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Gregory Bald is in the border country of the Great Smoky Mountains.<p>(Photo: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images )<p>Gregory Bald is a peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, on the border between Blount County, Tennessee and Swain County, North Carolina. The mountain gets its name from being a …

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This 4-year-old's glow-in-the-dark bedroom ceiling is otherworldly

Well, it finally happened: A 4-year-old is giving us some serious room decor envy.<p>Some loving parents enlisted the help of their artist friend …

The Future of the Florida Manatee Depends on a Decades-Old Coal-Burning Power Station

A dirty energy plant inadvertently created a marine life sanctuary, but what happens when it disappears?<p>The coal-burning Big Bend Power Station on Florida's western coast is part of an energy system that provides over 730,000 people with power. But for several dozen hulking, gray-skinned manatees, …

Airplane turned treetop hotel open in Costa Rica

It'll run you $500 per night<p>Add this one to the bucket list: adventurous travelers in Costa Rica can stay in a vintage Boeing 727 airplane, refurbished into a two-bedroom suite that sits high in the jungle canopy.<p>The Hotel Costa Verde is located in a coastal rainforest between the Manuel Antonio …

Best air-purifying houseplants, according to NASA

NASA recommends one air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of space<p>While architects are raving about the benefits of plant-covered facades, you don’t need to entirely mask your building with greenery in order to get the same benefits. Starting in the 1980s, NASA scientists began to study the …

The 20 Best Small Towns In America To Visit In 2016, According To The Smithsonian

This year's list by The Smithsonian is bound to give you intense wanderlust — unless you're lucky enough to live in these charming destinations year round.<p>The Smithsonian just released its annual list of the best small towns in America, and this year's roundup is bound to give you intense …

10 Sushi Burgers That Are a Foodie’s Dream Come True

Be honest — sushi night is usually the highlight of your week. Although it’s really easy to roll your own sushi, it’s even easier to turn your favorite sushi ingredients into a burger. Sure, there are plenty of summer burger recipes you could throw on the grill for dinner, but none of them will …

19 Seriously Scary Documentaries That’ll Scare The Hell Out Of You

You'll never relax again.<p><b>WARNING: Many of the films on this list are incredibly disturbing. Please continue and watch each film with discretion.</b>

Airbnb's most popular rental: a tiny cabin in the California woods

Kitty Mrache’s ‘geodesic dome loft’ has appeared on the site for seven years and is so busy her own children have to wait in line<p>It started life as DIY kit assembled in a spare patch of land for a newly homeless friend. Now this tiny wooden cabin sheltering in the oaks and redwoods of Aptos, …

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The Best Cities for Expats

Maybe it's time for a relocation.<p>As an expat, it can be difficult to adjust to a new city and make an unfamiliar place feel like home. Some cities are easier than others, though, and thankfully, some people have crunched the numbers to tell us where exactly they are: Mercer, a global consulting …

6 Unforgettable Adventure Vacations to Take In 2016

Travel to these American hot spots for the thrill of a lifetime<p>The value of your vacation isn’t found on your phone’s camera roll. It’s in your brain—the memories lodged so deeply that they’re still vivid years later.<p>There’s a trick to forming them: Rev up your heart rate in a new …

Snow day longreads: Curl up with these 15 rich stories

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the longreads are so delightful.<p>If you're spending this weekend indoors thanks to the massive East Coast …

Rocky Horror Picture Show TV Remake Casts Four Lead Roles

Fox has tapped a handful of young actors to star opposite Laverne Cox in the network’s forthcoming TV adaptation of <i>The Rocky Horror Picture …

A reading list to expand your mind

This year, we published stories that enlightened, moved and excited us. The BBC Future team share their personal favourites.<p><i>David Robson – Writer</i><p>My pick: How your eyes trick your mind<p>It's been a privilege to see my stories appear alongside the work of some really talented writers this year. Tom …

Scientists have uncovered exactly what makes a photo memorable

How can any photographer take an image that will never be forgotten? For starters, quit taking nature photos, whether it’s a sunset, mountain range, lake or ocean. Those images are among the least distinctive, according to an MIT algorithm trained to recognize memorable photographs nearly as well …

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The 10 Most Beautiful Snow Castles In the World

With stunning scenery and majestic fortresses, these are the cold-weather climes we actually wouldn't mind visiting.

10 TED Talks That Will Help You Be a Better Parent

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Artist Handcrafts Pocket-Sized Paintings Waiting to Be Discovered within Charming Lockets

NYC-based artist Khara Ledonne paints magical, miniature worlds that double as works of wearable art. Ironically, she started out by painting huge murals when she was only 16 years old and living in Washington state. She then transitioned over to sign painting when she moved to New York City in …

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Take a Look Inside Sweden's Fabulous Ice Hotel

This year's ICEHOTEL features 19 suites specially designed by artists.<p><i>courtesy of the Ice Hotel</i><p>Every year, 200km north of the the Arctic Circle, Sweden's ICEHOTEL rises anew, snow and ice forming its main building blocks. In addition to regular rooms, this year also features also 19 "art suites" …

25 Trips to Take in Your Lifetime

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10 Flipboard Reads Star Wars Fans Will Love

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters this week. The fanfare unites both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader supporters alike with dazzling red carpet debuts, theories and sneak peeks. Ever since it was announced that J.J. Abrams was set to direct Episode 7, many have worried whether or not he …

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The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany<p>Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia<p>Valle de Cocora: Quindío, Colombia<p>Mendenhall Ice Caves: Juneau, Alaska<p>Angel …

Not Your Bubby’s Latkes: 9 healthier versions of the Hanukkah staple

Traditionally, Hanukkah recipes are all about cooking with oil. But wouldn’t you be paying true (healthy) homage to the miracle the holiday …

'Star Wars' locations you can actually go and see | CNN Travel

Inside the plot to kill JFK: The secret story of the CIA and what really happened in Dallas

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>The official narrative only gets more implausible, especially when you hear the stories of these secret super-spies<p>David Talbot<p>November 22, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government”<p>Those resolute voices in …

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10 Oktoberfests to Visit If You Can't Make it To Munich

As throngs of thirsty folk head to the halls for Oktoberfest 2015, we round up our favorite Oktoberfests around the country.<p><i>This post originally appeared in 2014 and has been updated.</i><p>Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Texas<p>Texas has strong ties to Germany—Texas German, a dialect, is still used amongst …

How to Survive Pretty Much Anything

Survival is a mix of preparation, knowledge, tools and luck. This week we’ll be exploring the practice and, to get us started, here’s the skills you …

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20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ which will be published July 14<p>In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott.<p>Titled ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ it was set in the ’50s and opened with a woman named Jean …

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The 10 best national parks in the US

The US is home to 58 national parks, all filled with breathtaking landscapes and rampant wildlife...so narrowing this list down to 10 was difficult.<p>After considering location, accessibility, and scenery, we picked the 10 parks that must make your must-visit list — whether it be for a week-long …

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