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River cruises and coastal excursions offer a more mellow way to see the U.S.A.

Los Angeles Times

Mame and Charlie Hooper think of themselves as globe-trotters: They love exploring the world. And one of their favorite ways of seeing the world is cruising the rivers and coastal waters of the United States. "There's nothing better than slowly cruising up an American river," Mame said when I caught up with her at the couple's home outside Atlanta. "The ride is smooth, the scenery is often exquisite and you see all these charming towns with wonderful histories." There's one more thing: "With all this fear of being blown up somewhere overseas, Charlie and I made a decision to spend our money in the U.S.," she said.


An unmanned car may soon deliver your Kroger groceries

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Earlier this month, it said that digital sales for the past quarter had grown 66 percent. "We cannot just rely on physical stores to reach all of our customers for delivery and and pick-up," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer, in an interview with CNBC. Nuro, founded in 2016 by Google engineers, is an autonomous car company built explicitly for the business of transporting goods. That means its cars are slimmer and designed differently than ones meant to carry people. Nuro does not yet have special refrigerated cars, but is working on a new iteration of vehicles with such technology.


Blargh, My Daughter's Friend Smells Terrible

Slate

Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email careandfeeding@slate.com or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. My daughter and her friends are at various stages of the adolescence process. There are a group of them I drive regularly to various (nonsports) activities, and only one is tall enough to sit in the front passenger seat, so she is always next to me.


The 7 Products That Save My Skin on Long-Haul Flights

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Tech Unknown Podcast With Kirk Borne: Connecting Islands of Innovation

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"When you start looking at connecting points, those intersections across the different siloed data collections and siloed departments, you might just be amazed at what you could discover." Most businesses have siloed departments that are pursuing digital transformation independently, creating "islands of innovation" throughout the enterprise. This episode discusses how to unify these efforts into a cohesive strategy to develop an intelligent enterprise. What could your business do if you had total control over your data? In NASA's case, a data transformation is what made the Hubble telescope and countless other amazing discoveries possible. Our guest this episode, Kirk Borne, was there when it happened. He began his career as an astrophysicist, combining datasets from multiple fields in unprecedented ways. Now Kirk's work is more down to earth. In this episode, he shares how businesses can "democratize data" across the enterprise. And he explains how data transparency plus intelligent analytics can lead to new efficiencies, better customer experiences, even entire new business models. "The key is this concept of the culture of experimentation, that you allow people to experiment with data." Kirk Borne is a Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton.