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A crowded Thai island's secret side

Every day, thousands of travellers flock to Thailand’s Maya Bay, the location of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The Beach. Colleen Hagerty found a way to avoid the masses.<p>Thailand’s Phi Phi islands are by no means uncharted territory. Located off the coast of Krabi in southern Thailand, the archipelago …

How – and how not – to cross the street around the world

Like gorging on street food of uncertain provenance or accepting your host’s home brew served in an antifreeze jug, crossing the street ranks among the top potentially treacherous experiences in a new destination – and the most amusingly worry-free in others.<p>The golden rules? Find out about the …

Where and how to watch sport like a local

There are few better ways into a place’s soul than through its sports teams. Step into the febrile atmosphere of a stadium or arena mid-match and you’ll find usually relaxed locals in a state of agitation or elation, depending on the scoreline.<p>Head to one of these sporting destinations and we …

What Lies Ahead For Airbnb

The battle in San Francisco is over for now. The battle for Airbnb is just beginning.<p>This summer, in a somewhat election year, a San Francisco ballot proposition quickly went from local regulatory issue to national controversy. Airbnb ultimately won — big time — defeating a measure that would have …

Are Cats Domesticated?

"The cat does not offer services," William Burroughs wrote. "The cat offers itself." But it does so with unapologetic ambivalence. Greet a cat enthusiastically and it might respond with nothing more than a few unhurried blinks. Later, as you're trying to work, it will commandeer your lap, keyboard, …

Pets

Who Owns the Patent on Nutmeg?

The next time your neighborhood barista offers you a character sketch of the beans that went into making your Chemex pour-over, try asking him about biopiracy, the appropriation of indigenous knowledge of nature by corporations and other profit-seekers. If you live in the United States, chances are …

Intellectual Property

CRISPR

Special | 10 March 2016<p>Special home<br>• Key reads<br>• Latest articles<br>• In depth<br>• Research & Review<p>Researchers the world over are fast adopting CRISPR-Cas9 to …

How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop

Humans are remarkably good at self-deception. But growing concern about reproducibility is driving many researchers to seek ways to fight their own …

CRISPR tweak may help gene-edited crops bypass biosafety regulation

Technique deletes plant genes without adding foreign DNA.<p>A twist on a revolutionary gene-editing technique may make it possible to modify plant …

8 Incredible Reasons to Visit Laos

Few places in the world capture the beauty and simplicity of life quite like Laos. It was a highlight of our most recent trip to Asia, and should be …

George Town's street food: what to eat in Malaysia's food capital

We're just going to come out and say it: George Town is the best food city in Southeast Asia. Locals have been in on the secret for years, but so expertly has Penang's capital blended flavours and cooking styles from across Malaysia, China, India, Thailand and beyond, that it is fast emerging as a …

Georgetown University

A road trip in the Peloponnese

No other part of Greece combines stupendous mountain scenery and scenic hikes with deserted, pristine beaches and an incredible wealth of ancient sites like the Peloponnese. After all, this is where gods and heroes were said to walk the earth and the world’s greatest sporting event was born.<p>Add to …

Why Do We Admire Mobsters?

In 1947, when Elaine Slott was sixteen, she travelled with her mother and sister to visit her aunt and uncle in Florida. The day after they arrived, however, Elaine and her aunt boarded another plane by themselves. Elaine soon found herself speeding to Cuba, where the family had business interests. …

Florida

What Comes After Heirloom Seeds?

In the mid-nineteen-thirties, a California pomologist named W. L. Howard began compiling a list of plants. He intended to enumerate the botanical creations of the legendary American horticulturalist Luther Burbank. The task took him ten years. Howard’s completed inventory begins with the word …

Gardening

Eating and Drinking in Battambang

Our Guide to Eating and Drinking in Battambang<p>on July 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm<p>Some of the best Cambodian cuisine in the country is found in Battambang, …

Free Things to Do in Taipei

Enjoy Taiwan's energetic capital—packed with elaborate temples and edgy art—without blowing your budget.<p>A densely populated basin surrounded by verdant mountains, Taiwan’s energetic capital is packed with elaborate temples, ancient and edgy art, Chinese memorials, green space, and its celebrated …

Beauty of the Balkans: a perfect weekend in Kotor

The prettiest and best-preserved town in Montenegro, Kotor wears its elaborate fortifications like tough, spikey armour; yet behind the city walls lies a disarming core of piazza-fronting churches, cobbled arteries and quirky shops – all in the embrace of one of Europe’s most spectacular bays. …

A perfect weekend in Québec City

With its four centuries of French heritage and irresistible ‘walled city’ charm, Québec City is among North America’s most unique and appealing destinations. Divided into Upper and Lower Towns, its scenic historic core offers plenty of variety, yet remains compact enough to explore within 48 …

Agalinis Acuta, Phantom Flower

On a recent Friday evening, I hovered among a small group of guests in a tiny storefront gallery in Bushwick. Each of us was there in anticipation of a rare chance to smell a phantom flower. When the pendant on a necklace I’d been given at the door began to glow, an attendant dressed in white led …

Can Synthetic Biology Sidestep the G.M.O. Backlash?

On a cold weekend last month, more than two thousand undergraduate scientists took over two levels of Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. Some wore full-body banana costumes, many wore coördinated team sweatshirts, and all appeared sleep-deprived. A handful of professors, one of whom was dressed as a …

E.coli

Video Games and the Curse of Retro

Last week’s news that almost two and a half thousand MS-DOS computer games have been added to the Internet Archive, a free online library of books, music, movies, and software, was met with widespread delight. Over the years, the archive has rescued historical gems and curios that, unless one …

The G.M.O. Hunger Games

DNA is nature’s Houdini, an escape artist par excellence. It moves not only from parent to child but also from species to species. Zebra fish and cows share a genetic sequence that likely hitchhiked its way to each on a tick; aphids captured the fungus gene that gives them their color; and even the …

E.coli

How Fish Feel

In a ground-floor laboratory just off Washington Square Park, in New York, a shoal of black polyurethane fish sat in an open cardboard box. According to their keeper, Leif Ristroph, an assistant professor of mathematics at New York University, the fish—each about five inches long and with the …

New York University

Roundup and Risk Assessment

Wouldn’t it be a relief to discover that we could lower the risk of developing many types of cancer simply by banning a product that has for decades been sprayed on crops throughout the world? By many recent accounts, then, it’s time to rejoice. Late last month, the International Agency for …

Glyphosate

On Animal Deaths and Human Anxieties

At first light on June 4, 2013, Steve Fradkin, a National Park Service ecologist, led a small team down a gravel strand called Beach 4 on Washington’s Olympic coast. The group’s destination was a rocky bench known—fatefully, it would turn out—as Starfish Point. There it would carry out an annual …

University of California