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7 Of America's Most Eerily Beautiful Lava Tubes

For most hikes, the destination -- whether it be the top of a dramatic cliff or the foot of a tall waterfall -- is the reward.<p>But then there are lava tube hikes, where passing through and exploring the mysterious and alluring caves <i>is</i> the reward.<p>Lava tubes are cavernous tunnels that formed long ago …

Hiking

Heartbreaking Faces of Migrants’ Children in Pictures

Cookies

13 Of The World's Most Colorful Lakes

These 13 colorful lakes are like something out of a dream.<p>These naturally bold beauties are like something out of a dream.

Homo Naledi, New Human Species Found: Pictures

Prehistory

This sand castle hotel is your inner child's end-of-summer dream come true

Sand castles excite the imagination, so it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make it possible to actually stay in one.<p>The …

Tag: Landscaping 101

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Landscaping

10 Oktoberfests to Visit If You Can't Make it To Munich

As throngs of thirsty folk head to the halls for Oktoberfest 2015, we round up our favorite Oktoberfests around the country.<p><i>This post originally appeared in 2014 and has been updated.</i><p>Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Texas<p>Texas has strong ties to Germany—Texas German, a dialect, is still used amongst …

These Majestic Photos Will Give You A Spacegasm

The winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 competition have been announced and they'll make you want to leave planet Earth.

Dachshund Racing in Australia: Pictures

Australia

The House That Could Save the World

The next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change—and how we live.<p>In July, when Portland was sweltering at upwards of 100 degrees, the tenants of The Orchards wondered if they had air conditioning. The temperature in their apartments never rose above 70.<p>They …

Green Living

8 of the Spookiest Hotels Around the World

THE SELECTS: On the Road With the Migrants

Europe

THE SHOT: The Great Migration of 2015

I have been covering the migrant story for three weeks in Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. I wanted to witness, and photograph, the biggest mass migration of people in Europe since WWII. The exodus of people from the Middle East and beyond is testing the European Union and beginning …

The USA’s top historical sights

A lot of people think of the United States as a young country with little in the way of history. Sure, the country’s only been a country since 1776, but before that there was the colonial period and before <i>that</i> there were centuries of Native American cultures. And, of course, there's its more modern …

History

Tough Words From Pope Francis: 8 Great Quotes From His U.N. Speech

Pope Francis, addressing the U.N. General Assembly today, urged international cooperation not only to solve humanity's largest problems but to save humanity itself.<p>Quoting a speech to the U.N. by his predecessor Pope Paul VI in 1965, Francis said of the world today: "The real danger comes from …

Sustainable Development Goals