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Road Trips To Take This Summer (PHOTOS)

Everyone loves a road trip, especially in summer.<p>Sure, there are the obvious trips, such as Rte 1 in California bringing you up and down the coast, but when you're pressed for time (the summer is, sorry to say, half over) and money, what are the must-dos that you can still plan to do this summer?<p>We …

Five of the world’s newest wonders

From a fuming Italian volcano to India’s land of kings, these natural and manmade marvels are the latest treasures to be honoured on Unesco’s World Heritage list.

Photographers

The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …

Photo Essay: Snapshots from Our Train Journey through Slovenia

Over the week, we journeyed from the western edge to the eastern coast of <b>Slovenia by rail</b>, taking in its backcountry from the comfort of the train …

European Travel

Hawaii Is Giving Homeless People A One-Way Ticket Off The Islands

It sounds a lot crueler than it actually is.<p>Lawmakers in the state have decided to deal with its cash-strapped welfare program by giving the homeless an opportunity to return to their home states and, hopefully, families who can help.<p>It's called the "return-to-home" program, which mirrors a similar …

Michael Bloomberg

The Cheese-Lover's Guide to France

I like to think of his words as I curl my fingers around a dusky, mellow rind of French cheese.<p>Whether we are conscious of it or not as we grasp the knife, slicing into such a <i>fromage</i> lays open the world in miniature.<p>Here is the placid scent of chamomile, the chime of cow bells, the sun illuminating …

France

Scotland Tour: Enjoying a Natural High, High in the Highlands

Driving through the remote and evocative Highlands valley called Glencoe, our guide, Liz, and I conspired to find a place where we could simply stop the bus and let our group get out and feel the wonder of this distant corner of Scotland. Liz, an experienced Scotland guide, is doing her first Rick …

Sharing Economy Cramps Spain's Tourism Recovery

One bright spot for Spain’s ailing economy has been tourism. According to a new count by the government, tourism arrivals in the first half of 2013 …

Where Is Sochi?--Everything You Need To Know About The Next Olympic Location

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are just six months away.<p>Whether you're planning on traveling to watch the games or are simply a fan of the world's leading international sporting event, you may be asking yourself a few questions about the host city. We're here to answer those questions.<p><b>Where is</b> …

4 US Road Trips to Take Before You Die

There’s no better way to discover America than by criss-crossing the country via its most iconic highways. Whether you have fast wheels or an RV, …

German Police To Experiment With 3-D Printed Guns

They aim to determine whether 3-D printed firearms present a real threat—and whether they can use the weapons for their own purposes.<p>German federal police forces are getting into the 3-D printing business. Responding to a question posed by the Left Party in parliament, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA, …

Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

The largest solar power plant of its kind is about to turn on in California's Mojave Desert.<p>The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will power about 140,000 homes and will be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals, but it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring …

Wii-style therapy for kids with autism - Futurity

RUTGERS / INDIANA U. (US) — Researchers are testing a type of screen-based therapy that …

Autism

Alzheimer's pathways could offer drug targets - Futurity

COLUMBIA (US) — Researchers have identified key molecular pathways that lead to late-onset Alzheimer’s, the …

Alzheimer's Disease

The mystery of monogamy: scientists claim to have the answer

Study says some species have become monogamous through evolution and, for primates, infanticide is at its root<p>As an enduring mystery of the human condition, it has been praised and damned in equal measure. It is a bridge over the abyss of isolation but can be a bit like croquet: easy enough to …

How the ouija board really moves

The mystery isn’t a connection to the spirit world, but why we can make movements and yet not realise that we're making them.<p>Ouija board cups and dowsing wands – just two examples of mystical items that seem to move of their own accord, when they are really being moved by the people holding them. …

Paranormal

BMW's First True Electric Car Is Here

The former concept i3 has been made real, and might be the most interesting electric vehicle we've seen in years.<p>BMW isn't entirely new to electric vehicles, or EVs; the company has been testing an electric Mini Cooper for awhile now, and we actually wrote about the i3 two years back, when it …

Marijuana Affects Autism? Study Links the Two, But Comes to No Definite Conclusions

Researchers published a study looking into how marijuana affects autism.<p>The study took two sets of mice and looked at how the main cell mutations …

Autism

Japan to start stem-cell study on humans

<i>Posted on behalf of David Cyranoski.</i><p>On 1 August, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, will start recruiting …

Medicine

Internet-Based Psychotherapy Actually Works

Its effects may even last longer than face-to-face therapy, new research suggests.<p>Lying on your therapist's couch might be a thing of the past. Why bother, when you could duke it out with your depression by the pool? Online-based therapy could help patients overcome barriers to treatment like long …

Breast cancer risk can be predicted using new technique

A new way of predicting a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has been developed.<p>Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, US, have produced a statistical formula that calculates a woman’s risk of developing the disease over a 10 and 20 year period.<p>The technique, which examines …

Cancer

The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips

Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek<p>In the past 16 months, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have toured 150 of the built, natural, and virtual landscapes of the United States, collecting images and interviews. They …

What Would Happen If Everyone Peed In The Ocean At The Same Time?

A thought experiment<p>Lauren Wolf, an associate editor at Chemical & Engineering News and self-described ocean-urinator, recently took it upon herself to find out the scientific truth about what really happens when humans pee in the ocean.<p>She first turned to the internet, of course. As she …

Therapy filters cancer that chemo misses - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) —Many cancers, including breast and prostate cancers, can spread to the brain, …

Cancer

Parenting style tied to school success for preemies - Futurity

U. WARWICK (UK) — Parents of preterm babies can increase the likelihood of their child’s …

Parenting

Meet RoboThespian: the British robotic actor

It may look a little like the rebellious humanoid from the movie I Robot, but this robot is not likely to rise up against its makers. Instead this robot, known as RoboThespian, is more of an artist than a fighter.<p>There are around 35 of these robots in use around the world, performing on stage in …

Robotics

The NSA Sucks More Than You Thought

The Guardian just exposed the NSA's "widest-reaching" surveillance program, "XKeyscore."<p>While most of us keep going about our internet lives as if that pesky NSA thing never happened--demonstrating a "general giddy sense that privacy is kind of stupid," as Gary Shteyngart aptly describes it--the</i> …

Moche Mural in Peru Revealed in Stunning Detail

Interactive gigapixel technology offers a new way to see ancient art.<p><b>In the bone-dry coastal desert of northern Peru, the ancient Moche sculpted and painted intricate murals on the adobe walls of the site now known as Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon). Created between A.D. 100 and 800, the</b> …

Archaeology

A 3D printer that uses—wait for it—printer paper

Most 3D printing is done with different types of plastic, but as we’ve said before, there’s more than one kind of machine that falls under the “3D printer” umbrella. Along with the devices that print organs and cars, there’s one that uses the last material you’d expect: printer paper.<p>Demonstrated …

3D Printing

Obama nominates astrophysicist to lead NSF

<i>For more on Córdova’s nomination, see our expanded news story: http://www.nature.com/news/astrophysicist-tapped-to-lead-nsf-1.13496</i><p>Astrophysicist …

Barack Obama