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The 15 Best Movies Of 2014

We've pulled together the best-critiqued movies of the year, according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

H. R. Giger

Top 10 films of 2014: complete US chart

The complete list of the Guardian’s top 10 films of the year, as determined by US release date<p>• Read the UK cut<p>10. The Lego Movie<p>What we say: Everything is awesome. And forever compromised. The Lego Movie is a $60m (£38m) advert that’s clever, smart and extremely funny. It’s marketing as art, art …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

European Travel

10 Outdoor Ice Rinks In The US You'll Want To Skate

With Thanksgiving under our belt (or did we just loosen it?), holiday season is off to a speedy start.<p>Whether you’re totally pumped for winter or just looking to prevent holiday weight gain, there’s no better – and more romantic – winter sport than ice-skating at some of best outdoor rinks in the …

Our Travel Budget Is Out of Proportion to Our Income, and We're Okay With That

When Darrell and I were newlyweds it was difficult for me to get used to how unhappy he almost always was at what things cost. It was difficult for him to get used to how unhappy I was at how unhappy he was.<p>I took it personally, for one thing. He didn't complain as much, or so it seemed, about …

Travel

10 Reasons You Should Take A Gap Year

With the recent news that Malia Obama will take a gap year before her freshman year at Harvard, the world will surely watch with anticipation to learn how she will spend the 365 days between high school and college.<p>While it's not common in the U.S., taking a gap year is considered the norm in some …

5 Of The World's Most Remote Destinations Require Crazy Travel But Are Totally Worth It

Planes, trains, automobiles and… a cargo ship? That’s what it might take to get to Madagascar’s most remote national park. For other spots like it, the haul is even longer.<p>Hoard your frequent flier miles and buy a <i>lot</i> of reading material if you plan to visit one of these hard-to-reach</b> …

Top 10 reasons Belgium isn’t boring

Late British comic Bob Monkhouse used to joke ‘I went to Belgium once. It was closed.’ Little understood, riddled with Eurocrats, somehow <i>between</i> places – all these impressions have contributed to Belgium’s dull rep. But dig a bit and you’ll find that Belgium is actually fascinating. Here are 10 …

Kauai Attractions That Will Have You Ready To Book A Flight... Now

Most people are familiar with the "Big Three" among the Hawaiian islands; Oahu, Big Island and Maui are staples for Hawaii tourists and are usually first stops for visitors. But there's a strong case to be made for why Kauai, the Garden Island, should be your first stop in Hawaii.<p>Under-appreciated …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

Here's How to Keep the Robots From Stealing Our Jobs

Here’s a paradox: While companies talk about the “war for talent” and their struggle to fill certain positions, they’re simultaneously accelerating …

Beverly Hilton Hotel

National Geographic Travel

Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted

Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone. Though it may be hard to tell right now while we still have polar ice caps, National Geographic recently created a series of maps that illustrate how visually different the Earth would look if all the ice on the planet melted. The maps …

Global Warming

What does Apple's free OS X upgrade mean for Microsoft?

It's Mac vs. PC all over again<p>Apple may have announced a new bevy of hardware this week, but the real surprise was a series of aggressive moves to take on Microsoft on the software side. Free alternatives to Microsoft’s Office suite will ship with iOS and Mac hardware, and OS X users running Snow …

Advertising Industry

Ad Campaign Reveals Rampant Sexism Through Google Autocomplete

Google Autocomplete is a democratic function: The suggestions that pop up are the world’s most popular searches that include the words you’ve typed, which can offer a weird window into collective Internet psychology. “Dogs are” is autocompleted by “…people too,” “…awesome,” and “…family.” Cats, on …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

How Electric Vehicles Are Hitting The Race Track

At a Colorado course, electric machines are the new performance vehicles.<p>Rod Millen flips down the visor on his helmet, inches toward the flagman, and sights down the strip of tarmac that leads to the starting line. The road ahead bends right—the first of 156 turns over the next 12.42 miles—and …

Google 'shared endorsement' ads spark user backlash

Plan to deploy user names and faces in search ads to begin next month<p>In the Wild West world of online advertising, Google is hoping to add a new …

Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter and the Controversy Surrounding Aurora 7

This past May, I went to Spacefest V in Tucson, Arizona, one of the few events where you’d do well to pay special attention to the elderly men you meet in the hall because they just might have walked on the Moon. The group of kids I saw barreling down the breezeway one afternoon in their haste to …

7 ways to control privacy on Facebook despite Graph Search

Graph Search can now search posts and status updates<p>Facebook's graph search originally searched only people, photos, places and interests, but …

Privacy

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Digital piracy not harming entertainment industries: study

British researchers say music, movie industries have been helped by file sharing<p>A new study by researchers at the London School of Economics suggests …

Students Shatter Zero to 60 MPH Record in Homemade EV

The run from zero to 60 MPH is the international unit of measurement for quickness. And a team of students from the Netherlands just shattered the …

Electric Vehicles

How do you make car companies innovate? Regulate them

It's a given of modern free market analysis: The best help a government can offer business is to keep its hands off.<p>Minimal regulation, low interest …

Innovation

Why "Work Smart, Not Hard" is the Worst Advice in the World

Work smarter, not harder? Don't tell it to Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, who meets some of the hardest-working people in America. In fact, he argues, that mantra is the opposite of the attitude we need to beat this lousy economy.<p><b>When I was 17</b> my high school guidance counselor tried to talk me into …

Biodegradation

Surrey teen dies, 2 friends hurt after being hit by motorcycle

Teenage girls were students at nearby Princess Margaret Secondary School<p>A teenage girl is dead and two others have been seriously injured, along with …

Western Canada