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A Road Trip for Lovers of Castles, Glassworks, and Beer

Where to go in this fast-driving, palace-dotted German state.<p>Beer-loving, fast-driving, palace-dotted Bavaria, Germany, home of Oktoberfest, BMW, and Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired Disney), is toasting its centennial as a free state this year. Now’s the perfect time to travel beyond its …

European Travel

These Famous Women Artists Changed the World With Their Self-Portraits

These deeply personal self-portraits did more than just mirror the artists—they sparked meaningful social conversations.<p>Selfies have taken over social media newsfeeds, filling screens with snapshots of people striking perfect poses in sublime settings, laughing with friends, or caught in quiet …

Art

The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold

The commemorative summit coin has just been minted, but the peace efforts are already spent. Donald Trump’s decision to call off a June meeting with Kim Jong-un appears as hastily made and ill-considered as his decision to hold it. Predictably, it seems to have come without warning to – never mind …

North Korea

Meet the Scientist in Michael Curry's Royal Wedding Sermon

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin studied evolution, viewed consciousness as a mystic force, and waxed poetic on the "energies of love."<p>The British royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arguably reached its apex on the soaring rhetoric of the Most Reverend Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of …

Travel Photography

Is an Interstellar Asteroid Trapped Near Jupiter? Get the Facts.

The bizarre asteroid known as 2015 BZ509 is being touted as the first known interstellar visitor to stay in our solar system.<p>If you could float above the plane of the solar system, you'd notice that more than 99.9 percent of the objects whirling around the sun orbit counter-clockwise, set into …

Astronomy

Asteroid from another star system found orbiting wrong way near Jupiter

A permanent visitor from interstellar space has been found in our solar system, astronomers studying an asteroid orbiting our sun have revealed.<p>While collisions with Earth by comets and asteroids from within our solar system are thought to have brought organic material and water necessary for life …

Astronomy

1931: The Silk Road Meets the Auto Age

From the National Geographic archives, a look back at the Citroën-Haardt Trans-Asiatic Expedition.<p><i>Far & Away,</i> from <i>National Geographic</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal.</i><p>GEORGES-MARIE HAARDT was one of those latter- day explorers who completed the first journey on wheels across Central Asia. Covering 8,000 …

Silk Road

Norman conquest: cycling from Paris to Mont Saint-Michel

Four regions, eight <i>départements</i>, three <i>parcs naturels</i>, four Unesco world heritage sites and, if you’re lucky, one wannabe Marcel Proust … Welcome to the Véloscénic, the long-distance cycleway from Paris to Le Mont Saint-Michel that opened in 2013 and now, at last, has its very own guidebook in …

France

Discover Fascinating Vintage Maps From National Geographic's Archives

Cartography has been close to National Geographic’s heart from the beginning. And over the magazine’s 130-year history, maps have been an integral part of its mission. Now, for the first time, National Geographic has compiled a digital archive of its entire editorial cartography collection — every …

The Guardian view on Iran’s nuclear deal: Trump creates a narrative for war

Donald Trump’s voice in foreign affairs is one that slips between brash arrogance and oily smugness. He touts supremacy from behind thinly concealed contempt. In withdrawing America from the Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Mr Trump risks …

Middle East

Terrawatch: rocks could have a role in combatting climate change

They might seem solid, but rocks gradually erode. Wind, rain, ice and snow all contribute to weathering; nibbling away at mountains, sea cliffs, limestone pavements and even solid granite tors.<p>Freshly exposed rock surfaces react with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to make bicarbonate ions, which …

Climate Change

Inside the Controversial World of Slum Tourism

Hundreds of shanty towns line the riverbanks, train tracks, and garbage dumps in the Filipino capital—the most jammed-packed areas in one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Around a quarter of its 12 million people are considered “informal settlers.”<p>Manila is starkly representative of a …

Slumdog Millionaire

Mysterious Arctic Ice Holes Baffle Scientists

Were these strange features caused by melting ice, seals, or something else?<p>While flying over the eastern Beaufort Sea as part of NASA’s Operation IceBridge, mission scientist John Sonntag made photos of something he had never seen before on April 14: odd crater-like holes in the ice.<p>While experts …

Global Warming

9 of the Best Bars in Prague

Quench your thirst in one of Europe's top cities for beer.<p>If you ask around in Prague, you’ll often hear the claim that the city has the highest concentration of bars per square mile in the world. Whether or not that’s been mathematically proven, it’s definitely hard to walk more than a few yards …

