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Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

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Top scenic drives around Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone’s famous landscape doesn’t suddenly end at the park fence. Enveloping the park kernel is a protective cushion of national forests and wilderness areas that offer almost as much scenic splendor as the park itself, but without the crowds and the entry fee. Heading to Yellowstone? See the …

How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

Five great national park lodges

From Alberta to Utah, these North American getaways offer both majestic scenery and creature comforts.

America's most awesome boardwalks - TODAY.com

Bruce Smith / Today<p>Vacationers walk along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 22, 2013. The boardwalk is just over a mile long and was completed three years ago at a cost of more than $6 million.<p>If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, here …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

5 Rudest Airport Practices You Should Probably Avoid (VIDEO)

For some reason, airports seem to be a prime location for people to forget their manners.<p>Combine the thousands of people rushing to flights with security lines, gate lines, baggage lines, check-in lines -- you get the picture -- there's plenty of opportunity for bad behavior. But what are the …

11 Music Venue Icons in the U.S.

For many people, music is the opposite of travel. It comes <i>to</i> us. If your dream is seeing “the Boss,” you wait for a tour, then buy your ticket to a variation on the same show in some big-box arena.<p>Yet some music venues are destinations themselves. After poring through hundreds of candidates in the …

Pt 2: Alaska’s spillionaires

The Exxon oil spill of 1989 made the town of Valdez infamous, luring people to clean up one of world’s largest environmental disasters with the prospect of economic gain.

Visit the Moon Without Leaving Idaho

The proposed national park on the moon will have to compete with Idaho's lunar park.<p><b>Planning a visit to the newest proposed national park? You can leave your sunscreen at home, but make sure you have oxygen and a gamma-ray spectrometer handy.</b><p>On Tuesday, Maryland congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), …

Without these enzymes, fear goes haywire - Futurity

USC (US) — Learned fear keeps us from repeating risky mistakes, but it can also …

Crazy weather? You can’t blame HAARP anymore

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) — target of conspiracy theorists — has closed down.<p>Conspiracy theorists concerned with</i> …

If The Sun Went Out, How Long Could Life On Earth Survive?

Don't worry, you'll have time to post your goodbye selfies to Facebook.<p>If you put a steamy cup of coffee in the refrigerator, it wouldn't immediately turn cold. Likewise, if the sun simply "turned off" (which is actually physically impossible), the Earth would stay warm—at least compared with the …