Exploration and Adventure

By Jake | Exploring our world.

Why the Azores Islands Should be Your Next Undiscovered Getaway | VIVA Lifestyle & Travel

When you think of outdoor adventure, Portugal typically doesn't spring first to mind. However the relatively unknown archipelago of the Azores might …

Travel

The Pacific Crest Trail is America's ultimate hike

If you're an avid hiker, or you're a fan of one Ms. Reese Witherspoon, then you've probably dreamed of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. And if you …

Sustainable Seafood Businesses Tackle Food Deserts with an Ancient Farming Technique

One of the most interesting trends to emerge from the Fish 2.0 business competition is the increasing use of aquaponics, which combines fish farming (aquaculture) with growing plants in water (hydroponics). This is nothing new—people have been practicing aquaponics for centuries, in the Aztecs’ …

Environment

The raw bar revival: why the oyster is back

Whether it’s ‘mmmmm’ or ‘eurrgghh’, oysters divide us. So what explains their current revival, asks Rob Crossan<p>Few foods are as divisive as oysters. For some, the enigmatic bivalves are a silky snack of the gods. For others, they are slimy globs of sea rubbish that come with a high risk of making …

Food

Canada’s mysterious, fabled Sable Island

Misty and mystical, populated by 560 wild horses and a handful of hardy souls, Sable Island has long loomed large in the imagination of sailors and adventurers.<p>When I saw the thin ribbon of sand for the first time, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. This far-flung and fabled island, for most, exists …

Canadian National Parks

Why Metaphors Beat The Snot Out Of Facts When It Comes To Motivating Action

Douglas Van Praet returns to tackle the magic of metaphors, and explain why they beat facts when it comes to creative persuasion.<p>Metaphors have long permeated creative expression from cave paintings to commercials. And there’s a good reason that Geico is "So easy, a cavemen can do it," Prudential …

A Master List of 1,150 Free Courses From Top Universities: 33,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

While you were eating turkey, we were busy rummaging around the internet and adding new courses to our big list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

List-Worthy

How does your garden grow? Indoors, thanks to these eight devices

It’s summer, which means lots of time in the garden for homeowners. And while some city dwellers have access to community or rooftop gardens, not …

Gardening

A Farm That Floats on Water Could Help Solve Global Food Shortage

Food

15 edible plants you can grow in your tiny apartment

Imagine rising with the sun and tending to your crops, all to the beat of morning traffic.<p>While growing plants in a busy city might seem like an impossible task, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that can thrive in your urban space — no backyard required.<p>City dwellers are used to …

Gardening

Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics

I grew up in a time before GPS. I learned how to use a compass in Cub Scouts and learned how to navigate with one as I grew older. I think I got my …

Travel

Why Newfoundland Should Be on Your Summer Bucket List

Breathtaking vistas, natural wonders and fabulous people (so nice, we actually felt guilty at times!) combine to make the island of Newfoundland one of our favorite places on earth. Here's why we think Newfoundland should be at the top of everyone's bucket list:<p><b>The Beauty is Unmatched</b><p>Find yourself …

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

<i>The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space</i> …

Maps