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How Did I Travel Europe on a $2300 Budget? And You Can Too!

"I don't have the money", "I will travel after my bonus comes in", "I will travel when I am older" -- the plethora of excuses we make to procrastinate or not travel at all. That's sad, because as someone who needs to run off to the mountains or a beach ever so often, you don't know what you're …

European Travel

Neanderthals may have died of diseases carried by humans from Africa

New research challenges the idea that the spread of infectious diseases exploded as agriculture evolved 8,000 years ago<p>Diseases and infections passed on by the ancestors of modern humans when they moved out of Africa and into Europe may have helped wipe out the Neanderthals who previously dominated …

Anthropology

Evolution makes scientific sense. So why do many people reject it?

Child psychology studies have identified a natural human bias toward the theory of intelligent design, and pose a solution: teach evolution earlier<p>Evolution is poorly understood by students and, disturbingly, by many of their science teachers. Although it is part of the compulsory science …

Biology

Nina Jablonski Julia Booms Memorial Lecture: “The Evolution of Human Skin Color and Why it Matters”

<b>Abstract:</b> Variation in human skin color has fascinated and perplexed people for centuries. As the most visible aspect of human variation, skin …

Harvard

Age of 'Hobbit' species revised

<b>The diminutive human species nicknamed "the Hobbit" is older than previously recognised, scientists now say.</b><p>The discovery of <i>Homo floresiensis</i> in 2003 caused a sensation because it seemed the creature could have been alive in the quite recent past.<p>But a new analysis indicates the little hominin …

Humanity

13 more European cities you never thought to visit (but really should)

Experience the U.S.A. as you Backpack Across the Nation

Backpacking is a great and easy way to see the sights. While hiking across Europe has been talked about for decades, did you know you can backpack in …

Win a Huckberry Explorers Grant, Go on an Adventure of a Lifetime

Huckberry is a website that sells outdoor and adventure travel gear. It was founded back in 2011 by two friends who wanted to shift their careers …

Don't fall for this discount airline trick

Flight prices and deals among airlines seem to be getting more and more competitive.<p>Discount airlines, such as Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant Air offer fares at exceptionally low prices.<p>But with fare prices so low, the companies often use hidden tricks to make back some of the money they're losing …

AOL

How to book free Iceland stopover with WOW Air tickets to Europe

The deal with a free stopover in Iceland on a WOW ticket to Europe is not some secret hacker fare. Basically, as this post will show, instead of …

San Francisco

How extinct humans left their mark on us

<b>Most people in the world share 2-4% of DNA with Neanderthals while a few inherited genes from Denisovans, a study confirms.</b><p>Denisovan DNA lives on only in Pacific island dwellers, while Neanderthal genes are more widespread, researchers report in the journal Science.<p>Meanwhile, some parts of our …

Anthropology

Scientists grow chickens with dinosaur legs

Scientists—presumably so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think whether they should—have grown chickens with dinosaur legs, Phys.org reports. More accurately, a team at the University of Chile grew chicken embryos with dinosaur-like fibulas.<p>In modern birds, the fibula …

Dinosaur find resolves T. rex mystery

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1232000/1232341_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522210038_8cae6e2f7597862de700b24fb02d0680<p><b>A newly discovered species of Tyrannosaur - the group of meat-eating dinosaurs to which the infamous T. rex belongs - could hold the key</b> …

Dinosaurs

Fossil reptile discovery 'something extraordinary'

A newly discovered 250-million-year-old fossil reptile from Brazil gives an "extraordinary" insight into life just before the dinosaurs appeared.<p>At the time, the world was recovering from a massive extinction that wiped out most living species.<p>The reptile, named Teyujagua or "fierce lizard", is the …

Paleontology

Scientists have created a single chart that illustrates the circle of life with every known species on Earth

The animal kingdom is massive, but scientists know that they have only found a portion of its members. They are currently aware of about 2.3 million species—but that number increases by about 15,000 new additions per year, according to some estimates.<p>Researchers from 12 institutions in the US …

University of Michigan

The Biggest Dinosaur In History May Never Have Existed

This week, the American Museum of Natural History in New York will unveil its newest exhibit to the press: the skeleton of a huge plant-eating …

Dinosaurs

The lost plants of the Victorian golden age

The Victorian era was a true golden age for gardeners in Britain. Looking through the magazines, books and nursery catalogues of the period, it is clear that a vast array of plants that were widely grown then have now all but disappeared. Most of these were hothouse plants – our ancestors could …

Smithsonian scientists discover butterfly-like fossil insect in the deep Mesozoic

Study reveals rare example of convergent evolution, plant-insect coevolution and evidence of an increasingly complex web of life from 165 to 125 …

Dinosaurs

The Neanderthal in us

What is this DNA doing?<p>Interbreeding may have helped early modern humans adapt quickly to new environments, by acquiring genes from Neanderthals who …

Idaho Museum of Natural History uses 3-D technology to bring Titanoboa monster snake to life

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University is adding its own special touches to the Smithsonian Institution’s …

Natural History

Lizards fossilized for 100 million years provide missing evolutionary link

It’s a story sounds straight out of “Jurassic Park”: prehistoric animals trapped in amber are offering scientists a glimpse into the mid-Cretaceous …

Paleontology

This small trick can save you serious cash on flights

Sometimes, the trick to finding the best flight price isn't just the time that you book your trip, but also where you're booking from.<p>A ticket's "point of sale," or the location where it's being purchased from, can affect its pricing.<p>When you're looking at flights online, there's a trick that you …

Air Travel

How to travel like a king... on a shoestring

BRUSH UP YOUR HISTORY<p>Actual kings didn't have running water and electricity in their castles until roughly the same time as your own forebears got …

Long Haul

Eight most common travel scams in Europe

AIG Europe has released a helpful infographic outlining the eight most common scams currently affecting travelers in Europe. Study up so you don't fall victim to "highway pirates" or bogus police officers on your next trip.<p><b>Italy: Puncturing tires</b><p>Beware of "highway pirates" in Italy who will …

Identity Theft

Magic Monday: This week's top five travel deals, hot off the press!

Deals & Steals<p>You might hate Monday, but you'll love our hand-picked selection of special offers... fresh every week.<p><b>€175pp: Amazing Algarve</b><p>Spain may …

Is Workaway Worth It to Travel On the Cheap?

First off let's talk about what exactly workaway is: an incentive for travelers to work for free accommodation and food without having to worry about the most expensive costs when it comes to traveling. When you put it that way, it almost sounds glamorous.<p>The website itself is pretty simple to use …

Costa Rica

Strong US Dollar Makes Japan Travel Affordable

I love a sale, and I'm never one to pass up a bargain, especially if the item is one that I've had my eye on for years. So I was thrilled to see, starting a few months ago, that Japan is on sale.<p>Two years ago, the Japanese yen was trading at 85 to US$1. It has now stabilized at about 115 yen to …

Japan

Stop Asking Me How I Afford to Travel

Whenever someone asks me how I afford to travel, I have to force myself not to respond with "selling Nutella by the spoonful and procrastinating Sallie Mae payments." It's just so funny because people think there's this magic formula out there. This one-size-fits-all-encompassing route that gives …

Michael Kors

Great Deal: $294 Flights To Chile On Star Alliance

Via The Fare Deal Alert, Star Alliance airline Copa is offering terrific fares between Orlando and Santiago, at just $294 all-in.While Orlando isn’t …

Air Travel