Why American airports don’t sell anything you actually need

Why American airports don’t sell anything you actually need

Forget Versace or Cinnabon—I just want to buy some toothpaste.

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Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind. Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak.

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Invasive plant found in Virginia: It ‘makes poison ivy look like a walk in the park’

Invasive plant found in Virginia: It 'makes poison ivy look like a walk in the park'

An invasive species of Asian plant that can cause blindness is turning up in Virginia, prompting warnings for people to be on the lookout for a 15-foot-tall herb topped with fluffy white flowers.

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell

On the accuracy of George Orwell's predictions about future society over those of Aldous Huxley. It's informative and scary at the same time. "In short, Orwell feared that what we hate would ruin us. Huxley that what we love will ruin us." It's unfortunate that Huxley got it right because the latter is much less obvious. By Scott McMillen.

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