Clean plentiful energy, if…

Hydrogen is the world’s most plentiful element and a touted potential clean power fuel. However, hydrogen rarely appears in its pure form – it must be extracted from its host substances, such as fossil fuels and water. Alas, the process always consumes copious energy. Or it did. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Where there’s a will there’s potential for acrimony

Like wedding fights, inheritance spats have a sordid, nightmare quality. A low-rent tussle over the loot can take a terrible toll on family ties.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

V8 supercar vs airplane

Pitting an airplane against a car in a contest of speed might seem unfair, but Jamie Whincup’s V8 supercar gave the Red Bull aerobatic plane a run for its money. Read at the Adrenalist..

Making capitalism fit for society

Political scientist Colin Crouch opens his broadside against neo-liberalism and its apologists in ominous style.

“Income inequality in the United States of America has reached such an extreme point that there are fears that it may damage the economy. These views are not just expressed by the ‘progressives’ who might be expected to have such opinions, but by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),” he writes. Read at the South China Morning Post..

Most dangerous spiders in the US

Arachnophobia is a serious condition, especially for adventurers, but the most dangerous spiders in the U.S. are enough reason to want to avoid arachnids altogether. Read at the Adrenalist..

Dolphins join stand-up paddleboard adventure

Even adventures that have undergone the utmost preparation can be taken by surprise by unforgettable moments – a school of dolphins dropping in on a stand-up paddleboard excursion is just one of those instances. Read at the Adrenalist..

Monofin swimming amps up speed and agility in the water

There’s a reason the undulating movement associated with using a monofin is called a “dolphin kick” – a monofin is a variant of traditional swimfins that enables swimmers to move through the water quicker and with more maneuverability. Read at the Adrenalist..

How zealous psychiatrists are diagnosing quirks as mental illness

Today it seems that almost everyone is certifiably mad. According to critics, amateur and professional psychiatrists are routinely guilty of “diagnostic inflation”: turning normal people into mental patients with alphabet soup diagnoses. In a new book, America’s Obsessives, author Joshua Kendall argues that many great people have been shaped by obsessive compulsive personality disorder. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Best water shoes for men

Backpacking through a rain-soaked trail or running on a beach during high tide requires a sturdy pair of extremely breathable and quick-drying water shoes.

Usually, a water shoe’s main task is to keep the wearer’s feet dry, but they also come in handy if you face a sharp-rocked floor or zebra mussels. Although they are made of mesh, they have a hard sole to prevent cuts and abrasions. Read at the Adrenalist..

Navy SEALs Hell Week: toughest training on Earth

The U.S. Navy SEALs are the United States’ elite special operations force, and becoming a part of the team requires a training regimen so demanding, it has been dubbed “Hell Week.”

Read at the Adrenalist..

Top tree climbing camps in the US

To adventurers, climbing trees is a way to celebrate nature and thank the Earth for everything it has given us to explore and conquer – there is no better way to become one with nature than to climb to the top of a giant tree. Read at the Adrenalist..

Best battle rope workouts

In the gym, rope can be used for more than just the usual jumping workouts. Meet the battle rope, the jump rope’s heavier, thicker cousin. The big, simple piece of equipment is incredibly easy to use and even easier to weave into your workout regime – all you need is a flat empty space and an anchor point to hold the other end. Read at the Adrenalist..

Rangers rappel Mount Rushmore in epic National Parks challenge

Despite the elements, Mount Rushmore stays in mint condition for one reason: sustained aerial maintenance by the park rangers that patch up the massive sculpted rock.

The park rangers rappel from the top of the 86-year-old monument to patch cracks and install strain gauges near the Abraham Lincoln structure’s nose and hairline.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Abaton portable home is the house for mobile adventurers

When adventure calls, no boundaries, restrictions or limitations should hold you back – with the Abaton portable home, there’s no reason not to pick up and go. Read at the Adrenalist..

Dirtsurfing – the new board sport for all-terrain riding

Dirtsurfing keeps board enthusiasts satisfied even without fresh powder to snowboard on or monster waves to surf.

The ground-breaking inline board is a new product targeted at snowboarders and surfers determined to ride when their board of choice isn’t an option. Read at the Adrenalist..

Supersized cooling solution for supercomputer

Anyone who has ever nursed a laptop knows that computers kick out a hell of a lot of heat. So imagine how much is generated by the Pawsey Centre supercomputer: an $80 million mega-science device being built in Kensington, Perth, by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Read at the Canberra Times..

Best Tough Mudder videos

Tough Mudder is trumpeted as the toughest event on the planet, and these videos prove how the extreme obstacle course tests your strength, stamina, teamwork and all-around mental grit. Read at the Adrenalist..

Most dangerous invasive species in the US

When an invasive species is introduced to a new ecosystem, the fallout can be dire, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of exotic animals and plants from finding their way to the U.S.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Fixie benefits: why you should ride a fixed gear bike

A fixed-gear bike, commonly known as a “fixie,” has a drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism – no freewheeling means an incredible cardiovascular workout every time you pump the pedals. Read at the Adrenalist..

