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Ancient Egyptian Chief Brewer's Beautiful Tomb Discovered

Well-preserved tomb depicts scenes of daily life and ritual devotion.<p>The stunning tomb of an ancient Egyptian brewer has been found on the west bank of the Nile. Paintings on the walls depict scenes of worship and daily life from 3,000 years ago, reports a Japanese archaeology team. (See "Tombs of …

Lightning Can Shape a Mountain!

A bolt from the blue has many powers. But until now, no one suspected that it is a major sculptor of mountains.<p>Stefan Grab has long been familiar with the power of the lightning bolts that regularly strike the Drakensberg Mountains of southern Africa. Nineteen years ago, the geomorphologist was …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

Why green is good for you

Depression. Its colour is grey. Of all the psyche's pains, it is the dullest, the most stagnant ache. It is stale with unhappiness, misery at its most lifeless. Often, it is compounded by the low-level nerve-eroding hum of constant anxiety.<p>A new study illustrates that people in urban areas who live …

Alien Life Could Be 10 Times As Abundant As We Thought

We haven't actually found any aliens yet - but already it looks like there are <i>way</i> more than we thought.<p>According to new research, life can survive on …

Rubber Band Machine Gun RBMG Is Possibly The Greatest Toy In The World

Just look at it...<p>Fully automatic. 672 rubber band shots. 14 a second. 8 metre range.<p>It even comes with a special reloading tool so you don't waste …

Five secrets to revising that can improve your grades

How do you get the most out of your revision time, and end up with the best grades you can? Or, if you're a different sort of student, how can you get the same grades you're getting now, but spend less time revising?<p>Either way, you need to know how to learn better. And fortunately, decades of …

Flood warnings as heavy rain and gales return to UK after Christmas

That's it for today's live updates on the aftermath of the storm. Many thanks for reading.<p>I've been speaking to the Energy Networks Association (ENA) and Scottish Power for an update on how many homes remain without electricity.<p>The ENA says an estimated 10,000 homes are still cut off in England and …

Cartagena, Colombia: make Hay where the sun shines

If you have been to Cartagena de Indias twice, as I now have, it’s easy to take for granted the aspects of Colombia’s most beautiful city that first took your breath away. Its civic pride and warm welcome mean that the repeat visitor will slip into feeling at home, and fail to remind herself that …

Are you ready to go back to work now that Christmas is over?

Rupert Murdoch once famously tweeted that the Brits take too much time off during the Christmas break. That tweet was quickly deleted, but the Aussie had made his point. However, the EU once had to bring a case against the UK specifically to ensure its citizens were taking enough paid annual leave. …

Ancient burial box claimed to have earliest reference to Jesus

For 2,000 years, pilgrims and archaeologists have hunted for physical evidence of Jesus and his family, without success.<p>But now an ancient burial box claiming to contain the earliest reference to the Christian saviour is about to go on public display in Israel after its owner was cleared of …

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Success!<p>Featured videos<p>Featured videos<p>Travel inspiration<p>Staying safe and healthy on the road<p>Travel is all about adventure, discovering new places and meeting new people. But spending time on the road also presents its own unique set of hazards. In our latest gear reviews, we test a range of …

Many Earth-Like Planets Have Climates Too Hot for Life

There may be fewer habitable planets circling nearby stars than has been thought.<p><b>An alien planet climate analysis cuts nearly in half the estimated number of habitable planets in our galaxy, scientists reported on Wednesday.</b><p><b>The findings arise from a new 3-D computer model that reveals the climates</b> …

New Zealand's most wondrous night-time experiences

From night hikes to cave-rafts to midnight munchies, there’s lots to do in New Zealand when the lights go out...<p>1. Night-hike the Tongariro Crossing<p>The 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing is frequently touted as the world’s best day walk, thanks to its compact combination of sulphurous lakes, huffing …

How to choose a Caribbean island

The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are a remarkably diverse lot. Pulsing Jamaica has little in common with group-filled Aruba, and even islands in plain sight of each other like St Kitts and Nevis are vastly different not just in appearance but in what they offer visitors.<p>So for …

Sydney’s top speciality drinking spots

It’s hard to know where to start in a city that sparkles with entertainment options after dark. There’s no shortage of clubs, pubs, big bars and, these days, small bars in Sydney. But if you’re looking for something a little niche, here is our pick of the best. All are conveniently located in the …

Christmas and New Year's events

It is around this point in the month that many hit the festive equivalent of the "wall". Struggling to hold on to your third Christmas dinner the day after your fourth work-related party can provoke anything from complete festive fatigue to existential crisis. But do battle on, as there is plenty …

How to save cash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not exactly known for being cheap. The former British colony, perched on the shore of the South China Sea, frequently graces ‘most expensive cities in the world’ lists for its sky-high rents, acres of posh shopping malls, and dazzling displays of wealth (think Rolex shops on every …

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Lonely Planet's Guide To Travel Photography - Lonely Planet Online Shop - Lonely Planet US

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography<p>5th Edition Jul 2016<p>The fifth edition of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography shows readers how to develop their photographic skills and avoid common mistakes.<p>This ultimate step-by-step guide to taking better travel photographs is full of practical …

The world's best sunrises

Kicking back on a beach, cold beer in hand while watching the sun go down is one of travel’s finest pleasures. But there’s something far more rewarding about heaving yourself from bed in the pitch black and blearily traipsing to the top of a mountain or the edge of a cliff to see the sun rise in …

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Billion Star Sky Surveyor Launches

Changing Planet<p>Europe’s Gaia Space Telescope promises to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way galaxy ever attempted. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier<p><b>Astronomers plan on rewriting the star-charts with the latest space telescope, which aims at unlocking the secrets behind</b> …

European hotels for indulgent breaks: four of the best

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The 60 best holidays in Spain for 2017

Spain summer holidays guide<p>Planning a holiday to Spain? Read our guide to the best regions, including expert advice on where to go in Catalonia, Aragon, Valencia, Andalusia, the Balearic and Canary Islands, as well as recommendations on getting there. By Annie Bennett, Telegraph Travel Spain expert.<p>…

The Brits have it right: forget Happy Holidays, just wish people Merry Christmas | Heather Long

I'd rather be able to wish people in the US a Merry Christmas this week without having to worry if they'll be offended<p>A colleague made a curious statement when she returned to New York recently from London, "Everything was so Christmas-y there."<p>At first glance, it's a bizarre statement. New York …