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Genghis Khan - Warrior, Military Leader (c. 1162–c. 1227)

Mongolian warrior and ruler Genghis Khan created the largest empire in the world, the Mongol Empire, by destroying individual tribes in Northeast …

The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History

Our planet has existed for 4.5 billion years, and it has been a busy few eons. Here are the 25 biggest milestones in Earth's history. From leaps …


Travel - The Atlantis of the East

Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious time capsule of Imperial China. Stone architecture dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties (which ruled from 1368 to 1912) stands perfectly preserved 40m under Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang …


New record depth for deepest fish

A new record has been set for the world's deepest fish.

The bizarre-looking creature, which is new to science, was filmed 8,145m beneath the waves, beating the previous depth record by nearly 500m.

Several other new species of fish were also caught on camera, as well as huge crustaceans called …

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

25 of the most universally accepted rules of running.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in Runner's World a few years ago. The article remains popular online, and the rules are as good now as they were when first published.

In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one …


Welcome to Montevideo: Uruguay’s capital moves to its own beat

With its sleepy old town, unshowy bars and unique music scene, Montevideo is a capital city like no other. And that’s just how Vicky Baker likes it

The unspoilt beaches of Uruguay’s Atlantic coast

A Saturday afternoon in Montevideo’s old town feels like the first scene of post-apocalypse movie 28 …


Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

It's hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course -- islands that are THIS beautiful.

And while we'd like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there's one island in …


Stray Dog Joins Team, Completes Grueling Race

Motivated by love (and a meatball), a stray dog follows an adventure racing team through a daunting course in the Ecuadorian jungle.


Lesser Known Capitals of Europe: Bucharest, Romania

Image by Mario Sánchez Prada (Flickr)

Today's topic: Bucharest, Romania, and all its coolness in a nutshell. Bucharest, București, Little Paris. Incidentally, a Wikipedia search shows that several places in the world claim the title of "Little Paris" or "Paris of the East," but it's easy to see that …


Parrot’s Bebop drone is a speed demon

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors).

Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It …


Japan's levitating train travels 300 mph and just carried its first passengers

A Japanese train that ever-so-slightly floats above the tracks and moves at super-fast speeds completed its first run with passengers last week.

The maglev train (shorthand for magnetic levitation) carried 100 passengers over a 27-mile span in Japan between the cities Uenohara and Fuefuki, reaching …


Travel - The land that roads forgot

India’s semi-autonomous region of Ladakh shares Tibet’s Himalayan peaks, Buddhist culture, spectacular scenery and traditional living – yet receives only a fraction of its visitors.


Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows

Carbon mapping by the Carnegie Institute for Science reveals nearly seven billion tonnes of carbon stored in Peru’s rainforests, in a technique that could help preserve such stores to reduce carbon emissions

Peru, the host for December’s UN climate change summit, stores nearly seven billion metric …


What Can Make You Happier, Increase Your Attention Span and Even Make You More Courageous?

Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree.


I listed it as one of the 10 things should you do every day to improve your life. It can boost happiness.

Via Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage:

Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out. While you do so, try to


Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War

To their living sons and daughters, the soldiers in blue and gray are flesh and blood, not distant figures in history books.

How many people alive today can say that their father was a Civil War soldier who shook hands with Abraham Lincoln in the White House? Fred Upham can.

Despite sounding like a …

Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

If you're one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days 'til springtime, chances are you may have also been …


Renewable energy is the power of the future and solar power just got a huge boost with new research that could see concentrated solar power (CSP) …

Brandon Martella’s “London Farm Tower” is a sustainable architecture design that operates like a tree – it depends on solar energy and rain water to …

Vampire Deer Sighted in Afghanistan

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has confirmed the presence of the Kashmir musk deer, a species not seen in more than half a century, in the Nuristan region of Afghanistan. In a recent study published in the journal Oryx, authors recall five separate encounters, describing the animal as …


Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle

The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding gap in the fossil record.

Paleontologists have long known that ichthyosaurs--dolphin-like "sea monsters" that lived from about 250 million years ago until …


Hiker Finds Fossilized Turtle Dating Back 90 Million Years

Jeff Dornbusch knew there was something odd about a pile of gray rocks he spotted more than a decade ago during a hike in the southern New Mexico desert, and a closer look confirms that he was right.

Dornbusch, a museum volunteer in Truth or Consequences, N.M., relocated those rocks in 2012 and …


Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists

Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.

Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters (1,312 feet) in …


How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

The biggest excuse for not traveling more often is because we think we don't have enough money.

Chances are slim that you'll win the lottery, strike it rich in a hot technology IPO, or have trust funds waiting for you to cash in. Most of us are in the grind of earning and burning with no end in …

Air Travel

Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over …


We Are What We Eat: The High Altitude Diet of Afghanistan’s Nomads

The origins of Matthieu Paley’s documentation of food and culture for National Geographic began in the Pamir Mountains: 14,000 feet above sea level in an area known as the Bam-e Dunya, which means “roof of the world.” His work here, photographing the lives of Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads, led to

22 Brilliant Thinkers Everyone Should Follow On Twitter

If you've been following the same people on Twitter for the last five years, you're probably missing out. An engaging Twitter feed should provide an intersection of interests from thought leaders across fields.

For that reason, we've gathered 22 intellectual heavyweights in areas like design, …


Mega agricultural and industrial company Cargill has announced at the UN Climate Summit that it will begin to support the New York Declaration on …


Brazil releases 'good' mosquitoes to fight Dengue fever

Brazilian researchers in Rio de Janeiro have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium that suppresses Dengue fever.

The hope is they will multiply, breed and become the majority of mosquitoes, thus reducing cases of the disease.

The initiative is part of a programme also taking …


150 Street Artists Covered an Old Tunisian Village in Beautiful Murals

For the past two months, 150 artists from 30 nations have been busy in the village of Erriadh, one of the oldest in Tunisia. They have been covering its buildings, gates, windows — almost any flat surface — in murals, in hopes of enticing tourists and infusing the area with new life.

Their graffiti …

Street Art