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Mars 'flying saucer' splashes down after NASA test

After several weather delays, NASA on Saturday launched a helium balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle high in Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.<p>The craft deployed a novel inflatable braking system on its way back to Earth, but its massive parachute failed …

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. <i>(Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.)</i><p>Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are …


Why The Evolution Of Flight May Be Universal

Is the evolution of flight a biological fait accompli? Or was the origin of winged insects, flying mammals like bats, and the roughly 10,000 species of birds that use earth’s atmosphere, simply a one-off evolutionary fluke likely not to repeat itself on another earthlike planet?<p>While the dinosaurs …

How To Transform A Boring Space In 6 Steps

A dark, bare room is redesigned into a sleek and modern living room that mixes old and new. Plus, get the look with our "how to" guide.<p>The living room area BEFORE.<p>Betsy Burnham, interior designer and owner of the LA-based firm Burnham Design transformed this dark, bare room into a sleek living area …

This House Was Purchased for $1

Is this the biggest real estate steal ever?<p>Here's a makeover you won't believe: A historic house in Memphis was sold for a buck and turned into a bed and breakfast within a year. Jose and Jennifer Velázquez had dreams of opening their own B&B, and after 24 years they found the perfect place — The …

The 10 Tiniest Rooms We've Ever Seen

Stylish and efficient spaces.<p>From a 48-square-foot kitchen to a tiny and cozy reading nook, we've rounded up beautiful small spaces that don't spare style or efficiency. Take a look a these amazing designs.

Skip the Crowds: Romantic Getaways You've Never Heard Of

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