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Does a 1960s Elvis song hold the key to Bowie's Blackstar, and 5 other theories behind his mysterious farewell

"His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be."<p>So wrote Tony Visconti, David Bowie's long-term producer and friend, on Visconti's Facebook page two hours after news of Bowie's death was made …

David Bowie

Greece Today: Safe, Affordable -- and More Beautiful Than Ever

I was in Greece last week and experienced a country completely different than was being portrayed on TV, amazed at how political and economic considerations could color the news so darkly. The fear-mongering did not work and Greeks voted overwhelmingly last week to say No to Europe's impossible …

Europe

Why We Need ‘Travel Experts’

Pity the poor “travel expert.” Just about everyone wants to be one—or at least drink cocktails on a beach for a living (and do let me know if you find that job description out there). Yet which “title” gets air-quoted more often?<p>This probably happens because, unlike a field like neuroparasitology, …

Why National Parks Matter

I participate in a program at Nat Geo headquarters in which “seasoned” staffers like me nurture junior staffers. But I’m always astonished by how much mentors learn from the people they’re supposed to advise.<p>Take my current mentee, Valerie Perry, a technical production specialist working for our <i>Nat</i> …

Around the World in 8 Stunning Sunsets

<i>Photo: Nick Lake</i><p>There are sunsets... and then there are <i>sunsets</i>. This collection of adventurous destinations is the latter. We hope that you get a chance to go out and experience views like these for yourself, or at the very least, take a look, daydream, and enjoy these brilliant hues.<p><b>Summit Lake,</b> …

Hiking

This drone footage of Oahu’s North Shore will get you stoked for summer

THE LONG, PAINFUL WINTER OF 2015 is coming to an end, and it’s time to start getting psyched for summer. Fortunately, we live in a world with the …

Drones

Gigapixels of Andromeda [4K]

Kindle Unlimited and the ongoing commoditization of books

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / Anya Berkut<p>If you know anyone who writes books, or if you follow any authors on social media, you’re …

Uber’s Latest Experiment Is Uber Cargo, A Logistics Service In Hong Kong

Uber is often talked about for its potential to develop into a global logistics service, and customers in Hong Kong are getting a glimpse at what that might look like after a new ‘rent-a-van’ service called Uber Cargo launched in the city-state.<p>The U.S. company often trials new project in single …

Hong Kong

These Were the 20 Most Popular Websites Every Year Since 1996

Webcrawler and AOL were the Google and Facebook of the 90s.<p><b>You could forgive Webcrawler,</b> Netscape, and Excite if they looked around in the mid-1990s and thought they would rule the internet forever. How quickly things change online.<p>The <i>Washington Post</i> just published this look back at web dominance …

Time Warner

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

Health Tip: Find Purpose in Life

The growing science on how a body imbued with meaning becomes physically healthier<p>There are a handful of junctures in life when a person’s sense of purpose is prone to twinkle and fade. In unemployment or professional stagnation; in financial or romantic straits, or after the death of a loved one; …

The one thing that could save the world: Why we need empathy now more than ever

Critics say that empathy clouds our judgment and distracts us from true morality. Here’s what they’re missing<p>Empathy is trending. President Obama wants to tackle America’s "empathy deficit," medical students routinely receive empathy training, and everyone from business gurus to the Dalai Lama have …

I was a conservative coward: How the midterms evoked my past of shame, terror and Fox News

The awful midterm returns made me grapple with my dark past. It also made me realize: Fox and the right are losing<p><i>What worries you, masters you.</i>— John Locke<p>Observing the latest bout of irrational fear and stupidity over Ebola and the radical jihad group ISIS, I’m reminded of my own innate fear, an …

50 Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography

Anybody can pick up a camera and take a picture, but it takes a skillfull photographer to utilize composition, exposure, and aperture to take a …

Don’t call it gentrification

“Dispatches Against Displacement” author James Tracy on fighting to keep cities from becoming rich-only playgrounds<p>In the early 1990s, a punk rock kid named James Tracy moved from the gritty North Bay city of Vallejo to nearby San Francisco and got a job driving a delivery truck for a thrift store …

