Page 2 News: June 25, 2012 – July 6, 2012
250,000 bees atop New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
The recent drop in bee numbers has led to several campaigns and initiatives to try and protect the species, and urban bee keeping that makes use of rooftop spaces has proven particularly popular in densely populated cities where green space is scarce. We’ve seen green uses of city rooftops before for farming initiatives and, reminiscent of the way the Fairmont Royal York hotel installed a three-hive apiary 14 stories up…..
Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2013
Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 important American brands that we predict are going to disappear within a year. This year’s list reflects the brutally competitive nature of certain industries and the reason why companies cannot afford to fall behind in efficiency, innovation or financing. American Airlines will disappear in 2013 because of its inefficiency. It was the premier carrier in the United States for almost 30 years…..
Toxic Public Pool Sends Kids to Hospital
In Thursday’s 90 degree heat-wave, Indianapolis’ Garfield Park Pool seemed like the best place for locals to cool down. Then, in a moment, it became the worst. “Mayhem,” is how the Indianapolis Star’s reporters described the scene as hoards of young swimmers began vomiting. Lifeguards rushed to evacuate the pool, as the reported odor of sharp chemicals flooded the area. One mom on the scene described “an explosion of acid”…..
The pros and cons of purchasing a prepaid smartphone
While prepaid smartphones are not for everybody, the opportunity to purchase an iPhone or any other state-of-the-art device without a long-term carrier contract is an attractive value proposition for many consumers. For the first time since its debut in 2007, the iPhone is now available with no contract via Leap Wireless and its Cricket cellular service provider. Beginning June 29, Virgin Mobile USA will also be marketing Apple’s…..
Century-Old Whiskey Bottles Found in Missouri Man’s Attic
To save money on the installation of central air-conditioning in his St. Joseph, Mo., home, Bryan Fite began replacing the wires in his attic, prying up the floor boards on the rafters. Along with possible savings, he found a treasure beneath the floorboards: 13 bottles of century-old whiskey. Fite, 40, grew up in St. Joseph, and after working in Kansas City for several years, he returned to settle in his hometown…..
6 Early Warning Signs of Vision Loss
Eyesight tends to disappear more gradually than suddenly. In fact, the warning signs of vision loss in adults can be so subtle that you don’t even notice them until a “nuisance” complaint, like trouble focusing or irritation, sends you for an overdue eye exam. That’s when an unrelated but more serious vision robber, like glaucoma, may be discovered. “That’s why a baseline exam at age 40 is important,”…..
Sardine run may be one of the planet’s most alluring spectacles
A phenomenon known as the sardine run — involving millions of the small fish swimming in formation as part of their annual migration — may be one of the most alluring spectacles of the marine universe, and it was captured beautifully by renowned wildlife photographers Chris and Monique Fallows during their recent expedition off the Wild Coast region of South Africa…..
Dozens of sharks swarm on whale carcass in surf off Australia
Incredible footage showing about 100 sharks feeding on whale carcass along a beach in Northwest Australia was posted this week by Vimeo user Rachel Campbell. First thought: Not a safe place or time to venture into the water. Second thought: The young woman trying to be in the video, perhaps for the sake of perspective, seems on the verge of taking a consequential risk…..
America’s Top 5 Summer Swimming Holes
It’s officially the best time of year and there’s no better way to cool down in summer than heading for a swim. Sure, your backyard, the community pool, or a trip to the beach is great. But something about embarking on an adventure to an old-fashioned swimming hole out in nature screams summer. America is home to several unique swimming spots, but here are 5 locations where the journey is as rewarding as the refreshing dip…..
America’s coolest water parks
If you think that the most exciting rides in a water park still involve a log flume or mat slide, then you, my friend, are all wet. Water-swishing half-pipes, free-fall slides dropping riders from close to ten stories high, and near-vertical looping slides that shoot riders like cannonballs at 40 mph are just a few samples of how today’s parks are making a splash. The 70-acre Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas…..
10 best budget-friendly all-inclusive resorts
It’s a fact that all-inclusive resorts can be expensive, with the average nightly rate at some of the bigger chains running $450—per person. And when you find one in your price range there’s usually a caveat—the beach is a 15-minute drive away, or the “all” only includes non-alcoholic beverages (those margaritas by the pool really add up). We here at Budget Travel love a challenge and—though it wasn’t easy—we found 10 beachfront…..
The Best of the 2012 Summer Tours
There’s plenty for fans of all kinds of pop and non-pop music to enjoy this summer. The Rolling Stones may not be joining us for an extended route, but the Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills and Nash will pick up that demographic, while Neil Diamond, Donald Fagen, Yanni, the Dave Matthews Band and Phish will make themselves available for public viewing as well. Roger Waters will build and tear down his Wall…..
Ten awesome Windows tips & tricks
It certainly looks sweet, but we’ll see what Microsoft’s radically redesigned Windows 8 operating system will offer computer users later this year. Until then, there’s still a lot to learn about your existing Windows PC. Yes, even if you’ve been tapping and clicking away on it for years, you’ve probably only scratched the surface of what it can do. Like our brains, it’s estimated we only use about 10 percent of what our tech toys…..