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The best ski-in/ski-out resorts

What could be better than stepping out of a ski chalet or hotel and sliding off down the mountain, returning right to the door at the end of the day? No need to walk a long way wearing heavy boots while carrying skis or board, or chivvy everyone onto a crowded bus.<p>While many ski resorts have some …

Skiing

Jackfish Survival Tool

The Jackfish tool is designed to save your ass whether you're in the backcountry or Manhattan.<p>A rectangular, nine-millimeter-thick frame (buyers can choose from titanium or anodized aluminum) holds basic tools, such as screwdrivers and a knife, plus more specialized items like a fireproof match, …

Candidates agree, disagree with Apple’s stance on national security & encryption during Democratic debate

Last week, Apple was at the heart of a conversation during the Republican presidential debate over encryption and national security. Candidates such as Jeb Bush explained that, even if companies like Apple aren’t willing to give up user data, the government has “got to keep asking because this is a …

National Security

'A God That Could Be Real' In The Scientific Universe

<i>Part One Of Two. (Read Part Two here.)</i><p>"God" is a word. If we define it, even subconsciously, as something that cannot exist in our universe, we banish the idea of God from our reality and throw away all possibility of incorporating a potent spiritual metaphor into a truly coherent big picture. But …

How One Startup Is Elevating Camping With A Tree House You Carry With You

After a design theft in China and amid a growing market, how the tree-tent company Tentsile is making waves in camping and ecotourism.<p>Alex Shirley-Smith was a tree house architect. In 2013, fed up with designing custom-made suspended abodes that bordered on the extravagant for his wealthy …

Higgs Boson May Be Composed Of Tiny 'Techni-Quark' Particles, Physicists Say

<i>Updated April 4 at 10:51 a.m. ET.</i><p>The Higgs boson — a particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass — is tiny, but it may not be the tiniest particle yet. Theories have long predicted the existence of even smaller particles that might make up the Higgs, and recent research suggests …

Poetry Billboard Fights Air Pollution

A nanoparticle-covered billboard offers a smog-reducing poem<p><i>Let air be a major god, its being<br>and touch, its breast-milk always tilted<br>to the lips. Both dragonfly and Boeing<br>dangle in its see-through nothingness…</i><p>These words, from a poem called "In Praise of Air" by Simon Armitage, adorn a 33- by …

Soon, Everything Will Be A Charger

Wireless charging is taking over the world<p>The number of connected devices will exceed the world’s population—more than seven billion—by the end of this year, according to recent Cisco research. But even though they make our lives easier, gadgets come with something pretty unattractive: an …