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Stretching 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine, few trails in the United States offer more backpacking opportunities than the Appalachian Trail. As many as 2,000 hikers attempt to thru-hike the A.T. from end to end every year, but if you're looking for a shorter backpacking trip, the options are …

Hiking

24 life skills every functioning adult should master before turning 30

There's no handbook for adult life.<p>Somehow you're just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out and you shouldn't wear a fuzzy orange sweater to a job interview.<p>We've put together our own handbook of sorts for anyone transitioning from their 20s to their 30s, which …

Sleep

The Top 23 Most Beautiful American Campsites

Photo by Christin Healey, Explorer for The Outbound Collective<p>It's not too late to get that summer camping trip in the books and any one of these 23 campsites would make for an amazing trip. Rally the crew, pack up the car, and head out to sleep under the stars at one of these beautiful American …

Hiking

Mystery Of Bizarre, Balancing Rocks Just May Be Solved

The rocks shed new light on earthquakes and fault lines.<p>In southern California, giant boulders have naturally stacked on top of each other in gravity-defying arrangements. Despite the many earthquakes that shake the nearby San Andreas fault, these rocks haven't yet toppled over. Why?<p>A new, …

San Andreas

Long Weekends Like a Local: Packing List

Camping is one of the best and easiest escapes into nature, away from the chores of daily life. The more nights this summer you can spend staring at a campfire and sleeping under a canopy of stars, the better, even if you stay close to home. Here are ten ways to make it more fun and happen more …

NASA Developing Real-Life Tractor Beams

[/caption]<p>If you are a <i>Star Trek</i> fan, you will of course be familiar with “tractor beams,” those cool-looking laser beams that can grab an object in …

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

Siobhan Harmer<p>Read full profile<p>Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful …

14 reasons why you shouldn't dream of being a full-time author

A YouGov poll has found that 'author' is Britain's most desired job. Full-time author Chas Newkey-Burden says it's not all it's cracked up to be<p>This week, <b>a YouGov poll</b> found that people in Britain would prefer to be an author than have any other job. Of 15,000 people surveyed, each of whom were …

Alzheimer’s breakthrough: scientists home in on molecule which halts development of disease

Cambridge scientists raise prospect of new generation of treatments after finding technique to limit development of biggest cause of dementia<p>Scientists have found a method which could potentially stop the growth of Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks, raising the prospect of a wave of new treatments …

A Nanotech Skylight That Looks Just Like the Sun Shining Overhead

As portions of the US are battered by snowstorms and shrouded beneath gray skies, a European startup is developing a light fixture that mimics the …

Geeksme sex-tracking smartwatch analyses your performance

Spanish phone manufacturer Geeksphone is entering the wearables market with a smartwatch capable of tracking your sexual performance.<p>Geeksphone has …

What Does The Drone Industry Think Of The FAA’s New Rules?

The good, the bad, and the glacially slow<p>The Federal Aviation Administration did something rather remarkable on Sunday: they proposed a new set of drone rules. For years, drone hobbyists and businesses have been left in limbo, flying in unregulated skies and wondering whether they were …

Should we give up on the dream of space elevators?

Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates.<p>Elon Musk is considered by many to be visionary – a pioneer of private exploration, and the man behind the …

Engineering

Portraits of Anne Boleyn may not be her, say experts

Experts say they cannot be sure that the ‘Anna Bolina’ portrait which hangs in London’s National Portrait Gallery was the queen<p>Two of the most well known portraits of Anne Boleyn, which are on display at the National Portrait Gallery, may not be her, scientists have concluded.<p>Facial recognition …

Science-Laden SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down In Pacific

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday evening at 7:44pm. The spacecraft was recovered by ship and is on its way to Long Beach, California to deliver some cargo to NASA before arriving at its final destination in McGregor, Texas.<p>Among the cargo on board …

Winter suns, anyone? Nasa produces vintage travel posters for newly discovered planets

If ever there was a destination worthy of a winter getaway, then it’s Kepler-16b, “the land of two suns”.<p>The planet, discovered in 2011, is one of three exoplanets (planets that orbit a star other than our sun), depicted in a series of striking vintage-style travel posters produced by Nasa’s Jet …

Posters

Rocket problem postpones SpaceX launch to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX called off a supply flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble, another delay …