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Throwback Travel: Budapest’s Bathing Beauty

Geothermal and glorious, Budapest’s <b>Gellért Baths</b> opened in 1918, the year that marked the end of World War I and the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s collapse.<p>The Art Nouveau complex, slathered with sculpture and mosaics, tempted locals and visitors alike with its effervescent natatorium, mud baths, and …

7 ways to see Lapland's Northern Lights in style

By snowmobile, by sled, or in bed (yes, really!) - here's how to get a unique view of the Northern Lights in Lapland<p>1. At a cool hotel<p>And they don’t …

10 National Geographic Photographers Give Thanks for the Photos That Changed Them

<i>As a new photo editor at</i> National Geographic<i>, I was eager to learn more about the photographers we work with, many of whom I haven’t met in person. In honor of Thanksgiving, I asked ten of them to share an image that they were especially thankful for having taken – one that had perhaps changed the</i> …

The budget airline cabin baggage guide

Popping off for a quick city break? Don't get caught out by excessive cabin baggage fees!<p>Busting hand baggage rules can cost a pretty penny. Each …

First time Paris: top tips for your first visit to the City of Light

Paris is a city that never lets up. Return time and again and there is always something fantastic to experience—world-famous landmarks and museums mixed with chic shopping, cafe life, gastronomic blowouts and strolls along the banks of the glorious River Seine.<p>The overwhelming amount on offer can …

The Wanderlust guide to the best of Singapore and Malaysia

South-east Asia doesn't get easier – or tastier – than Singapore and Malaysia. Especially with our guide to the best of bits of these …

10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …

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What does 'UNESCO World Heritage Site' really mean?

UNESCO-listed destinations wear their title as a badge of honour – but what really makes a UNESCO World Heritage Site special? And why should we care …

The best and worst of London, according to TripAdvisor

London has been revealed as TripAdvisor’s “most reviewed city” for 2014, with 565,742 contributions about the UK capital newly posted this year.<p>Here we look at <b>London</b>'s best and worst hotels, restaurants, and attractions, according to TripAdvisor.<p><b>The 3 best hotels</b><p>More than 1,000 London hotels are …

On the fast track to bowel cancer cure

This is what they knew.<p>That 85 percent of bowel cancer patients, have 'chromosomal instability' meaning within their cancer cells, chromosomes are …

Breast cancer prevention drug gives lasting protection, study finds

Taking the cancer drug tamoxifen for five years drives down the incidence of<p>breast cancerin women at high risk for the disease by close to 30%, researchers have found. And the medication's protective effects against breast cancer appear to last, unabated, for as long as 16 years after a woman stops …

The epigenetics of The X-Files

The X-Fileswas my absolute favourite television show in the 1990s. My flatmates and I would tune in every week to watch intrepid FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully track down assorted aliens, psychics, vampires, ghosts, and government conspiracies. We bought the soundtrack CD; we even had a …

Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have An Unintended Effect

Remember back in October when I debunked 32 myths about the flu vaccine here?<p>Research published since then suggests my efforts might have been in vain, at least in part.<p>The post might have changed some minds, but it seems unlikely to have led legions of people to race to get vaccinated.<p>In fact, …

Researchers discover new class of stem cells

Researchers have identified a new class of lab-engineered stem cells-cells capable of transforming into nearly all forms of tissue-and have dubbed …

What Is Torture? Our Beliefs Depend In Part On Who's Doing It.

Researchers are studying how nations and individuals react when they given information that members of their own group have harmed other people, such as through torture. It takes some nimble thinking.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Now let's explore what we talk about when we talk about torture. This …

There are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean

Major study sheds new light on the world's plastics problem<p>Researchers have found that more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are floating in the world's oceans, with a combined weight of nearly 269,000 tons. In a major study published this week in the journal <i>PLoS One</i>, scientists from the US, …

How to pack light: tips from a master packer

Packing small is essential for any globetrotter committed to embracing the chaos of travel. With a small pack, you can chase down your Japanese train as it unapologetically departs on time. You can squeeze in to (or on top of) the only bus to the next village in India.<p>Or, as we learned, when your …