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Photo of the Day: Best of December

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands around National Geographic. Here are some highlights from December.<p>December is a month of celebration in many parts of the world. My favorite photographs from Photo of the Day this month have an aura of celebration to them, whether it’s festive …

Travel Photography

Seeing the Trees Through the Forest: Vestiges of Ancient Woods

Photographer David Ellingsen’s family roots run deep. His relatives were some of the first European immigrants to settle Cortes Island, part of a small archipelago located a hundred miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1887.<p>“The forest really was our playground,” Ellingsen says of his …

Forests

Love Is Universal, but Nigeria’s Romance Lit Market Is One of a Kind

Before I went to northern Nigeria for the first time, I read the 1990 Nigerian romance novel <i>Sin Is a Puppy That Follows You Home</i>, thought to be the first Hausa-language novel by a woman to be translated into English. It’s the story of a man who takes a prostitute for a second wife and kicks out his …

Africa

Life Happened Here: Tsunami Survivors Revisit Ruined Sites

Five years ago a massive earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Japan. The tsunami it unleashed destroyed large swaths of the island nation, killing nearly 16,000 people, causing $200 billion in damages, and roiling the lives of those who survived.<p>One of the hardest hit places was Otsuchi, a …

City Halls

Fast Track | Project Scout

<i>La Colle-sur-Loup, France</i><br>Guidon hand made garde boue arriere retravaille echappement handmade ammortisseurs arrieres a air reglable en hauteur pneus …

Ducati’s draXter Concept Explores the Future Style of Motorcycles

Ducati has just unveiled its new draXter concept bike at Verona’s Motor Bike Expo. The motorcycle acts as a followup to the manufacturer’s XDiavel …

Harley-Davidson's Two New Motorcycles Are Actually Awesome

Harley-Davidson added two new models to their lineup this week. Normally this is only cause for my phone and email inbox to fill up with jokes. …

Ugly motorcycles: The incomplete list

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. But if most beholders wish something was on fire, maybe it’s just ugly.<p>Many products tend to be …

Tours take motorcycles to Mount Everest, go beyond Machu Picchu

Just trekking to Mount Everest's base camp is a major accomplishment. How about motorcycling to it? India-based Nomadic Knights offers Rode to Everest, a 14-day guided motorcycle tour that starts in Kathmandu, Nepal, crosses into Tibet and visits its many wonders, including the fabled city of Lhasa …

Exposing the Seedy Underbellies of BMWs, Motorcycles, and Locomotives

Everyone's seen motorcycles. And cars. And locomotives. But few have seen them from Yasena Popova's perspective—looking up from below. It's a whole …

Damn, That's a Good-Looking Motorcycle

A closer look at a customized 1976 BMW R nineT/6.<p><i>This article originally appeared on The Field, an online magazine devoted to good design and the great outdoors. If you like what you see, visit thefieldmag.com for more.</i><p>Most custom motorcycles have a buyer long before a single wrench is turned. Not …

Motorcycles

Aerial photos of Iceland's coast look like abstract art | CNN Travel

Abstract Art

New 3D Calligraphy Exercises by Tolga Girgin | Colossal

<p>Istanbul-based graphic designer Tolga Girgin (previously) continues to experiment with 3D calligraphic letterforms by adding shading and …

Calligraphy

A Mysterious and Abandoned Fishing Village Outside of Budapest Captured in Perfect Reflection | Colossal

<p>A few years ago photographer Viktor Egyed accidentally stumbled upon the town Szödliget a few miles outside of Budapest, and to his delight found …

A Trip by Air and Kayak Through Tham Khoun Xe, One of the Largest Active River Caves on Earth | Colossal

<p>Beijing-based photographer Ryan Deboodt (previously) recently returned from a trip to Laos where he spent two days exploring Tham Khoun Xe, one of …

Photography

Rise of human civilization tied to belief in punitive gods

Beliefs in all-knowing gods that punish wrongdoers helped enable the rise of modern civilizations, a new cross-cultural study suggests.<p>Cooperation …

Take a tour of the twin telescopes that changed astronomy forever

Two of the most powerful sit on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.<p>One of the telescopes has a camera so sensitive, it could detect a single candle flame on the surface of the moon.<p>Together they make up the Keck Observatory— the world's largest optical observatory.<p>Tech Insider got to take a tour of …

Sighing Is Actually a Life-Saving Reflex, And Scientists Have Found The Switch That Controls It

Here's why we all need to be sighing 12 times an hour.<p>Remember all those times your parents told you it was rude to sigh? Well, you can discount that …

PBS Doc “Memory Hackers” Shows The Future Of Memory Manipulation

Your memories are not what you think they are. The Nova doc Memory Hackers examines the latest efforts to understand the human mind.<p><i>Total Recall</i>, <i>Inception</i>, <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>.<p>Once the realm of science fiction, advances in technology, neurochemistry, and cognitive science are …

What goes on inside a black hole

Ever wanted to peek inside a black hole, even if just in theory? Kip Thorne, the physicist behind "Interstellar" and "Contact," takes us on a …

17 Food Questions You Didn't Know You Needed An Answer To

"BuzzFeed Science still considers eggs to be un-un-boilable at this moment."

Johns Hopkins University

Gravitational waves: Einstein was right - and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

Physicists and astronomers are agog. On Thursday, experimenters will report the first detection of a phenomenon that has been long predicted:bursts of gravitational waves generated by cosmic collisions of black holes.<p>Sadly it is not unknown for hyped-up scientific claims to be mistaken or …

Physics

News | Top Gear

This is Morohoshi-san, and he lights up Tokyo's underworld with his pink Diablo...<p>Big Read<p>How does an ex-Colin McRae Impreza feel in Tokyo traffic? …

2017 Cadillac XT5 Starts at $39,990, Tops Out at $63,545

New crossover goes on sale in April 2016.<p>Cadillac has announced pricing for the XT5 crossover, which will go on sale in April. Base front-drive models start at $39,990, including destination, while the range-topping Platinum trim is priced from $63,545. All-wheel drive is available as an optional …

Audi, BMW, Volkswagen Add 1.7 Million Cars to Takata Airbag Recalls

More than 2.5 million German cars have been recalled in the U.S. for defective Takata airbags this week, following expansions by Honda, Ford, and Mazda, as well as last month’s reporting of the 10th fatality. The total includes Mercedes’ recall of 841,000 cars and vans from the 2005–2014 model …

Takata

2016 BMW M2 is the Official Safety Car for the 2016 MotoGP Season

Motorcycle series kicks off next month in Qatar.<p>The 2016 MotoGP season kicks off next month, and the new 2016 BMW M2 has been selected for official safety car duties. Based on the production car that debuted at the 2016 Detroit auto show, the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car sports a few modifications for …

Detroit Auto Show

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S

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Porsche

2017 Nissan Armada Photo Gallery

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Nissan