1. Tech

    Virtual Balconies Will Make Your Cheap Room Seem Less Cheap on Royal Caribbean Cruises

    If you needed to be oddly unsettled today with shades of a dystopian future where we need pretend windows with virtual, serene landscapes to keep us from getting depressed, take a look at how Royal Caribbean is trying to make its less upscale rooms seem less depressing. They now have 80-inch TV screen seascapes.

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  2. Science

    Brown Christmas: Norovirus Hits Two Holiday Cruises Sickening 400

    Considering the the stress that can be involved in flying across the country braving baggage claims, TSA lines, and winter weather, it's not surprising that to some people, a nice long Caribbean cruise seems like the perfect antidote to the traditional travails of the holidays. Of course, those cruises aren't without their own hazards -- case in point, the 400 people sickened with what appears to be nausea- and diarrhea-inducing norovirus on two recent holiday cruises. All of a sudden, sitting through yet another round of Mom's favorite holiday pastime -- "When are you going to meet someone nice and settle down?" -- doesn't sound so bad.

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