Jon Chew

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Rediscovering the Pleasures (Really!) of an 11-Hour Train Ride

On an Amtrak from New York to Montreal, Gary Shteyngart relives a trip from his past, reliving the forgotten enjoyments of an 11-hour journey on the …

Beauty Booking Site Wahanda Raises Another $73M, Buys ZenSoon To Expand Into France

Wahanda, the startup out of the UK that has built a platform for beauty salons and consumers to find and book appointments based on time and location, continues its march to expand by rolling up regional rivals. Today the company is announcing it has picked up a further €65 million ($73 million) in …

Startups

Inside Obama's Stealth Startup

President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works.<p>For Eric Maland, the whole thing goes back to that San Francisco wedding. Mikey wasn’t there—well, wait, actually, Mikey was there. But Eric didn’t meet him at …

Mexico’s Private Jet Sales Outpace Brazil's Amid Economic Growth

Mexico is cementing its lead as the world’s second-biggest market for private jets, snapping them up at a faster clip than bigger Latin American …

Free Space and Tech Industry Mentors for Startups Willing to Move to Harlem

HARLEM — Calling all uptown tech entrepreneurs — a new business project is offering startups nine months of free office space and access to mentors …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

An Economist Explains In Simple Terms Why Deflation Is Dangerous

So what's the big issue? If rising prices (inflation) are generally considered a bad thing, then shouldn't falling prices (deflation) be a good thing?<p>Well, yes and no.<p>Economics professor Ed Dolan is on hand with an easy-to-understand presentation (no economics degree needed), showing the …

Cramer on Stocks: 8 Signs the Market Is Remarkably Healthy

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That 70’s Show

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Texas

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Why the future of the light bulb is flat

Philips launched a dimmable, LED lightbulb Monday with a completely different shape. Instead of a round bulb-shape, this lightbulb is a relatively …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals

India’s Mysterious Skeleton Lake

For decades, experts puzzled over hundreds of ancient dead bodies found at a remote lake. Were they victims of disease? Mass suicide? War? The answer …

Best Trips 2014

TravelBest Of<p>National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

top 10 regions

Need inspiration for your travels in 2014? These 10 regions have captivated our travel experts with their natural beauty and cultural riches.<p>1. Sikkim, India<p><b>Green is the colour</b><p>A bird's-eye view over Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, India. Image by Image Source / Getty Images.<p>Picking up national accolades …

Haw Par Villa, Singapore: the theme park made in hell

Haw Par Villa in Singapore is not your average theme park. Limbless rats, human crabs and the Ten Courts of Hell make up this bizarre and gruesome recreation of the afterlife<p>We were barely 10 steps inside the dimly-lit stone tunnel that houses the Ten Courts of Hell when my friend jumped back and …

The Week in Review: The 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination

Inside Flipboard / November 22, 2013<p>This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The youngest elected …

top 10 countries

These 10 countries are destined for an epic year, whether they’re hosting festivals, cutting the ribbon on new attractions or simply raising their game for travellers. Feast your eyes on 2014's most unmissable destinations.<p>1. Brazil<p><b>All eyes on the pitch for 2014’s World Cup</b><p>A game of beach football …

The thigh-gap obsession is not new but it's the most extreme body fixation yet

<b>I read a piece in the Observer about young women's latest obsession:</b> <b>having a gap between their thighs</b><b>. Surely this must be the harbinger of the apocalypse.</b><p><i>Rita, by email</i><p>Come come, Rita. To intimate the apocalypse you're going to have to do better than citing an obsession with one's legs. As all …

The Dawn of Global Entrepreneurship

It's happening right now. Why? Because a company's ability to trade globally now has less to do with location and more to do with visibility and trust.<p>When historians look back on the digital age, they will identify the last several years as the start of a truly global marketplace. While the …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

National Parks

11 beautifully untranslatable words from other cultures

THE RELATIONSHIP between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless years deconstructing it, taking it apart …

Start me up

TO SPAWN the next Facebook or Twitter, first launch a start-up contest. Promise the winner a sizeable equity investment, say £1m ($1.6m), and let …

Guns for hire

IN A turf war in Birmingham, the two gangs involved used the same gun for their tit-for-tat shootings, renting it in turn from the same third party, …

South Korea might be best known for technological innovation and K-pop music, but do you know about hanbok, a beautiful form of traditional dress? http://bbc.in/173yK4I

Spring in Australia: what to do around the country

Spring at last! With Australia finally emerging from a particularly cold winter, Lonely Planet’s Asia Pacific editor, Shawn Low, gives you ideas on where to go and what to do with the warmer weather.<p>Racing in Melbourne, Victoria<p>Where else does a horse race justify a public holiday?<p>From 29 …