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What Every Country in the European Union Is Best At

By: Kate Peregrina<p><i>Credit: All images by Thrillist/Jennifer Bui</i><p>The European Union has 28 member countries, and much like snowflakes, they're all special in their own way. You already know what each country is worst at. Well, every country excels at something, too -- and to that end, we found one …

Europe

Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

<b>The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports.</b><p>Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East.<p>But another, mysterious population with …

Anthropology

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

10 Tourist Poses You Need to Stop Making on Vacation

By Chloe Pantazi<p><i>Credit: Flickr user Vincent Lock</i><p>Put a tourist in front of a camera instead of behind one, and you usually get some awesomely predictable results. From jumping in the air and posing with animals, to peeking out of a phone booth and pinching the Eiffel Tower, could we please -- as a …

South Beach

Cold-Weather Surfing with Chris Burkard

Photo: Chris Burkard<p>Cold-weather surfers are cut from a different cloth. Eager to travel north, these guys dodge icebergs between sets and aren't afraid to freeze for the perfect Arctic barrel. Photographer Chris Burkard has the heart of a cold-weather surfer but more impressively, the eye to …

Landscape Photography

It Got Better: Life Improved After Black Death, Study Finds

The Black Death, a plague that first devastated Europe in the 1300s, had a silver lining. After the ravages of the disease, surviving Europeans lived …

Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative

Ask Americans to describe themselves, and chances are you'll get adjectives like "energetic," "friendly" or "hard-working."<p>In Japan, the responses would likely be much different. "Dependent on others" and "considerate" might pop up, studies have found.<p>Psychologists have known for a long time that …

Record Numbers Renounce U.S. Citizenship---And Many Aren't Counted

The number of Americans renouncing United States citizenship or terminating long-term residency is on a record pace. Every 3 months, the government publishes the names of individuals who renounced U.S. citizenship or gave up a green card. This public outing puts Americans on notice who relinquished …

Report: Thousands flee Syria rebel clashes

At least 60,000 people have fled towns in the Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria which has been the scene of fierce clashes between rival rebel groups, opposition activists say.<p>The al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front have been battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for four days …

The world’s newest mineral is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before

Putnisite is completely unique and “unrelated to anything,” scientists say<p>It's purple and pretty and composed of cube-like crystals just 0.5 mm in size.<p>But what really makes putnisite, the world's newest mineral, truly unique is that nothing like it has ever been discovered before.<p>“Most minerals …

Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

A little education goes a long way toward ensuring you'll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.<p>"It's a very dramatic difference," says Eric Schneider, …

Mauritius' Hidden Underwater Waterfall Is Everything You Want It To Be And More

Mauritius is an island just off the coast of Africa, close to Madagascar and Mozambique. With its stunning beaches, jewel-toned lagoons and spot of multi-colored earth, we rightly declared it one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean.<p>The island is home to some of the rarest plant and …

Study confirms monkeys can do math

Scientists have long suspected that monkeys are capable of mental arithmetics and a new study is helping them prove it. A research team led by neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone trained three rhesus macaques to identify symbols representing the numbers zero to 25. They then taught the test …

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

This country’s fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980<p>There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it's a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction …

This Chart Shows How The Rest Of The World Doesn't Even Come Close To US Military Spending

According to the report, the United States led the world in military spending with $640 billion in 2013 alone. China is the closest nation to follow the US at $188 billion — which is less than one-third of America's overall spending.<p>The U.S. reduced their defense budget by 7.8 percent whereas …

Military

Events In Your Past Determine Which Microbes Live On You

A scientist with a swab and a microscope could tell what school you went to<p>Trillions of microbes live in and on our body. We don’t yet fully understand how these microbial ecosystems develop or the full extent to which they influence our health. Some provide essential nutrients, while others cause …

Rome's foundation pushed back 200 years

4/15/2014 10:30:00 PM<p>Archaeologists excavating Lapis Niger, an ancient shrine in the Roman Forum, have found a wall that predates Rome's official …

Report: One fifth of China's soil contaminated

<b>Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.</b><p>Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China's soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination.<p>The report, by the Environmental Protection Ministry, named cadmium, nickel and …

China

Here's What Happens In Your Body When You Yawn (At Least In Theory)

<i>Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Have a question? Get in touch here and you could appear on Healthy Living!</i><p>"Ask Healthy Living" is for informational purposes only and is not a …

Copper catalyst makes ethanol without crops - Futurity

Scientists have created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature.

Massive Turquoise Trade Network of Ancient Pueblos Revealed

About a millennium ago, the ancestral Pueblo Indians in the Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico obtained their precious turquoise using a large …

Archaeology

A dreamy scene at a pond in Hokkaido, Japan makes for a fabulous recent submission to the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest. Scroll through recent entries and vote for your favorites: http://on.natgeo.com/1hTPy6H #TPC2014 Photograph by Kent Shiraishi/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Search for Inca 'lost city' in Amazon may endanger indigenous people

A six-week expedition starting in July will try to find Paititi in the Megantoni National Sanctuary in south-east Peru<p>A French writer and adventurer plans to explore one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon in search of a "lost" or "secret city" that may have been built by the Incas, but …

Origin of Antarctica’s eerie Blood Falls

New work confirms zones of liquid salt water hundreds of meters below the bright red waterfall in icy Antarctica, known as Blood Falls.<p>Blood Falls is …

Antarctica

World's Oldest Decimal Times Table Found in China

The newly deciphered multiplication table, written on bamboo strips dated to 310 B.C., was more sophisticated than earlier versions.<p>Q: How much is 230 times 10?<p><b>A: The number of years humans have been calculating with decimals.</b><p>A crack team of scholars in Beijing learned this last year when they …

Conserving a 3000-Year Old “Big Pot”

The “Big Pot” is a 3000 year-old Iron Age storage jar and is the largest known restored prehistoric vessel from southeastern Arabia<p>The jar was …

Scientific knowledge is as much about culture as education

One in four Americans doesn’t know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, but this says much more about culture than it does about education<p>A recent US National Science Foundation Study of more than 2,200 randomly sampled American adults suggests that a quarter of Americans do not know that the …

Dolphins caught chewing on fish to get high

A new BBC documentary will show adolescent dolphins getting high by chewing on pufferfish. The fish secrete a toxin that gives the dolphins a buzz, and the crew on the upcoming show filmed male bottlenose dolphins passing around a puffer fish before acting "most peculiarly." The program's executive …