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Australia in a campervan: top tips from the experts

One of the best ways to see Australia – the east coast, the west coast, or the whole country – is on a self-drive road trip in your own campervan. Whether you’ve decided to buy or rent your mobile home, we have some hard-won tips from our experts Lou and Ian McBirdwheel to you get you started on …

RVs

Is this the heartbeat of the universe? Listen here to find out what the cosmos sounds like: http://bbc.in/1fTOSZB

Being a doctor was once a job with great purpose. Now it's just a business

The 'free market' approach to care means seeing more patients in less time. We've lost the human connection in health reform<p>As a physician, I resent the fact that the divisive healthcare reform debate has made my profession look like it is only a business, essentially a commodity. Growing up in the …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

Final: The Rapture – the horror movie 'winning people to Christ'

Low-budget horror film Final: The Rapture, about the end times foretold in the Bible, is aiming to convert cinemagoers to God – through terrible dialogue and cheap effects<p>• Rick Santorum's Christmas movie proves flop<p>The Ten Commandments, The Passion of the Christ, the forthcoming Russell Crowe epic …

National Geographic Travel

Best Places to Stay: Northern Lights

If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is often at its most intense …

Northern Lights

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

Israel plans new settlement push while freeing Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel plans to announce a push for more construction in Jewish settlements when it frees two dozen Palestinian prisoners next week, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, in a move that could jeopardise U.S.-brokered peace talks.<p>Palestinians have said any further settlement …

Oxytocin: The "Love Hormone" Might Also Help in Autism

A new study suggests oxytocin could benefit autistic kids. But is it ready for prime time?<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>Anything nicknamed the "love hormone" probably needs a closer look and a dash of skepticism. After all, nothing in biology is simple.</b><p>But …

Autism

Kerry says Israeli-Palestinian deal possible by end-April

TEL AVIV, Israel (Reuters) - Shrugging off gloomy predictions of failure, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Israelis and Palestinians remained committed to peace talks and were on course to wrap up a full deal by April.<p>Speaking at the end of his second visit to the region in …

Israel lifts sabbath public transport ban for Jerusalem snow emergency

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Jerusalem’s heaviest snow for 50 years forced Israeli authorities to lift a Jewish sabbath public transport ban on Saturday and allow trains out of the city where highways were shut to traffic.<p>Troops in armoured personnel carriers were helping emergency services crews to try …

Geminid Sky Shower Strikes This Weekend

Explosion is at least five times more powerful than previous events, study says.<p><b>As darkness falls this weekend, look toward the heavens for a gem of a sky show from one of the year’s best meteor showers, peaking overnight on December 13 and 14.</b><p><b>The annual Geminid meteor shower promises colorful</b> …

Astronomy

National Geographic Travel

Pictures: Europe's Biggest Dark Sky Park

Europe's largest "dark sky" park will allow tourists to admire the stars from the border of Scotland.

National Parks

The best stargazing locations: in pictures

Totally...like... bogus: the world's worst travel advice

"Don't waste your money on bottled water! I just drank the tap water and I feel fine," brags a fellow hostel guest in Kathmandu. This person won't be seen again for three days, looking about 8lbs lighter.<p>"I never book a room before I get to a destination. It's better to visit all the hostels first, …

First time Yosemite National Park

'The mountains are calling, and I must go,' penned John Muir, the poetic naturalist of the Sierra Nevada. You'll feel that same irresistible urge once you find out all that Yosemite, Muir's move beloved national park, offers.<p>If you've never before stood underneath a giant sequoia tree bigger than a …

Palestinians say Kerry appeasing Israel over Iran at their expense

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A senior Palestinian official said the United States was asking Palestinians to make security concessions in peace talks with Israel in order to silence the Jewish state’s criticism of world power diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program.<p>The accusations by Yasser Abed Rabbo, who …

The Complete Guide to Tumblr Subcultures

On Tumblr, users can post a huge variety of content and media. So, it's no surprise the social blogging platform hosts wildly diverse communities. …