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Here Are The 52 Most Successful Airbnbs In The U.S.

Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren't fantasies; they're actual rental properties on Airbnb and they're among the site's …

New Jersey

Behind The “Wheel” Of The Mercedes Driverless Car

LED touchscreens and laser projections promise a safer, more luxurious commute.<p>It's the year 2030 and your daily commute begins with the press of a button. Using a smartphone app, you summon an autonomous car — the Mercedes F015. The car starts, exits a parking garage, and drives itself to your …

The Scientific Case For Cold Showers

Chilly water increases blood circulation, releases endorphins, and could make you a more productive human—if you can handle it.<p>It’s 7:30 a.m. on a wintry March morning. I’m standing in my apartment’s cramped bathroom wearing little more than a towel and a determined look on my face. The shower is …

Swimming Pools

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of Michigan

Best Subscription And Home-Delivery Boxes

5 Secrets to a Happy Retirement

Sure, a fat nest egg and good health help. But there are less obvious ways to make sure your post-work life is a happy one.<p>Retirement ought to be a …

Retirement

Living Drones

Throughout human history, the honeybee has emerged as a machine of agriculture and of war.<p>Winter has descended upon the beehives. The drones have been killed. It's time for the workers and the queen to gather up, hunker down, and rely on body heat to weather the cold. The old will die, the young …

Insects

Isis: the inside story

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked …

What Am I Entitled To When My Flight Goes Wrong?

<i>A:</i><p>As airlines pack more passengers than ever onto each plane, a single storm can reverberate through the system—leaving flyers stranded as agents scramble to find ever-rarer empty seats on later flights. But you aren't entirely at the mercy of the airlines. Should your itinerary be delayed, …

Flying

Fugitive Mexican mayor behind student disappearances captured: official

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican police on Tuesday captured a fugitive former mayor and his wife suspected of being the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 student teachers feared massacred in September, officials said.<p>Fugitive former mayor Jose Luis Abarca speaks to the media in …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Google Just Released a Brand New Google Calendar App

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Android News

US air force fires two more nuclear commanders amid leadership crisis

Third officer disciplined as repercussions continue over failures of discipline and morale in squadrons responsible for arsenal<p>The US air force has fired two more nuclear commanders and disciplined a third, fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclear missile corps that has suffered several …

Nexus 9 Review: Google’s First Lollipop Tablet Gets The Recipe Mostly Right

Google has a new Nexus tablet, and it’s made by HTC. The Taiwanese device maker has spent some time away from building tablets, so this return is significant not just because it’s a Nexus, one of Google’s stable of devices blessed with stock Android (and the first to ship with Android 5.0 …

Mystery Of Kim Jong Un's Disappearance May Be Solved

Meditation Tips for the Easily Distracted

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Odds are good that you’re one of the 90.6 percent of Americans that have not meditated in the past 12 months. …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Columbia University

There’s a 30% chance your shrimp isn’t what you think it is

Be it cocktail, scampi, or alfredo, that shrimp you just ate was very possibly an impostor.<p>The environmental group Oceana DNA tested shrimp at 111 restaurants and grocery stories across the United States and found 30% were mislabeled, most often by pretending that whiteleg shrimp, which is often …

Aquaculture

Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

A European spacecraft orbiting a distant comet has finally answered a question we've all been wondering: What does a comet smell like?<p>"It stinks," says Kathrin Altwegg, a researcher at the University of Bern in Switzerland who runs an instrument called ROSINA that picked up the odor.<p>The European …

World's Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species

An 11-year-old reticulated python produced six babies without mating in 2012.<p>Virgin birth has been documented in the world's longest snake for the first time, a recent study says.<p>An 11-year-old reticulated python named Thelma produced six female offspring in June 2012 at the Louisville Zoo in …

A bleak future and population crisis for South Korea

In 1980, there were 5.7 million students in elementary schools in South Korea. Today there are three million. That's not population decline. That's population collapse.<p>South Korea is about to get much, much smaller, posing huge challenges for its economy and aging population. All because one of the …

This Man Pretended To Be In A Coma For Two Years To Avoid Court

His "spine injury" left him in a "comatose state".<p>The Swansea 47-year-old – who claimed benefits for a "spine injury" that he claimed caused him seizures, leaving him in a "comatose state" – conned his pensioner neighbour out of £40,000 over two years and used the money to go on shopping trips and …

Six officials 'disappear' in latest Pyongyang purges

Reports that Kim Jong-un is linked to disappearance of senior members of the North Korean government and military<p>As many as six senior members of the North Korean regime have apparently been purged in the latest bout of blood-letting in Pyongyang.<p>South Korean media reported that six officials - …

Wreck of WWII German U-boat found off North Carolina

<b>(CNN) —</b> A World War II German U-boat, sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic more than 72 years ago, has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.<p>The German sub, the U-576, was found at the bottom of the Atlantic 30 miles …

Mayor, Wife Tied to Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

The police chief and mayor of a Mexican town where 43 students went missing in September has been served with an arrest warrant, in connection to the …

Mexico

Hey, McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000

Dreams of sailing through the air on a hoverboard finally realised – but only on certain surfaces<p>The sci-fi inventions that have become reality<p>Want a hoverboard before Marty McFly (who looks just like Michael J Fox) arrives in October 2015 to fly one around his town square? Arx Pax, a small company …

These Are The Sleepiest Parts Of The Internet

Strangely, people in some countries actually stop looking at computers when the sun goes down<p>New York City is the city that never sleeps, and if a new study from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering is any indication, it’s home to plenty of active Internet …