Book review: American Alligator

Given that its brain weighs about 14 grams, the American alligator has done well. Starting out as “shieldcroc” – the last common ancestor of the modern alligator, caiman, crocodile and gharial – it has evolved into the keystone of the southern swamps, according to naturalist Kelby Ouchley. Read at the South China Morning Post..

Hip hop with a smiling face

Rap in Vietnam takes a gentler, more poetic approach than the American model. Read at the South China Morning Post..

Fastest predators in the US

The average human running speed is about 12 to 15 miles per hour – not quick enough to outrun the fastest animal predators in the U.S.

The most formidable North American animals pair fearsome hunting abilities with phenomenal speed. These predators are faster than their prey, and they use their gift wisely.

Check out the 5 fastest animal predators in the U.S. Read at the Adrenalist..

Archery tag: the new sport that could replace paintball

Archery tag distinctively mixes the verve of paintball with the skillset of archery – for this extreme combination, your dexterity needs to be absolutely perfect. Read at the Adrenalist..

Alex Honnold climbs Yosemite in National Parks epic challenge

For the National Parks Epic Challenge, legendary climber Alex Honnold took on Half Dome, El Capitan and Mount Watkins – all that Yosemite had to offer.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Best bouldering hotspots in the US

The sport of bouldering involves using no ropes or harnesses – just the boulder itself.

Check out the best bouldering locations in the U.S.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Take on Antarctica ice snorkeling

Australian adventure company, Aurora Expeditions, is now offering an entirely new twist on snorkeling – jumping into the frigid ice water of Antarctica and exploring amongst the penguins, seals and whales of the White Continent. Read at the Adrenalist..

The menu tricks that tap more than your appetite

Make no mistake: a menu is a manipulative document meant to make you spend more money than you anticipated. Blame the persuasive influence of a burgeoning trend called menu engineering: strategic tweaking designed to drive sales.

Especially if you are hungry, you may well be swayed by the guile of a menu engineer bent on bending your mind and denting your wallet. So here is an audit of some top menu mind games exposed by psychologists and catering industry insiders.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Varibike: the bike you pedal with your hands

Normally, riding a bike means a lower-body workout, but with the Varibike, you can get a lot more out of your daily ride. Read at the Adrenalist..

Near indestructible running shoes

Rugged terrain puts you in need of equally durable running shoes, and these are the best of the best.

The perfect long distance running shoe offers lightweight protection while allowing you to get you over, through and around any hurdle that dares get in your way. As you head down the road or off the beaten trail, these long distance running shoes will make sure you are performing at maximum levels.

Here are the most durable long distance running shoes. Read at the Adrenalist..

Bossaball mixes furious acrobatics with volleyball and soccer

Bossaball combines a slew of extreme sports into one unbelievable, acrobatic game.

Discovery News describes Bossaball as “the coolest acrobatic game you’ve never heard of,” and Outrageous Sports says that Bossaball combines the most epic components of other sports into a single super-sport. Bossaball is a sport every extreme athlete should be playing.Read at the Adrenalist..

Best wingsuit training schools in the US

Wingsuit flying requires expert precision, unrivaled skills and a deep understanding of your gear – all of which the top wingsuit training schools can instill in you before your first jump.

Read at the Adrenalist..


Powercap LED lighted caps

Running, cycling and overall adventuring at night just became incredibly easier with the Powercap LED lighted caps by Panther Vision.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Where there’s a will there’s a long, long wait

Long life comes with a cost: picture all the geriatric parents whose healthcare-boosted resilience means their children end up awaiting their inheritance indefinitely.

Financial planner Peter Blatt has several clients hoping to net big bequests soon. ”Probably 10 per cent of my clients first come to my office and say, ‘Here is a list of my assets – and oh, by the way, here is my $300,000 that I will inherit from my parents’,” Blatt says.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Futsal for beginners – the ultimate guide

Futsal, the fast-paced form of indoor soccer, is just as technical as its outdoor counterpart, but you’ll need a different mindset and a slew of different skills to excel at this intense sport.

The constraints and slippy surface of the arena spur performance, once you know what you are doing. With the right knowledge and practice, anyone can excel at futsal. Better yet, the skills developed here will follow a player to the traditional soccer field.

Here is the ultimate futsal beginners’ guide. Read at the Adrenalist..

Deadliest apex predators in the U.S

The term “apex predator” is often associated with the beasts that roam the Sahara in Africa or the rain forests of South America, but some of the world’s deadliest animals can be found right in the U.S. Brush up on these dangerous hunters before your next adventure, or you may find yourself in an unescapable scenario.

Here are the deadliest apex predator’s in the U.S.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Adidas smart soccer system

At the elite level even the slightest advantage can have a massive impact on performance. Enter the Adidas miCoach Elite Team System. The sports wizardry that includes a Smart soccer ball and high-tech cleats is the latest advancement in performance monitoring, gauging vital physiological data of a team in real time. Read at the Adrenalist..

