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Five lost cities of the world

The most intriguing abandoned settlements, from ancient ruins to modern ghost towns<p>Angamuco, Mexico<p>Last week laser scanning revealed the true scale of the ancient city of Angamuco in western Mexico. The city, built around AD900, is thought to have had 100,000 residents and included pyramids, road …

Archaeology

10 lesser-known amazing things to do in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most diverse corners of South-East Asia: a tropical, beautiful, extraordinary country that draws backpackers, honeymooners and …

Eurostar's direct London-Amsterdam route has launched - and tickets are from just £35

There'll be no more changing trains in Brussels for British holiday-makers wanting to take the Eurostar to Amsterdam.<p>Tickets are set to go on sale …

Hiking across the greenest island in the Caribbean

The barman poured me a shot and then explained the problem he had with his driveway. “I wanted to extend it,” he said as I cautiously sniffed the 75pc-proof rum. “But I accidentally dropped some seeds on the dirt that I wanted to concrete over, and pumpkins just started to grow. So I though I’d …

Raving in zero-gravity

Ravers enjoy the world's first zero-gravity dance party while soaring above Germany in a customized Airbus A310.

Turner Broadcasting

Starry, starry nights: dark skies festival in North Yorkshire

The UK’s Dark Skies Festival begins today, offering stargazing in the best light – real dark. Our writer spies the heavens in North Yorkshire Scroll down for more UK dark sky festival events<p>Almost everything we know about the universe has come from observation of the night sky but true darkness is …

Astronomy

Scientists have just made wood that is as strong as steel

Wooden want to get hit by this<p>There are many excellent reasons planes aren’t made out of wood, but one of these just got knocked down. A team of …