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Trip Advisor Reviews A Sex Resort


Down in Jamaica, there’s a place aptly named Hedonism II that features a special brand of inhibition-free “adult” resort action. While this all-inclusive getaway offers your usual all-you-can-eat-and-drink beach-side fun in the sun, there’s also a “clothing optional” policy, mirrors above all the beds, and a strong emphasis on pleasure of the “anything goes” variety. Basically, the whole joint is one big swinger soirée. After catching wind of this utopia for the undressed, we checked out their website, only to find it oozing with the sort of over-the-top descriptions normally reserved for bodice-ripper paperback novels with an equally ripped Fabio flexing on the cover. Things like, “It’s what happens when you combine warm water, a white-sand beach, open bars, and open minds,” “In these lush gardens of pure pleasure, the word “no” is seldom heard,” and “Push the boundaries of human pleasure” are standard fare. Heady stuff, right?

Well, when coupled with actual quotes from the Trip Advisor reviews of this carnal Caribbean carnival, let’s just say a picture was painted, and it wasn’t one you’d want to hang above your mantle.

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Are Atheists The New Mormons?


It’s a bit like holding the Republican National Convention in Berkeley: This weekend, the American Atheists are gathering in Salt Lake City for their annual conclave. Attendees can hear a keynote speech by outspoken former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, attend workshops with titles like “So you want to debate Christians?” and mingle during a karaoke night and a costume dinner.

The whole event is taking place at a downtown Hilton, just three blocks away from Temple Square, spiritual and administrative capital of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The convention has its official opening on Good Friday. It concludes on Easter.

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A Material That Can Be A Mirror Then A Window

Mirror Window

A group of MIT scientists have created a new material that can be both a mirror and a window, and no it’s not a one-way mirror.

This new material can filter light depending on the direction of the light beams. In the image above light that hits from one angle goes straight through (white beam) but light that hits the material at different angle is reflected back (red beam). For designers it might make for interesting new tricks for walls or new forms of windows.

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The Myth Of The Artist’s Creative Routine


Charles Dickens wrote while blindfolded. Virginia Woolf took three baths a day, and always with ice-cold water. Stephen King eats a blood orange at every meal whenever he is working on a book. Joyce Carol Oates writes only in Comic Sans.

None of those things is true. Before you go and stock your kitchen with blood oranges or switch the font on your word processor, let me assure you that I invented every one of those writerly habits. But what if I hadn’t? What if you had read them in an interview or in any one of the million aggregations of writerly routines? Would you really stop taking hot showers or start blindfolding yourself when you write?

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What Will Happen When The Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches

Earths Magnetic Fields

The Earth’s magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no.

The result of electrical currents generated deep within the Earth through dynamic action, the magnetosphere is a fluid force that is constantly changing in strength and orientation.

The very heart of our planet is a solid inner core of mostly iron that is about the size of the moon. It is so hot (9000°F to 13000°F or about 5000°C to 7200°C) that its temperature equals that of the “surface” of the sun, but it remains solid because of the combined pressure of everything above it being pulled toward it by gravity.

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It’s Time To Encrypt The Entire Internet


The Heartbleed bug crushed our faith in the secure web, but a world without the encryption software that Heartbleed exploited would be even worse. In fact, it’s time for the web to take a good hard look at a new idea: encryption everywhere.

Most major websites use either the SSL or TLS protocol to protect your password or credit card information as it travels between your browser and their servers. Whenever you see that a site is using HTTPS, as opposed to HTTP, you know that SSL/TLS is being used. But only a few sites — like Facebook and Gmail — actually use HTTPS to protect all of their traffic as opposed to just passwords and payment details.

Many security experts — including Google’s in-house search guru, Matt Cutts — think it’s time to bring this style of encryption to the entire web. That means secure connections to everything from your bank site to Wired.com to the online menu at your local pizza parlor.

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Inside One Of The Largest Neon Collections In The World

Neon Collection

Whether you associate the intoxicating visual phenomena that is neon with the world of fine art or the world of strip clubs, there’s no denying there is something strangely addictive about those electric colored lights. London-based neon artist Chris Bracey certainly agrees, given that he’s spent the past 40 years making and collecting all things neon.

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One Weird Trick To Curb Antibiotic Overuse


Antibiotic overprescription is a major problem. While there have been several campaigns to curb it, few have made a big impact—until now. In a new study, researchers Jason Doctor, an associate professor at the the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Daniella Meeker, an information scientist at the research think tank RAND Corporation, showed that they were able to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions among study participants by 20 percent simply by posting signs.

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A Crowdsourced Collection Of Objects That Embody Climate Change

Drowned Dollar

A tube of toothpaste. A broken phone charger. A rusting cap that once sat atop a bottle of beer. Most of the objects are things you might pass by on the street and not think twice about. But in this context, they’re haunting.

The items are part of A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting: an art project, started in 2011, that’s made up of objects submitted by people to represent the approaching threats of climate change. Initiated by Amy Balkin, a San Francisco-based artist who has been working on climate change-related projects since 2004, the archive is now housed in boxes at the city’s Prelinger Library and co-maintained by registrars Malte Roloff and Cassie Thornton. “I’m asking anyone who lives in a place they may believe to be disappearing, or is already disappearing, to send something,” Balkin says.

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A Backstage Pass To Hidden London

Hidden London

I lived in London for twenty-five years and never got to see the inside of the 1930s decommissioned Battersea Power Station. Nobody does! But the guy that took this picture (above), Peter Dazeley– he even got them to switch on the control room’s art deco lights for him. And it turns out, getting this kind of access wasn’t just a lucky coincidence. Peter Dazeley gets a backstage pass to hidden places all over London, because it’s his job. Veteran photographer, born and bred Londoner, Dazeley’s ongoing project “Hidden London” is about recording unseen, historic London buildings, their architecture and interiors as they stand in the 21st century. It’s an ongoing project that will soon be on show in both an exhibition and a book.

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