Home Run Travel on Mars Paul Goldschmidt

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It’s Tuesday night. The Cardinals are in that awkward phase where there is action but no stats, information but nothing of any real worth. (After all, do you really want me to break down what the Spring Training pitching groups mean for the starting rotation? No, you don’t.) My Viva el Birdos colleagues have already stolen all the good ideas for the week, a fact that I was bemoaning about to my kids.

One of them responded, “you should write about how far a home run would go on Mars!”

I laughed.

Then I started thinking. With my prodigious pseudo-science

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COVID travel complaints soared in 2020 due to refund struggles: DOT

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When travelers have issues with an airline, they usually pick up the phone or turn to Twitter or Facebook for help.

Lodging a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation takes a few more steps and is often seen as a last resort.

That last resort was popular in 2020, with travelers struggling to get refunds during the coronavirus pandemic filing complaints in unprecedented numbers, according to figures released Thursday in the agency’s Air Travel Consumer Report.

The DOT logged 102,550 complaints against airlines, travel agencies and tour operators last year, compared with 15,342 in 2019. That’s an

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For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?

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Tomorrow’s Air, a new climate action group incubated by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, is taking a different tack, both technologically and socially. It champions carbon removal and storage, as done by the Swiss company Climateworks — an expensive process that filters carbon dioxide from the air, sometimes injecting it underground in basalt rock, where it mineralizes over time.

While the process seems sound, “the question is, is it scalable?” said Howard Herzog, a senior research engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has studied carbon capture for more than 30 years, noting the high cost of running

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leaders worry about covid variants

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LONDON — Looking to holiday in Greece or Spain? You could be waiting some time.  

European leaders are expected to say on Thursday that all non-essential travel needs to remain restricted as the Covid health situation remains “serious” across the continent, according to a document seen by CNBC.

The European Union’s 27 heads of state will gather virtually on Thursday afternoon to discuss the current state of the pandemic in the region. The EU is still one of the worst hit parts of the world by the coronavirus, with a number

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38% of Americans would give up sex for a year just to travel again

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After staying home for nearly a year, Americans would give anything to hit the road again. Anything.

Desperate vacationers said they would willingly give up love, sex or money in exchange for a trip, according to a recent survey by travel search site Trivago.

More than 80% of those polled said travel is a part of a well-rounded life.

To that end, nearly half, or 48%, would give up their job, 38% would give up sex for a year, one-quarter would fork over all of their savings and 1 in 5 said they would dump their partner if it

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When will travel be safe? 5 covid-19 experts weigh in.

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Facing a second spring without the promise of a break, frustrated would-be travelers can be forgiven for feeling weary. But, infectious-disease experts say, there are better days for travel ahead as the number of vaccinations increases and new coronavirus cases drop.

Exactly when that will happen — and what those days will look like — is unclear. And unknowns still loom: How long will immunity last after people are vaccinated or infected? Can they still transmit the virus? Will vaccines work as well as new variants emerge?

What experts can say is that travel will be safer for some people,

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How to plan for summer travel in 2021

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After a particularly brutal winter in isolation, summer travel dreams feel like a glimmer of hope shimmering on the distant horizon.

At least 44.5 million people in America have received one dose of the vaccine, and new coronavirus cases and deaths have begun to fall, giving the country reasons to feel optimistic.

As a result, the travel industry appears to be gearing up for a big summer season.

Kyle Potter, editor of Thrifty Travel, says signs like Delta telling employees that customers are finally booking flights one to two months out, instead of days or weeks ahead, or the

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5 ways they’ll differ from air travel

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The future of urban air mobility is often represented in utopian images. A wealth of fanciful renderings show flying vehicles taking off and landing vertically from glittering vertiports. The people in these portrayals live in fantastical futures of high-tech cities, maneuvering experiences that we’ve seen only in science fiction films.

This is the shiny vision. But what about the everyday reality of how we’ll really interact with these all-new vehicles and their supporting infrastructure?

Based on our design explorations, we believe that the first flying taxis entering service in the next three to five years will feature some surprising moments

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Can Home Covid Tests Solve Your Travel Woes?

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SPRING IS ALMOST here, and if your escape fantasies run to more than a short drive to Aunt Susie’s in the Poconos, odds are you’ll be booking a Covid-19 test along with your air tickets. Many destinations—Hawaii, Maine, most of the Caribbean and even Aspen, Colo.—will let you avoid a quarantine if you’ve recently tested negative for the virus. But you might need to submit to multiple tests during your getaway. A post-arrival screen is required in some places, including Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jordan and Rwanda. If you’re abroad, the U.S. State Department specifies that everyone returning to the U.S.

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Italy’s Covid-free islands: The residents watching pandemic from afar

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But while the virus has struck far and wide, a lucky few remote locations remain coronavirus-free a year after the virus halted much of the world.

Italy, which is in a state of emergency until April 30, was ravaged by the virus last year and currently has one of the highest death tolls in Europe. The destination is now divided into zones, depending on infection levels.

However, a handful of its most isolated islands are among the spots that have kept Covid at bay for now.

An Italian proverb popular with sailors declares “the sea can be treacherous but it

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