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Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?

Ever since he had Lasik surgery two years ago, Geobanni Ramirez sees everything in triplicate.<p>The surgery he hoped would improve his vision left the 33-year-old graphic artist struggling with extreme light sensitivity, double vision and visual distortions that create halos around bright objects and …

Medicine

100 Essential Skills Every Backpacker Should Know

Before the TripMake a firestarterEasy Dryer lint and candle wax in a cardboard egg carton compartment (poke a bit of lint out of the wax for a wick). …

LeBron James said this is the best rookie class since 2003. We ranked them.

Every NBA draft class since 2003, ranked.<p>LeBron James was fresh off his annihilation of the Toronto Raptors when he took a moment to acknowledge the future of the league. According to James, this year’s rookie class is the best since his rookie year of 2003:<p>The 2003 draft is the gold standard for a …

Want to Invest in a ‘55 Porsche 356 Speedster? There’s an App for That.

NYC-based Rally Road is basically the stock market for classic cars.<p>From an ‘85 Ferrari Testarossa to a ‘55 Porsche 356 Speedster to an ‘88 …

American parks you’ll need to win a lottery to visit

The odds of winning $1 on certain scratch tickets are just over 10%. The odds of winning a permit to visit Coyote Buttes North, home of the famous Wave? About 4% during peak season.<p>In order to keep certain parts of America’s park system from getting overrun with visitors, some parks have instituted …

National Parks

How to Do Your Own Pre-Purchase Inspection

When buying a car, you might not always have an expert mechanic on-hand. Here's how to inspect one yourself.<p>A pre-purchase inspection is vital if you plan on spending significant money on a used car. Having a trained mechanic look through a vehicle will give you assurance and peace of mind once you …

ESPN reveals F1 TV broadcast schedule for 2018

ESPN will show coverage of the 2018 Formula One season in the United States this year.<p>The schedule for the upcoming races are listed below (All times …

Auto Racing

Off the Grid, on Maui

When Graham Hill began designing a house on Maui, he wanted more than a rustic surf shack. “I wanted to see what it was like to live in the future,” he said.<p>Mr. Hill, 47, is probably best known for starting the sustainability and design website TreeHugger. Since selling TreeHugger to Discovery …

Off-grid

The Best Night Cream for Men Will Fix Your Face While You Sleep

GQ’s Best Stuff tested tons of night creams, serums, and even hair masks to find the best products for a supercharged, well-groomed sleep.<p>If it sounds like we're invading the last sacred space—sleep—and forcing you to think about your appearance even then, well, we are. That's because if you …

Skin Care

6 Amazing Highways Of India That Should Be On Every Biker’s List For A Road Trip. Guys, Get Set Vroom!

I remember the first time when I rode a bike, the only thought that came to my mind was - Oh, I wish I could take it for a longer spin. By the time I …

Make a Lego-like version of yourself, or gift one to a friend

Lego is the one toy adults pretend to outgrow, but never truly do. Because if that 5,000-piece box of Star Wars Legos was sitting right beside you, …

Kids

Shape is an app to help you learn how to invest the ethical way

Recently launched out of beta, U.K. startup Shape wants to create a more educational trading experience for a new generation of traders, including those who might be concerned with the ethical standards of the sectors or companies they back.<p>The Shape iOS app assumes no or very little prior trading …

F1's streaming service will be ready for March's Grand Prix

Formula 1 racing is getting in on the streaming game. F1 TV launched today at Mobile World Congress, and the new functionality will be up and running in time for March's opening grand prix in Melbourne, Australia. F1 TV will deliver racing fans commercial-free streams, which include access to …

Apps

The Real-Life Diet of JaVale McGee, Vegan

“When I do things, I just fully commit to it. I feel like there is no point in half-assing.”<p>Of all the outlandish personalities in the Golden State Warriors—a team that includes both Draymond Green <i>and</i> Nick Young—JaVale McGee might be the most interesting. In addition to his rim-protection and …

Basketball

The 25 Best iPhone Apps To Download Now

These are our must-have iPhone apps<p>Whether you just picked up a new iPhone or you're looking for an app revamp, these 24 apps belong on your home screen. Including everything from music, navigation, organisation, messaging, photo editing, reading, social networks, keyboards, stargazing, and payment …

This Renowned Wharton Professor's Best Leadership Advice: For the Love of God, Stop Brainstorming

Superstar leadership expert Adam Grant identifies the most important evidence-based truths to apply to your business today.<p>Leadership is not mysterious. If you understand how people and organizations behave, you'll have a pretty good idea how to maximize the performance of both. Fortunately, we're …

Boost Your Income In 2018 With These 3 Safe 9.5% Dividends

If there’s one thing I love, it’s picking up on a “sleeper” income opportunity that first-level investors have walked right past.<p>And today I’m going to show you not one but <i>three.</i> And one of these stealth buys yields a safe, stable 9.5%.<p>So a $100,000 investment in this unloved fund would hand you a …

8 of the World’s Best Natural Hot Springs and How to Find Them

So deep into winter, it’s only natural for those of us tired of daily commutes in the early dark to start thinking of the warmer places we’d rather …

Hot Springs

The Absolute Worst Trend in Automotive Design Today

No matter the industry, trends come and go with the tide — some fizzle out and don’t catch on, some can really hit the mark and truly define an era, …

This the greatest beach on Earth (according to the experts)

Tucked away in the Caribbean and boasting some of the clearest waters and softest white sand you’re likely to come across, Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been named the best in the world in a survey of travel experts.<p>A 12-mile stretch on the island of Providenciales, and …

Top 10

The World's Most Popular Museums, Mapped

When it comes to vacationing, some of us are meticulous planners, organizing every detail into a careful itinerary — from the best restaurants to …

The Best Beer in Every Major European City, Mapped

Whether you're looking for the most haunted place in the US, the must-have desserts across Europe, or America's most cheesy, gooey, creamy and …

European Travel

This Map Takes the Guess Work Out of Deciding When to Travel

Deciding when during the year to book a bucket list getaway generally comes down to settling on a date that both jibes with when you can take time …

Our favorite Northern California weekend getaways that won't break the bank

One of the great things about living in the Bay Area is its incredible proximity to countless beautiful places. But if you don't have a ton of spare cash, those beautiful places are as inaccessible as Mars.<p>Tahoe, Mendocino and Monterey are all lovely, pricy spots so, if you're on a budget or just …

Northern California

Where to get naked in the Bay Area, and not feel weird about it

Ah, the Bay Area and its "come as you are" mentality.<p>Some locals take this credo to heart and openly flaunt their birthday suits in communal spaces.<p>Although San Francisco passed a ban on public nudity in 2012 (breaking that ban can result in up to $500 in fines), there are still sacred spaces for …

The Dadbag – A Fanny Pack in More Ways Than One

If, for some reason, you’ve always dreamed of having a dad bod, but you’re also to addicted to exercising and in great shape, you may want to check …

Meet the Italian Artists Inking Museum-Worthy Tattoos

Venetian lace and Victorian jewelry inspire the works of Marco Manzo and Francesca Boni.<p>Tattoos may be more socially acceptable than they once were, but a nice sleeve hasn't yet become a marker of taste and refinement quite like, say, a collection of art on your wall. Italian tattoo artist Marco …

British Airways $474 Oakland to London LGW, $514 San Jose to LHR Aug-Nov

Another good AARP $65 discount fare from San Francisco Bay Area airports is Oakland to London Gatwick at $474 for nonstop flights on British Airways. …