5 best surf spots in the US

Surfers looking for the best places to surf need not look further than the monster waves of U.S. beaches.

Few countries boast more of the best surf spots than the U.S. In particular, Hawaii and California are blessed with dozens of iconic beaches. Check out our 5 top surfing spots in the U.S. – special places that serve up a breathtaking mixture of tide, wind and swell. Read at the Adrenalist..

Essential skydiving terms for beginners

Skydiving is one of the most dynamic and adrenaline-pumping sports around, but jumping out of a plane takes more than just grit – you’ll need a bit of technical knowledge before your leap.

To make sure you are properly prepared for the big drop, brush up on this vital skydiving jargon and get better acquainted with the technical lingo before you plunge through the clouds. When your instructor yells for you to cut away after a box man goes wrong, you’ll want to know what he means. Read at the Adrenalist..

Hang gliding vs paragliding

Hang gliding and paragliding may be close cousins, but the two sports have all kinds of differences. To cut through the complexity and find the right sport for you, check out our hang gliding vs paragliding comparison that distinguishes one aerial sport from the other.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Oru Kayak: the portable folding kayak

Lugging your kayak to a far-away destination for an adventure has always been a hassle – until now. The Oru Kayak, an origami-inspired folding kayak, is here to remedy the woes of water-bound adventurers.

Read at the Adrenalist..

24-hour adventures

Making the most of your day is as simple as getting as much hiking, climbing and overall adventuring out of your 24 hours awake as possible. Read at the Adrenalist..

Most dangerous snakes in the US

The menacing look of a snake comes naturally – the smooth scaly body, forked tongue and giant fangs are designed to do more than just intimidate. Most snakes, however, are not that dangerous, and if you leave them alone they won’t harm you. If you tread on or inadvertently corner one, however, you may be in trouble.

Here are the 3 most dangerous snakes in the U.S. Avoid these formidable predators at all costs. Read at the Adrenalist..

No poo movement advocates suds-free haircare

Despite its squeaky-clean marketing image, shampoo has a snake oil side. So say proponents of the “no poo movement”.

Regular shampooing is counterproductive, they say, because, in reaction, your scalp just makes more of the natural oil called sebum – spurring a vicious cycle.

There had never been a time that he didn’t have a cracked, peeling, itchy, dry scalp
Leanna cappucci, mother and coach

The theory goes that you should skip applying industrial shampoo and instead enlist a milder substance.


Read at the South China Morning Post.

Best trail running shoes

Taking your running routine off-road means picking up a sturdy pair of trail running shoes.

Modern trail running shoes use less fabric, but give you more support on the tougher terrain. Before you leave the streets and head for the hills, take a look at some great examples of the new generation of off-road footwear.

Here are 5 best trail running shoes for men. Read at the Adrenalist..

Eliminate wheel bite

Wheel bite occurs during a sharp turn or hard landing. The board’s base dips or tilts just low enough for the wheels to start scraping against it, causing wear and tear on the board itself, its wheels and, sometimes, the rider. A particular bad case of wheel bite can send a rider flying off his board, which is exactly what happened to Wheel Shields inventor, Chase Kaczmarek.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Most incredible caves

The mystery and wonder of Earth’s caves are rivaled only by their opportunity for adventure.

Few sights are more majestic than a deep, dark, cave network threaded with ancient, craggy limestone structures. Since the dawn of civilization, man has been beguiled by the magic of caves. They form a world of dazzling beauty and mystery carved over thousands of years by the passage of water over rock.

Often not fully explored, these caves definitely rank as magnificent. Read at the Adrenalist..

ATM skimming – what you should know

Your routine trip to the local ATM could have a shocking cost if you aren’t careful. The reason: in a practice known as ”skimming”, thieves mount pirate card readers and pinhole cameras on automated teller machines to swipe credentials.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Best wingsuits

Wingsuit pilots make defying gravity a daily occurrence, but it’s the wingsuits themselves that make it possible.

Wingsuits are sometimes called birdman suits, flying squirrel suits, or bat suits, and it’s easy to see why. Just a few years ago, the wingsuits used today seemed like gear out of a sci-fi movie, once thought impossible. The one defining feature all wingsuits have in common is their signature shape. This aerodynamic design allows Adrenalists to soar through the air, whether it be with the grace of a bird or the intensity of a jet.

Here are five of the best wingsuit models on the market.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Best wilderness survival kits

The right survival kit could mean the difference between life and death in the isolated wilderness.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Catching rays at work

If you thought solar power necessarily means panels bolted to the rafters, think again. Just ask Perth businessman Victor Rosenberg, the brains behind a potentially revolutionary sustainable energy invention called TropiGlas.

In essence a hair-thin film sandwiched between two sheets of glass, TropiGlas lets 80 per cent of all visible light into a building while capturing and “harvesting” more than 90 per cent of ultraviolet and infrared light.

The rogue rays are then converted to electricity usable for lighting, cooling and heating. Smart.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald..


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