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10 National Parks You Have To Visit In The United States

With the National Park Service reaching the grand old age of 100 years old, there has never been a better time to visit the national parks that are …

United States

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Reed Flute Cave: Guilin, China<p>Sadly, magical fairy dust is not the secret behind Reed Flute Cave's glowing interior: Multi-colored lights have been …

National Parks

The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

In 2015, we were overwhelmed by the thoroughly kickass roster of new books on offer. We tore through some, and others we savored slowly. A few disappointed us, while many more thrilled us unexpectedly. Sci-fi, memoir, magical realism, short fiction, very (very) long novels, and genre-bending …

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The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

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Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

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Friction Fighters — NOVA Next

Is friction real? Once, with the quiet certainty of someone who just stayed up all night in the company of equations describing concrete, my college …