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Why we applied for the Hilton Surpass American Express

Posted By Jon Nickel-D'Andrea on May 11, 2017 | 4 comments<p><b>PLEASE NOTE: THIS DEAL HAS SINCE EXPIRED</b><p>One of the more undervalued loyalty programs in my …

HP laptops covertly log user keystrokes, researchers warn

Audio driver supplied by Conexant may put PCs from other makers at risk, too.<p>HP is selling more than two dozen models of laptops and tablets that …

Why Do We Teach 'Physics For Poets' But Not 'Poetry For Physicists'?

An article on the <i>Chronicle of Higher Education</i> crossed my social media feeds this week with the headline Math Gets a Makeover, describing a number of attempts to reformulate math classes in a way that makes them more appealing to non-mathematicians. Many of these classes sound appealing and useful, …

Steve Ballmer’s new gov’t data project assumes that facts change minds

Op-ed: Showing where taxes go is a valuable service, but facts are beside the point.<p>Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a lot of money and nothing …

New stem cell invented that can grow into any tissue in the body, study finds

Salk Institute and Chinese researchers said they have created a new kind of stem cell, one that is more versatile than any other grown in the lab.<p>The …

6 Secret Camping Spots in California You've Never Even Heard Of

Summer is coming up fast, and that means one thing: campsites throughout California will soon start filling up like wildfire. Even if you manage to …

There's A Physics Trick To Keep Your Shoes From Coming Untied

In order to tie your shoes, there’s a simple knot that almost all of us learn how to make when we’re small children: a “criss-cross and tuck” part, followed by a “loop-and-pull” part. That simple knot has three strong advantages to it over most other types:<p>It effectively takes up the rest of the …

CrissCross

Long-Term Memories Aren't Just Short-Term Memories Transferred Into Storage

"The memory is already there."<p>For more than half a century, neurologists have thought of long-term memories as pieces of short-term memory simply …

US bill restricts use of science in environmental policymaking

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing a future in which its hands will be tied on making many policies if a new bill becomes …

Get a colorful 3-D view of human stem cells online with the Allen Cell Explorer

Imagine being able to see inside a transparent human stem cell, like the “Visible Man and Woman” models in biology class. That’s what the …

This camp is offering the cheapest safaris in Africa

<b>EcoTraining has been training bush guides for more than 20 years. Now, it is also offering short courses to tourists as a more immersive alternative to a traditional safari – and at a fraction of the cost</b><p>‘Wow! You hear that?” Not a word has passed Jacob’s lips. It’s his eyes, lit up by the …

The next cyberattack could render your anti-virus and encryption software useless

But your devices are increasingly at risk from "side-channel" attacks, where an intruder can bypass traditional network entry points and use another way to compromise the device.<p>These side channels can involve measuring several of the device's characteristics, including its power consumption, the …

Star-shaped astrocyte cells around neurons prove to be surprisingly important players in body’s clock

Until recently, work on biological clocks that dictate daily fluctuations in most body functions, including core body temperature and alertness, …

Scientists genetically modified ants using CRISPR to show how their societies evolved

CRISPR, the gene-editing tool that promises to cure disease, create superbabies, and breed designer animals, just led to a breakthrough in evolutionary biology research.<p>In a new study, researchers at Rockefeller University report that they successfully engineered the first genetically modified …

Biology

11 incredible world cities best explored by water

AS HUMANS, we’re too often confined to the ground. Our endless fascination with rivers and lakes, Ferris wheels and roller coasters, seas and oceans, …

Newport Beach

This Website Has the Best Flight Deals 99% of the Time, Says a Travel Pro

While the purpose of a vacation is to relax and unwind, the lead-up to a trip can have the opposite effect. Between trawling flight websites, finding …

How one wrong hunch led to the creation of cocaine-resistant mice

Why do some cocaine users become addicts while others don't? One popular theory attributes it to poor judgement, which some studies suggest is due to …

Could this little town in Pennsylvania be the new capital of American pizza?

A few miles outside of Scranton lies the tiny town of Old Forge, Pennsylvania. With a population of only 8000, to say that Old Forge is off the beaten path is an understatement. But those who have tried the community’s unique version of the pizza pie keep coming back for more.<p>Just one thing: don’t …

Nanofiber matrix sends stem cells sprawling in all directions

Mighty promising as they are, stem cells certainly aren't easy to come by. Recent scientific advances have however given their production a …

Dramatic new discoveries illuminate the lost Indus civilization

This urban society in South Asia survived a weather apocalypse 4,000 years ago.<p>The Indus civilization is one of the great mysteries of the ancient …

Girls see themselves as less talented than boys by age of six, scientists find in 'heartbreaking' research

Girls as young as six believe that exceptional talent is a male trait, according to "heartbreaking" research into gender stereotypes.<p>They also shun activities and games for the "really, really smart" from the same age, believing their male counterparts are more likely to exhibit "brilliance", the …

New York University

You Call Sex "Making Love" Because of a Hormone Called Kisspeptin

In elementary school, you learn that romance is a sequence of events: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby …

Neuroscience

The eight ultimate North American road trips handpicked by car experts revealed

If you’re planning on hitting the road in North America, an illustrated guide has been created to show eight ultimate road trips that you can take.<p>The trip routes have been personally researched, hand-picked and collated by WeBuyAnyCar.com, the UK’s largest car buying service.<p>The idea behind the …

Translating the Universe: Remembering Trailblazing Astronomer Vera Rubin

“How do you think we solve the dark matter problem?”<p>There was an awkward pause. I was in my seventh and final year of graduate school, my 11th year …

Dark Matter

Microsoft Office, Google Docs beware: This open-source startup is after your users

Latvian company OnlyOffice wants to create the Swiss watch of office suites and convince people there are valid choices beyond the big brands.<p>Seven …

The Wishlist: Outdoorsman’s Holiday Gift Guide

Opinel No. 8 Trekking Knife<p>Nothing beats the combination of affordability and functionality when it comes to outdoor gear. And for years Opinel has …

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6 Wonders in Kobuk Valley: America's Least Visited National Park

<i>The enchanting, like-a-dream landscape at Kobuk National Park in Alaska. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>In the great state of Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle, there is a place where you can be dropped off by bush plane and stand amidst one of Earth's last true wilderness places. There are no signs …

Uncovering a ‘smoking gun’ in age-related disease

<i>For the first time, researchers reveal a causal link between RNA splicing and aging</i> For immediate release: Monday, December 5, 2016Boston, MA – Aging …

Parkinson's disease 'may start in gut'

<b>Scientists in California say they have transformed understanding of Parkinson's disease.</b><p>Their animal experiments, published in the journal Cell, suggest the brain disorder may be caused by bacteria living in the gut.<p>The findings could eventually lead to new ways of treating the disease, such as …