Operation: Beach Bag

Operation: Beach Bag

As a Florida native, I've clocked a lot of hours at the beach. I love the sound of the surf, the smell of barbeques, the sounds of marine birds, and the feel of damp sand between my toes—what's not to love about a day by the sea? Well, if you're a fair skinned redhead like me who burns to a crisp on overcast days and is allergic to anything growing out of the ground, there's plenty to be weary of! Even if you're a se...

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Executive pay: How South Florida CEOs stack up

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Executive pay: How South Florida CEOs stack up

In this election year, attention is focused on selection of the nation’s next chief executive. It’s a job that comes with unparalleled prestige and influence. But relatively speaking, it comes with ...

The Physics of Cars Catching Insane Air Off a Bump in a Highway

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The Physics of Cars Catching Insane Air Off a Bump in a Highway

It’s not even summer yet, but it’s hot enough in Minnesota to cause a highway to buckle[1]. Many cars flew right over it. It looks dangerous. I hope there aren’t any injuries, but I’m sure there will...

The Mysterious X Boson Could Upend the Standard Model. If It Actually Exists

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The Mysterious X Boson Could Upend the Standard Model. If It Actually Exists

Last year, a team of nuclear physicists in Hungary observed an anomaly in the decays of excited beryllium-8 atoms—an unexpected preference for spitting out pairs of particles with a particular ang...

Deep Thunder Can Forecast the Weather—Down to a City Block

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Deep Thunder Can Forecast the Weather—Down to a City Block

Philosophical question: What is the smallest unit of weather? Is it the tiny breeze that forms between the temperature differential of midday pavement and a shaded gutter puddle? Perhaps. And what ab...

Panama Canal ushers in new era of international trade and megaships

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Panama Canal ushers in new era of international trade and megaships

More than 100 years ago when the SS Ancon sailed into the history books as the first ship to transit the Panama Canal, the waterway was a display of American ingenuity and the Panama Canal Zone wa...

Don't buy it? When tech firms get it wrong, that's not enough

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Don't buy it? When tech firms get it wrong, that's not enough

Whenever I write or talk about some company’s terrible conduct, practices or terms of service, the first response I get, inevitably, is “don’t buy their products, then”. In May, it was the way Apple...

Huawei P9 Plus review: high-class phablet held back by sub-par software

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Huawei P9 Plus review: high-class phablet held back by sub-par software

The Huawei P9 Plus is a bigger version of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s first excellent offering. It claims to be “plus in every way” – and it doesn’t disappoint.[1] As with the “pl...

Why is everyone covering up their laptop cameras?

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Why is everyone covering up their laptop cameras?

For the past half decade, the technology industry has been racing to build better cameras into the hardware we use every day. Yet the surveillance age has inspired an odd cottage industry battling a...

Traffic lights in the ground? Come on, just look up from your smartphone | Michele Hanson

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Traffic lights in the ground? Come on, just look up from your smartphone | Michele Hanson

The city of Sydney, Australia, is planning to trial traffic lights down on the pavements[1] to stop twerps glued to their smartphones from striding blindly into traffic and injuring or killing thems...

Six of the best Android smartphones

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Six of the best Android smartphones

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10 of the best cookery apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

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10 of the best cookery apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

The recent rumpus about the BBC’s plans for its recipes websites[1] showed how many of us are turning to digital sources rather than traditional books when cooking. Inevitably, there are a...

ExxonMobil: Climate Change Is Real, But ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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ExxonMobil: Climate Change Is Real, But ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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