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National Geographic Travel

Asteroid swings very near Earth: Are you up for a midnight viewing?

An asteroid five football fields wide will make a near-Earth flyby on Monday, and you may be able to see it at the witching hour with a pair of strong binoculars.<p>Late Monday -- particularly at midnight -- will be prime time for trying to catch a glimpse of asteroid 2004 BL86, said the Jet …

Asteroids

James Carroll on disarming the memory of Jesus: “America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does”

The brilliant scholar James Carroll on anti-Semitism, Pope Francis and how liberals can be honest believers<p>Michael Schulson<p>December 20, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Jesus died around the year 33. Thirty years later, the Romans began killing Jews in a more systematic way. Between 67 and 136, over the course of …

Here’s what your city will look like when the ice sheets melt

Seattle mapmaker and urban planner Jeffrey Linn loves cities. “I spend a lot of time thinking about cities and how people fit into them,” he writes …

100 Artists Reimagine Their Favorite Classic Album Covers

"Thirty Three & 1/3" is the name of George Harrison's seventh studio album, released in 1976. The series "33 1/3" is a famous collection of books dedicated to individual albums, published by Bloomsbury Publishing beginning in 2003. And "33 and a Third and a Third" is an exhibition, out this week in …

Back from jihad, Jordanians pick up their lives

MAAN, Jordan (AP) — The three young Jordanians didn't start out as extremists. They grew up in mainstream Muslim families. But they grew increasingly …

Big Island students to take lava field trips

HONOLULU (AP) — Some students on Hawaii's Big Island are getting a rare, close-up look at the lava that's been disrupting where they go to …

Making Sense of It: 7 Greatest Absurdist Movies Ever

<i>Editor's Note: Brock Clarke is the author of</i> An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England<i>, which was a national bestseller, and the</i> …

Beyond Oryx and Crake: 5 Margaret Atwood Tales Ripe for Film

Margaret Atwood remains one of the defining authorial voices of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, but filmmakers have given her …

4 Reasons to Keep Loving 'Longmire'

Sheriff Walt Longmire favors a Ford Bronco instead of a horse, but the cable series bearing his name has such a strong Western presence that he'd …

Why People Write on Bathroom Walls

The study of "latrinalia" reveals deep connections between environment, social mores, and why dudes draw penises while women tend to scribble romantic poetry in public potties.<p>“Well sung of Yore, a Bard of Wit/That some Folks read, but all Folks shit/But now the Case is alter’d quite/Since all who …

Why You Probably Can't Draw a Map of Your City From Memory

Human sense of direction first relies on "egocentric" knowledge of places, like landmarks. Conceptualizing the overall lay of the land is much harder.<p>The mere mention of Boston inspires dread in my family. On one infamous trip from our home in upstate New York to a Boston wedding, we were done in …

Celebrating D.C.'s Punk 'Salad Days'

Filmmaker Scott Crawford on the birth of hardcore in 1980s Washington.<p>In 2012, Scott Crawford launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project he'd already begun, a documentary about the heyday of punk music in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s. Crawford was an established music journalist and …

Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping

Underground images show a large complex of monuments and buildings used in rituals dating back thousands of years.<p><b>An astonishing complex of ancient monuments, buildings, and barrows has lain hidden and unsuspected beneath the Stonehenge area for thousands of years. Scientists discovered the site</b> …

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.<p>"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.<p>It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did …

Is Civilization Natural?

So, there's the city and then there's the country, the built environment and the wilderness, nature and civilization. Whatever name the dichotomy goes by, we usually think of the world humans create and the world outside their creations as separate and unequal.<p>But as we enter the Anthropocene — an …

What is a Wormhole and Will Wormhole Travel Ever be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

Physics

An unlikely pair in Lebanon team up in hopes of creating change

In front of St. Mary’s Orthodox College, in one of the nicer areas of Beirut, two students appear on a warm June afternoon.<p>They walk along the pulsing city streets.<p>Ryan is 17, and comes from the mountains. He has lived in Beirut just since middle school. Noor is 16, and smiles easily. Beirut has …

The Upside of Jet Lag

Most people will tell you that sunset is the optimal time to visit Humayun’s Tomb, the red-sandstone-and-white-marble mausoleum in Delhi that …

Forty years ago, Lego wrote a powerful letter to parents about how gender works

A Lego pamphlet from 1974, unearthed and posted on Reddit this weekend, has some advice for parents that rings true 40 years later:<p>Reddit / fryd_<p>The pamphlet’s authenticity was questioned after it went viral over the weekend, but Lego spokesman Roar Rude Trangbæk confirmed to Quartz that the …

Lego