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Hungarian inventors develop chainless bike Information

Hungarian inventors develop chainless bike

A group of inventors from Hungary says that it has developed a new chainless bicycle that outperforms traditional bikes.DEVELOPED BY DESIGNERS from Schwinn Csepel Zrt, the Stringbike swaps out the chain and gears of normal bikes for a pulley-driven system that uses a polyethylene cord. According to the group, their “symmetric driving system” both balances out the weight of the Stringbike along its central axis, making for a more comfortable ride and allowing injured cyclists to favor one leg while recovering.

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6 yoga poses to improve your surfing Information

6 yoga poses to improve your surfing

THEY ARE WAYS OF LIFE–disciplines that, with time, help you combat fear, breathe deeper, and achieve the kind of bliss that only riding a wave or pressing into your first headstand can provide.The physical benefits of yoga also complement the flexibility and power needed to have maximum fun and prevent injuries when surfing.

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History, caverns and canals: 5 Nottingham pubs Information

History, caverns and canals: 5 Nottingham pubs

It’s Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood, a university town, has the most caves of any city in the country, and it’s in the heart of England. It must be Nottingham. And this historic city has a great selection of pubs and bars.Here are five of the best:Ye Olde Trip to JerusalemThe Trip Jerusalem, as it’s more commonly known, is popular with locals and tourists alike.

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Everything you need to know about visiting an Indian home Information

Everything you need to know about visiting an Indian home

Feature photo by pulguita. Photo above by Sreejith Kodoth.If you’re fortunate enough to be invited to an Indian home, follow this guide for the best experience.ONE OF THE MOST defining characteristics of Indian culture is hospitality. People in India have the highest regard for guests and value hospitality.

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Notes on not dealing with death Information

Notes on not dealing with death

Christine Garvin makes an admission: she doesn’t know how to deal with death. Editor’s note: This post was published in its original form here. THERE ARE WELL-DEFINED STEPS to dealing with the grief of death, which you can process through at weekly therapy sessions or in a local group that meets in the basement of a church on Tuesday nights.

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5 simple ways to cope with flight delays Information

5 simple ways to cope with flight delays

How many times have you heard the tinny, dreaded announcement – “flight xyz has been delayed and will now be departing….at an indefinite moment in the future.” Here are some ways to cope.IT’S ANOTHER FLIGHT delay. Your life will not come to an end; in fact, it has been presented with an opportunity.1.

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9 songs that spoke of change Information

9 songs that spoke of change

They are songs that launched social movements or kept them going when spirits and energies started to ebb.SONGS THAT SPOKE of revolutions, war and peace, of possibilities, change, and a better, most just world.And they are songs that remind those of us who haven’t had to struggle so much just what it took to get where we are right now.

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10 essential items for backcountry travel Information

10 essential items for backcountry travel

Former Summit Steward of Alpine Meadows, Shannon Belt, highlights the essentials you need to enjoy the backcountry and avoid becoming a statistic.1. Map and compassEven for day hikes, a good map and compass can save your life when weather or trails deteriorate in the backcountry. “They’re light and if you don’t bring them, you know you’ll need them,” Belt says.

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Travel writing: Think local, act local Information

Travel writing: Think local, act local

Photo by Dro!d (Creative Commons)The first lesson we were taught in my ninth grade writing class is one that most of us have heard about a zillion times: ‘Write what you know.’BACK THEN, I TOOK it to heart as far as poetry, short stories and scripts went – but more recently, I’ve been forgetting to apply the lesson to travel writing.

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5 lesser known ways to stay fit when traveling Information

5 lesser known ways to stay fit when traveling

How can you stay in shape on the road when you won’t have regular access to a gym, bicycle, pool, even a jogging trail?ONCE, AFTER RETURNING on a transpacific flight from a Christmas vacation, I planned to stay in Tokyo for two days.I arrived on December 30th and stayed out all night for New Year’s, checked out of the hotel after stumbling back in the morning, and then continued to be awake all day until an express 8-hour midnight train to Kyoto to look at some temples.

