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How Smartphones Hurt Sleep

Blue light makes the brain think it's time to wake up, just as you're getting ready for bed.<p>The answer to the question "How'd you sleep?" has, for most of human history, been "not too well." Even before the advent of electric light, people slept two or three to a bed, next to a chamber pot, and …


New Pebble smartwatch raises $1 million on Kickstarter in record time

Smartwatch maker Pebble has struck gold twice.<p>The company started taking preorders for the new Pebble Time smartwatch Tuesday morning on Kickstarter and raised $1 million in 49 minutes, easily setting a new record.<p>"It's clearly the fastest funding project in Kickstarter history," a spokesperson for …

Wearable Tech

What 3-Parent Babies Mean For The Future Of Reproductive Medicine

Bespoke embryos raise ethical questions for lawmakers and bioethicists alike<p>Last week members of the British House of Commons passed a bill legalizing mitochondrial DNA transfers--a process that combines three different sets of DNA to create an embryo. That means one day, it could be possible for …

Exploring London's secrets: five great walking tours

You’ve taken a spin on the London Eye, explored the Tower of London and made funny faces at the Queen’s Guards. Been there, done that? Well, not quite. There’s more to London than its iconic landmarks. Whether you’ve lived here all your life or are just visiting, these five walking tours, which …


National Geographic Travel

Best of the Best in Photos 2014: Part 2

From Slushy to Serene, Our Favorite Pictures of Winter Weather

With record snow and cold hitting parts of the United States even before winter officially arrives, we decided to dig out our favorite photos of winter weather. (Read why it's getting cold and snowy so early.) Sit back, relax, and maybe heat up of mug of hot cocoa as you browse through some …

Best value destinations for 2015

Bang for your buck and pizzazz for your pound: here’s where to stretch this year’s travel budget until it oozes contentment.<p>1. Tunisia<p>Low prices had just begun to lure travellers back to Tunisia, but a terrorist attack in the capital on March 18 has dealt a blow to the tourism industry’s recovery. …

South Africa