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How the Freaky Octopus Can Help Us Understand the Human Brain

DAVID DOUBILET/National Geographic Creative<p>The octopus is weird: eerily malleable body, sucker-studded arms, skin that can transform into a …

Best space images of the month

It’s been a memorable month in space. Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured– from Mars canyons to a surprised frog at a rocket launch.

Mars rover uncovers a surprisingly Earth-like rock

Analysis of a rock on Mars by the rover Curiosity suggests parts of the red planet may be more like our own than we ever knew.<p>The findings are …

Geology

Pristine "Islands in the Sky" Are Window on Evolution

Our body’s gene-snipping machine is like a Transformer

Scientists are unraveling the secrets of the mechanism that snips our genes.<p>Certain diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy are …

Genetics

Stonehenge's Troubled Visitors Center Opens After Over Two Decades of Delays

On 18 December, a mere 24 years after the parliamentary public accounts committee denounced the visitor facilities at one of the world’s most famous …

Vintage Paris Photos Take Us Back In Time On Travel Tuesday

We’ve all heard of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. They’re all on our top go-to Paris attractions, because you can’t <i>really</i> say you’ve been to Paris – the city of lights, love and fashion - until you’ve seen them, right?<p>As Fashion Week comes to an end in beautiful and charming …

Island-hopping down Central America’s Caribbean coast

You don't always need suitcases full of cash to enjoy the Caribbean Sea – cradled in its western corner lie a number of idyllic island groups that are surprisingly easy on the pocket. Here's our guide to navigating this captivating region sure to bring out the adventurer in you.<p><b>San Blas Islands,</b> …

vacation

Top Treks: Milford Track

Escape into the New Zealand wild on the four-day Milford Track exploring lush prehistoric scenery.<p><b>STRETCHING 53.5KM, AND WENDING</b> its way through the …