A Beginner's Guide to Mezcal, Tequila's Divine Cousin

About a decade ago, a friend of mine had a year of magical drinking. He'd been through a rough patch, moved home to Southern California, and taken up residency at a local tequila bar. Not really much of a drinker, he'd usually just read and people watch. A single drink would last him the afternoon. "Wait, so you… » 2/06/15 4:30pm 2/06/15 4:30pm

The stark difference between the rich and the poor, side by side

The line is so thin yet the gap is so big. This ad campaign, Erase the Differences, shows how wealthy people and poor communities can literally live right next to each other but experience such different lives. You'd think the images are Photoshopped but they're just aerial photographs of real life living situations… » 5/16/14 1:49am 5/16/14 1:49am

How Mexico's Drug Cartels Are Driving Up the Price of Limes

A lime shortage is threatening the U.S. food and beverage industry, with some bars and restaurants jacking up drink prices, charging extra for a slice—or refusing to serve the citrus at all. But there's another reason to rethink that margarita: The pricey limes you're buying from Mexico might be supporting drug… » 3/31/14 6:40pm 3/31/14 6:40pm

Hackers Can Force ATMs to Spit Out Money With a Text Message

It's getting remarkably easy to hack ATMs these days, and security researchers say that Microsoft's aging Windows XP is making the problem worse. This week, security analysts at Symantec blogged about a new technique popping up in Mexico that uses text messages to give hackers access. It's as wild as it sounds. » 3/25/14 1:20pm 3/25/14 1:20pm

The U.S./Mexico Border Is Infested With Underground Machines

The very fact that underground robots being used to patrol the U.S./Mexico border—a program now moving into its second decade—can be greeted with what amounts to a disinterested shrug is a good indication of how sci-fi our everyday lives have gotten. There are underground robots patrolling the edge of the country. » 1/21/14 4:25pm 1/21/14 4:25pm

A New Bridge Will Let You Walk From San Diego to the Tijuana Airport

San Diego's airport has been too small for almost a hundred years—the city made its first plans for a replacement back in 1923. Now, after decades of failed expansion plans, private investors are slated to begin construction on their own solution: Build a pedestrian bridge to the nearest airport... in Mexico. The… » 12/03/13 1:00pm 12/03/13 1:00pm