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February 11 2014

9 YA Books to Hold You Over for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

With the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars finally out, waiting for its June 6 release can seem more difficult than ever.

But whatever kept you reading and re-reading TFIOS, whether it was the love story, the European adventure, or the sad reality of Hazel Grace's condition, you can find it in another fantastic young adult book

These titles will keep you busy until the summer — or at least while you wait for the snow to melt Read more...

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February 09 2014

Your Body Odor Could Be Your New ID Card

Facial recognition, fingerprints and iris scans could soon take a back seat to the newest biometric identification method on the block: body odor. Researchers at Spain's Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, in collaboration with tech firm IIia Sistemas SL, are developing a system that can verify people by their scent signatures.

Recognizable body odor patterns remain constant enough over time to allow people to be identified with an accuracy rate of 85 percent. Researchers believe this result is enough to create less aggressive ways to ID people than intrusive measures currently being used today Read more...

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February 07 2014

Labradoodle Creator Regrets Breeding 'Frankenstien' of Dogs

For the first time in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show's 138-year history, mixed breeds are finally being allowed into the competition. Which is very nice and inclusive of them. Sadly, mutts will only be allowed to compete in the "agility" competition, because Westminster has no "standards" with which to judge how attractive they are. Those "standards" of course, are the reason the St. Bernard went from running around rescuing people in the Swiss Alps with barrels on their necks to being so big that they get overheated if they work too hard and being super prone to disease.

Two Saint Bernard dogs sit in the snow on the Great St. Bernard Pass after returning from their winter quarter in Martigny, Switzerland.


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February 06 2014

West Coast's First Offshore Wind Farm May Appear by 2017

Five floating wind turbines, each the height of a Manhattan skyscraper, might soon appear off the Oregon coast

The U.S. Energy Department announced it had approved plans for the first offshore wind energy farm on the West Coast on Wednesday. A Seattle energy company called Principle Power aims to build the wind energy farm 16 miles off Coos Bay, Ore., according to multiple news reports.

The project is unusual because it involves floating turbines. Normally, offshore wind farms are built with turbines planted on the ocean floor. Principle Power, on the other hand, plans to put each of the 6-megawatt turbines, which will each be as high as 60-story building, on a platform anchored with cables to the ocean floor. Despite their size, they will be barely visible, according to The Los Angeles Times. Read more...

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February 02 2014

Kooky Snapchat Artist Shares His Adventures 10 Seconds at a Time

While it's not the most conventional form of artistic expression, Snapchat has enabled a whole new wave of artists to share their creative works for 10 seconds

Meet Shaun McBride. He's a sales rep for snowboarding companies, and he's all about Snapchat. Since he started snapping last year, McBride has made a mark on the Snapchat community with his imaginative photos and impressive doodlesMashable chatted with McBride to learn more about his love of Snapchat, and how it has shaped his day-to-day life

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January 31 2014

15 Mesmerizing Moments From Chinese New Year Celebrations

After days of preparation, the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations kicked off on Thursday in China and across Asia

The date of the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. That's why the Chinese New Year always falls on different dates in the Western calendar, which is Gregorian.

Celebrations for the Year of the Horse included fireworks, firecrackers, masks, costumes, prayers and colorful light displays. But this year's celebrations were partly dampened by pollution Read more...

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Ishmael Beah Joins MashableReads Social Book Club

Our second selection this year for the MashableReads social book club is Ishmael Beah's Radiance of Tomorrow.


Ishmael Beah, author of the bestselling memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, makes his fiction debut in The Radiance of Tomorrow. After civil war in Sierra Leone, two friends attempt to protect and provide for their families in the shadow of violence, corruption and devastating industrial development. Written in prose that resonates with the rich oral tradition of generations, Radiance of Tomorrow is a devastating and hopeful exploration of a society learning to heal

Be sure to follow @mashlifestyle to discuss Radiance of Tomorrow, using the hashtag #MashReads throughout the month. You can also join our Facebook group to stay updated on MashableReads, and let us know what you think of the book Read more...

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January 30 2014

Games Time: 14 Photos From Sochi as Olympics Approach

The upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will take place from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23 and are set to be the most expensive Games in history.

A good chunk of the $51 billion price tag went toward the 11 new venues that workers had to build from the ground up as part of the transformation Sochi has undergone since its Olympic bid was awarded in 2007.

That transformation has caused concern among environmentalists who say that Sochi's biologically rich terrain has been sacrificed for the sake of buildings that will serve little purpose after the Games. The complaints have done nothing to stop construction, though, and the resort city on the Black Sea is now in its final stages of preparation. Read more...

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January 22 2014

2 Las Vegas Casinos Take Bitcoin, But Not for Gambling

Two Las Vegas casinos, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, have announced they are accepting bitcoins, but don't expect to use them at the craps tables.

Bitcoin will only be accepted at the front desk of the two locations, at the gift shop and at on-site restaurants, according to CoinDesk. Derek Stevens, co-owner and CEO of both the D and Golden Gate, told the publication that bitcoins won't be accepted on the casino floor because of ongoing concerns from state regulators

The locations will use BitPay to process the payments, which are made via tablets and phones. The Golden Gate, built in 1906, is the oldest casino in Las Vegas. The brand likes to style itself as a technology innovator and claims to have been the first casino to install a telephone, in 1907 Read more...

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Paragliding Video Will Make Your Palms Sweat

Explore the world from above without leaving the couch.

Professional paragliding pilot, designer and test pilot Jean-Baptiste Chandelier takes you on an adventure in the skies with a video showcasing his amazing skill.

In the video, you experience a sweat-triggering point-of-view as Chandelier performs tricks at dangerous heights and speeds. He flips and spins through the air, skates along an active road, skips by a pool and even lands on the top of a moving bus

Chandelier performed the stunts in three gorgeous locations: the Greek island of Santorini and Col du Galibier and Mount Blanc in the French Alps Read more...

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January 17 2014

Travel Shouldn't Interrupt Your Healthy Habits

As our world becomes more connected, frequent travel is emerging as a new normal. Healthy habits such as exercise, getting enough sleep and of course, eating well, are sometimes let go when the stress of departure and check-in times is front-of-mind. But healthier options might not be too far away.

What ideas do you have that would make travel more innovative? Marriott Hotels launched TravelBrilliantly.com to learn what travelers such as yourself are dreaming up to improve the future of travel. In 2013, Marriott Hotels recognized 15 ideas as their favorites and picked one grand prize winner: Anjana K., who aimed to help travelers obtain healthy eating options no matter what time of day. Read more...

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American Express Will Open Airport Lounges in NYC and San Francisco

Faced with the pending loss of Platinum cardholders' free access to American Airlines and US Airways airport lounges in March 2014, American Express plans to open new lounges at LaGuardia and San Francisco airports.

These will be in addition to American Express Centurion lounges that the airline is currently operating in McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

American Airlines decided to drop American Express Platinum cardholders' free lounge access in favor of the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.

American Express CFO Jeffrey Campbell, speaking during the company's Q4 2013 and full year earnings conference call this afternoon, confirmed plans to continue with this "experiment" of Amex building its own airport lounges for cardholder access. Read more...

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January 07 2014

Smart Bed Watches While You Sleep, But It's Not Creepy

Your next bed may be able to track how well you slept the night before and if you should lay off the caffeine.

Manufacturer Sleep Number introduced the x12 bed at CES this year, a voice-activated bed that monitors your sleep and aims to improve the quality of your snoozing. With a few commands, it can adjust firmness, elevation or give you a massage.

"Consumers are taking more of an active role in managing their total well being," Chief Product Officer Annie Bloomquist told Mashable. "While diet and exercise have long been the focus, sleep is emerging as an integral part of living a healthy life. You spend a third of your life in bed, and until now, you haven’t had real insight into how you sleep and what to do to improve it." Read more...

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Chang-rae Lee Joins the MashableReads Social Book Club

Our first 2014 fiction selection for the MashableReads social book club is Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea.

on such a full sea

"From New York Times bestselling author Chang-rae Lee comes On Such a Full Sea, the provocative new novel that showcases Lee’s brilliant storytelling and his long-standing interests in identity, culture and love. Set against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells the riveting story of a woman who leaves home when the man she loves disappears. Epic in scope, masterful in execution, and page-turning to its shocking end, On Such a Full Sea imagines a future that will change the way readers think about the world they live in." - Riverhead Books Read more...

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January 06 2014

Frigid Front Blasts U.S. With Coldest Weather in 20 Years

Arctic weather from Canada has started seeping into United States over the past 24 hours, trickling over the Great Lakes and slowly pushing toward both coasts in what meteorologists are calling a "polar vortex."

States across the country are expected to experience their chilliest temperatures in 20 years, many of which will be below zero. The middle of the country is likely to get hit the hardest, though the polar front will set record lows well beyond that region.

Snow will be scattered throughout the U.S., but that's not the concern here. The problem is the cold. Read more...

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Smart Bracelet That Measures Sun Exposure Is Gorgeous

LAS VEGAS — A new connected bracelet from a designer behind the Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton brands keeps track of excessive sun exposure and lets you know when you've had enough.

The June bracelet — from Netatmo, known for its personal weather station monitors — is the first bracelet to measure the sun's impact. The device was launched on Sunday at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas.

The jewel on the wristband syncs with an iOS device and alerts users when the skin has had too much exposure to the sun. It also monitors UV intensity, tracks daily habits and advises women how to better take care of their skin. The app also calculates the maximum sun exposure for your specific skin type and reveals details about how much impact it's had throughout the day. Read more...

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January 04 2014

Polar Vortex, Arctic Cold to Rock Much of U.S. on Monday

There's cold, and then there's Arctic cold — and multiple major cities across the United States are about to experience the latter

A frigid cold front is expected to hit dozens of states across the Midwest and mountain regions over the next 72 hours, promising to turn Monday's work-related foot traffic into a scene from March of the Penguins

The cold front, which is predicted to bring temperatures between 20 and 40 degrees lower than average in states that already experience harsh January weather, is coming down from the polar regions above northern Canada. The pocket of cold air, called a "polar vortex," was blocked up north by a high-pressure area that meteorologists refer to as a "ridge," according to Mark Ressler, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel Read more...

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