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These are the 10 smartest countries in the world when it comes to science

That's partly why the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tracks new college degrees in 40 of the world's most advanced countries.<p>Now the group has released its 2015 Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard report, which includes data up to 2012.<p>The ranking is based on …

Demographics

The world's 18 greatest cities for food

10 ancient sites you must see in your lifetime

It’s always exciting to follow, literally, in the footsteps of the ancient Romans – or of the Greeks, or the Egyptians, or any of the shadowy inhabits of the past. Even for me, a fairly hard-nosed professional, who has studied the classical world for more than 40 years, there’s still a buzz in …

Liquid water exists on Mars, boosting hopes for life there, NASA says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, NASA scientists said Monday in revealing a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth and human hopes to one day travel there.<p>While the discovery doesn't by itself offer …

Circular thinking: Stonehenge's origin is subject of new theory

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

Archaeology

New Mind-Boggling Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

Swedish-born photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson is an undisputed master at photo manipulation, as can be seen from his mind-boggling depictions of everyday scenes with major twists. Part surreal wonders, part mind-boggling optical illusions, the Berlin-based artist's images depict impossible …

Photo Manipulation

New LEGO Recreations of Banksy’s Famous Street Art

“My favorite thing about Banksy's street art, and all of his other work, is how witty and thoughtful it is. He mixes clever humor with serious issues in a perfect balance.” It's been almost a year since photographer Jeff Friesen first came out with his original series <i>Bricksy</i> where he recreates …

Lego

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Alice In Wonderland

Research criticising 1980s fat guidelines misguided, say scientists

Scientists have poured cold water on new research questioning dietary advice issued 30 years ago urging people to avoid eating fatty foods such as butter and cheese.<p>The guidelines, introduced in the UK in 1983 and in the US six years earlier, recommended reducing overall dietary fat consumption to …

Holistic Medicine

Gorgeous Ice Crystals Form on Frozen Bubbles

On a cold winter's day, you'll find Hope Carter on her front porch or back deck shooting a stunning sight. She'll wait until the conditions are just right, which means 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit and no wind, and then she'll blow a bubble. She'll quickly assess where the natural light is coming from, …

Intricately Carved 16-Century Prayer Nuts Open to Reveal Incredibly Detailed Scenes

A prayer nut was an extravagant, intricately carved boxwood carving from the Middle Ages that could be carried and used for private devotion. Owned mainly by the wealthy in northern Europe, a prayer nut was as much a status symbol as a sign of faith, as only those with money could afford them.<p>The …

The Fanatic Feminist Who Created ‘Monopoly’

The famous boardgame has an equally famous origin myth—poor Depression dad creates game for family—but it turns out the truth is more tortured, and …

In photos: Undocumented Picassos and the handyman

Pierre Le Guennec had stunned the art world in 2010 when he revealed that he and his wife were in possession of a trove of 271 undocumented Picassos. The trial underway weighs whether Picassos were stolen or gifts.

Stunning Puddle Reflections Add Magic to Everyday Scenes

Among the city streets and large stone buildings, photographer Daniel Antunes captures glimpses of a world turned topsy-turvy. The Lisbon-based creative has a knack for finding puddles of water that cast brilliant reflections of the surrounding cityscape. Historical monuments, a scooter driver, and …

Roads

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

10 Dishes Every Beginner Cook Should Master

What's the best dish for a beginner cook to try? We asked star chefs from all over the country for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say.<p>…

Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

In just four decades, Ebola has wiped out one third of the world’s chimp and gorilla populations. If it continues, the results will be …

25 unmissable paintings in London

Was oldest gospel really found in a mummy mask?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Media outlets have been abuzz this week with the news that the oldest fragment of a New Testament gospel -- and thus the earliest witness of Jesus' life and ministry -- had been discovered hidden inside an Egyptian mummy mask and was going to be published.<p>The announcement of the papyrus' …

Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Food: How spicy flavours trick your tongue

Why does a hot curry burn your mouth? Veronique Greenwood explores why your tongue sometimes tingles in unexpected ways.<p>When you consider the tongue, what leaps to mind are the five canonical tastes – sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and umami. These sensations arise when receptors on the surface of …

Spices

Delightful Illustrations Depict R2-D2 Dressed as Other Superheroes

Fantasy worlds collide in Steve Berrington's delightful illustrations that depict Star Wars icon R2-D2 dressed up as superheroes from other realms. The lovable droid crosses Marvel, DC Comic and Lucasfilm lines to don a Superman cape, pick up Captain America's shield and try on Wonder Woman's …

Star Wars

Would you wait 14 years for a restaurant booking?

Prepare to get acquainted with the hold tone; these are the toughest restaurants in the world to get a reservation<p>Do you loathe the trend for "no-reservations" restaurants? When you read about the length of the waiting lists at the following places your attitude may change.<p>Better an hour at the bar …

See How Much the "Perfect" Female Body Has Changed in 100 Years (It's Crazy!)

There's a reason magazine covers include lines like "5 Moves for Michelle Obama Arms" or "The Secret for a Booty Like Beyoncé." But if you’ve ever …

Michelle Obama

See the 50 most popular travel photos from 2014, including this foggy shot taken in Washington: http://on.natgeo.com/1teGDVZ Photograph by Jason Hummel

Missing the Mastodon

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>When I look out my front window to the Wasatch Front, I can’t help but feel that there’s something missing. It’s not something seen, but something that comes from knowing what used to be here. The absence takes the shape of big, shaggy elephants called American mastodon. …

DNA pioneer Watson's Nobel medal will be returned to him after he sold it for $4.75 million

Like getting your gold out of hock at the world's fanciest pawn shop<p>DNA pioneer James Watson, who helped discover the double helix after stealing research from Rosalind Franklin, will have his 23-carat gold Nobel medal returned to him by the Russian oligarch who bought it.<p>Watson shared the 1962 …

London's 10 best afternoon teas

The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young women in the early 1800s she lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occurring late in the evening. Routinely …