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How Squid Are Inspiring Better Camouflage For Soldiers

A squid-like film can be switched on and off chemically to change how infrared light is reflected.<p>If there's one thing squid are good at, it's hiding. The mysterious giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures on Earth, and even the common calamari squid can alter its appearance to blend into …

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How To Argue With Someone Who Says 'Pandas Deserve To Die'

It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.<p>A baby panda was born last week at the National Zoo. The National Zoo, and many people not associated with the Zoo, celebrated, because the panda is a <i>very</i> endangered animal and has become …

Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track

Being a wildlife biologist in the 21st century increasingly means rescuing rare animals from extinction. Among the success stories is the whooping crane. Seventy years ago there were only about 16 birds left on the planet. Now there are about 600.<p>But breeding more birds isn't enough. Scientists …

A Campaign To Save The World's Ugliest Endangered Animals

The pig-nosed frog deserves your love (and cash for conservation), too.<p>It's well-known that the more adorable and charismatic of the endangered animals get most of the funding. That doesn't mean the cute animals, like the iconic panda, aren't worth saving, but it leaves a lot of the less photogenic …

Panda-monium at Edinburgh zoo

Oscar Marsh, aged 10, already has plans for the panda toy he has just been bought from the gift shop at Edinburgh zoo, which is filled with row after row of pandas in tartan skirts, panda toffees, panda-shaped shortbread tins, panda hats and earmuffs. There is even a baby panda onesie.<p>Oscar's new …

10 Great City Hotels Around The World

Every major city in the world has more than one top luxury hotel option, and each has its fans. But there is usually one choice that stands out for particular reasons, whether they are historic, due to great service, having the best location, or some other intangible that makes it notable even …

New Anantara Resort Opens in Vietnam

Anantara is expanding its reach throughout South East Asia with the opening of Anantara Hoi An Resort in Hoi An City, Vietnam.<p>This coastal city—an …

Meanwhile, in Taiwan… [vid]

The first time I saw this video, I wasn’t sure whether it was really from Taiwan. I thought it might be from some remote town on the Mainland. But …

Culture meets cuisine in Hong Kong

Several new venues are putting high-quality food and art under one roof.<p>Summer in Hong Kong is notoriously hot, so exploring the city’s treasures is best done indoors. But rather than visiting one of the growing number of galleries and then partaking in some of the city’s excellent food, there is a …

Top Hotels For 4th of July Fireworks (PHOTOS)

Fireworks were present on the first celebration of Independence Day, making them a historic and iconic tribute to America's inception -- a loud, beautiful, diverse assortment of lights in the sky that aptly unites the crowds of people celebrating below them. This 4th of July, we present the cities …

5 Uber-Luxurious Hotel Suites In Las Vegas

We've selected five of the city's most jaw-dropping, high-roller-worthy suites that we think embody modern Las Vegas decadence.<p>Forget the kitsch and tacky opulence of yore; these beauties are sleek, sophisticated, and, well, pricey.

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Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

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Five Can't Miss Cafes in Paris

There seem to be almost an unlimited number of things to do in Paris, including enjoying countless idyllic cafes -- it can be nearly impossible to decipher which offers the best tasse du café in the city. Determining factors, such as the heavenly flakiness of a fresh croissant or the mellow rhythms …

10 Foreign Destinations Where You Can Pay with U.S. Dollars

There are many great pleasures of the globe-trotting life, but dealing with pesky Travelex lines is not one of them. Sick of exchange rates, transaction fees, and coming home with pockets filled with useless coins? Here are 10 foreign destinations where you can pay with U.S. dollars, from the sunny …

The Safest Seats on the Plane

Something you may not know about this past weekend's airplane crash is that as Asiana flight 214 came in for a landing at San Francisco's International Airport, the flight attendants were conducting what's known as a 30 second review. A 30 second review is a silent review of emergency procedures …

Virtuoso's annual survey outlines 5 travel personalities and vacations

If you’ve got money and like to travel, luxury travel agency Virtuoso has got you all figured out — and it’s a fair bet you want to go to …

10 Urban Legends About Flying That Aren't True

From terrifying tales about airplane bathrooms to mid-flight door-opening fears, there are a lot of myths about air travel flying around out there. Here are 10 urban legends that just aren't true.<p><b>Airlines Dump Waste In-Flight</b><p>Apparently, so many people believe that airlines jettison sewage in-flight …

Want To See A Ghost Tonight? Hunting Them Is One Of Ireland's Weirder Treats

Day after day Ireland has been full of sun for the last month, but still every night as it sets an important activity resumes across the land – ghost hunting. The adventurous tourist who wants to take a walk on the “Other Side” has many escorts waiting from Antrim to Dublin, Cavan and Kerry and …

Reader photo: Melbourne sunrise

<b>THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF MELBOURNE'S</b> CBD against the glowing backdrop of sunrise was taken by Matt Wilson from Narre Warren, Victoria.<p>Matt says the …

#TripLit: The Longest Road

<b>My #TripLit Pick for July: The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean</b><p>We pause to celebrate America in July, and so it’s the perfect month for the publication of Philip Caputo’s new memoir, <i>The Longest Road.</i> Caputo’s road trip follows in the tracks of three …

An American Airlines Flight Attendant Is Accused Of Bringing Her Pet Rat To Work

But the flight attendant at American Airlines -- who owns a dog, gerbils and hamsters -- saw her reputation take a nosedive when three colleagues claimed to have seen her sneak her pet rat onto a plane and feed him dinner rolls.<p>That's not even the most disturbing part of their story, either.<p>The …

Iceland’s feisty capital of the north

Nestled at the head of the country’s longest fjord, Akureyri’s gourmet restaurants, unique art galleries and late-night bustle set it apart from other towns in rural Iceland.<p>Over the last few years, Iceland has been carving itself a niche in the collective global conscience, thanks to plane-halting …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

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Hamptons Billionaire Luxe: The Inn At Windmill Lane Sets A New Standard

Whenever The Hotel Detective has come upon a mystery regarding luxury hotels in the Hamptons, he’s found that the answer lies in the zoning laws. Two conundrums presented themselves to him within 15 minutes of arriving at this gorgeous Amagansett property. Why was the reception in what looks like a …

The 10 Best Hotels In The World

To compile these awards, the magazine asked its readers to vote on the best hotels they've traveled to, factoring in everything from rooms and food to service and location.<p>This year, Botswana's Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp took the top spot, ousting last year's winner, Tanzania's Singita …

The Wedding Clutch

A chic clutch is the perfect after-party necessity for holding a mirror, lip gloss, and speech cards.<p>A chic clutch is the perfect after-party necessity for holding a mirror, lip gloss, and speech cards.

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Thinking About Getting Hair Extensions? Read This First!

Extensions have come a long way from the faux-Barbie hair of yesteryear. From bonds to beads, there are now plenty of quality options to consider, …