Tim Bray

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The 10 Small Towns You Need To Visit This Year, And You Haven't Heard Of Half Of Them

We know, we know, we've seen this list before (from 2012 and 2013), but this one is different.<p>For their third annual list, Smithsonian Magazine examined 20 small towns across America with a population under 15,000 to find towns that are heavily-cultured (read: interesting history, good food, solid …

Ex-president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile poll run-off

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037133_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524856605_328dc4aa4a1b4dc186cca8bd6540eccc<p><b>Left-wing candidate Michelle Bachelet has been elected Chilean president for a second time by a wide margin.</b><p>With almost all the votes counted, Ms …

Hunting Osama bin Laden was women's work

<i>By Robert Windrem,</i> <i>Investigative Reporter, NBC News</i><p>Navy SEALs may have killed Osama bin Laden, but women led them to their prey.<p>Women made up the majority of analysts – at one point all the analysts -- in “Alec Station,” the unit charged with finding Bin Laden, managed the ramp-up at the CIA's …

Plastic Guns Made With 3-D Printers Pose New Security Concerns

Technology helps police solve crimes every day. But some innovations can also present new public safety concerns — and such is the case with guns built using 3-D printers.<p>Agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have spent months testing plastic weapons. And in findings …

Scotland Yard: Dead Spy in a Bag Probably an Accident

Scotland Yard has concluded that British spy Gareth Williams, found padlocked naked inside a gym bag in his apartment, ‘probably’ died by accident.<p>A …

People In Argentina Are Living Like Moguls Thanks To The Currency Black Market

Now, Bloomberg has two eye-opening follow-ups detailing this trend in Argentina.<p>Camila Russo reports people are flipping dollars for as much as 9.7 pesos on the local black market, compared with the official rate of 5.9, and living like moguls.<p>On of the more prominent displays of this: locals now …

60 Minutes' Benghazi 'Witness' Has Gone Into Hiding

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Dylan Davies, the disgraced contractor at the center of <i>60 Minutes</i>' retreat on its story about the …

Pennsylvania paper retracts 1863 editorial calling Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 'silly'

When it comes to correcting the record about a timeless speech, no retraction is too late.<p>One-hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln passionately appealed for the preservation of the union in the Gettysburg Address<b>,</b> the Patriot-News of central Pennsylvania, known back then as the Patriot & …

Spy in a bag: family reject police conclusion death was 'tragic accident'

The parents and sister of MI6 spy Gareth Williams still believe he was murdered<p>The family of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, who was found dead in a locked holdall, have rejected police conclusions that he died in a tragic accident by himself.<p>The parents and sister of the codebreaker still believe he was …

A Suction Ascender for Special Forces to Scale Walls

Utah State University students built a suction system that allows its wearing to scale vertical walls. Now they hope to build a version stealthy enough for special forces.<p><b>Grappling hooks can get you up a vertical wall</b>. But U.S. special forces are looking for something better. "These teams are often …

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The Awesome Adapter for Your 12-Gauge Shotgun That Turns It Into an ‘Ultimate Survival Rifle’

In an extreme survival situation where the appropriate amount of ammunition for the type of firearm you’re carrying can’t necessarily be guaranteed, what would you do? Carry multiple types of firearms to increase your chances of coming across ammo you can use? You could do that, or you could have …

Classic Firearms | Classic Guns

Watch a master at work! Turnbull's Tom McArdle freehand engraves an antique Winchester. How steady are your nerves?<p>A scaled-down version of …

Hiking Gear: Paracord Survival Bracelets

You see them every now, in all the sporting goods stores and even if Walmart. They come in a variety of colors and even with watches or some sort of …

Essential Wilderness Equipment

If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, your chances of survival would be significantly higher if you had this equipment with you. To me, …

Chris Hadfield: in space 'you recognise the unanimity of our existence'

It is a disorienting business, being in space, and most astronauts in the first days of orbit scan the Earth for reminders of home. The Russians look for their great lakes; the Americans for mountain ranges. For Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the International Space Station, it was Plank …

Mendoza, Home of Wine and Rock

People in Mendoza, the province that makes the lion's share of Argentine wine, care a lot about rock. They care about the kind that underpins great terroir, but they also care about the kind you can blast from your stereo. Wine and music are inseparable in Mendoza -- but why?<p>Argentina has a proud …

We Try All the Wines Under $10 From Rosemount Estate

You've probably been in the same situation at some point. Living on an assistant-to-the-assistant budget, going into the local liquor warehouse, and scanning the floor-level shelves of labels that are all trying to out-glimmer each other, trying to find a bottle you can bring to a party. Should you …

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Corked, Cooked, Bretty, Bad: How to Spot 7 Common Wine Flaws

Wine professionals acknowledge that at least 1 out of 20 bottles of wine—perhaps more like 1 out of every 10—is corked. That means flawed. Gone bad. <i>Worthy of a refund.</i><p>Have you opened 10 bottles of wine in the last year? How many have you sent back? Or, better put, how many have you <i>not</i> sent back …