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Rare direct image of a super-Jupiter exoplanet

A giant planet 11 times the mass of Jupiter has been directly photographed, the closest such planet to Earth we've seen with our own eyes.<p>The big, wide universe has a lot of stars. The exact figure is unknown, although estimates put the number somewhere in the region of 70 sextillion. Some of those …

Universe

Pierre Huyghe incorporates primordial elements into Met rooftop installation in New York

<b>New York 2015:</b> patches of dirt and an aquarium with ancient species are part of a new installation by French artist Pierre Huyghe for the roof garden …

Art

8 Beauty Secrets Straight from Royalty

Oooh we'll never be royals...but we can certainly beautify like them.<p>Royals, whether by birth or by marriage, know a thing or two about beauty. Think about it—their faces are plastered pretty much everywhere, whether painted in portraits or snapped for sites, and scrutinized/admired to no end. …

Beauty

The ten most expensive paintings in history

Wealthy buyers in the Gulf and China have set a string of records as they have snapped up some of the world's most important artworks in recent years<p>When Pablo Picasso's masterpiece, <b>Les Femmes d’Alger, sold for $179 million (£116 million) in New York on Monday night</b>, it smashed the record for a …

The 9 Strangest Flying Robots from the World’s Biggest Drone Show

In the past year, drones have crashed onto the White House lawn, hauled ra­dio­act­ive cesi­um to the roof of the Ja­pan­ese prime min­is­ter’s Tokyo …

Drones

Travel Lens: Max Lowe’s World

Montana native <b>Max Lowe</b> is one of National Geographic’s <b>Adventurists</b>, exploring the planet outside his comfort zone with a camera in hand. <b></b><p>Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens:<p><b>Megan Heltzel: You’re based in Bozeman, Montana. Why, out of every place on Earth, do you choose to make your</b> …

Wait—It's Bad to Wash Your Face in the Shower??

Sorta. (Don't hate me.)<p>TBH, I didn't know there were people who <i>didn't</i> wash their faces in the shower. (Do you get out and use the sink after? Isn't it cold? And slippery?) But while conducting some super-scientific research on exfoliation and how doing it too often/too little is not optimal for …

The year’s most breathtaking travel destinations, from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

With over 23 million Instagram posts already hashtagged #vacation, competition is increasingly fierce for most photogenic holiday background. Those looking for a little inspiration might consider checking out the latest batch of travel photo submissions from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler …

Travel Photography

The peeing Android has forced Google to freeze its map editor

Remember that Google Maps prank from a couple of weeks ago that made it look like an Android bot was peeing on the Apple logo in Pakistan?<p>Well, it turns out that’s not the only instance of users misusing Google’s editing tool, Map Maker. Things have got so bad that the company has been forced to …

Google's self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents because humans are dumb

The viability of self-driving cars will likely be debated and scoffed at for a long time, but at least we know they’re not distracted by their cellphones.<p>In an article on Backchannel, Google revealed details about how its cars work and some of the mishaps they’ve gotten into. After all, one of the …

Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot

It has been almost a year since the World Cup in Brazil. The party is long over, but the country is still dealing with the hangover — in the form of "white elephant" stadiums and unfinished infrastructure projects. They come at a time when the country faces economic woes and the prospect of another …

Brazil