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How a bird forgot its mother tongue

New research to be published next month reports that this European bird gradually lost the syntactical structure of its song over the last million …

Owling California

Because California boasts such diverse habitat, we're lucky to host a lot of great owls here. If you spend any time outside camping or walking …

Pristine "Islands in the Sky" Are Window on Evolution

Cappadocia from the ground and from the sky

From above, the curvaceous landscape of Cappadocia spools out to the horizon in rippling waves of rock tinged shades of blushing pink. Hot air ballooning may be big business in this geological wonderland, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is the only way to view it.<p>Ballooning companies …

Hiking

Marine Animals Keep Time With Multiple Clocks

The circadian clock is not the only timer ticking away in some animals.<p><b>From fungi to farm animals to humans, organisms across a broad spectrum experience daily cycles controlled by a circadian clock. This internal clock tells us when to sleep or rest, and when it's time to wake up.</b><p><b>But it turns out</b> …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Island hopping off Cambodia's coast

Sandy bliss awaits travellers off Cambodia’s south coast. Whether you favour being glued to a hammock upon an isolated shore, or fancy slothful days recovering from all-night raves, Cambodia has an island for you.<p>Lapped by the lapis-hued waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the scattering of islands in …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …