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21 Best Things To Do In The San Francisco Bay Area, As Explained By Locals

New York was freezing, and I had to leave. Thanks to JetBlue and a $63 round-trip ticket (yes, you read that right), I headed to the San Francisco Bay Area where the weather was better and the food, too, gave NYC a run for its money.<p>While there, I worked from various cafes, friends' homes and …

San Francisco

6 Months Later, AP's Robot Journalism Is In Full Swing, And It's Working

The Associated Press published a story Tuesday that contained no byline. It wasn't a mistake -- not a slip-up on the part of the editor. But rather the story's author was not human; it was written by a robot.<p>"This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research," …

Journalism

10 Hotel Water Parks Your Kids Will LOVE

With much of the United States in the throes of cold temperatures and icy snow, a weekend at a water park is just what the doctor ordered for families that have been cooped up since Christmas. We scoured the country for hotels that have on-site water parks that are fun for both little splashers and …

Water Parks

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

A lack of dining options may have started Jewish Christmas, but now it's a full-fledged ritual.<p>If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was …

The Cocos Islands Are Our Top Destination For 2015

There are many places we're itching to visit in 2015, but just a warning: when we stop by this one, we may never leave.<p>The Cocos Keeling Islands are total paradise -- the oasis of 27 coral islands (not to be confused with Costa Rica's Cocos Island) floats between Australia and Sri Lanka in the …

Mexico's No. 1 Baja Beach Resort: The Villa del Palmar, South of Loreto

If you're at your wits end, desperate to find a last-minute gift for your parents, your daughter or your club's long-serving president, treat him, her or them to a vacation at the Villa del Palmar resort, in Mexico, south of Loreto on the west coast of the Sea of Cortes.<p>Buy a card, sign it "for …

Paddleboarding

5 Exciting Startups to Inspire Any Entrepreneur in 2015

In 2009, when the Great Recession really got rolling and layoffs were abundant, there was a silver lining. A lot of wannabe entrepreneurs got the kick in the pants they needed to start their business. It's one of the things that has led to healthy startup ecosystems in many large American cities, …

Startups

5 Splurge-Worthy U.S. Resorts

These luxury resorts across the U.S. will have you fantasizing about your next big trip.<p><i>Dreaming of further afar? Check out The Best Under-the Radar Destinations of 2015</i>.<p><b>Utah: Amangiri</b><p>What appears as a mirage in Big Water's desert is this breathtaking luxury resort. Built around the natural …

Luxury Lifestyle

Where Do The Most Generous Online Donors Live? Charting U.S. Digital Giving

Last year, online giving to charity rose 13.5%, outpacing more modest growth across the philanthropic sector for traditional donations. While that doesn’t mean the overall pie is growing for charitable support – philanthropy as a percentage of U.S. GDP has been relatively steady for more than 40 …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

Nanotech

Chinese consumers switch gears from cash to credit for car buys | Reuters

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - In a country where owning a car has long been a symbol of luxury and success, around 85 percent of Chinese car buyers still buy cars with cash.<p>An employee yawns as he walks among General Motors' new Chinese-made cars at a parking lot in Shenyang, Liaoning province …

New Mexico

Hands-on with the Muse brain sensing headband — the most important wearable of 2014 (exclusive)

I got my hands on an early version of Interaxon’s brainwave reading headband, the Muse, and I think this could be the most important wearable of the year.<p>And that’s saying a lot, considering I’ve seen 2014’s entire lineup for health tech at the Consumer Electronic Show as well as a few undisclosed …

World's cheapest 3D printer moves forward

Over 1,400 backers committed over $400,000 to the crowdfunding campaign that had an original goal of just $9,000. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based …

3D Printing

A Wind Turbine Inside A Floating Blimp Can Bring Power Anywhere

Designed to rise 1,000 feet in the air and deliver electricity to the ground, the Buoyant Airborne Turbine is a blimp on a mission.<p>Not all wind turbines are alike. While the great majority are large steel towers fixed to the ground, a few are shaped like gliders, kites, and blimps, and move around …

Art & Painting

Porcelain Sculptures That Look Like Pencil Drawings

At a glance the works of Katharine Morling look like scratchy sketches of everyday objects, but upon closer inspection, if you can take a closer …

Fumo, An Interactive Device That Rewards Proper Disposal of Cigarettes with Music and Lights

In an effort to control cigarette litter, design studio ioglo has created Fumo, an interactive disposal container for cigarettes that rewards the …

Cigarettes

Y Combinator Startup CareMessage Takes Health Care To Low-Income Patients

Jaime Martinez, a healthcare worker at St. Anthony’s Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, has a problem that’s common among health care providers for low-income groups. The patients in his diabetes program often don’t show up for appointments.<p>They also don’t always have a …

An Unconventional House with an Asymmetrical Floor Plan

631 Mansfield, designed by Amit Apel Design, is anything but a typical house. First, you’re guided through and across the yard to experience the …

Acapulco House by Flavio Castro

Architect Flavio Castro has designed the Acapulco House in São Paulo, Brazil.<p>Project description<p>The house is composed by 6 squares grouped in pairs. …

Invading China: Alibaba Teams Up With Amazon Rival ShopRunner To Bring American Goods East

For decades, China has been viewed by the West as an exporter. With its latest deal, Alibaba Group is hoping to turn that paradigm around.<p>On Wednesday, it was revealed that the Chinese e-commerce behemoth was teaming up with U.S. company ShopRunner to sell and ship American goods to China. In an …

Reinventing the wheel with built-in shock absorbers

When Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf broke his pelvis in 2008, he resolved not to lets his crops wither on the vine and became determined to turn his …

3DSystems Cube Personal 3D Printer (2nd Gen) in Silver: $1000 shipped (Reg. $1300)

MacMall is offering the 3D Systems Cube Personal 3D Printer (2nd Gen) in Silver for $999.99 as part of its deals of the day today. That’s $300 or 23% off the regular price from most trusted retailers and matching the lowest we’ve seen on this unit. Other trusted retailers like B&H and Staples have …

Nanowires three atoms wide could lead to paper-thin gadgets

What's that odd shape, you ask? That's the world's thinnest nanowire -- and it could be the key to a future wave of flexible devices. In blasting single-layered, semiconducting materials with an electron beam, Vanderbilt University student Junhao Lin has created wires that measure just three atoms …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

House Mosi

The additions, alterations and renovations of House Mosi required the architects to create a single-storey home with an urban feel to substitute the …

Architecture

Nature Playing a Key Role in Design: Casa Veintiuno in Mexico

Guadalajara-based studio, Hernandez Silva Architects designed <b>Casa Veintiuno</b>, a 531 sq. meters residence, within the metropolitan area of the city. …