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8 Productivity Hacks for the World's Worst Procrastinators

Finding it hard to stay focused? These strategies will help you get more out of your day.<p>Procrastination can strike virtually anyone in any context. And it can take several forms: You might avoid work entirely, deliberate so much over work decisions that you don't actually get anything done, feel …

Green building materials 101: The best products to use

California’s leading green building expert offers guidance for buying eco-friendly products<p>Ever wonder if that sheet of plywood or tile sealer that you’re using in your home renovation is bad for the environment or your family? We did the research to assemble a cheat sheet for purchasing more …

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Never Say Die: 9 Lessons From The World's Longest-Living People

These people live continents away from one another, yet they've unlocked the secrets to living a long, healthful life. Learn 9 common traits of the …

The 50 best hotels in Italy for summer

It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, …

10 Exceptional Images Of Earth From Space

Life on a pale blue dot<p>It's nice to set aside a day out of the year to remember that, despite all of the imaginary borders we set up to define ourselves—our offices, neighborhoods, cities and, most importantly to many, countries—we're all spinning through space on the same blue sphere. After all, …

Astronomy

Portraits of New Yorkers Whom the Rest of the City Ignores

Chase Hall's <i>Milk and Honey</i> features 62 pages of intimate portraits of New York City's idiosyncratic and disenfranchised populace—from the homeless to local kids.<p>Chase Hall's aura is essential to his photo work. The photographer has an undeniable charisma that puts others at ease, bringing …

Street Photography

10 Italian destinations frequented by the super rich

To find out where the rich travel when they go to the European nation, RoutePerfect.com has shared data for the most popular Italian destinations booked by wealthy travellers on a luxury budget, who spend an average of £13,900 ($20,000) on their overall trip.<p>The ranking is based on over 150,000 …

Artist Luke O’Sullivan Combines Drawings and Sculptures to Create Extraordinary Cities – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

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China Is Building The Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in The World

It will turn a third of Shenzhen's trash into energy every single day.<p>The Chinese city of Shenzhen plans to tackle its serious waste problem by …

Rescuing Rejected Food to Feed the Hungry at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Yolanda Soto is a hero.<p>At least according to photographer Bryan Schutmaat who photographed her and her work at Borderlands Food Bank for <i>National Geographic</i>. “She wakes up every morning and goes to her office to try and put foods into the hands of people who need it,” Schutmaat explains.<p>That’s …

Agriculture

​shine bright like a daemon: a look at diversity in fantasy

Fantasy has long been more than the sum of its clichés, but it doesn’t take a fantasist to see fantasy fiction fighting for a more transgressive landscape.<p>It is startling that even in people's most glittering fantasies things are so abundantly, incandescently white… and male… and hetero. Elves, …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

A wild elephant in a city, a grey wolf in the snow and monk parakeets munching on guava are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

Antonin Scalia: a supreme court justice 'extreme and out of step' with women

The conservative’s views on discrimination, sexuality, race and abortion made him a liberal bugbear. But he did have some capacity for understanding<p>It would be an understatement to note that Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on Saturday, was a controversial figure. Known for his acerbic …

Feminism

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan

In a nation as culturally rich as Japan, it can be hard to know how to spend your time there. Here are ten of our favorite things to do.<p><b>Visit Kyoto’s Ancient Sites</b><br>Japan’s capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is bathed in history. The most iconic remnant of the city’s imperial past is the outrageously …

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Life in Color: Kaleidoscope

From rainbows and rides to festivals and frogs, get a daily dose of color with this gallery, from our Life in Color series.

This French Street Artist Is Making Boring Buildings Beautiful

The walls you see here could easily be boring slabs of concrete or brick. But in the talented hands of French street artist Julien Malland, the walls …

These Intricate Island Castle Drawings Will Make You Dizzy

Aaron Wolf’s attention to detail will hypnotize you.<p>.<p>Whole civilizations seem to teeter on the precipices of tiny islands: huts, trees, bridges, and palaces are woven together in these über-detailed sketches by Vancouver-based illustrator Aaron Wolf. The pieces in his collection <i>A Delicate Balance</i> …

What it's like to stay at the best hotel in Ireland

Dating back to 1228, the castle has luxurious rooms with plush beds and almost every activity guests can imagine, from cycling to lessons at Ireland's oldest falconry school.<p>The hotel ranked 4th on our list of the best hotels in Europe and was our top-ranked hotel in Ireland, in addition to being …

Why We Crave Sweets and Fats

How is candy like cocaine?<p>There’s a steadily growing body of research that says that foods high in sugar and fat—all those forbidden yummies like candy, cookies, cheesecake, and pizza—may lead to food addiction. Food addiction is potentially a painfully real disease akin to drug addiction and …

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The History of the Ballet Body: From Anna Pavlova to Misty Copeland

“Ballet is woman,” said George Balanchine, the inimitable Russian choreographer who is credited with bringing ballet into the great American artistic oeuvre. It’s a legacy that tonight the American Ballet Theatre will continue to push forward with the debut of its fall season. Among its talented …

Dancing

15 Artists Who Turned Down A Massive Pay Cheque

Integrity: it’s a valuable thing. So valuable, in fact, that you can sometimes literally put a price on it. After Sia turned down a cool $1 million …

Music

Ancient History: Jainism

Jainism, along with Buddhism and Charvaka, is considered part of the heterodox systems (also referred to as heresies) of Indian philosophy. Its …

A Simple Secret to Better Street Photography

What separates ‘standard’ street photography—the kind of photo that only holds your attention for a moment before, poof, you’re on to the next …

Street Photography

31 dazzling sunsets from around the world

Even the most mundane destinations turn into dazzling dreamscapes at sunset.<p>And when the sun sets on the world's most beautiful landmarks? We'll let …

Saved: Elegant Portraits of Rescued Greyhounds

Beautifully poised and gentle, staring into the soulful eyes of these Iberian greyhounds you’d never guess they were ever abused, unwanted or …

Top 10 Drivers' Drives

From the adrenaline rush of a Formula One track to the gritty charms of a remote Alaskan highway, here’s our choice of roads that are pure fun to drive.<p><i>From the October 2010 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler <i>and the National Geographic book</i> Drives of a Lifetime<p><b>With everything from the adrenaline</b> …

Breathtaking Photographs Inspired by the Nightmares of Children

For his 1960s project on children’s dreams, legendary photographer Arthur Tress visualizes the subconscious fears of the innocent mind. While working …