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15 habits that can make you happier

But advice on exactly how to boost your happiness is often not backed by science, even though there's a whole field devoted to studying it.<p>While everyone has different things that make them happy — a taco stuffed with cilantro is joyful for some and miserable for others — research on well-being has …

Scientists just caught a black hole swallowing a star — and burping a bit back out

Astronomers have caught black holes in the act of murdering stars before. But a study published Thursday in Science claims to have caught a step in the crime that has remained elusive until now.<p><i>[This is what it looks like when a black hole tears a star apart]</i><p>In addition to catching evidence of the …

Black Holes

7 Habits of People Who Age Well

1<p>Maintain a positive attitude.<p>You are what you <i>think</i> you are when it comes to aging. Seniors who think of age as a means to wisdom and overall …

The Very Powerful Vegetable Soups for Weight Loss You Should Try Right Now

Nutrient-rich vegetable soups are the very popular dietary trend, especially in summer.<p>The extraordinary benefits of vegetable diets stem from many …

Rosewood Hotels Reopens Centuries-Old Tuscan Wine Estate

Nothing is better than tasting a good wine in the place where it’s made. You get a whole new level of understanding of the process and poetry—and …

Islamic India: The Biggest Holocaust in World History… Whitewashed from History Books

Researching and studying the impact of Islam and jihad on the world, we have come to the conclusion that India today is not living under its own …

World History

National Park Secrets: 10 Fresh Ways to Find Paradise

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary next year, meaning hoopla, poo-bahs, and crowds. If 2014 saw a record 292.8 million park visitors, just imagine the chaos that a centennial year will bring. Even this year, parks are expecting record numbers.<p>But you'll only get hounded by …

National Parks

Three Must-Try, Under-the-Radar Wines from Spain’s Priorat Region

The Spanish wine region of Priorat left a distinct impression on me when I visited a few years ago: steep mountains, quiet towns made of stone, and a …

National Parks Road Trip: Northern Rockies

Grand Teton > Yellowstone > Glacier<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> Jackson, Wyoming<p>Explore the three crown jewels of the Northern Rockies on this tour spanning some of the continent’s most stunning alpine scenery and explosive geologic wonders. This trip takes you into the beating heart of wild America, from the …

National Parks

Tuesday’s Twitter Chat: Exploring the World’s Wine Regions

Wine lovers are always on the lookout for new labels to try and vineyards to visit. This week, we’re recruiting our wine contributor Ted Loos to give …

Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park

Panorama Trail is a nearly 10-mile long point-to-point hike from the top to the bottom of Yosemite Valley. Starting at <b>Glacier Point</b> and ending at …

National Parks

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30 Ingenious Wooden Headboard Ideas for a Trendy Bedroom

In a modern world that is dominated by shiny polished surfaces, concrete, stone and glass, the sight of decor or accessories that bring the magic of …

Interior Design

Best Tours in the Pacific Islands and Oceania 2015

From Traveler Magazine's 2015 Tours of a Lifetime<p><b>Australia: Oz, Round Two</b><p>Been to Sydney, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef? This alternate down-under itinerary highlights the vast Kimberley region and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, where you’ll fly over the Bungle Bungle Range and swim with …

Ecstasy, magic mushrooms, and other psychoactive drugs are temporarily legal in Ireland

Emergency legislative session aims to reinstate ban<p>Ecstasy, magic mushrooms, and other psychoactive drugs are currently legal to posses in Ireland following a court ruling that struck down a ban on certain substances, according to <i>The Irish Times</i>. Legislators are now rushing to reinstate the ban, …

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 …

13 Places In Italy Every Wine Lover Needs To Put On Their Bucket List

5 minute Read<p>Sure France is a great place to visit for a wine lover, but we’d argue that no place is more magical and transporting than a trip to …

Italy

14 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP

<i>Photo: Michael Matti</i><p>You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.<p>1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Hike through Croatia's largest National Park to a series of …

Take A Dip In Hawaii's Crystal Clear Tide Pools

Mother Nature loves a good pool party. And Hawaii, with its plethora of natural tide pools, is happy to oblige.<p>The seascapes and lava rock-lined coasts of the Hawaiian islands provide the perfect conditions for the protected, rocky inlets. We've rounded up 5 of Hawaii's best spots for tide pools -- …

Geometric Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures by Gabriel Schama | Colossal

<p>Working with precisely cut 1/8″ pieces of laser-cut mahogany plywood, Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates densely layered wood relief …

Summer Vacation 2015: The Best Places to Stay at America's Most Visited National Parks

Prolific writer and historian Wallace Stegner’s assertion that America’s national parks are “the best idea we ever had” continues to resonate with travelers: According to the National Park Service, visits to these U.S. treasures rose to a record 294 million in 2014, an increase of 20 million over …

National Parks

National Parks Road Trip: Utah

Discover the Road to Mighty: Zion > Bryce Canyon > Capitol Reef > Arches > Canyonlands<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> McCarran International, Las Vegas<p>This multiday adventure on remote byways is a journey through the slickrock heart of the American West, linking Utah’s "Mighty Five" national parks—Zion, Bryce …

11 reasons why Olympic National Park is the most underrated place in the US

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK’S 1,440 square mile landscape is one of the most diverse cultural and geographic regions in North America, a designated United …

Hiking

What's the nothingness that our universe is expanding into?

Gold Member<p>The usual method is this:<br>Instead of starting with the editor, start with the post(s) you wish to quote.<br>In the bottom right corner of each …

Physics

Chemical In Ayahuasca May Be Able To Reverse Diabetes

Diabetes currently affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide.<p>In America alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates …

Huge Space Explosion Is Farthest Thing Ever Seen

<i>This story was updated at 3 p.m. ET.</i><p>BOSTON — A short, extremely bright explosion of light recently spotted in the night sky may be the most distant …

Best of Travel: 16 More Things We Loved

Even if they didn’t snag the tippy-top spots on our 2015 Best of Travel list, these outstanding runners-up still deserve an award for being the best in their respective fields.<p>Want to see the wildlife of Uganda or ride a camel in the Sahara? The outfitters here have you covered. Seeking endless …

Adventure Travel