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Tomb and Chariot of Ancient Celtic Prince Unearthed in France

The 2,500-year-old lavish tomb and chariot of an ancient Celtic prince have been unearthed in France.<p>The ancient princely tomb, which was discovered in a large burial mound, was filled with stunning grave goods, including gorgeous pottery and a gold-tipped drinking vessel. The giant jug was …

Mummified Monk Found Inside Buddha Statue

The master of impermanence becomes a permanent resting place.<p>When Buddha said “Peace comes from within,” he probably didn’t mean <i>inside</i> an actual Buddha statue. But Netherlands-based Drents Museum recently discovered that one of their Buddhas was hiding a secret: crouched inside was a monk who had …

Embracing Stone Age Couple Found in Greek Cave

Rare double burials discovered at one of the largest Neolithic burial sites in Europe.<p>Strange and surprising findings have been reported from ongoing excavations at Alepotrypa Cave, a site in the Peloponnesus that one archaeologist called "a Neolithic Pompeii," the Greek Ministry of Culture, …

Nat Geo Staff Picks: Favorite Travel Books

Travel literature. What is it? Memoirs detailing a life-changing trip to the Amazon, fiction that makes its setting a major character, nonfiction that asks its readers to consider a familiar destination in a new light—all of these fall under the travel literature umbrella. And personal preferences …

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.<p>An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …

The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction

In a 2013 interview with Joe Fassler, horror fiction maestro Stephen King reflected on the magnitude of a novel’s introductory sentence. “An opening …

Literature

Rare, unusual Beatles and Rolling Stones photos surface via eBay sale

A shirtless Mick Jagger, relaxing poolside in Savannah, Ga., in 1965, intently studies the back cover of Bob Dylan's then-new "Bringing It All Back Home" album, still in the shrink wrap.<p>John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gaze with delight as George Harrison tosses a yellow balloon into the …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75

Changing Planet<p>Wow! We are almost there! Nearly 860,000 Wild Bird Enthusiasts on our Facebook page and counting… This is the 75th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections I have ever seen. This is a testament to how …

Nasa has released the most mind-blowing picture of space. Seriously. Holy cow.

Look what the folks at NASA/ESA just did.<p>They've released the most incredibly detailed panoramic picture from the Hubble Space Telescope of one of …

Andromeda Galaxy

Seven Reasons Why I Read Haruki Murakami

For my birthday, my children bought me the book <i>Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage</i> by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. This was …

Four key leadership lessons from top female executives

Recent studies have revealed something that many savvy women have known all along: women are good for business. With so many women-run startups cropping up and more companies looking to create diverse boardrooms, women are proving to deliver tangible and intangible advantages. A recent analysis by …

Why Characters Should Be at the Heart of Your Story

The following is an excerpt from WD Books’ <i>Creating Characters: The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction</i>, a comprehensive reference to every …

Blackbeard's Ship Yields Booty of Medical Supplies

Archaeologists are excavating the vessel that served as the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard, and the medical equipment they have recovered from the shipwreck suggests the notorious buccaneer had to toil to keep his crew healthy.<p>Blackbeard is the most famous pirate who ever lived. His real name …

11 Eulogies for Writers Written by Writers

The best most of us can hope for when we die is that someone we knew in life might still be around to give us a passable eulogy. Not so for the …

15 Cozy Fireplaces That Will Keep You Warm All Year Long

It's the heart of a room — and a savior on chilly nights.<p>The hearth is the center of the home. From detailed stonework to stunning marble, these fireplaces will turn any living space — a study, bedroom, you name it — into a relaxing oasis.

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that's so new, some women and …

Opportunity to See Huge Asteroid Flyby Earth on Monday

Asteroids are minor planets of the inner Solar System. Described as small, airless “rocky worlds” orbiting our Sun, the mass of all discovered …

Asteroids

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

Pluto, get ready for your close-up.<p>After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of space, a spacecraft the size of a grand piano is about to give humanity its first high-resolution view of the dwarf planet that's about two-thirds the size of our moon.<p>Nobody knows what the rendezvous …

Backpacking Overland From Thailand To South Africa

Jarryd Salem and Alesha Bradford are 13 months into what could be five-year backpacking journey, trekking their way across Asia and into Africa. The catch? In a Paul Thereoux-esque move, the Australian couple is traveling only overland from Thailand to South Africa. Which means, no planes for the …

Underwater Photographer Finds Himself Engulfed by a Sperm Whale ‘Poopsplosion’

Underwater photographer Keri Wilk was swimming with sperm whales off the coast of Dominica in March 2014 when found he found himself capturing …

Mountain-Size Asteroid Will Whip Past Earth on Monday

A mountain-size asteroid will zoom past Earth Monday (Jan. 26), marking the closest pass by such a large space rock until 2027.<p>Asteroid 2004 BL86, which is about 1,800 feet (550 meters) wide, will come within 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of our planet Monday — about three times the …

Monet Worth $12 Million is Repaired After Man Punches a Hole Through It

A man named Andrew Shannon visited The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin on June 29, 2012. Once inside, Shannon walked up to a Monet painting …

Why the PC gaming renaissance is great for all gamers

For the survival of a genre<p>But before anyone says indies are the only games that are big on PCs, the core franchises aren't going anywhere. Most of …

Top 10 Literary Cities

If your idea of vacation includes checking out local bookshops and exploring writer hangouts, this list is for you.<p><i>From the September 2011 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler <i>magazine</i><p><b>Edinburgh, Scotland</b><br>It’s practically mandatory that visitors to Edinburgh travel by the book. The atmospheric …

Forget Johnny Depp in Mortdecai: read the much funnier Bonfiglioli novels

The Charlie Mortdecai thrillers are darker and stranger than any film of them could be. Sam Leith raises a glass to the original Bon vivant<p>Twenty seconds or so into the trailer for his new film, a moustachioed Johnny Depp introduces himself: “Eigh em Lord Chally Mortdecai!” His accent is somewhere …

Florida Wildlife Photos

Teaching Language Quicker, Smarter, Better: Innovation Through Adaptive Learning, Testing

“The number of English learners is going to go from 1 billion now to 2 billion in 2020,” says Bernhard Niesner, CEO & Co-founder of busuu.com, the online language learning platform. “And for sure, there will be several online players, several mobile players who will succeed in this market. We are …

Houzz Call: Show Us Your Hardworking Home Office

Not all home offices are created equal. A desk and chair and file cabinet or two can do in a pinch. But when you work at home or spend a lot of time …

IKEA SEKTION New Kitchen Cabinet Guide: Photos, Prices, Sizes and More!

IKEA's new kitchen cabinet system hits the stores on February 2nd. To help you plan your dream kitchen, as promised in our earlier inside scoop post, …