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21 Films to Look Forward to in 2014

World War II dramas, dystopian teen trilogies, time travel, Bible stories, and more<p>The coming year in cinema is shaping up to be strikingly symmetrical: As one major dystopian YA franchise arrives, another winds down. As one World War II drama kicks off the year, another caps it off. The first …

The best of Sign Language: 2013

Val d'Anniviers: a secret valley on the verge of stardom

The road to Zinal has terrified me for as long as I can remember. As a child, I’d listen, spellbound, as my father recounted the tale of his first visit to the tiny Alpine village in Switzerland’s French-speaking Valais. The night-time drive up the Val d’Anniviers from Sierre (533m) to Zinal …

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National Geographic Travel

TCL's $330 Idol X+ boasts 2GHz octa-core chip, Bluetooth activity tracker

While some of us are still recovering from holiday, the TCL folks in China -- whose products are better known under the Alcatel brand in many other countries -- have gone ahead and launched a new phone. As the name suggests, the Idol X+ is pretty much an updated version of the already impressive …

Salon’s ultimate book guide for 2013

Got gift certificates to spend? James McBride, Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Diaz and many more have suggestions<p>Salon reached out to a bunch of writers who had new books out this year to find out what their favorite book of the year was. We saw a lot of books by big-name writers: Donna Tartt, Jonathan …

Gionee Elife E7 mini launched with Oppo-like swivel camera, octa-core CPU

Chinese phone maker Gionee has just released the Elife E7 mini version of its mega-spec'd 5.5-inch, 1080p Elife E7 phone, but it resembles its larger sibling in name only. First off, the 13-megapizel camera and flash are on a swivel at the top, Oppo N1-style. The specifications are otherwise a step …

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Society - National Geographic Society

<b>Investing in Groundbreakers and Changemakers:</b> Each year we give more than 450 grants to scientists, educators, and storytellers around the world.

Snowboards for £300 and less

You don't need to spend a fortune to get a decent snowboard. Here are 12 of this season's best for under £300. Need help choosing the right board for you? Check out our snowboard jargon buster and buying guide.<p>Men's<p>Yes The Basic<p>Best on test<p>£300<p>Best for: Progression for all abilities<p>Camber between …

Step Into the Void Above the French Alps

High up in the French Alps, on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, sits a new five-sided glass structure called the Chamonix Skywalk. The installation was inspired by the Grand Canyon's glass skywalk, but it takes the concept to the next level. Instead of looking out over a …

10 Ingenious Bike Hacks

Upgrade your cycle with some of our favorite add-onssome silly, and some essential.<p>Upgrade your cycle with some of our favorite add-ons—some silly, and some essential.

American Cities

Radiation Physicist Beautifully Colorizes X-Ray Images of Nature

<b>Hanging Begonia, Chameleon</b><p>In late October, at the TEDx event in Groningen, Netherlands, one man stood on the stage and gave a fascinating talk about how his life's work had taken him on a journey to becoming an artist. Arie van't Riet studied radiation physics at Delft University of Technology and …

Painting

HIIT Workout: What It Is And Why It Works

<i>By Amy Schlinger for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>HIIT is all the hype lately. According to a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, it’s one of the two top fitness trends for 2014 (the other being bodyweight training). So what’s this type of training all about? What is it with HIIT?<p>HIIT, …

Gionee Elife E7 Offers Most Sensitive 16MP Camera In Its Class

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee might not be the first company you think of when you think of smartphone production, but this week they have …

Unmissable Eastern European getaways

For years, Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent, but today the region’s diverse highlights are drawing travellers by the trainload.

European Travel

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

Travel Awards 2013 winners

The full list of winners from this year's Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk Readers' Travel Awards<p>Favourite UK city<p><b>Winner</b> Bath<b><br>Second</b> Edinburgh<b><br>Third</b> York<b><br>Fourth</b> Cambridge<b><br>Fifth</b> Newcastle upon Tyne<p>Favourite overseas city<p><b>Winner</b> Tokyo<b><br>Second</b> San Francisco<b><br>Third</b> Copenhagen<b><br>Fourth</b> Bruges<b><br>Fifth</b> …

Amsterdam's most unique bars

While Amsterdam's pulsating Red Light District and party hubs like Leidseplein need no introduction, the Dutch capital has some wonderfully diverse bars away from the raucous stag parties and tourist crowds.<p>Many offer dining too, although just stopping by for a drink is fine. Here are 10 of the …

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Luxury train suites around the world

Europe's 10 Coziest Mountain Villages

As winter approaches, the first blankets of snow are falling on the great mountains of Europe and the continent's enchanting mountain towns are gearing up for a new season of visitors eager to hit the slopes or take in the unique local culture that these mountain regions seem to inspire. While …

European Travel

Why You Should Try Kombucha

Interested in trying kombucha? Look for brands like Synergy and Celestial in the refrigerated beverage aisle at grocery stores. If you’re having trouble finding it in your local supermarket, you can also order kombucha online from Amazon and Williams-Sonoma.<p>Or you could make your own: It’s cheaper …

Weekend Challenge: Cycling Russian Twist

Try this killer core exercise for stronger abs<p><i>Join the</i> Women’s Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already have. Join them,</i> …

Healthy Cookie Recipes

7 Warm, Gooey (But Still Healthy!) Cookie Recipes<p>These cookies are so tasty, no one will guess that they're also better for you<p>When your next cookie craving strikes, whip up one of these more nutritious (but still oh-so-delicious) recipes.<p>Mitch Mandel<p>Chips Oh Boy! Cookies<p>Vitamin E-rich walnuts make …

Mexico’s Secret Beach

I don flippers and a life vest, leave my goggles, smartphone, and camera behind, and line up to dive into the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Marieta Islands.<p>Clusters of people jump off ahead of me — couples, friends, families, all bobbing in the water like Halloween apples. I survey the landscape …

Modern Eco-Friendly Homes Set Amongst the Trees

<i>Primeval Symbiosis (Single Pole House)</i> is an architectural design project by architecture student and interior designer Konrad Wjcik that seeks to organically install living spaces in forests without disrupting the innate beauty of nature. Wjcik's detailed presentation lays out the many benefits of …

Architecture

Three Modern Travel Writing Classics

While I’ve met a few modern-day nomads in my travels, most of us can’t be on the road all the time. So how can we keep our wanderlust satiated in those stretches between journeys? We can escape into a really good book that brings a far-off place to us.<p>Here are three extraordinary travel narratives …

Archos unveils budget-friendly dual-SIM Titanium smartphones

Archos has revealed not one but <i>four</i> budget smartphones with humble specs to join its tablets in the Titanium line, making us want to break into song. The new Android Jelly Bean devices are named after their screen sizes -- models 40, 45, 50 and 53 have displays that measure 4 (800 x 480 …

8 Essential Fall Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make

Turn fall's bounty into ridiculously good dinners and treats with these apple—and pumpkin-centric recipes.<p>A New Way to Think of Butternut Squash<p>A …

Sweet Potatoes