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8 camping hacks you'll kick yourself for not knowing sooner

The number of overnight stays at U.S. National Parks in 2014 increased by almost one million since 2013, according to the National Park Service.<p>It's …

Hacking

Gay marriage declared legal across the US in historic supreme court ruling

Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US – live updates<p>Read more<p>Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional.<p>In what may prove the most important …

LGBTQI

10 After-Dark Activities to Experience This Summer

Only when the sun goes down can you enjoy some of the best outdoor activities of the summer, and in the cooler night air no less. From stargazing parties to desert garden flashlight tours to evening turtle walks, there's a lot that can be done and enjoyed only at night. Here are 10 must-do evening …

Glass Found On Mars May Hold Important Clues About Life On The Red Planet

Talk about shattering expectations!<p>NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has circled the Red Planet more than 40,000 times since arriving there in 2006. During that time, the spacecraft has spied everything from avalanches to dust devils to buried glaciers.<p>And now, for the first time ever, it has …

10 Bucket List Activities for the Great American Adventurer

And gear to help you conquer all

Hiking

Four Western Tourists Face Prison For Alleged Nude Pics on Mount Kinabalu

Four Western tourists are facing three months in a Malaysian prison after allegedly stripping naked on a "sacred" mountain — an act local tribes believe angered spirits and triggered a deadly earthquake.<p>Two Canadians, a British woman and a Dutch national appeared in court Wednesday and were …

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Bucket list travel: The most beautiful lake in the world lives up to its name with spectacular views

Lago de Atitlán has been called the “most beautiful lake in the world” and after we finally laid eyes on it ourselves, we wholly agreed. This …

California Oil Spill: Five Oil-Soaked Pelicans Found Dead Near Santa Barbara

The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, marking the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill there, officials overseeing response to the disaster said on Friday.<p>The body of a dolphin with no visible signs …

50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized: newspaper | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday.<p>The loss comes as the state is in its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor …

Huge sinkhole appears at Missouri golf course

A large sinkhole has been discovered at a golf course in the US state of Missouri.<p>The sinkhole appeared on Friday morning near a pond at the entrance of the Top of the Rock Golf course near the resort town of Branson.<p>The Jack Nicklaus-designed par-3 course is part of the Big Cedar Lodge complex and …

UN nuclear weapons talks fail 'over Israel row'

<b>A UN conference aimed at preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons has ended in failure after a row over a nuclear-free Middle East proposal.</b><p>The Egypt-backed plan had envisaged a regional forum which analysts say might have forced Israel to reveal whether or not it has nuclear weapons.<p>The …

Captured Russian soldiers charged with terrorism in Ukraine

Two Russian soldiers have been charged in Ukraine with terrorism offences after being captured by Ukrainian troops earlier in the week.<p>The pair who admitted working for the Russian military could face up to 15 years in prison.<p>After interviewing the soldiers at a military hospital in Kiev, Michael …

Russia

Chimpanzees of the future might be considered “legal persons”

Hercules and Leo don’t know it, but a decision about their future has made history. In granting an order to show cause on whether Hercules and Leo (who just happen to be chimpanzees) are illegally imprisoned, a supreme court judge in Manhattan has kept open the possibility that some nonhuman …

Chimpanzees

ATF warns of danger from 'hash oil' explosions

DENVER — A potentially explosive technique used to make a powerful marijuana concentrate from pot leaves and stems has federal investigators cautioning the public about the risks of hash oil extraction.<p>When done wrong, the process can cause a fireball or flash fire that blows out windows and doors. …

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

The long-term environmental impacts of this week's oil spill in California may not be clear for some time. Meantime, the spill has reignited a fierce local debate over off-shore oil drilling.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Some dramatic images coming out of Santa Barbara Country, Calif., this week - …

US Senate blocks bill to extend NSA phone data collection

<b>The US Senate has blocked a bill that would have extended the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA).</b><p>Senators are to discuss the issue again on 31 May - a day before existing legislation permitting surveillance is due to expire.<p>A US appeals court has …

New Japanese island provides 'natural laboratory' to explore evolution

A new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land<p>A new Japanese island formed by a volcanic explosion will provide a unique "natural laboratory" for exploring the starting point of evolution, according to …

Coast Guard

French police cleared in teen deaths that sparked riots

RENNES, France (AP) — A French court on Monday acquitted two police officers accused of contributing to the deaths of two minority teenagers in a …

Ireland Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Sets Government Against Church

Ireland will become the first country in the world to vote directly on same-sex marriage Friday in a neck-and-neck referendum that has seen most of the Catholic country’s government and the church on opposing sides.<p>Voters will decide whether to back an amendment to the constitution that would …

LGBTQI

Protests against president's bid for third term resume in Burundi

After the failed coup, demonstrators expected to march against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to prolong his rule<p>Protests are due to resume in Burundi on Monday, just three days after an attempted coup was put down by security forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is trying to …

The Ghosts of Laprak

How life in a small mountainous village was turned upside down by Nepal’s deadly earthquake — loved ones lost, homes destroyed. BuzzFeed News’ Anup Kaphle brings the first in-depth report from Laprak, near the quake’s epicenter.<p>LAPRAK, Nepal — It was a quiet Saturday in Laprak. With the village’s …

June 2015

Diversity

What would you pay to be happy?

The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in front of his hermitage in Nepal. He watches hundreds of miles of Himalayan peaks glowing in front of him in the rising sun. The scene “blends naturally and seamlessly with …

Happiness

The 15 moonshot technologies NASA is funding to make science fiction a reality

Each year, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program awards funding to a set of research projects on the bleeding edge of technology. These aren’t your everyday “disruptive” apps and social networks; we’re talking interstellar exploration, nanotube comet sensors, and robot squids.<p>Each of these …

Google's self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents, but none were the car's fault

Shortly after the release of an AP report asserting that Google's self-driving cars have been involved in four accidents since last September, the company published a post on <i>Backchannel</i> today — the Medium-based publication from former <i>Wired</i> writer Steven Levy — to dive into more detail on all the …