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Reveal Your Abs with the Belly Fat Inferno

Packed gym? No problem. All you need is a pair of kettlebells for this 22-minute sweat session

25 incredible hikes to take in your lifetime

We've put together a collection of some of the world's most breathtaking hikes.<p>From the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii to trekking the volcanic Tongariro Northern Circuit of New Zealand, here are 25 hikes everyone should take in their lifetime.

Hiking

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

Cannabis

The men who uncovered Assyria

<b>Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a</b> …

Archaeology

Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)

There’s only one way to avoid the quickly approaching winter: plan a luxurious—and warm—island vacation. See the 25 top picks for where to soak up …

The Other Syntax: A Universe Without Beginning

In <i>The Active Side of Infinity,</i> Carlos Castaneda asks: “Did the universe really begin? … Is the theory of the big bang true?”<p>For many physicists, the …

National Geographic Travel

Pictures of the Week 2.5.15

Elaine Thompson

Inspire Success With These 45 Motivational Quotes

Being successful in whatever you choose to do is always the ultimate goal.<p>Being successful in whatever you choose to do is always the ultimate goal. For some, being successful means owning and operating a multi-million dollar business while for others, success means having a happy, healthy family …

Motivation

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Under-the-Radar Environmental Stories for 2015: The Furtive Five

Changing Planet<p>Clockwise, from upper left: The Mir diamond mine in Siberia (credit: Wikimedia-Staselnik); Volcanic island in Cocibolca Lake (credit: Aaron Escobar); Amazon deforestation (credit: NASA); Tehran smog viewed from the Tochal mountains (credit: Milad Mosapoor).<p>Between crazy weather, …

Global Warming

National Geographic Travel

Watch Kevin Spacey Perform 'Piano Man' With Billy Joel

Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, Boyz II Men and more pay tribute to Joel at his Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize tribute concert<p>Billy Joel was …

John Mellencamp

Indiana Jones 2.0

<b>Albert Yu-min Lin</b> is always pushing—to higher mountains, bigger waves, smarter technology, deeper heritage. But there’s one barrier the archaeologist never breaks: the ground itself. The 32-year-old San Diegan uses tools such as satellite imagery and magnetometers to nonintrusively probe sacred …

Genghis Khan

19 global events worth traveling for in 2015

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19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

National Geographic Travel

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.<p>The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, …

Joe Cocker, Rock Legend, in Pictures

Soul Music

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …