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Mega-Obsessed: Our Favorite Things From 2014

Last-minute gift ideas, anyone?<p>The new and amazing stuff of the world is our bread and butter here at <i>Popular Science</i>. In each month's magazine and online, we bring together a list of all our favorite things hitting shelves, app stores, and big screens. Now, all the gadgets, games, movies, and other …

National Geographic Travel

What's the Difference Between Rabbits and Hares?

For one, they're separate species—and hares are bigger, have longer ears, and are less social than bunnies.<p>Hares and rabbits look similar, and some may hop to the conclusion that they're the same animal.<p>Not so fast. Our Weird Animal Question of the Week comes from Tristan Ishtar, who asked: "What's …

Wildlife

Lawsuit About Mayonnaise Dropped

Eggs, though part of the definition, are hardly essential to mayo<p>In the old days, the battle between condiments was fought by Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip. That was mostly a debate about taste rather than substance. Nowadays, vegan mayonnaise that uses plant ingredients instead of eggs is …

Mandy Rice-Davies and Baroness Thatcher were secret holiday companions

Unlikely as it may seem, Mandy Rice-Davies, the dancer at the centre of the Profumo affair, became a friend of Baroness Thatcher in later life<p>She was a central figure in one of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century, but Mandy Rice-Davies, who has died at the age of 70, later became an …

This satellite map shows dangerous arctic warming feedback loop

One of the ways our planet manages its heat budget is by storing solar energy in the oceans. In recent years, the Arctic has been taking in more than …

Low-Key Caribbean: A Tale of Four Islands

In a world where the easiest route is usually the most popular, it’s no surprise that many vacationers limit their warm-weather winter getaways to the Caribbean’s more accessible islands—especially if they have kids in tow. And while the quick trip has its advantages, some of the best destinations …

Caribbean

Secret sights of San Francisco: six things only locals know about

San Francisco is known the world over for its beauty, its open-mindedness and – let's be honest – its weirdness. So it should be no surprise that the City by the Bay harbors many unlikely attractions in far-flung locations known only to locals … until now.<p>Below are a few choice secrets – some new, …

Expedition planning: the golden rules

In need of a life-changing adventure? Professional expedition planner Duncan Milligan reveals how to start planning that once-in-a-lifetime trip<p>What …