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Absinthe Used to Be Malaria Medicine: The Secret Medical History of Cocktails

Créme de menthe settled rebellious stomachs and absinthe fended off malaria. This is the secret medical history of the speakeasy cocktails we've come to know and love.<p>"We don't create cocktails now to cure venereal diseases or to relieve gout, but there's that history there," says <b>Matthew Rowley</b>, …

Alcohol

For $300 you can live two nights like a bird in Big Sur (BYO pillows)

There's camping, there's glamping and then there's the best of both — sleeping in a human-sized nest overlooking the ocean and the Big Sur coast, where you're exposed to the elements without worrying about pitching a tent. Twigitecture artist and Big Sur resident Jayson Fann designed the nest for …

California
Cows

National Geographic Travel

The Secret to the Creamiest, Dreamiest Hummus

You could be making better hummus.<p>If it strikes you as a little weird that hummus received top billing as our 2015 Dish of the Year, then, well, you haven’t had chef Michael Solomonov’s. The incredibly rich, ineffably smooth version that he dishes up at Dizengoff, his bustling Philadelphia …

Healthy Eating

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

Next stop: your local bookstore.

Books

Ten Photos of Great White Sharks to Take Your Breath Away

Changing Planet<p>Photographing great white sharks for 20 years gives Chris and Monique Fallows front row seats on the amazing behavior and secrets of formidable predators few people see. In this post they share ten of their favorite images of great whites and describe the electric moment when each …

26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School

"I was born with a reading list I will never finish." —Maud Casey

Books

White Rice, Brown Rice Or Red Rice: Which One is the Healthiest?

Would you not like some rice along with chicken curry? Instead you settle for <i>tawa rotis</i> or probably try to pacify your taste buds with just a few …

3 EASY Ramen Recipes That Are Next-Level Yummy

Ramen is more than just the crown jewel of Japanese cuisine — it's practically an art form. Eating the signature dish is a sensory experience in …

Whole Foods

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Multiple Sclerosis

National Geographic Travel

Cold Spice: Using Seasoning to Stay Healthy This Winter

Few things convey the arrival of the festive season as well as the smell of spices; from cinnamon to cloves to nutmeg, these scents are synonymous …

Wellness

National Geographic Travel

Baked Potatoes

Prepare a delicious potato side to round out your meal. We're offering generous servings of your favorites -- mashed, baked, oven-fried -- as well as several kinds of potato salad.

The NSA Is Still Looking for a Way to Capture iMessages and FaceTime

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In its second official statement on the matter, Apple has clarified its relationship with the U.S. …

Snowden: NSA Collects 'Everything,' Including Content Of Emails

Self-described NSA leaker Edward Snowden has made some stunning allegations during a live chat with <i>The Guardian</i> today.<p>Snowden, who leaked classified documents revealing the existence of the NSA PRISM program, which U.S. officials say mines Internet data from foreigners, contradicted both what the …