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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips

Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek<p>In the past 16 months, writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have toured 150 of the built, natural, and virtual landscapes of the United States, collecting images and interviews. They …

10 Can't-Miss Running Adventures

Check out these ten places that will inspire the runner – and adventurer – in you.

Outrun the World's Most Dangerous Animals

How big of a head start do you need to get away from a lion, tiger, or bear?<p>When we introduced Run the Numbers as a column, we promised that topics would range from the obvious—the size of marathons over the past decades—to the not-so-obvious—how fast can a pig run a mile? Well, we covered the size …

The worst egg hunt in the world

There are three eggs, each about the size of a mango. They are not any old eggs. They are emperor penguin eggs, a fragile reminder of an audacious …

Antarctica

Inside the epic, all-night, Goldman Sachs scavenger hunt

One Saturday evening last fall, some 180 Goldman Sachs employees assembled at a dock along the East River of Manhattan, divided into 20 teams. Standing on a platform overlooking the crowd was Mat Laibowitz, an impresario-mad-scientist-type dressed in a red t-shirt printed with the words Game …

Goldman Sachs

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Amazing Before And After Images Of The Visual Effects In 'The Great Gatsby'

While some of the film may have appeared to be shot on location in New York, the only minimal filming took place in Sydney, Australia.<p>Chris Godfrey, the visual effects supervisor on the film, released a before and after reel showcasing the amount of work that went into bringing the film to …

The Great Gatsby

On Getting Drunk in Antarctica

When you spend nine months isolated in nonstop, freezing darkness, you run out of the good beer fast.<p>There comes a point every summer where the hot weather starts to feel less like an opportunity for outdoor fun and more like a full-body rash that won't go away. New Yorkers are flocking to an ice …

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Pig Beach, Bahamas: Swimming Pigs Is A Thing On Island

And here you were thinking that swimming with stingrays was the ultimate in cool (and photobombs).<p>On the Bahamian archipelago of Exuma sits Big Major Cay (also known as Pig Island and Major Cay). Legend has it that sailors dropped the pigs off on the island with the intention of coming back to eat …

FYI: What Is The Most Dangerous Piece Of Laboratory Equipment?

Consider the autoclave, which scientists use to sterilize tools and which issues scalding steam to do so. Or consider the heat gun, which is used to dry glassware and to warm distillation devices. It can also ignite anything flammable that gets too close. Glass containers in a vacuum can implode, …

Where to get shitty like a president this July 4th

The Founding Fathers of the United States were party animals — delegates got trashed off their asses two days before signing the United States …

Travel

Asimo's AI disappoints in latest performance as it confuses smartphones for hands

Honda's adorable Asimo humanoid robot stumbled this week at the worst possible time. Asimo was demonstrating some of its new abilities in front of a set of reporters gathered at Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (known as Miraikan) when things didn't go as planned. During …

Can a human being live longer than 120 years?

A human cell can divide roughly 50 times before it dies out. It's called the Hayflick limit, and it's become a real headache for the anti-aging science. As long as the limit holds, it suggests a maximum human lifespan of 120 years — but a new crop of research suggests the limit may not be as hard …

Why It Feels Like Your Phone Is Vibrating In Your Pocket When It Isn't

*bzzzzzzzzzzzzz*<p>How many times have you pulled your phone out of your pocket, thinking you felt a vibration that could mean any number of treats (Twitter replies, emails, phone calls, text messages, a turn in whatever game you're playing)? A a study found that 80 percent of respondents felt that …

13 Gorgeous Mountain Retreats Around the World

If your idea of summer bliss involves hiking, biking, and swimming, these gorgeous resorts should be just the ticket. And if exotic scenery is a must, you'll be happy to know that great mountain escapes can be found in tropical locales, too.

Outdoors

How to road-trip Canada on a budget

Canada is big and beautiful, but climate, distance and the high cost of domestic travel make it hard to get to know her. Having the freedom to throw your stuff in the trunk and set off as you please makes self-driving a tempting way to explore this frequently spectacular country.<p>Icefields Parkway …

50 Nifty United States Capitols

Need to bone up on your U.S. geography? We gathered photos and trivia from every state capitol, plus tell you how to visit...<p>By Marisa Lascala, Condé Nast Traveler<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>Hot New Hotels Under $300<p>Photo Quiz: Ocean or Lake?<p>Beautiful Hidden Beaches Around the World<p>18 Things …

The firms putting a copyright on cancer

Should companies be able to patent the genes that cause breast cancer? Anjana Ahuja looks at the issues<p>First, the shares shot up to $36. Then they dropped to $32. The fluctuating stock price of Myriad Genetics, the American company whose monopoly on genetic testing for breast cancer was partly …

Angelina Jolie

Summer Treat: Vanilla Milk with Chocolate Ice Cubes

Longing for a glass of something icy cold this summer? Or maybe a scoop of ice cream? Have both in one glass with this unusual treat — …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

Coming Soon: Free Streaming Video Of Our Planet, From Space

All eyes on Earth!<p>At this moment, dozens of government satellites are taking high-resolution pictures of the planet. But citizens get only limited services such as Google Earth, which provides imagery that's sometimes 10 years old. This fall, however, the Canada-based company UrtheCast (in …

Every Night You Lose More Than A Pound While You're Asleep (For The Oddest Reason)

<b>Editor's Note: Robert has added an update to this post. Scroll down to read it.</b><p>Here's a simple question: Why do you weigh more when you go to sleep than when you wake up? Because you do. In the video below, you'll see the evidence. You can check this yourself. Somehow, while doing absolutely …

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.<p>Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains …

Language Learning

Yuri Gagarin movie attracts criticism

Gagarin: First Man in Space, a state-funded movie about first man in space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, is criticised for being too sanitised.<p>A state-funded Russian movie telling the story of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to enter space, has been criticised as a sanitised biopic.<p>The 108-minute film</i> …

Space Exploration

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: …

Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

Australian archaeologists using remote-sensing technology have uncovered an ancient city in Cambodia that has remained hidden for more than a millennium under dense jungle undergrowth.<p>The discovery of Mahendraparvata, a 1,200-year-old lost city that predates Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple …