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Dashing tiny house also serves as writing studio and library

Small but spendy<p>New Frontier Tiny Homes, maker of ultra-luxe tiny houses, is known for its high-price, high-design models. In years past, the company has made a series of micro dwellings that come tricked out with full-size amenities like exposed beam ceilings, cantilevered bedrooms, and …

Airstream’s new trailer, Nest, offers compact luxury for $45K

Forget the aluminum silver bullet, the newest Airstream is fiberglass<p>As a longtime leader in a growing outdoors industry, Airstream trailers are immediately recognizable thanks to their trademark sleek aluminum exterior. There’s also no doubt that campers and trailers of all kinds are growing in …

Amateur Blacksmith Forges Coolest Barbecue Ever

Yaroslav Efremov, a 27-year-old amateur blacksmith from Kremenets, in Ukraine, spent over a month creating this awesome 200-pound barbecue in the …

These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race

Marcia and Millie Biggs say they’ve never been subjected to racism—just curiosity and surprise that twins could have such different skin colors.<p>When Amanda Wanklin and Michael Biggs fell in love, they “didn’t give a toss” about the challenges they might face as a biracial couple, Amanda says. “What …

Color Management

A Black Panther May Not Be What You Think

As the superhero of the same name sets box-office records, learn more about the misunderstood big cats.<p>As theatergoers around the world marvel at the new superhero movie <i>Black Panther</i>, we here at National Geographic wanted to share some facts about these real-life fascinating felines.<p>First things …

Wildlife

This Vibrant Colonial City Is in a Volcanic Hot Spot

Despite its vulnerable position, Antigua hosts a colorful collection of well-preserved churches and ruins dating back to the 16th century.<p>Set against the towering backdrop of Volcán de Agua, the city of Antigua, Guatemala, is a colorful collection of church steeples, historic buildings, and …

South America

11 Hauntingly Beautiful Underwater Sites

We live in a beautiful world, but some of the most mesmerizing sites take a little digging (or diving) to find. From shipwrecks to sculptures, these underwater attractions are the perfect combination of eerie and alluring.<p>Amphitrite statue, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Woman who can smell Parkinson's disease helps scientists develop first diagnostic test

A British woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease has helped scientists discover 10 molecules linked to the condition which could lead to the first diagnostic test.<p>Researchers at Manchester University first began to believe Parkinson’s might have a discernible odour when Joy Milne of Perth, …

This construction unfolds into a home in just hours, and only costs around $33,400

Designed by Renato Vidal and manufactured by Area Legno in Italy, this modular living unit can unfold into a fully functional home within six to …

The African American experience, in photos

These are the women who killed for Charles Manson, and this is where they are now

With Charles Manson dead, it may seem like the pain and anguish he caused can officially be put in the past. However, members of Manson’s cult — …

Crime

What It Was Like Meeting Charles Manson

Take one thing with another, you really haven't lived until in the middle of a cocktail party your phone lights up and you angle the phone so …

Crime

Fats Domino, boogie-woogie pianist who helped launch rock-and-roll, dies at 89

Antoine "Fats" Domino, the jovial New Orleans entertainer whose bluesy singing and boogie-woogie piano style helped launch rock-and-roll in the 1950s with such rollicking songs as "Blueberry Hill," "Ain't That a Shame" and "I'm Walkin'," died Oct. 24 at home in Harvey, La. He was 89.<p>Mark Bone, …

Music

Robert Guillaume, 'Benson' star, dies at 89

<b>(CNN) —</b> Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his title role in the TV series "Benson," died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89.<p>His wife Donna Guillaume told CNN he had battled prostate cancer in recent years.<p>"He kinda went the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in …

Aluminum-shelled mobile home built for full-time off-grid living

Hofmann Architecture's 27-ft (8-m) Living Vehicle is built to ride off-road with a five-inch tube rigid aluminum frame finished in an aluminum …

This VW Bus Was Made In Honor of ‘Back to the Future’

If Doc Brown needed to take a few passengers back to the future, the DeLorean would have been a poor choice. Let’s be honest, space was not the …

Justin Trudeau spent his entire UN speech talking about human-rights abuses in his own country

Rich Western countries’ use of the UN as forum to lecture everyone else on human rights is one of the most well-worn—and valid—criticisms of the body.<p>Today (Sept. 21) Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau did something radically different.<p>He stood before the UN general assembly and devoted his …

Human Rights

See the Sparks That Set Off Violence in Charlottesville | National Geographic

30 of the Most Beautiful Islands in the World to Visit Now

Dig out that bucket list and add these to it!<p>We're always daydreaming of our next trip, and looking at these unbelievable island escapes makes us want to pack our bags. Be careful when scrolling through — your out of office may be on by the end.

Faroe Islands

Newly released letter reveals Tupac broke up with Madonna over race

A letter released Wednesday reveals that Tupac Shakur broke up with Madonna because she is white.<p>Madonna said in 2015 that she dated Tupac before his 1996 death, but didn’t explain why they split. The 1995 letter, published by TMZ Wednesday, does.<p>Written from prison at 4:30 a.m., the letter to …

Music

The Secret History of Grillz | Explorer

These sleek prefabs come with smart home features

Go inside a 720-square-foot “Coodo”<p>Another day, another prefab company trying to lure you into the out-of-the-box home dream. This time, Coodo from Hamburg, Germany, shows off its newly completed project, a 720-square-foot “Coodo 64,” installed in Bielefeld, Germany.<p>With rounded edges (also seen in …

Prefab Homes

A New Photo Of Harriet Tubman Has Surfaced Just In Time For Black History Month

Harriet Tubman is currently experiencing something of a renaissance. Which is a pretty poor reflection on American history as a whole, considering she’s the most iconic figure of the Underground Railroad. But better late than never, we suppose. Tony-award winning actress Cynthia Erivo will star as …

Black History

Japanese arcade pioneer and 'Father of Pac-Man' has died

TOKYO (AP) — Masaya Nakamura, the "Father of Pac-Man" who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game, has died. He was 91.<p>Nakamura, who died on Jan. 22, founded Namco, part of Bandai Namco, in 1955. It started out as just two mechanical horse rides on a department …

It’s Not You: Hotel Thermostats Really Are Rigged

Systems can leave guests pushing buttons in vain. Now some have started resisting, scouring manuals to uncover overrides of the override<p>Rooms don’t get hot enough or cold enough. Ventilation shuts off in the middle of the night. The thermostat says 72 but your sweaty brow says 78.<p>It’s not your …

Hospitality

The benefits and harms of marijuana, explained by the most thorough research review yet

A new report looks at more than 10,000 studies on marijuana. It has good and bad news for pot users.<p>Marijuana has been with humans in some way or another for thousands of years. But after all this time, there is still a lot of public debate about what, exactly, pot’s risks and benefits are.<p>A recent …

Here’s How You Can Use Peanut Butter To Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease!

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting more than five million Americans. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops …

10 Spectacular Places in Canada to Visit Now

The cold country will be a hot destination this year.<p>Canada will be a <i>hot</i> destination in 2017. Both The New York Times and Lonely Planet have ranked the country as the #1 place to visit this year, and Princess Kate and Prince William took a highly-publicized tour of the country in the fall.<p>Convinced …

Canada