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The Doctor Recommends: Must-Reads for the Week Ending May 31, 2013

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The New York Times' William Grimes hops aboard The New York Post Headlines Tour (which we rode in March) and TMZ's version. (Matt Haber)

Clip and save this piece from Outside's Joe Spring: How to survive a black bear attack. (M.H.)

Similarly, how to survive hitching a ride on Martha's Vineyard from Larry David. New York excerpts Paul Samuel Dolman's book on that very topic. (M.H.)

I loved this Huffington Post story by Sue Manning from the Associated Press: Stressed while flying? Consider heading to San Jose, Los Angeles, or Miami airports, where teams of "therapy dogs" roam the terminals to calm passengers' nerves. (Peter Schlesinger)

The Dreamliner is resuming service to the city where its battery problems first became apparent. As Katie Johnston from the Boston Globe reports, All Nippon Airways will return the beleaguered jetto its Boston-Tokyo service starting this Saturday. (P.S.)

One day you may actually be happy to catch a train departing from New York City's Penn Station. The Atlantic Cities's Sarah Goodyear reports on what four architecture firms would do to transform this much-maligned space. (Amy Farley)

The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat columnist, Scott McCartney, takes a close look at the "Worst Flight in America": the chronically delayed United Express Flight 4352, from Cincinnati to Newark. The lesson? Beware of regional airlines, which often get the short end of the stick from air traffic controllers. (A.F.)

Airlines don't want the Department of Transportation to add their April flight delays into its databases. And why should they? Many of the delays were a result of the furlough of air traffic controllers due to the budget sequester, Travel Weekly reports. (A.F.)

Wrestling with the best way to use those credit card points you've been racking up? The Points Guy helps one family maximize 500,000 American Express points to cover a trip to London and Paris next spring, dropping tons of useful tips along the way. (Nikki Ekstein)

UK budget airline easyJet plans to test its new ash detection technology by dumping a ton of volcanic ash from 30,000 feet, most likely in France. The technology hopes to prevent the mass inconvenience of an actual eruption, reports Circa, such as Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano in 2010. (Adrien Glover)

Still can’t figure out Google Maps? Start taking notes—Google is now offering a two-week online course to teach users all there is to know about Maps, Maps Engine Lite, and Google Earth, according to The Next Web. (A.G.)

If you thought having Wi-Fi on New York City subways was innovative, Duncan Geere from Wired reports that Google plans to use high-flying balloons and blimps to bring Internet access to sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. (A.G.)

Ever wish your car could just drive itself? Apparently some already can. According to Circa, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released official rules for driverless cars, including separate licenses and automaker reports. (A.G.)

Claiming privacy concerns, the TSA has pulled the last of its 250 x-ray body scanners from airports, after some fliers complained the detailed images could produce a ‘virtual strip search,’ according to Daily Mail. (A.G.)

By 2020, Bigelow Aerospace could be sending humans to the moon, says NASASpaceFlight, where teams will conduct research aboard inflatable Earth-orbiting habitats—could this be the future of travel writing? (A.G.)

Those at TBEX can attest that travel blogging “ain’t no ‘4-hour work week.’” Vagabondish.com writer Mike Richard gives his ten tips for writing on the road, from being unique to being realistic (spoiler: “You’re not going to get rich”). (Maria Pedone)

Amelia Earhart’s plane, lost since the solo traveler’s attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in 1937, may have been found on the remote island of Nikumaroro in the South Pacific, says Gadling’s Kraig Becker. (M.P.)

1000 Drawings, a part exhibition, part fundraiser begins this June in Johannesburg and Cape Town as featured on South African Tourism’s blog. The project brings together schoolchildren, the homeless, and professional designers to create original artwork, which will then be sold for 100 rand (about $10) each to raise money for schools and homeless care facilities. (M.P.)

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