Life’s a beach: Australia’s top 10 beaches named in new study


When you have 11,761 beaches to choose from, it’s difficult to settle on a favourite.

Luckily the University of Sydney’s coastal studies unit and Tourism Australia teamed up to compile a list of Australia’s best 101 coastal hang outs. And they’re pretty special.

To compile the exhaustive list, geomorphologist and marine scientist, Professor Andy Short OAM and conservationist, Brad Farmer, combined their wealth of experience to create an authoritative guide on what makes the best of the best beaches.

Beaches were ranked according to capacity for tourism, economy, lifestyle, leisure, surfing and play. Read more…

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How to make sure your laptop isn’t one of thousands left with the TSA this holiday season


With Thanksgiving just past us and Christmas still to come, we’re right in the heart of the holiday travel season, so it’s a good time to remind you to stop leaving your laptop at TSA airport checkpoints.

This was underscored last week when a rep from the TSA shared a tweet (below), showing dozens of laptops stacked on a shelf, all left behind at TSA checkpoints at Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.

About 70 laptops left at @TSA checkpoints at @EWRairport since October. Leave an item at a checkpoint? Contact us:

— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) November 28, 2016 Read more…

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These incredible color postcards of 1890 Switzerland are anything but neutral


Vispach Bridge and the Matterhorn, Valais.

Image: Library of Congress

These pictures of the sublime landscapes and stately towns of Switzerland were created using the Photochrom process, a technique for applying color to monochrome images with nuance and precision.

Invented in Switzerland by an employee of a printing company, Photochrom was a time-consuming and delicate process.

First, a tablet of lithographic limestone would be coated with a light-sensitive emulsion, placed under a photo negative and exposed to sunlight for several hours.

The emulsion would then harden in proportion to the tones of the negative. The softer portions would be removed with a solvent, leaving a fixed lithographic image on the stone. Read more…

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All of Instagram is snapping the same pic of this damn pool in Morocco


Call it the social media generation’s version of a pilgrimage. 

Hashtags and geotagging mean anyone can follow their favourite Instagrammer to even the most remote locations, tempted by their deliberately styled “un-style” and flawless tans.

Take Lauren Bullen, proprietor of the Instagram handle @gypsea_lust and at last count more than 825,000 followers. In mid-November, she accused one @diana_alexa of copying her travel photos down to juice stand and swimwear selection. 

Many cried hoax on the whole situation, and Bullen has declined to talk further about the incident, even deleting the original post on her website.  Read more…

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