European Travel

Finland to end basic income trial after two years

Europe’s first national government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash will end next year after Finland decided not to extend its widely publicised basic income trial and to explore alternative welfare schemes instead.<p>Money for nothing: is Finland's universal basic income trial too good …

Income Inequality

6 Female Artists Who Turned Modern Art On Its Head

These often overlooked women helped shape modern art around the world.<p>Despite their mastery and innovation of the arts, the visionary women of the modern art world are rarely discussed in mainstream histories.<p>“When you look at the way most art history [of the modernist era] has been written, if …

Art

'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving

For hundreds of years, the Bajau have lived at sea, and natural selection may have made them genetically stronger divers.<p>If you hold your breath and plunge your face into a tub of water, your body automatically triggers what's called the diving response. Your heart rate slows, your blood vessels …

Immune System

Diamonds From Outer Space Formed Inside a Long-Lost Planet

A gem-studded meteorite that fell in Sudan offers clues about the protoplanets that likely existed in our solar system's violent past.<p>Diamonds that fell to Earth inside a meteorite may contain the remnants of our solar system's first planets, protoworlds that were lost billions of years ago to …

Nature Communications

Why You Should Go to Namibia Now

Pack your bags for this stunning African destination before everyone else does.<p>A land abounds with silty, ochre-colored sand dunes, ample opportunities for wildlife watching, and lines of rugged mountaintops jutting through the country—Namibia is often called “Land of the Brave,” a nod to its …

National Parks

48 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day

As Earth Day turns 48, we take a look back at the biggest milestones in environmental protection.<p>The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities …

Obama Administration

Ancient Chronicles Show Modern Demise of Snub-Nosed Monkeys

China’s 2,000-year-old enthusiasm for keeping meticulous records is providing scientists with an unusual resource to track the dwindling primate numbers.<p>In 11th century China, the scholar Lu Dian wrote an encyclopedia of his country’s beasts, birds, insects, and trees. One of the species he …

Monkeys

The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages

Every two weeks a language dies. Wikitongues wants to save them.<p>On a residential block at the border between Brooklyn and Queens, Gottscheer Hall appears like a mirage from 1945.<p>Blue awnings advertise the space for weddings and events. Inside, an entryway is covered with the saccharin smiles of …

Linguistics

10 Undersung National Parks

America's most popular parks deserve all the love they get, but here are ten other fascinating sites well worth the trip.<p>America’s National Park System is composed of more than 450 natural, historical, and cultural areas spread across the United States and its far-flung territories. Though …

National Parks

The Best Beaches in Southeast Asia, by Country

Paradise has a bad reputation in Southeast Asia. It’s been more than 20 years since Alex Garland’s <i>The Beach</i> first sent scores of backpackers along …

The Guardian view on artificial intelligence: not a technological problem

The House of Lords report on the implications of artificial intelligence is a thoughtful document which grasps one rather important point: this is not only something that computers do. Machine learning is the more precise term for the technology that allows computers to recognise patterns in …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

Turtle With Green Mohawk Faces Extinction

On a list of endangered reptiles, the Mary river turtle turned heads, but it's only one of many facing extinction.<p>Unbeknownst to the Mary river turtle, the Australian species has been labelled a punk.<p>Perhaps it's the little green mohawk, made of algae strands that grow on its body, or the novel …

Zoology

Dramatic Photos of Our World From Above

This photographer provides a bird's-eye view of urban and natural wonders.<p>Photography is a meditative practice for Toronto photographer Gary Cummins. Working in the construction industry by day, Cummins relishes his nights and weekends to explore his sky-high passion. “Photography for me is mainly …

Photography

Where Did Picasso’s Genius Come From?

Pablo Picasso’s talent was fierce, dark, and revolutionary, but did it reach the level of true genius? It’s complicated, a new book says.<p><i>Genius: Picasso premieres Tuesday, April 24th at 9/8c on National Geographic.</i><p>On April 24, Antonio Banderas will strut his stuff as Pablo Picasso in the latest …

Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert

Armed with satellites and drones, archaeologists discover new Nasca lines and dozens of other enigmatic geoglyphs carved into the earth.<p>Etched into the high desert of southern Peru more than a millennium ago, the enigmatic Nasca lines continue to capture our imagination. More than a thousand of …

Archaeology