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World Booze Guide: The Best Things to Drink in 43 Countries

Credit: Minerva Gallery<p>In an effort to provide you with a comfortable booze option no matter where you are, we put together a list of the best things to drink in 43 countries all over the world. Depending on how the citizens of the country drink it, we chose either a particular type of booze or a …

19 Places That Make Southeast Asia The Perfect Spot To Digital Detox

If the flocks of postgrad travelers in elephant print pants haven't told you already, Southeast Asia is having what we like to call "a moment."<p>And just because it definitely has its share of over-touristed sites, don't let the region fool you: there are some seriously stunning spots that are …

Would you live on (in?) the Aogashima Volcano, Japan? 51 natural wonders so amazing it’s hard to believe they exist: http://bit.ly/1gLCuxh

10 Best Budget Vacations for Spring

The snow will melt! We promise! And Budget Travelers know that there's no time like spring to visit brag-worthy beaches and celebrated cities—for a …

Budget Travel

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

7 Great Tips for Visiting Paris in Springtime

With flowering public gardens and boulevards made for strolling hand-in-hand, this is the perfect time of year to visit the City of Light. Here, we …

PHOTOS: 10 Best Budget Destinations for 2014

With amazing food, glorious public spaces, and unparalleled museums, theme parks, and beaches, the only thing “budget” about these world-class …

5 Unusual Delicacies From Around the World

Gareth May, author of the book How to Drink Snake Blood in Vietnam: And 101 Other Things Every Interesting Man Should Know, take strange facts from around the world and turns them into trivia worth years of barroom banter. Here, a few of the most<p>Gareth May, author of the book <i>How to Drink Snake</i> …

This stunning underwater shot made our list of the best travel photos for January. Check out the full gallery here: http://on.natgeo.com/1iV9Sqb Photograph by Patrik Gustafsson, National Geographic Your Shot

Knox Case Could Put U.S. In An Extradition Quandary

This week, Amanda Knox was found guilty, again, by an Italian court.<p>She was found guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2009, though the verdict was overturned two years later. Last year, Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation, its highest court, sent the case back to an appeals court …

The Best Spring Nail Trends to Try Now

All-white nails with precise details, crisp stripes, sexy metallics, unexpected pastels, and over-the-top artwe tip off springs top nail trends.<p>All-white nails with precise details, crisp stripes, sexy metallics, unexpected pastels, and over-the-top art—we tip off spring's top nail trends.<p>Courtesy …

Exporting Grandma to care homes abroad

<b>Sending elderly relatives to a care home can be a tough and emotional decision. But is booking a one-way flight to a destination 8,000 miles away a step too far?</b><p>Sybille Wiedmer lives in Zurich and is packing her suitcase for a trip to Thailand.<p>But this is no ordinary holiday.<p>She is off to visit her …

Alzheimer's Disease

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

W.H. faces tough contraception fight

As a new round of religion-based challenges to President Barack Obama’s health care law head to the Supreme Court, advocates on both sides of the issue say the administration’s arguments are likely facing a chilly reception.<p>On Friday, the Obama administration urged the court to reject a plea from …

Scientists discover a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

A group of scientists from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research may have discovered the buzzkill in hormone form. It's called Pregnenolone, and a new study suggests it may be released as a natural response to counteract the mental effects of marijuana. Researchers discovered the …

This One Chart Shows Why We Shouldn’t Fear Another Real Estate Meltdown

The Housing market had a great year in 2013, with the last reading of the Case-Shiller housing index showing a more than 13% appreciation of home …

Iran bans another social network, blocks WeChat messaging app

WeChat, the popular China-made messaging app, has joined the likes of Facebook and Twitter in being blocked by authorities in Iran.<p>Global Voices has …

Hinckley home for the holidays

John Hinckley will almost certainly be home for the holidays, which will bring much joy to his 86-year-old mother but not to the U.S. Justice Department.<p>No matter whether there has been a Democrat in the White House or a Republican, the Justice Department has argued against letting Hinckley out of …

103-Year-Old Grandma Celebrates Birthday with a Tattoo

Evelyn Kottman turned 103 years old this year and decided to celebrate her birthday by going to a casino, feasting at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and getting a tattoo! Accompanied by her grandkids, the centenarian didn't hold back one bit. Even at the casino, she wasn't the typical old bitty at the …

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NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013

What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts? You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool. Scrunch a nose, tense a shoulder, drop an ass.<p>We compile our 100 Favorite Songs much like we do the work on our 50 Favorite Albums list, …

Prince George the star attraction at Royal family's Christmas

Four generations of the Royal family will celebrate Christmas together at Sandringham, and there is no doubting who will be the centre of attention<p>Prince George will spend his first Christmas at the Queen’s Norfolk residence after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted to spend the day there …

Boxing Day

How To Castrate A Hippo

It ain’t easy with “spatially dynamic” testes.<p>Hippopotami weigh anywhere from two to four tons and have got mouths that practically unhinge. I wouldn’t want to have to castrate one, but apparently, sometimes, zoos do. Maintaining male zoo hippos sans glands keeps males from fighting one another and …

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Congress Is On Pace To Be The Least Productive Ever

We're only at halftime for the 113th Congress, but if current trends hold, it's well on track to being the least productive lawmaking effort in the nation's history.<p>During this Congress' first yearlong session, just 58 bills became law — and many that did were about naming post offices or …

13 States Will Raise Their Minimum Wage For The New Year

WASHINGTON -- Minimum wage workers in a handful of states will be ringing in the new year with an automatic pay raise.<p>As Congress considers legislation that would boost the federal minimum wage, at least 13 states will be raising the wage floor on their own next week. They're led once again by …

Hair Dryer Cooking: From S'mores To Crispy Duck

Have a hankering for s'mores but not near a fire? Grab your hair dryer. Credit: Morgan Walker/NPR<p>This past year, we've introduced you to some wacky cooking methods. We've made an entire lunch in a coffee maker and even poached salmon and pears in the dishwasher.<p>But a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon …

The ten best albums of 2013 – readers choice

Readers have been voting for their favourite albums of the year – and here are the results<p>• The Guardian's Top 40 albums of 2013, as voted for by its music writers<p>10. The Fall – Re-Mit<p>"Inventive, fun, and crept up on the listener in revealing its qualities. It was not a 'great first listen' album, …