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What America Feels Like After 7 Months Of Foreign Adventure

Last September, I boarded a plane to Denmark. It was the start of a seven-month round-the-world adventure. Yesterday, at 10.05am, I landed at LAX. Man, this place is weird.


Apple Stores Are So Popular They Lift Shopping Centre Sales By 10%

Damn, the Genius Bar is a bona fide shopping centre hotspot. People love Apple’s sterile, glassy retail stores so much, the expensive gadget hubs boost sales at shopping centres by 10 per cent.


Researchers: Let's Blame Online Porn For Marriage Decline

Researchers at Germany’s Institute for the Study of Labour have published a paper arguing that the rise in free porn on the internet offers a form of instant sexual gratification that lessens the urgency men feel to seek it out in the form of marriage. Using data about how 18 to 35-year-old men used the internet from 2000 to 2004, the researchers looked at the correlation between pornography viewing and marriage.


Every River In The US, Coloured According To The Way It Flows

There are over 250,000 rivers in the US, some subtly serene, others tremendously tumultuous. But in this visualisation you can see them all — and the colour shows which way their waters flow.


Humble Rest Stops Are Endangered Monuments Of America's Highways

All along America’s open highways are the sight of rest stops — lonesome, and often odd, miniature roadside parks that dot the landscape. Photographer Ryann Ford is on a mission to document these architectural emblems.


These Photos Are A Side Of The American West You've Never Seen Before

One of the most common subjects in the history of American photography is the West. It’s a landscape fraught with potential cliche, but Lucas Foglia’s project Frontcountry cuts through popular conceptions and shows the reality of a rapidly transforming area of our country.


One Reason The US Isn't Destroying All Its Nukes: Killer Asteroids

Among the few apocalypses worse than nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact has got to be near the top of the list — at least if Hollywood’s depictions are any indication. Luckily, the American public has at least one agency defending it against errant space rocks: the exact same agency that’s supposed to be protecting us from thermonuclear war in the first place.


Monster Machines: SeaRAM Outfits The US Navy's Favourite Gatling Gun With Homing Missiles

Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy’s Phalanx Close-In Weapons System’s (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn’t enough to neutralise incoming threats — like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America’s Navy relies on the Phalanx’s bigger, badder, rocket-propelled brother: the SeaRAM.


Monster Machines: The F-22 Is Finally Seeing Action After 7 Years

A mere seven years (less than two presidential terms) after it was declared fit for combat operations, and then repeatedly grounded for operational issues, the F-22 Raptor has finally had its first taste of war, in the skies over what used to be Syria.


Uncle Sam Was (Probably) A Real Dude

As the physical embodiment of all things American, Uncle Sam has been used to represent the likes of freedom, Big Brother, consumerism, foetus-snatching and everything in between. But just over 200 years ago, this anthropomorphised flag of a man was an actual, living human being — and a too-weak-to-enlist one, at that.