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A luxury travel company is offering a 26-day trip around the world for $117,000

Have a $100,000 and change to burn?<p>You're in luck. While the center of this Venn diagram is likely fairly small, luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is betting there is a large enough market to fill the majority of a chartered Boeing 757, which seats 50.<p>"To say that interest in private jet …

Luxury Travel

National Geographic Travel

7 Top Futurists Make Some Pretty Surprising Predictions About What The Next Decade Will Bring

From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances are we likely to see in the <i>next</i> 10 years?<p>To find out, HuffPost Science reached out to seven top futurists …

Singularity

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

Here's why I think everyone should travel alone at some point in their life

A couple months into my semester, I booked a 10-day trip to Spain and Portugal — five days in Spain with a friend of mine, and five days in Portugal alone.<p>Then the friend who was supposed to come to Spain with me told me she couldn't go anymore.<p>It was a last minute drop out, so by that point I had …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

Can Arsenal win the Premier League this season?

Arsenal's impressive form and Chelsea's mild wobble has prompted talk of an unlikely combeack. Could it happen? We asked Andrew Mangan, AKA Arseblog<p>If the question is 'Can Arsenal win the league?', then the answer is, of course, yes. There are sufficient points available for it to happen if things …

I'm 28 with £50,000 savings. How long before I can afford to quit work and travel the world?

Compared with most people in their late 20s, Ross Crowder, 28, is in a highly enviable position.<p>His full-time job as a design engineer for Jaguar Land Rover pays £50,000 a year plus a final salary pension, a highly generous benefit only a handful of workers his age get to enjoy.<p>Despite working for …

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

British Cuisine

Plane tickets from New York to London are about to get insanely cheap

OVER THE PAST DECADE OR SO, budget airlines have been on the rise. The budget airlines have figured out how to make their fares super cheap (hint: it …

Lionel Messi is too good for the Premier League

What we learned: Lionel Messi would waste his talent in England and four other talking points from Barcelona's 1-0 win over Manchester City<p><b>Messi is too good to play in England</b><p>During the winter of his discontent with Luis Enrique at Barcelona, speculation was rife that Lionel Messi might be looking …

Barcelona v Manchester City: Vincent Kompany has final opportunity to justify his 'presidential' billing

Vincent Kompany has struggled to form a consistent partnership at centre-half, with only Martin Demichelis, with his excellent reading of the game, complementing the captain's game<p>They call Vincent Kompany the ‘Presi­dent’ in Belgium, partly out of respect for his elevated status as the country’s …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

North Korea

Paris' Most Secret Streets You Need To Walk

Ah, Paris. From its famous food to the stunning architecture, hell, even its snobby locals, we love pretty much everything about the city (not to sound too American, but have you seen the Eiffel Tower?!).<p>And now there's a guidebook, written by a local journalist, to show us all the hidden nooks and …

France

Here's what will happen to Earth when our galaxy collides with the Andromeda Galaxy

An epic war is coming: A gruesome battle between two, gigantic galaxies will be well underway in just a few billion years, and one of the contenders is our home, the Milky Way.<p>Right now, the Andromeda Galaxy is racing toward the Milky Way at a speed of 250,000 mph— fast enough to circle the Earth …

Universe

Know the odds of your plane crashing with ‘Am I Going Down?’

‘Am I Going Down?‘ is an iOS app that tell you the chances of your plane crashing after you enter your flight details. The premise might sound a …

7 Explorers Name The Most Beautiful Place They've Ever Seen

Looking for travel inspiration? We've been asking fascinating people -- Pulitzer Prize-winners, world champion athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and more -- to share the greatest travel journeys of their lives.<p><b>New Guinea</b><p>Scientist and author Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, …

Hiking

Snowden: iPhone has secret software that can be remotely activated to spy on people

According to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the iPhone has secret spyware that allows governments to watch users without their knowledge and …