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How to pack for a semester abroad Information

How to pack for a semester abroad

Feature photo by obscure allusion Photo by obscure allusionTrying to keep from packing to much while remembering essential items can be tricky. Don’t wait till the last minute for packing for your semester abroad, and keep the following in mind.BackpackYou will be taking field trips with your class and on your own, so bring a backpack that can serve as a travel pack and/or overnight bag.

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Armchair travel: Jumpstart your 2010 travels Information

Armchair travel: Jumpstart your 2010 travels

Never too early to start planning your Autumn travels…Granted, the Mid-Atlantic states are currently buried under a least 3 feet of snow and most, if not, all flights have been canceled. However, this shouldn’t deter you from thinking about traveling. In fact, now is as good a time as any to start sketching out possible itineraries for the year and planing your getaway.

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How to get the most out of a bus tour (if you hate bus tours) Information

How to get the most out of a bus tour (if you hate bus tours)

Photo by wakxyYoung, independent-minded travelers tend to see the tour bus as a rolling retirement home, shepherding flocks of Bermuda-shorted pensioners from tourist trap to tourist trap while spoon-feeding them a watered-down version of the local culture. But what if you have to take the tour bus?TOUR BUSES CAN SEEM about as adventurous and educational as watching a week’s worth of infomercials.

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5 writers who affirm the importance of travel Information

5 writers who affirm the importance of travel

Feature photo by Bob Milsom. Photo above by dnhoshor.The literary works of these five writers expresses the importance of travel.Mark TwainTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.

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How to shoot a duck Information

How to shoot a duck

While duck hunting, Noah Pelletier finds a juxtaposition of shotguns, camouflage, Larry the Cable Guy, and history.The First HuntersFoxes work in pairs when they go duck hunting. One fox hides in an ambush point close to shore, while the other races up and down the water’s edge. Something about the fox’s red flapping tail agitates the ducks, so they go ashore to quack and squawk at it.

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How to: Buy, set up, and use a cell phone in Europe Information

How to: Buy, set up, and use a cell phone in Europe

Using a cell phone in Europe is relatively easy once you understand the system.IF YOU’RE HEADING to Europe for a long trip, you’re probably trying to count the ways you can save money, not spend more. But while it might sound expensive to buy a European cell phone—a “mobile,” as it’s called there—it’s an investment that will deepen your experience by making it easy for you to meet up with fellow travelers, contact local hosts or friends, or change your itinerary at a moment’s notice.

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“Oh give me a home…” Information

“Oh give me a home…”

If you’re a writer, you don’t need me to tell you about that creeping feeling of anxiety that swells up at the end of each month when you think about paying the rent.You’ve typed yourself into Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but you’ve got nothing to show for it but a sheaf of rejections or a check so pitiful it might be more worthwhile to stand in the unemployment line.

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San Francisco’s DNA Lounge has it all Information

San Francisco’s DNA Lounge has it all

San Francisco’s DNA Lounge offers everything, it seems. A full service kitchen serves Mexican food, while computers are made available throughout the club that features a wireless network as well. There is a main stage and a second stage that boasts its own sound system, and there are three bars.Photo and feature photo of Bohemian Carnival at DNA Lounge: zemistorOperating as DNA since November of 1985, the club has had a number of notable owners including Rob Schneider, but is now in the hands of the tech-savvy and fascinating Jamie Zawinski.

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5 no-tech ways to be creative while traveling Information

5 no-tech ways to be creative while traveling

Watercolor by Josh JohnsonHere are 5 old school ways to be creative without benefit of WIFI, wires, keyboards, or kilobytes.WatercolorWatercolors are cheap, portable and easy to use. A few bucks will get you a watercolor set and a few more will get you a decent brush. In the hands of a master, watercolor is a magical medium indeed.

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Green guide to Edinburgh Information

Green guide to Edinburgh

Famously known as “Auld Reekie” thanks to the smoke that belched out of some 40 breweries around the city centre, Edinburgh was often in a haze of sea mist and brewery smoke – not the most health-friendly or eco-friendly image.Edinburgh has made some progress since then, with only has one brewery remaining, the Caledonian Brewery, that leaves the distinctive sweetness of yeast in the air without the low, heavy clouds of smoke that used to accompany it.

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