9 Insane Cliff Views Around The World

<i>By Lauren Kilberg, CNTraveler.com</i><p>The U.S.'s own Grand Canyon is in good company with these spectacular views around the world.<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel Mistakes We All Think We're Too Smart to Make -- but Do Anyway<p>How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Paris<p>Follow Conde Nast Traveler …

Grand Canyon

Co-founder of “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” drowns at age 27

Corey Griffin died over the weekend off the coast of Massachusetts<p>Philanthropist Corey Griffin died on Aug. 16 at the age of 27. Griffin helped co-found the viral "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," which has swept across the world this summer. The young man began actively raising money to fight …

With Lyft Line, Passengers Can Split Fares For Shared Rides

On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is launching a new product in San Francisco today that it hopes will get more people using its service. Called Lyft Line, the product is designed to lower costs for passengers by having multiple people ride together when they share a common route.<p>Lyft Line was …

Foursquare 8.0 review: the ultimate food-finder

It’s almost 11. If I don’t make a move soon, I’m going to hit the brunch rush and have to wait two hours for a decent breakfast. The problem is, I don’t know what I want. I’m not in the mood for anything. I just want something <i>good.</i><p>There’s so much food out there, but few services to truly make sense …

With This Vision Correction Technology, Your Screen Wears the Glasses

Billions each day interact with electronic displays, and a large proportion of those people have less than perfect vision — but new research from the University of California, Berkeley may soon mean that it's your phone that will wear the glasses, not you. It's not quite a pair of spectacles stuck …

UC Berkeley

32 of the Best Chromecast Apps

Google Chromecast is an unusual device. Unlike most streaming set-top boxes, it doesn’t come with a remote, a bevy of pre-loaded apps or even an obvious menu system.<p>Instead, the Chromecast acts as a conduit for the apps and content you might find on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The latter …

Cannondale Bad Boy 1: Urban Performance

Hybrid bikes tend to attract unanimously negative connotations from purist cyclists—and often rightly so. Most popular with beginners or those who turn the pedals once a year, hybrids draw on design characteristics from purpose-built classes of bikes like road and mountain bikes to create an easy, …

Hung Up

This Brilliant App Lets You Swap Lives With A Stranger For 20 Days

We’re all too obsessed with our own small social circles. 20 Day Stranger, a tool to build empathy and awareness, lets you anonymously share your life with a random person.<p>A new app makes it possible to anonymously live the life of a stranger for 20 days, seeing where they go and what they do–not …

Apps

Valley heavyweight Vinod Khosla says replacing doctors with data crunchers is good medicine

One day venture capitalist Vinod Khosla gets in a fight with surfers over access to a beach with sweet waves, and the next he’s over at Stanford saying that he thinks the healthcare system would be a lot better off if most doctors were replaced by Big Data crunchers. Wow. Lose friends …

Now 100 Cities Strong, Startup Grind Aims To Spread The Entrepreneurial Bug Worldwide

One thing I often hear when talking to entrepreneurs who live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area is that it’s hard for them to connect with other entrepreneurs nearby. It’s not that there are no startup-minded folks in Boise, Idaho or Guatemala City, Guatemala. There are just fewer events to …

Social Concierge Startup Sosh Expands Into Its Third Market, Seattle

Residents of San Francisco and New York City have been lucky enough over the last year or so to have access to Sosh, a social concierge that helps users find fun and interesting things to do based on their location and interests. Well, those who live in the Emerald City can now also use the …

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

Travelers Rent Their Cars Out At Airports, In A New Business Model

At a few U.S. airports, travelers have a new option besides paying for long-term parking or finding a ride. A service named FlightCar allows them to leave their car in the company's lot — and rent it out while they're away.<p>In exchange, the travelers get a ride to their terminal and, after their …

London-based Proteus Digital Health wants to put Bluetooth in your medicine

<i>This article was taken from the November 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online,</i> …