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The Verge Review of Animals: the capybara

Super-sized rodents from Brazil<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>New Yorkers are a soft bunch. Yeah, I said it: …

17 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Open The Back Of Transforming Camper: Woman Shows Off What's New Inside

Tiny homes and minimalist renovations have been popular on the Internet recently. Those who downsize their living spaces are drawn to the "financial …

RVs

Visit the Happiest Place on Earth on a Budget: 6 Ways to Save Money at Disney World

15 incredible places to pitch a tent this fall

We've put together a collection of destinations that offer everything from beautiful foliage to clear skies you can enjoy year-round.<p>From the dramatic landscape of Utah's Arches National Park to star-filled skies in Africa's Sahara Desert, here are 15 unique destinations for camping this fall.

Go Here, Not There: Undiscovered Places to Visit Now

There’s no denying the beauty of the Cyclades, especially the iconic Santorini sunsets on Oia, but there’s only so many times we can see that same …

Lagrange Points: Parking Places in Space

A Lagrange point is a location in space where the combined gravitational forces of two large bodies, such as Earth and the sun or Earth and the moon, …

Are my cat and I using more than our fair share of ocean resources?

It’s a good question: our pets eat 2.48m tonnes of fish a year<p>Thanks to a decade of “consumer-facing” campaigns à la Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight we know how to seek out (MSC) blue ticks at the supermarket. We’re tentatively trying pollock to take the pressure off depleted stocks. But …

Fish

The foodie traveller … feasts on the reproductive organs of sea urchins in Hokkaido

Sushi aficionados prize uni, the egg-producing part of the sea urchin, an expensive and now highly fashionable ingredient. The place to go for it is the Shakotan peninsula<p>A summer swell on the Sea of Japan has curtailed the day’s fishing on Hokkaido’s remote Shakotan peninsula in the far north of …

Japan

7 Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts

We all want to start off on the right foot when starting a new school year. I know cereal and frozen waffles are often a necessity, but here are a few other easy options that will make parents <i>and</i> kids happy.<p><b>1. Morning Glory Muffins</b><p>Morning Glory Muffins are made with a little bit of everything: …

14 Purr-fect Gifts for the Cat Lover in Your Life

Cat lovers are the Crossfitters of the animal world. And they love to declare their love wherever and whenever they can. Help them to celebrate their favorite creature with these 14 fun feline finds.<p>1. Ask Me About My Cat Tee ($26): This is a cat lover’s favorite question. Help them spread the word …

Pets

The 15 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix, however, that it can be hard to sort through them all.<p>The streaming site does a great job picking up films beyond mainstream hits. A diverse number of overlooked films are available to just about anybody. Now is a better time than ever to catch films that may …

New Pluto images reveal vast water deposits

Scientists have found vast frozen plains next door to Pluto's big, rugged mountains of water ice, it has been revealed<p>Scientists have found vast frozen plains next door to Pluto's big, rugged mountains of water ice.<p>The New Horizons spacecraft team revealed close-up photos of those plains Friday, …