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The Most Stunning City In Europe

I bet that you didn’t guess which city was on our mind, but let me spare you a time wondering and juts introduce you to Budapest. The capital of …

European Travel

20 reasons to love Phuket, Thailand

Phuket has long been one of Thailand's party towns. But Kerry van der Jagt discovers there is much more to see and do than just the bars and the …

Asia Travel

First human eggs grown in laboratory

<b>Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh.</b><p>The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having cancer treatment.<p>It is also an opportunity to explore how human eggs develop, much of …

Genetics

How to take a picture of the moon that doesn’t look like a tiny, white blob

Taking a good picture of our little satellite pal is harder than it seems, but a little prep makes a big difference.<p>The moon is a photographic tease. It hangs up there in the sky, all big and bright. Then you try to take a picture of it and you get a pathetic white blob floating in a sea of digital …

Cameras

10 of the best apps for independent travellers

Looking for holiday inspiration for 2018? These free smartphone apps mean you can carry insider travel tips for hundreds of destinations in your pocket<p>Luckytrip<p>Want an adventure and don’t care where? Luckytrip is the smarter version of showing up at the airport and buying the first flight you can …

Apps

How to travel off the beaten track in Thailand

The early morning was misty, cool and fresh. Sitting on the edge of a long wooden bridge, my feet dangling over the edge, arms and head resting on …

Haemophilia A trial results 'mind-blowing'

<b>British doctors say they have achieved "mind-blowing" results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A.</b><p>Patients are born with a genetic defect that means they do not produce a protein needed to stop bleeding.<p>Thirteen patients given the gene therapy at Barts Health NHS Trust are now off …

Medicine

First cancer 'living drug' gets go-ahead

<b>The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient's own immune system so it attacks cancer.</b><p>The regulator - the US Food and Drug Administration - said its decision was a "historic" moment and medicine was now "entering a new frontier".<p>The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) …

Cancer

These exquisite photos of Iceland will convince you to drop everything and go

Travelling in Europe? Here is how much an average Airbnb costs in each country

Airbnb has become the hero of international travel, giving travellers great value for money when it comes to accommodation while revealing some quirky hidden gems. It can be hard to know what you might expect to pay though when you’re travelling around as rates can vary wildly, but new research has …

European Travel

Splurge or Save: How to Do Phuket Right

Whether you're trying to travel on the cheap or you want to splurge we've got you covered.<p>The Thai island of Phuket is famous the world over for its …

Asia Travel

Transforming a Boring Photo Into a Dramatic One With Photoshop

The mere mention of image manipulation may make some photographers cringe, but there’s no denying that some skill with Photoshop can enable you to …

Tutorials

Epilepsy drug 'responsible for up to 4,100 severe birth defects' in France

Up to 4,100 children in France suffered severe birth defects after their mothers took the epilepsy drug sodium valproate, the French health authorities said yesterday (Thurs).<p>The drug, also prescribed in France for bipolar disorder, was taken by up to 100,000 pregnant women between 1967 and 2016, …

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will …

11 Must Visit Places in Indonesia

Indonesia is the biggest country in Southeast Asia, fourth largest country in the world and with over 17,000 islands, the largest archipelago in the …

Asia Travel

Earth - How the smell of rain happens

The fresh aroma after a summer downpour is one of life's pleasing scents.<p>The earthy fragrance was named petrichor by Australian researchers in 1964. They described it as a combination of plant oils and the chemical compound geosmin which are released from the soil when it rains.<p>Now researchers from …

Particles

Why Some Parents & their Children have Great Friendships.

There are many reasons why some adults get along with their kids better than others.<p>In this article, I will provide a short overview of the common …

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

These 10 tips will help you improve landscape photography in 2017

With the new year approaching people usually start thinking what they could do better or improve in within the new year. As a professional landscape …

Your Dog Knows Exactly What You’re Saying

Until now, scientists didn't know that the canines understand both our words and the tone in which we say them.<p>It doesn't take a scientific study for dog owners to believe that their pets know what they're saying. (We cat owners are a little less certain.)<p>But it’s not always clear exactly what Fido …

The world's best hidden beaches: Cape Town

Cape Town’s stunning rugged coastline is studded with great beaches, but they can get very busy. In the first of a new series on hidden beaches, here are 10 the locals head for to avoid the crowds<p>Queens Beach<p>The seaside suburb of Sea Point has many beaches (Sea Point itself, Rocklands, Granger Bay …

Cape Town

Battery breakthrough will let phones charge in seconds and last for a week

A new type of battery that lasts for days with only a few seconds' charge has been created by researchers at the University of Central Florida.<p>The high-powered battery is packed with supercapacitors that can store a large amount of energy. It looks like a thin piece of flexible metal that is about …

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

<b>Predatory bacteria - that eat others of their kind - could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers.</b><p>Experiments showed a dose of <i>Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus</i> acted like a "living antibiotic" to help clear an otherwise lethal infection.<p>The animal studies, published in Current …

Biology

Meet the German couple (and their dog) travelling from Alaska to Argentina on a converted school bus

An adventurous couple from Germany are currently enjoying the adventure of a lifetime travelling from Alaska to Argentina on a converted school bus with their Bernese Mountain Dog, Rudi.<p>Filmmaker Felix Starck (26) from Herxheim, and singer Mogli, aka Selima Taibi (22), from Frankfurt set off …

One in 10 children has 'Aids defence'

<b>A tenth of children have a "monkey-like" immune system that stops them developing Aids, a study suggests.</b><p>The study, in Science Translational Medicine, found the children's immune systems were "keeping calm", which prevented them being wiped out.<p>An untreated HIV infection will kill 60% of children …

Immunotherapy

‘The Falling Man’ Photographer Talks About His Haunting 9/11 Photo

In the moments after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Associated Press photojournalist Richard Drew shot a haunting photo of a man falling from the …

Photography

48 Hours in Copenhagen: A Local’s Guide

Iceland Quay in central Copenhagen – by Thomas RousingIt was around April when I got to Copenhagen; back then I was living in Madrid, and it was my …

European Travel

Kayaking Croatia’s Kornati islands

Kayaking is one of the only ways to get to Kornat, off Zadar. There are speedboats and superyachts around too, but travelling under his own steam, Kevin Rushby gives them the slip Read more of Kevin’s Croatian adventures<p>Vid is sitting in his winter living room among the large model boats he has …

Living Rooms