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The height of intelligence

Tall people are smarter.<p>This is a phenomenon with scientific research to back it up. It's a small effect, it's not an absolute; I'm not saying Andre the Giant was the intellectual superior of Robert Hooke, you'll still find plenty of smarter-than-average shorter people, and many tall people who …

Zoo In China Swaps Dog For Lion, Hopes No One Notices

Visitors to a zoo in China got a rude surprise when the lion started barking.<p>Turns out it was no lion, but just a Tibetan mastiff, a large, hairy breed of dog — which, for what it's worth, more closely resembles the king of the jungle than does perhaps any other domestic canine.<p>Apparently, …

Secret Audit Finds NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands Of Times Each Year

Top secret documents and an internal audit leaked from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden show unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreigners inside the United States. Both are restricted practices.<p>Some of the infractions can be as simple as an analyst making a typo, but others include …

Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.<p>The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead …

Paranormal

Edward Snowden documents show NSA broke privacy rules

<b>The US National Security Agency (NSA) broke privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times in the past two years, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.</b><p>The incidents resulted in the unauthorised electronic surveillance of US citizens, according to documents published …

Travel writing basics: Proper attribution and ethics

One of the most overlooked elements of travel writing is its ethics. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people write blogs about their travels, and …

National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one of this year's photo contest judges, shares his thoughts on the second place winner: "I really like the two different color palettes—warm inside and purple outside. This two-for-one scene was caused by the lightning storm outside the dwelling, which lit up the landscape like it was a huge electronic flash." http://on.natgeo.com/1a98MT6 Photo and caption by Max Seigal, 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

James Bond Stuntman Dies in Wingsuit Accident

The British stuntman who performed at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics was killed in a wingsuit flying accident Thursday in the Swiss Alps. Mark Sutton crashed into a rocky ridge after jumping from a helicopter at 10,800 feet. He and 19 other pilots were taking part in Helibase 74, a …