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20 of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations

From classics (Maasai Mara, Galapagos…) to little known gems (Wrangel Island, Chitwan…), these are some of the greatest places on Earth to see and …

Wildlife

How to speed up your Wi-Fi

Optimize your internet connection.<p>No one likes slow Wi-Fi—it's right up there with creaking doors and leaking taps as one of the most frustrating household problems. To boost your upload and download speeds back up to where they should be, try making these tweaks to your router and other …

With the Alps next door, is skiing in Japan worth the trip?

<b>Why would anyone spend 19 hours flying almost 6,000 miles to go skiing?</b><p>It’s not like there isn’t a mountain range in France or anything, where you …

30 Celebrities Who Didn't Have Sex Before Marriage

"Virginity can be cool and sexy."<p>You might assume—because of their many on-screen sex scenes or their sexy song lyrics—that celebrities are having …

Celebrity Gossip

13 Stunning New UNESCO Geoparks You Cannot Miss

If you’re looking to travel to a place that inspires a sense of wonder, these new geoparks may be the answer. A Geopark is a UNESCO-designated area …

10 Unspoken Rules That Skiers & Snowboarders (Should) Abide By

In life, there are unspoken truths—facts and ideas that are so widely acknowledged that they are not questioned, merely upheld.<p>Example: Nothing good …

Snowboarders v skiers: Why snowboarding is better than skiing

opinion<p>Mum to two terrors, local news reporter and lover of rubbish television.<p><b>There is no better feeling than strapping on your snowboard and</b> …

7 of the Scariest Black Runs in the World

The Streif, Kitzbühel, Austria<p>Gracing the bucket lists of skiers all over the world, the Streif run at Kitzbühel is well renowned as a must-ski. It’s …

The world’s greatest ski runs – and how to conquer them

Every skier and snowboarder is different – for some the thought of digging their edges deep into the side of a steep, challenging run is delightful, while others prefer the tranquil effects of cruising down long, winding blues and reds.<p>Whichever camp you find yourself in, or whether you like to …

How a Personalised Ski Boot Fitting can enhance Performance and Comfort - Ape to Gentleman

For those of you who ski regularly you’ll be well aware of the trauma surrounding ski boot hire. Poorly fitting, ugly, unclean and damaged ski boots …

What Your Dim Sum Needs to Avoid Failure

Think you got some legit dim sum? Is it even good? Check it.<p>If you’re Cantonese born and raised like me, you’re probably familiar with the weekend …

Food & Dining

Everything you need to know to improve your skiing or snowboarding this season

Nobody likes to be left behind on the slopes. Fortunately there are a number of ways to make sure your skiing or snowboarding is up to scratch this winter - from watching technique tutorials and following fitness regimes to practising at your local slope - so make this the season you become a …

Pictures of powder: Meet the color blind ski photographer

<b>(CNN) —</b> The mountain is silent save for his thumping heart as he waits for the skier to drop into the frame.<p>As an explosion of snow pierces the sparkling air, he fires the shutter, tracking the powdery backwash down the slope.<p>But photographer Oskar Enander won't see these stunning images in the …

Skiing

How Japan Became the Hottest Ski Destination in the World

The Winter Olympics have been held in two different regions of Japan, Hokkaido/Sapporo and Nagano, yet for decades the island nation has remained off …

Capo touch 2.5 Review

I don’t play guitar as often as I used to, but I’ve always enjoyed trying to pick out the chords of my favorite songs. The trouble is, that can be hard to do unless you have a well-trained ear, which I don’t. That is exactly where Capo touch can help. The app can analyze a song, pick out the chords …

Guitar

Off the tourist trail in Bali: the best less-visited spots

Given it’s one of the world’s most famous resort islands, Bali seems an unlikely choice for those wanting to escape the crowds. And while it’s true that this is a very touristy destination – attracting nearly 10 million visitors per year – most people only head to the south of the island, leaving …

Bali

The Best Strength Exercise for Cyclists

Do 10 deadlifts with a 10-pound dumbbell in each hand. If the last one was not a struggle (it won’t be for most), repeat with 15-pound dumbbells. If you can maintain form and pace for eight to 10 reps, go to 20-pound dumbbells, then to 25, then to 30 or an unweighted, 60-pound hex bar. Once you …

Cycling

Your Guide to Cooking (or Ordering) the 7 Best Cuts of Steak

Peer into your butcher's case or roam the frigid aisles of Costco's meat section, and you'll encounter a whole world of confusing steak cuts. That …

BBQ

Why ISIS Declared War on Egypt's Christians

The group has been exporting Iraq-style sectarian tactics to the Arab world’s most populous country.<p>Four months after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 28 Christian worshipers in Cairo, the group struck Egypt’s Christians again—this time with a double church bombing on Palm Sunday that left at …

Islam

What an optometrist wants you to know about snow, sun and your child's eyes

Think sunglasses aren't important? Think again<p>If I was allowed just one wish as an optometrist - what would it be? How I wish families who love to …

World Health Organization

The value of basic research

How can we measure the worth of scientific knowledge? Economic analysts give it a shot. Before building any large piece of infrastructure, potential …

How to get fit for the slopes: plank with arm reach and rotation

It’s the time of year when skiers and snowboarders turn attention to getting fit for the slopes ahead of a winter trip to the mountains. Getting your body prepared will not only help you ski or snowboard better, but will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable – no more endless aching or …

Wall Street is sitting on billions meant for American charities

Compared with many other wealthy countries, the United States relies a lot on charity. In the U.S., private donors help feed and house the poor, finance orchestras and museums, fund scholarships and universities – social functions that, in many countries, are paid for by governments and tax …

Chef Michael Ferraro's Top Sushi Spots in Tokyo

The NYC chef reveals where to eat sushi in Tokyo.<p><i>Michael Ferraro is the chef at NYC's Delicatessen and Macbar. His food is influenced by his global</i> …

15 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Israel

Israel is a country which, despite it’s small geographic size, has made immense scientific and technological contributions. It is much more than the …

The Best Way To Deal With Jet Lag, According To Flight Attendants

The experts have spoken.<p>Traveling enriches your life and improves your overall wellbeing in myriad ways. Jet lag, on the other hand, is arguably its most undesirable side effect.<p>Sometimes it feels like your body finally adjusts to a new time zone just in time for you to return to your old one. Few …

11 Tips from Chefs for Cooking Perfect Eggs

Eggs are readily available, relatively cheap, and full of healthy protein and amino acids. Although it may seem easy and straightforward to cook …

Cornett or Croissant, Which Will You Choose?

A true Roman knows how to start the day in the sweetest way possible. Romans’ quintessential morning routine is ‘<i>a cornetto e un cappuccino’</i> in a …

Eating Milan - Shopping, Cathedrals and Pizza

***This is part 5 of my “Everyday I’m Trufflin’” trip report detailing a recent European road trip which started in Zurich, Switzerland and ended in …