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Genetic mix lets Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

A new study looks at the genetic adaptations that allow Tibetans to live at high elevations despite low oxygen levels.<p>Genetic adaptations found in …

So, Turns Out Crocodiles Can Climb Trees

Crocodiles can climb trees. And they do it well, too: Some of the toothy reptiles have been spotted as high as 32 feet up a tree.<p>That's not somewhere …

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

The Art of Science: the stunning interiors of fish - in pictures

Prof Adam Summers uses marine specimens as the medium in a project which not only captures the beauty of the sea creatures but also reveals the anatomical structure for research and learning

Human brain reacts to emoticons as real faces

Just a few decades after they were invented, emoticons have become an indispensable part of online communication - so much so that the human brain now reacts to them in the same way as a real face<p>Emoticons such as :-) have become so important to how we communicate online that they are changing the …

10 exciting destinations at the edge of the world

Miles away from anything that's even remotely familiar to most travelers, these 10 secret edge-of-the-world vacations are the types of fantastic, faraway places you never thought you'd make it to. They're extreme destinations that inspire soul-searching as you stand at Earth's outermost reaches and …

Abandoned Places Totally Worthy Of Landing On Your 2014 Bucket List (PHOTOS)

The Abandoned Flats In Keelung, Taiwan<p>Imgur<p>Little is known about these abandoned flats in Keelung, Taiwan. Even less is written about them in …

25 Unbelievable Travel Destinations You Never Knew Existed

These are the kinds of places friends and family expect travelers to go.<p>But there are plenty of places to see that are under the radar; often known only by locals.<p>Inspired by this Quora list asking about the best travel destinations most people never knew existed, we put together our own list of …

Top 10 Backpacking Destinations for 2014

Whether you're into being a mere spectator, or looking to experience new sights and sounds, our list of Top 10 Backpacking Destinations for 2014 has a place to fit your broke-fancy.<p>If you don't get a monster travel itch after reading this list, you better check your pulse because you're dead, son. …

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Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

The 14 Best Travel Blogs of 2013

As I brought up a few weeks ago, I don’t read many travel blogs anymore, since there’s often too much sponsored content and I find them bland. A lot …

5 China Attractions Are Mapped But Not Very Accessible

Chinese internet company Tencent now boasts the mapping service with the most comprehensive on-the-ground photography in China (akin to Google’s …

Sights to make you feel small

Think you’re special? Think again. These sights – towering mountains, vast deserts, endless skies – will put you back in your place.<p>Mass Games, Pyongyang, North Korea<p>Scary and spectacular in equal measure, North Korea’s Mass Games personify the country’s totalitarian politics – and serve as a …

top 10 countries

These 10 countries are destined for an epic year, whether they’re hosting festivals, cutting the ribbon on new attractions or simply raising their game for travellers. Feast your eyes on 2014's most unmissable destinations.<p>1. Brazil<p><b>All eyes on the pitch for 2014’s World Cup</b><p>A game of beach football …