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Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

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Ten of the world’s toughest bike rides

Cycling’s toughest competitors will line up their bikes in the Corsican town of Porto-Vecchio on 29 June for the centenary edition of the Tour de France. Three weeks of extreme climbs and lightning-fast time trials await. So if their exploits leave you feeling inspired, why not try one of these …

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20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

European Travel

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

Ireland

Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge

The state border between Oregon and Washington is notable for one thing: a river runs through it. But not just any river – the mighty Columbia, the fourth-largest river in the US, flowing through a massive gorge that’s up to 1219m (4000ft) deep and over 128km (80mi) long. In this gorge, myriad …

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Best photos of Venus and Saturn after sunset

Venus and Saturn are in the same field of view of your binoculars from September 15 to 21. Look west after sunset. Plus … check out these …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Have Modern Scientists Made Any Advancements In Alchemy?

Ancient alchemists tried just about anything to turn lead into gold. But if they had just had a laser, they might have been able to make pseudo-platinum.<p>More than half of the world's platinum goes into cars' catalytic converters, where it helps neutralize the carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide in …

Why does the sun rise due east and set due west at the equinox?

At the equinox, the sun is on the celestial equator. And the celestial equator intersects all of our horizons at points due east and due west.<p>Yes, it …

Electricity flashes from the thimble-topped fingers of a “preacher-scientist,” August 1955.Photograph by the Moody Bible Institute

Electricity flashes from the thimble-topped fingers of a “preacher-scientist,” August 1955.Photograph by the Moody Bible Institute

10 Unique Train Trips

Love train travel? These railways offer a unique window on the world, cutting a swath through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth:<p><b>1. Cass Scenic Railroad (West Virginia)</b><p>The steam trains climb the 11 miles (18 km) from Cass to the 4,842-ft-high (1,476 m) summit of Bald Knob, which has …

Murmur: Photos by Richard Barnes

Murmur: Photos by Richard Barnes<p>Photos of dense flocks of European starlings.<p>The birds are beloved by tourists and reviled by locals—understandably, …

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What's Up With That, Doc? Researchers Make Bunnies Glow

Like cats and other animals before them, a couple of rabbits are now among the animals that have been genetically manipulated so that they glow green under a black light.<p>Using a technique developed by University of Hawaii medical researchers, scientists in Turkey added a fluorescent protein from …

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FYI: Why Does My Voice Sound Different When I Hear It On A Recording?

It sounds different because it is different. "When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound," explains Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University. The vibrations mix with the …

U.S. 'Space Fence' Will Cease To Operate, Site Says

A U.S. radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth — from satellites to harmful debris — has been slated for shutdown, according to the Space News site. The ground-based network known as the "Space Fence" may cease to operate in October.<p>"This is your notice to begin preparing the …

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Opportunity to see Venus in daytime on October 7 and 8

October 7 and 8, 2013 present two chances for seeing Venus in daylight, because the moon appears near this planet.<p>Have you ever seen the moon in a …

Japanese Cargo Ship Attached to ISS

7 Awesome Photos Of The 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower

Stargaze without leaving your laptop.<p>Missed the peak of the Perseid meteor shower last night, or just want to compare shots? Check out these lovely photos, shared by folks in several places throughout the Northern Hemisphere.<p>The Perseids occur annually from July to August, peaking one night in …

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Bad news. In 2018, moonlight will obscure the Delta Aquarid’s nominal peak in late July. Good news! The Delta Aquarids will still be flying at the …

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Comet Lovejoy grazes the sun