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A story of rebirth in Nepal

In the aftermath of 2015’s deadly earthquake, the author encounters a long-lost guide.<p>When I think about the chance encounters I’ve had in my travels, dominoes come to mind. Every effect has its cause, sometimes stretching back for weeks, years, or (in this case) eons. It’s as if time itself …

5 Reasons the Coastal City of Thiruvananthapuram Is India’s Best-Kept Secret

Scotland's wee but wild road

A 516-mile route that passes through spooky ruins, fairytale glens, toothy castles, rugged fairways and shingle-sand beaches. Not to mention distilleries.<p>Locals call it the “wee mad road”: a looping ribbon of asphalt that hugs the coastline between the fishing hamlets of Inverkirkaig, Coigach and …

Scotland

Zika virus: What are the chances I'll get it? (And other Q&As)

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Zika virus was discovered nearly 70 years ago, but chances are you probably hadn't heard of it until the past few months.<p>With fear and uncertainty spreading as quickly as the virus itself, CNN Health wanted to address some of your pressing questions on the topic.<p>To stay informed on the …

Public Health

Here are the powerful Mexican drug cartels that operate in the US

Virtually the entire US illicit-drug market is controlled by seven Mexican cartels, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration's 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.<p>The DEA report notes that there are no organizations at this time with the infrastructure and power to challenge …

A luminous lake of unusual talents

“I became mesmerised as the water began to sway to the beat of the of the Intha fisherman, who expertly manoeuvred their tiny wooden boats by rowing with one leg.”<p>I was in a sky blue motorboat traversing Myanmar’s peaceful Inle Lake – the second largest in the country. Surrounded by mountains and …

Top 10 Travel stories of 2015

Find the secret to being nicer, learn about the cheese that can’t be moved and discover endless reasons to love the world.<p>This year, we went on some incredible adventures together – but you definitely had your favourites.<p>From finding out the right way to drink whisky in Scotland to discovering …

Italy, Spain to follow if Greece exits eurozone, says Greek Defense Minister | News | DW.DE | 14.03.2015

Panos Kammenos, Greece's defense minister, spoke to German newspaper "Bild" on Saturday, saying his country's leaving the euro could precede an exit …

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.<p>Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they …

The 10 Commandments of Organizing

Want an organized home? Follow these rules.<p>1. Keep like with like.<p>"When putting your belongings away, store them with like or similar items to keep things sensical and logical," says professional organizer and blogger Tidy Tova. So stop with the catch-alls — they might work for a short time, but …

Rape suspect dragged out of Indian jail, killed by mob

<b>New Delhi, India (CNN) —</b> A mob, consisting of thousands of people, stormed a prison compound in India's far northeast, dragging out a rape suspect before beating him to death on the streets on Thursday, authorities say.<p>Police say they tried to stave off the mob with tear gas and opened fire, …

Smartphones are all the same now—but only on the outside

BARCELONA—At the Mobile World Congress this year, there were connected cars and bluetooth toothbrushes and smartwatches in spades, but above all there were phones. In every one of the the eight and a half football-field-size halls, there were hundreds upon hundreds of sexy, sleek, shiny …

Selling

Astronomers Find a Long-Lost Ocean on Mars

The ancient sea covered a fifth of the planet's surface, to a depth of at least a mile.<p>Astronomers using some of the world's most powerful telescopes have determined that an ocean at least a mile deep covered a significant fraction of the Martian surface four billion years ago.<p>The research, …

Space Travel

Why You Shouldn't Book Flights Too Far In Advance

Are you one of those people who think it's never too early to book a flight? A recent study disproves that responsible theory, and it'll make you want to wait a few weeks to buy those plane tickets.<p>CheapAir, an online travel agency, recently analyzed 2014 flight data and found that while buying a …

Stephen Hawking Warns That Aggression Could 'Destroy Us All'

Forget doomsday asteroids, global plagues and super volcanoes. British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking says we're facing a much more immediate threat -- and it's our own behavior.<p>“The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking told contest winner Adaeze …

8 Google Maps Hacks That Will Change The Way You Travel

We knew Google Maps could show us the world. But we didn't know the app could pull quite so many game-changing travel tricks.<p>From booking a black car to planning a ski route, this little tool is primed to completely revamp the way we travel. Here are some of the smartest Google Maps hacks to enjoy …

Dev Patel: ‘I didn't know what I was getting myself into’

Film,The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,Slumdog Millionaire,Oscars,Awards and prizes,Men's fashion,Fashion,Skins,BFI,The Newsroom,Drama,US television,Life and style<p>The global success of Slumdog Millionaire thrust the schoolboy (and his girlfriend Freida Pinto) into the limelight. But has fame …

Volvo: our self-driving cars are better than humans

But ultimately, it may be Swedes who come out on top.<p>This week, Volvo announced that it will put 100 production ready autonomous cars in the hands of actual consumers by 2017.<p>This initial pilot run will see the company's self-driving technology move out of the laboratory and put through the ringer …

Hawaii's Most Epic And Illegal Hike May Be Gone Forever

Remember that strikingly stunning and famously illegal hike in Hawaii that gave you the chance to view paradise from the heavens?<p>To refresh your memory, here was what it looked like:<p>Well, thanks to a powerful storm, it's gone. Possibly forever. And we're heartbroken.<p>The Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii's …

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

Packing Tips From Travel Experts

<i>By Shoko Wanger, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Whether it's a scent, a special snack, or a specific pair of shoes, everyone has something they're always sure to bring with them on a trip. Here, seven frequent travelers (and expert packers) share what they'd never leave home without.<p>Photo by Tahiti</b> …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Pinterest is raising money at an $11 billion valuation.</b> It's looking to raise $500 million in new funding.<p><b>2. Apple is being sued for allegedly poaching auto engineers to build a battery division.</b> That means there's even more evidence Apple is building a car.<p><b>3. Uber is raising another $1 billion</b> …

11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreign travelers

Japan has a unique culture with a very strict code of etiquette.<p>There are specific ways to eat noodles, good practices for accepting gifts, and certain rules to follow to avoid insulting a host.<p>This complex web of social rules and traditions can be overwhelming for those traveling to Japan, so we …

Indian workers awarded millions after US firm found guilty of trafficking

A New Orleans jury on Wednesday awarded $14m to five Indian men who were lured to the United States and forced to work under inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina by a ship repair firm and its codefendants.<p>After a four-week trial, the US District Court jury ruled that Alabama-based Signal …

Corruption

Lufthansa First Class to Frankfurt

Founded in 1953, Lufthansa is one of Europe's premier airlines. With a fleet of 668 aircraft serving over 200 destinations, there are a variety of different cabin configurations out there. Some Lufthansa First Class products, like the revamped seat and bed combo on the upper deck of their …

Ebola: the race to find a cure | Sarah Boseley

In October, scientists set out to do something unprecedented – conduct a drugs trial during an epidemic to find a treatment for a lethal disease. Could they make history and change the way we deal with outbreaks?<p>The border crossing did not look encouraging. Dense tropical forest spilled over the …

Google employees are chattering about the huge threat Xiaomi presents to Android

Xiaomi's line of Mi phones are insanely popular in China. In fact, the company just surpassed Samsung to become the most popular smartphone manufacturer in China.<p>But it's not just Xiaomi's smartphones that have attracted attention, and that's what worries Google. Several Android employees at Google …

Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of …

Harvard

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …