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This Week in Popular

We rounded up the top 25 images that reached the top of Popular in the 500px community over the past week—liked, favorited, and commented on by you. …

9 TEDx presentations that completely changed my life

I'm a big fan of TED. I've walked away with a better understanding of the human psyche, a better business acumen, and some truly astounding takeaways about the future of science and technology.<p>But just as impressive are the independently organized TEDx presentations, which, while following TED's …

16 incredible destinations in Asia that tourists don't know about yet

While some of these locations are remote, others are hidden gems often overlooked by tourists.<p>For those in search of the best spots to visit in Asia away from the masses, we've rounded up 16 breathtaking destinations that range from hidden beaches and charming fishing villages to jungle-clad …

16 Once-In-A-Lifetime Restaurants Everyone Should Eat At

Visual and gastronomic delights for your next vacation.

Cabo San Lucas

I took a train trip across Portugal alone — and now I'm convinced it's the perfect place to travel solo

I had so much fun on a solo long weekend in Lisbon a few years ago that I recently went back. This time, I took a solo cross-country train trip from Lagos, on Portugal's southern coast, through Lisbon and north to Porto.<p>I went back because I was looking for a place where I'd be comfortable …

Tiny sea creatures are saving us from hell on earth. So why are we endangering them?

Deep in the ocean where the sun don’t shine, fissures in the earth’s crust spew super-heated geothermal water and gases of up to 400 degrees …

Here's how scientists will take the first-ever photograph of a black hole

You've probably seen a handful of amazing black hole images on the internet, like the one below.<p>It shows a black hole dragging in the hot plasma of a nearby blue giant star, never to be seen again:<p>Or perhaps you've seen this illustration, which shows the immense mass of a black hole warping the …

'Women are realistic, men idealistic': Studio Ghibli on why a director's gender matters

When Hayao Miyazaki left Japan’s legendary studio, Hiromasa Yonebayashi took the reins. He speaks about the shadow cast by his predecessor, animation in the age of Pixar and how men and women approach fantasy differently<p>When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from Japan’s greatest animation …

Road trip! The best in every state

Nothing heralds the arrival of summer quite like taking a cross-country road trip. But if you’re relegated to just one state, there is plenty to see.<p>California’s Pacific Coast Highway offers a stunning juxtaposition of mountains and ocean, while Connecticut’s Route 169 takes you through …

20 Amazing Places In China To Take Pictures

Not all of China is factory’s and pollution; it’s vast and diverse territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on …

We think we found America's most jaw-droppingly gorgeous beach campground

Not-So-Beaten Paths: 11 Lesser-Known Hikes in Popular National Parks

Hit the trail and avoid the crowds! NPCA staff selected 11 lesser-known hikes in some of the country’s most popular parks.<p><b>1. South Fork Skokomish</b> …

Malaysia establishes a 1-million-hectare marine park

The new Tun Mustapha marine park & shark sanctuary in Borneo is the biggest marine protected area in Malaysia<p>Malaysia has just established the biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah …

America's Most Scenic Roads

The T-shirts all say: <i>I survived the road to Hana</i>. It can take more than two and a half hours to travel the 52 miles from Kahului to Hana, as you …