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The future of cancer treatment is based on a medical miracle: cancers that melt away on their own

Precision medicine has been sold as customizing treatments for patients, matching drugs to disease-causing genes that just a few thousand or even …

Healthy Diet Helps 183-Year-Old Tortoise Feel Young Again

Jonathan, the world's oldest known animal, is regaining his health after eating more nutritious foods.<p>"What a drag it is getting old," the Rolling Stones famously sang. And nobody knows that more than Jonathan, the 183-year-old Aldabra giant tortoise that's thought to be the oldest known living …

The gut bacteria from a 5,300-year-old iceman is helping to reveal clues on human migration

It took days for a recovery team to hack him out of the ice and haul him by helicopter and truck to a lab in Austria.<p>There, scientists determined the man had died 5,300 years ago.<p>Ötzi, as the man was nicknamed (after the nearby Ötztal Valley), has kept scientists very busy for the past 24 years. …


Scientists just saw light coming from around a black hole for the first time

<i>Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the light as emanating from within a black hole, rather than beside it.</i> …

Black Holes

The Secret to Happiness? Value Your Time More Than Your Money

Time to take that annual leave already.<p>Scientists are always chasing the elusive secret to happiness: is it to do with quitting Facebook, speaking …


Bitter pill: Scientists to trial fat fighting ‘poo tablets’

The future of obesity prevention could lie in human waste, though the results may be hard to swallow.<p><b>Trends</b>Viral<p>US scientists are to carry out …

3D Printing

The Five Best Places to See The Northern Lights

John Mason, astronomer and expedition leader, shares with us the best spots to view the northern lights.<p>Tromso, Norway<p>Tromso, the buzzing hub of …

European Travel

The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World 2017

Pinpointing all of the most beautiful places in the world could take a lifetime, but we think that these 50 otherworldly landscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders need to move to the very top of your travel bucket list. This piece was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.<p>Keukenhof …

National Parks

The Isle of Sark -- Europe's Last Medieval Feudal State Is a Stone's Throw From Normandy

You're right off the coast of Normandy, a speck of land in the cold waters of the Channel between France and England. A mere 25 miles west of the Cherbourg Peninsula of France, and 80 miles south of the British coast. A steep-sided and car-free paradise.<p><b>The Isle of Sark</b> is one of the few remaining …

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

11 Warm Weather Vacation Destinations For People Who Hate Winter

The snow can't get you here.<p>Brrr, it's cold out there! Trade in the snow for some fun in the sun at these tropical and summery escapes.