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The strange world of felt presences

What links polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, sleep paralysis, and hearing voices?<p>On 20 May 1916, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean reached Stromness, a whaling station on the north coast of South Georgia. They had been walking for 36 hours, in life-threatening conditions, in an …

University of Cambridge

Outback Odyssey: The Barossa and Eden Valley

<b>This is the seventh in Mark Skipworth's 'Outback Odyssey', running on telegraph.co.uk over a fortnight.</b><p>You’re staying at Kingsford Homestead? Yes, that’s right. THE Kingsford Homestead? If we were asked this once, we were asked a dozen times. What’s so famous about this place? The answer: it’s the …

Open thread: which Australian attractions do you want to visit?

James Packer says tourists want casinos, 'not Ayers Rock'. Is he right? Share the Australian highlights that most capture your imagination<p>The billionaire behind a shiny, big – and controversial – new Sydney casino, has claimed that Australian tourism's concentration on natural attractions such as …

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

Australia’s sea of crimson claws

Every year in late spring, Australia’s Christmas Island sees more than 40 million red crabs make the arduous journey from the wet inland forests to the Indian Ocean to spawn.<p>Every year in late spring, Australia’s Christmas Island becomes covered in crabs when the more than 40 million red …

Nature

3 Australian Road Trips to Plan Your Trip Around

[section]If there was ever a country made to drive, it’s Australia. We’ve spent the better part of four months pottering the back roads and cruising …

New Zealand

Twenty destinations for 2014: Darwin, Australia

<b>Why?</b> This is Australia’s boom town in the tropics with a huge population spike , fantastic markets, hot cuisine and frontier spirit. The north of the country is deservedly gaining a reputation as an excellent holiday destination, with its steamy climate, relaxed, outdoor living and easy access to …

Headed Down Under? Read These Books About Australian Adventures

Australia

Adventure 101: Great Barrier Reef

“Immersing yourself in the <b>Great Barrier Reef</b> is the best way to see how fragile it is,” says Ben Southall, who has served as the reef’s honorary “caretaker of islands” and retraced Captain Cook’s route of discovery there, by kayak.<p>The largest coral reef ecosystem in the world, it stretches for …

Top things to do in Melbourne, Australia

Top Choice Gardens in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor<p>Melbourne's Royal Botanical Gardens are simply glorious. From the air, the 94-acre spread evokes a giant green lung in the middle of the city. Drawing over 1.5 million visitors annually, the gardens are considered o…<p>Top Choice Stadium in Richmond …

Alice Springs: the heart of Australia

'Australia is just a vast, useless desert full of spiders.” I wrote that in a book after a few trips to Australia, convinced that, apart from its beautiful coastline, it was true. Surprisingly, most Australians seemed reluctantly to agree. Although most of them, like me, had never actually visited …

8 Great Things to do in Queensland Besides Surfing

Queensland is known for its big waves on the Gold Coast. I mean how many places on earth have an entire community called Surfers Paradise? But there …

Here's Why People Are So Happy in Miami

I freaking love Miami. Full of the most upbeat people, crazy bright and bonkers fashion, silky white beaches. I stayed the weekend recently for a work trip, and whether I went jogging on the beach, shopping on Lincoln or out for dinner, everyone I encountered was in the best mood ever. Even the …

South Beach

Expert Advice: 15 Essential Tips for Designing the Kitchen

With more than 50 kitchen projects under his belt, Jerome Buttrick of Buttrick Projects (formerly Buttrick Wong Architects) is a veteran of kitchen …

Four Reasons To Ride Across Australia on the Indian-Pacific

When my partner and I spent some time in Australia, we decided to embark on one of the great train journeys in the world, the Indian-Pacific. The …

Here Are Some Changes Apple Should Make To The iPhone's Software

Apple is preparing the next version of iOS, the software use on iPhones and iPads.<p>A lot of people believe Apple needs to change the look and feel of iOS as well as the way iOS works. Someone posted a video to YouTube with a concept video for iOS, addressing the latter problem.<p>One of the biggest …

It's WW III and Big Brains are Working on Small Things

There have been a few moments in history when the fate of country and mankind tipped in the balance. World War II and the Cold War, for example, demanded that the biggest brains put their prodigious smarts toward a common cause. Jim Clifton, the Chairman of Gallup, makes a strong case that we’re in …

To crack human brain's code, a search for visionaries | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To crack the code of the human brain, Cori Bargmann figures it’s best to keep an open mind.<p>William Newsome, a neurobiologist at Stanford Medical School, shown in this undated handout publicity photograph, is one of two co-chairs of a scientific "dream team" making the first …