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33 Asparagus Recipes for Salad, Pasta, Grilling, and More

Asparagus is incredibly versatile: shaved in a salad, roasted until crispy, or puréed into soup, these green stalks have a bright, unique flavor.<p>Asparagus is incredibly versatile: shaved in a salad, roasted until crispy, or paired with chicken, these green stalks have a bright, unique flavor—here …

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

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Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

Scientists closer to turning human skin cells into sperm cells

Scientists at Stanford University have successfully managed to reprogram human skin cells and turn them into sperm cell precursors. Their findings, published in the journal <i>Cell Reports</i>, show that skin cells of infertile men can be changed into stem cells and take on the characteristics of …

New Hotels In Way-Out-There Locations

<i>Originally posted on CNTraveler.com</i><p>You've heard of destination restaurants--places worth a trip unto themselves. But what about destination hotels? We picked three properties where the journey itself, often long and even arduous, is not only its own adventure but makes the joy of staying there all …

5 Bars in Wildly Unexpected Places

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NYC's most decadent and delightful themed bars - bar crawl travel

From the bright neon lights of Times Square to iconic buildings that touch the sky, New York City is anything but ordinary. Yet, with so much personality thriving in one place, getting noticed is easier said than done. These 11 themed bars, while perhaps not as well known as Jekyll and Hyde or …

Top 5 Most Romantic Caribbean Honeymoon Suites

<i>(Photo Courtesy of Jade Mountain)</i><p><i>By Djani Schafer</i><p>When in the Caribbean, breathtaking views and romantic resorts aren't hard to come by. Since most properties provide luxe amenities like state-of-the-art spas, gourmet restaurants and top-quality services, it takes a little something extra to create …

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The botanist's guide to the sexiest plants of the world

Plants can be sexy. Raise your eyebrows if you will, but to a plant lover, certain plants possess an undeniable allure. And plant-love can make you do crazy things, like scaling a muddy cliff to snap a photo of an extremely rare tropical flower or travelling to a remote corner of eastern Oregon to …

Find out how the photographer captured this eerie shot of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. #TPC2014 http://on.natgeo.com/1fdd0gD Photograph by Ben Nemenoff/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Take A Dunk In El Totumo, Colombia's Magical Mud Volcano

Nope, those aren't seals.<p>They're humans lolling about in El Totumo, Colombia's magical mud volcano. Legend has it that a priest one sprinkled holy water on the crater, turning its steam and fire into a dense, warm, succulent goo.<p>Relaxation junkies flock from far and wide to "climb up the 50-foot …

Huacachina, The Tiny Peruvian Oasis That Might Just Disappear

It's called the "Oasis of America" but it might just be disappearing.<p>The tiny town (population: about 100) of Huacachina is centered around a charming oasis, but it's drying up. What's more, local authorities are having a hard time refilling it with water from a nearby spring.<p>It sits roughly 3 …

The 21 Most Magical Spots In Hawaii

Some people may think Hawaii is overrated. We think it's home to magic; a place where you can find everything from rainbow trees to fiery water to beaches made of sea glass.<p>The below 21 spots, after all, prove one thing: the Aloha state has <i>a lot</i> more to offer than just white sand beaches and …

Hraunfossar, The Lava Field Waterfall You Didn't Know Was On Your Bucket List

Waterfalls are stunning. Iceland is stunning. Uncover a waterfall in Iceland, and sheer gorgeousness is the only possible result.<p>Enter Hraunfossar. This series of pristine waterfalls trickles, gushes, and flows out of a craggy lava field that formed when a volcano erupted under a glacier.<p>Insane, …

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …