvel’s goofy, exhausting and faintly fascist new franchise

This whimsical space adventure will leave you hooked on a feeling — and longing to stomp Bradley Cooper’s raccoon<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>July 30, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>Once upon a time, the combination of lighthearted whimsy and extreme violence was nearly unknown in popular culture. Of course I am speaking of …

7 biggest myths about big penises

Bigger may be better, but when it comes to a partner’s sexual satisfaction, size is pretty low on the priority list<p>Ej Dickson • Nico Lang<p>July 17, 2014 10:57pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>Here’s a fun anecdote for your next cocktail party: When it came to providing urine …

The Ol' Kids Fighting With Dildos Gun Safety PSA

<i>My money's on the space ranger.</i><p>This is a short gun safety PSA featuring two kids doing battle with dildos. It encourages gun owners to always lock up …

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

The Sunni Rebellion In Iraq

After independence this imperial construction continued to be imposed by despots and dictators. Today it is falling apart (see page 55). At its heart, in Iraq, a Sunni rebellion is boiling. In the past ten days the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in league with large …

What hand you favor shapes your moral choices

Research reveals that being right- or left-handed affects your psychology in ways you’ve probably never expected<p>Mandira Hegde • Andrew Il Yang<p>May 25, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>You’re out to dinner at a restaurant that just recently opened. …

In praise of silent, stoic video game heroes

<b>Master Chief in "Halo"</b><p>A new Atlantic article–no, not that one–suggests that quiet characters create belligerent boys. I’m not so sure<p>Neil Drumming<p>May 22, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>"The Atlantic" ran a story today that suggests unfeeling protagonists in video games may be the cause for boys behaving …

Senate Electoral Dynamics in 2014 and 2016

It is an open question which political party will control the Senate after this year's midterm elections. But no matter the outcome -- whether Republicans gain control or Democrats narrowly retain it -- it is worth taking a look at the underlying dynamics of the Senate field for the next two …

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How to Make People Like You: 6 Science-Based Conversation Hacks

So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think.<p>A while back I posted about how to master conversation skills. Here are 6 …

Aiming for a Top 100 college? It's not at all necessary to thrive, poll finds.

Furthering the debate over the state of US higher education, a Gallup survey of college graduates found that it's what you do at school, not where …

Guybrators! Prostate massagers! Fleshlights! “Louie” and the expanding male sex toy market

<b>Louis C.K. in "Louie" (FX)</b><p>“Louie” makes a (very funny) joke of male sex toys. But they’re much more common than you think<p>Rachel Kramer Bussel<p>May 5, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>Contains a tiny spoiler for tonight’s “Louie”<p>Perhaps the best part of "Louie's" premiere is a long poker-table conversation about …

China's Overseas Real Estate Investment Rose By 25% In 1st Qtr; Chicago Takes Top Spot

China’s outbound real estate investment increased by 25% in the first three months of 2014 from a year earlier to $2.1 billion, according to the figures out today from Jones Lang LaSalle.<p>Growth in residential projects led the way, gaining 80% to $1.1 billion in the first quarter, the Chicago-based …

The sky is falling! Watch debris from Halley’s Comet fall in a stunning meteor shower

<b>(AP)</b><p>Tonight you can view the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, and see celestial debris fall through the Earth’s atmosphere<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 6:40pm (UTC)<p>Tonight, star gazers will be able to witness the peak of the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Each spring the Earth passes through a trail of debris …

New solar breakthrough could be the final nail in coal’s coffin

<b>(Gencho Petkov/Shutterstock)</b><p>Researchers figured out how to make solar cells out of safer, environmentally friendly materials<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>May 5, 2014 7:45pm (UTC)<p>A class of minerals known as perovskites could be the best solar panel material you haven't heard of. Until now, they've been an …

US to grant Syrian Opposition Coalition 'foreign mission' status

The US is giving Syrian opposition groups “foreign mission” status to bolster those challenging president Bashar al-Assad as he tightens his already firm military grip over Syria.<p>The State Department said on Monday the Syrian Opposition Coalition's offices in Washington and New York have been …

Everest 2014: Acclimatization and Pujas on the North Side

With the South Side of Everest shut down, it is certainly a much quieter season on the Big Hill than anyone of us could have ever anticipated. Still, …

Magnitude 6.0 quake jolts Tokyo, 17 reported injured

A strong earthquake jolted Tokyo early Monday, rattling windows and nerves though there were no initial reports of major damage. The national broadcaster NHK, citing local authorities, said 17 people were reported injured, some of them from falls as the quake struck.<p>The Japan Meteorological Agency …

Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Resumes After 17-Day Break

The sensational trial of Olympian Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius — charged with premeditated murder for killing his girlfriend with four shots fired through his bathroom door on Valentine’s Day of last year — resumed on Monday after a 17-day hiatus.<p>Following weeks of drama fit for the big screen — …

How to Save Money for Your Round the World (RTW) Trip

Eight months before Charles and I first started traveling back in 2002, I was a broke university grad with a student loan and almost no savings.<p>In …

25 Lessons Learnt While Travelling In Asia For 3 Years

Quick Navigation<p><b>“Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning.”</b><p><i>– Harvey Lloyd</i><p>Time flies. I still can’t believe it’s been 3 years …

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