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Monster Galaxy Tosses Stars to the Cosmic Curb

Changing Planet<p>This artist’s illustration shows the hypervelocity star cluster HVGC-1 escaping from the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. HVGC-1 is the first runaway star cluster discovered by astronomers. It is fated to drift through intergalactic space. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p><b>Talk about</b> …

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Chasing Photographs in America’s National Parks

It’s summer at the Grand Canyon. You arrive in the middle of the day, road weary but eager to see the legendary wonder. The air is hot. The roads are crowded, and you’re cranky after hours in the car. Find a parking space. Hike out to an overlook. And there it lies, the awesome gulf in its full …

6 of the World’s Longest-Lived Animals

Wildlife<p><b>The world’s oldest flamingo flew</b> <b>to that great big aviary in the sky last week</b><b>. Greater, as it was known, was the most famous flamingo in Australia’s Adelaide Zoo when it was put to sleep at age 83.</b><p>The bird was suffering from severe arthritis and was nearly blind; zookeepers decided that …

Apple, Please Use This Gorgeous Fuelband-inspired Concept Design for the iWatch

Last year saw a flurry of rumors about Apple launching a potential ‘iWatch’ wearable device, and with a flurry of rumors came a flurry of concept designs.<p>One of my favorites was Thomas Bognor’s in October, which TNW’s former CEO Zee M Kane called “sexy as hell”. And that it was, but there was a …

In Search of: Travelers With Purpose

Do you travel with passion and purpose and have an exceptional story to tell–or know someone who does?<p><b>Tell us!</b><p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> wants to hear about fascinating people–gung-ho globetrotters, dedicated voluntourists, green-minded adventurers–who go beyond merely vacationing to make the …

Sneak-Peek: Top 5 Sky Events of 2014

<b>The New Year promises a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potential surprise meteor shower, among other celestial delights.</b><p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the offing, here are our picks for sky-watching events worth circling on your calendar for 2014.<p><b>1. Total Eclipse of</b> …

Warren Buffett will give you $1 billion for a perfect NCAA bracket

It’s not <i>impossible</i> to fill out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket, but it’s as close to impossible as you can get. There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 ways to fill out a bracket (that’s 9 quintillion), and though basketball experts have slightly better odds (around 1-in-128 billion), the parity in …

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

"Lost" New England Revealed by High-Tech Archaeology

An airborne-scanning technology called LiDAR can peer through forest cover.<p><b>New England's woody hills and dales hide a secret—they weren't always forested. Instead, many were once covered with colonial roads and farmsteads.</b><p>This "lost" New England of the colonial era has started to emerge, thanks to …

Amazing Facts To Blow Your Mind Pt. 3

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

At 77, Robert Redford Goes Back To His Roots

Robert Redford isn't merely the star of the movie <i>All Is Lost</i> — he plays the only character. He plays a man stranded alone on a small yacht in the Indian Ocean, and <i>New York Times</i> film critic A.O. Scott says it's "the performance of a lifetime."<p>We don't know the man's name, why he's there, or …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Skywatchers Enjoy Comet Bonanza

Changing Planet<p><b>Backyard astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere get an eyeful this week, when four comets will be visible with binoculars or small telescopes in the early morning sky.</b><p>First up, the most famous of the bunch is Comet ISON, which is currently speeding towards its close encounter with …

Moon Mining Rush Ahead?

A commercial space company wants the U.S. government to give it lunar mining rights.<p><b>The Man Who Sold the Moon? A private space company's chief, Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace Inc., called for the Federal Aviation Administration to allow property rights for lunar mining, at a Tuesday NASA</b> …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

An Insider’s Guide to Tel Aviv

For a relatively small city, Tel Aviv 
can sometimes feel like an overwhelming 
place, crowded with choices. The best way to get to know it is to focus on the small, independent places.<p><b>Here’s an insider’s guide to Israel’s second-largest metropolis:</b><p><b>> Where to Eat</b><p>The <b>Levinsky neighborhood</b>, in …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

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Spectacular Lightning Show Over the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon inspires many people to photograph its grandiose scale and scenic landscape, but Sedona-based photographer Rolf Maeder has managed to capture a sight less seen–the Grand Canyon being hit by a spectacular thunderstorm. Being drawn to nature, Maeder originally moved to Sedona 13 …

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New Exhibit Explores Idaho’s Buzzsaw Jaws

When I think of Idaho, ratfish are not what immediately come to mind. Spuds and the ghastly belt of agricultural reek that keeps me holding my breath whenever I speed past Idaho Falls on the interstate, sure, but not strange cartilaginous fish. A new exhibit at the the Idaho Museum of Natural …

First Unlooted Royal Tomb of Its Kind Unearthed in Peru

Three queens were buried with golden treasures, human sacrifices.<p><b>It was a stunning discovery: the first unlooted imperial tomb of the Wari, the ancient civilization that built South America's earliest empire between 700 and 1000 A.D. Yet it wasn't happiness that Milosz Giersz felt when he first</b> …

The Myth of the Komodo Dragon’s Dirty Mouth

In 1969, an American biologist named Walter Auffenberg moved to the Indonesia island of Komodo to study its most famous resident—the Komodo dragon. This huge lizard—the largest in the world—grows to lengths of 3 metres, and can take down large prey like deer and water buffalo. Auffenberg watched …

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Timeline of Allen Iverson's Tumultuous Post-NBA Career

Link to Media<p>Allen Iverson's post-basketball life has been almost as full of intrigue and frustration as his time in the NBA. The latest chapter being written as his ex-wife tells police that Iverson has abducted their five children.<p>Iverson's days in the NBA were filled with excitement, but …

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How to Travel Like a Travel Writer

Everyone’s talking about “traveling like a local” these days. Travelers, bloggers, tour operators, souvenir clerks, industry types in pleated slacks—they all seem to say it’s the best way to get to know a place. Go local or go home, right?<p>Well, not me.<p>I’ve spent a dozen years doing research for …

What Athletes Looked Like Before And After They Used Steroids

Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and many other MLB players are at the center of another scandal right now. MLB is planning to suspend up to 20 players for allegedly being connected to a Biogenesis clinic in Miami.<p>Many athletes have also used steroids to get ahead, and plenty of them have gotten …

The Stunning Tornado Videos of Storm Chaser Tim Samaras, Who Has Died

Changing Planet<p>Storm chaser Tim Samaras was killed Friday doing what he loved: chasing tornadoes. He and his son Paul perished in the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado along with frequent partner on storm chasing adventures, photographer Carl Young.<p>Samaras had a long relationship with National Geographic, …