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Beating Our Enemies By Energy Independence

It doesn’t take an international studies scholar to realize that the chaos level in the world is surging upwards. Sectarian violence in Iraq is on the rise once again. Syria is still mired in a bloody civil war with no end in sight. Russia continues to inflame tensions in Ukraine, even after its …

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education.<p>It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition.<p>And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an …

​Ohio becomes first state to reverse energy efficiency, renewable fuel mandates

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law on Friday groundbreaking legislation that will freeze state rules on energy efficiency and renewable fuel …

Teacher Builds Tiny House in the Forest

Brian Schulz recently completed his forest house in the Oregon Woods. He built the home himself, and the design and concept of it were inspired by …

This Chart Shows Which Plants Grow Well Together (and Which Don't)

Companion planting is one of the best techniques to grow a better garden and naturally repel pests. Some plants thrive next to certain other plants, …

Do 'green' schools help kids learn?

Researchers know that energy-efficient "green" schools cost less to operate and offer a more-healthful learning environment for students and …

Can Mexico City's roof gardens help the metropolis shrug off its smog?

In a sheltered corner of one of the greatest megacities on Earth, there is a place where lizards careen around tree trunks, butterflies drink nectar from vermillion flowers and hummingbirds whisk the heavy air with their wings.<p>Stand in the botanical gardens of the Bosque de Chapultepec (the …

Damage from worst-in-a-century Midwest storm system could cost $1 billion

The deadly Midwest storm system on Sunday, which included two of the most powerful November tornadoes that far north for more than 100 years, caused an estimated $1 billion in damage, an expert said Tuesday.<p>One of the two EF4 tornadoes recorded on Sunday devastated large parts of Washington, Ill., …

Satellite eye on Earth: April 2014 – in pictures

Antarctica's crumbling glaciers, Argentina's guitar forest and a 621-mile dust storm over Sahara are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites

51 natural wonders so amazing it’s hard to believe they exist

The world’s an incredible place, but sometimes I’ll find myself somewhere and actually have to take a second and ask, “Really? This is exists?”<p>This …

Make Your Own Solar Charging USB Battery Pack

If you need a way to charge your gadgets on the go and you're not particularly fond of also having to charge a battery, let the sun do half of the …

Solar Charging

10 lessons you’ll learn as a first-time American traveler

When East German border guards tromped through the tight train corridor, stopped my study abroad program director, and pantomimed the click of a …

5 Nairobi Gems Overlooked by Tourists

Nairobi is a well-trafficked tourist destination, but few tourists stick around before or after their safaris. While the bush offers incredible experiences, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, and visits with the Masai give an insight into what tribal life once was, these unique experiences …

How not to look like an idiot in Korea

For those who’ve never been to Northeast Asia, there’s only so much googling that can prepare you. If you’re from a Western country, you’ll be …

A Local’s Guide to Honolulu

Just past the gleaming high-rises of Hawaii’s capital, in traditional neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Kakaako, locals keep the heart of aloha beating in Honolulu’s art-filled galleries and island-themed bars.<p><b>Here’s the best this tropical haven has to offer:</b><p><b>Where to Stay</b><p>The recently renovated …

Memories of Vernazza

<i>The Little Italian Village That Could</i><p>With the long winter lingering, my memories return to a quick jaunt from Spain to Italy last summer. Having visited Italy in the past, my favorite traveling companion and I decided this time to venture to <b>Cinque Terre</b>, which consists of five little picturesque …

7 Places Where You Can Still Go Off the Grid

<i>This post was authored by Lauren Hunter (Vayable.com).</i><p>I banned Christmas in 2013. I know what you're thinking: <i>How could you do that to Santa?!</i><p>After last year's battle of overanxious crowds and snappy sales clerks, I couldn't look at one more overcrowded shopping mall or department store sales …

Touring in the Cold: What Travelers From Mild Climates Need to Know

Some of us, quite frankly, are sick of seeing flowers, hearing birds, and braving it through 65-degree afternoons where we call home. We may live in the Southwest, in Australia, in Southern Europe, or any number of other "lucky" places that escaped the recent rash of glacial gloom. For many of us, …

Wooded Wonderland: Yakushima

In Japan’s epic anime film <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki shrouds the real-life island of <b>Yakushima</b> with surrealism, its misty granite mountains the backdrop for a conservation message.<p>Yet this wraithlike landform, which rises from the turbulent Tanegashima Strait like a …

8 challenges for today’s ESL teachers (and how to handle them)

<b>What sometimes happens:</b><b><br>a.</b> You fly into a new country on a one-way ticket and are expecting to find someone waiting for you at the airport to take you …

Faces of Gambia

When I think back about Gambia, my mind goes straight to the people. Their warm smiles. Their friendly greetings and their genuine hospitality. It …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Marti’s San Sebastián

<b>Marti Buckley Kilpatrick</b>, an American journalist and cook, has called San Sebastián home for the past three years. This food aficionado with a passion for Basque culinary culture–whether in <i>pintxo</i> form or at a five-hour lunch–points to an ancient local proverb that translates to <i>“Wherever your</i> …

Grab a Paddle! World's First Point-to-point, 120-Mile Kayaking Expedition Across Botswana’s Okavango Delta — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>Botswana’s Okavango Delta is among the world’s most stunning destinations for …

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Where is the seventh Celtic nation?

Galicia, an autonomous region on Spain’s rugged northwestern coast, is home to ancient relics, pagan myths and a vibrant, living history unlike anywhere else in the world.

Top 10 Extreme Hotels Worldwide

Instead of another cookie-cutter hotel room, why not stay in a bubble in a French forest, or ride an elephant onto your private island in Sri Lanka? A stay at one of GAYOT.com's Top 10 Extreme Hotels Worldwide is a guarantee of a one-of-a-kind vacation unlike any other.<p><b>ITALY Matera Le Grotte Della</b> …

How to Travel Anywhere and Not Get Killed or Maimed

I've been known to travel to a few places that some people [ed note: 99 percent] think are dodgy. I went to Iraq in 2011, was at the Essakane Music Festival outside of Timbuktu in 2012 (in my defense, Bono was there too), and hung out with a few "former" cocaine dealers in Colombia.<p>At this point my …