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Evolution: Why Are Most of Us Right-Handed?

This story originally appeared on BBC Future<p>We humans don’t typically agree on all that much, but there is at least one thing that an impressive amount of us accept: which hand is easiest to control. If you use one hand for writing, you probably use the same one for eating as well, and most of us – …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors?<p>We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it.<p>Don’t believe us? Read on:<p>We kick things off in Badlands National Park …

Trails

Ingenious SunPort plug lets you use solar energy even if you don’t have solar panels

If you want to use clean solar energy in your home, your only option is to get some solar panels installed — right?<p>Wrong.<p>Contrary to what you might …

Solar Panels

Photo by @thomaspeschak "I came across these sand castle like mounds along a beach on Masirah island. This remote outpost in the Arabian Sea belongs to Oman. Any guesses what creatures built these mounds? To find out follow me on @thomaspeschak and check my feed in 1 hour.

Street Artist and City Worker Spend a Year Having a Fun Graffiti Conversation

On his way to work in the morning, street artist Mobstr would cycle past an average, graffiti-covered red wall in London. For years, he noticed that a city worker would paint over the graffiti with red paint, when it was below a certain line. For any graffiti above this predetermined line, the …

Art

Is This The Hottest Bar in Italy?

When South African-Italian travel marketing consultant Mikaela Bandini moved to the semi-abandoned neighbourhood of Sassi di Matera in the city of …

There Are Still at Least 60 Texas Counties Not Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

From Anderson to Zavala, a running list of which counties are defying the Supreme Court.<p>Are some Texas counties willfully ignoring the Supreme Court's landmark same-sex marriage ruling? It's a question executive editor Mark Warren asked earlier this week, and an issue we chose to confront by …

Backpacks on Seabirds Hint at Their Navigation Secret

Shearwaters navigate the open ocean based on their memories of smells that waft in from different directions, a new study suggests.<p>The nose knows—smells point many an animal in the right direction. But for birds, the roles that smells may or may not play in navigation has long been up in the …

Portraits of Children Around the World and Where They Play

In an ambitious series titled <i>Playground</i>, photographer James Mollison documents places around the world where children laugh, cry, and run around until they're exhausted. Mollison, who previously explored where kids sleep, traveled to locales like Nairobi, Tokyo, and Los Angeles to capture these …

Middle School

The original smartwatches: Casio's history of wild wrist designs

I was struck by how many smartwatch features were around decades ago<p>Instead, a company representative tells me, the intent behind the exhibition is to lend context to Casio’s current lineup of more traditional watches. Barring a huge spike in the mid-‘90s when the G-Shock line gained popularity, …

We’re so close to seeing Pluto it hurts

This new GIF from NASA cuts deep<p>Look at this GIF that NASA just released:<p>Watch Pluto slowly spin and increasingly come into focus while Charon, one of the dwarf planet's moons, dances in orbit. While you're staring, think about the nine-year-long journey through space that New Horizons — a …

Mars and Venus have already lost their oceans–Earth could be next

We already knew about Venus. We had our suspicions about Mars. Now we’re sure.<p>Our two closest solar system neighbors once had oceans—planet-encircling, globe-girdling, Earth-like oceans. But waterbearing planets are fragile. Venus didn’t have the right stuff and lost her oceans to space. We have …

Six Pictures of Beautiful, Bizarre Worms That Slink Or Swim

It’s International Polychaete Day, so let’s give these humble, but critical-to-the-food-web, animals their day in the spotlight.<p>It was only a matter of time before the humble worm got its own day. July 1 is the first International Polychaete Day, and museums around the world—including the …

Billionaire Saudi prince to give away $32 billion fortune

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal to donate entire $32 billion wealth to his charitable foundation<p>Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the Saudi Arabian billionaire and one of the world's richest people, announced on Wednesday that he will donate all of his wealth of $32 billion (£20.5 billion) to charity over the …

Talking Swords on the Brooklyn Set of History's New Reality-Competition Series

We hung out with the smiths behind Forged in Fire and lived to tell the tale.<p>A crusader broadsword arced into a raw cow femur, clacking as it impacted. The bone, horizontal on a rack in the back room of a Brooklyn studio, weathered four additional blows before it cracked apart as the sword sliced …

The Best of Men’s Street Style

<b>London Men's Fashion Week Spring 2016</b><br>Streetwear-inspired shapes, clashing prints, and bright colors rule the streets outside of the first day of the London Men's Fashion Week Spring 2016 shows. See all the best looks here.<p><b>Denim on Denim on Denim</b><br>Though the bomber is hanging on to its moment, the …

Chile’s largest city temporarily shut down due to smog 'emergency'

Measures relaxed on Monday night after cars were ordered off streets of Santiago, businesses shut and 7 million residents told to stay indoors<p>Authorities in Chile’s capital shut down hundreds of businesses and ordered hundreds of thousands of cars off the streets on Monday as a grey carpet of smog …

Super-thin E Ink watch is the latest crowdfunding casualty

You're about to get an all-too-blunt reminder of why crowdfunding sites shouldn't be treated like stores. Central Standard Timing has shelved its extra-thin, Kickstarter-backed CST-01 watch after running into numerous production problems. The project is nearly out of money, and the team has ditched …

The Mad Bladesmith Behind the World's Greatest Kitchen Knives

Bob Kramer is a metal fanatic, fond of cooking his own steel from scratch. The result has been some of the most exquisite kitchen tools ever made.<p>Bob Kramer is a craftsman, in the most practical sense of the word. He is a man who lets his work and its product guide him more than the whims of the …

NASA's New Horizon captures 'near-true color' images of Pluto (VIDEO)

The US space agency has published the first 'near-true color' images of the remote dwarf planet Pluto and its largest satellite taken by the New …

Eye-Popping Works of Street Art Made Using Masking Tape

Unlike other street artists, Buff Diss‘s medium of choice for decorating crumbling walls, the sides of old buildings, and asphalt roads with eye-popping art is masking tape. Treating the city as his canvas, the Australian artist creates strikingly unique street illustrations ranging in subject …

Hollywood Actresses Are Depicted in Breathtakingly Life-like Watercolor Portraits

Italian illustrator Davide Morettini is incredibly talented when it comes to depicting famous female stars in breathtakingly realistic watercolor portraits. These life-like images showcase profiles of world-famous actresses–including: Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, and Nicole Kidman–who are …

Front row seats to the greatest show on earth

Villa Melana, a Modern House in Greece with Great Sea Views

Villa Melana, a modern country house with breathtaking sea views in Tyros, Greece.<p>Villa Melana is a collaborative project by the architects Valia …

24 hours in Cape Town

It’s 65km from Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (the city’s most visited attraction) to the wind-whipped tip of the peninsula in the Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve, past majestic Table Mountain, golden beaches, charming fishing villages, verdant vineyards and a colony of super cute …

Top 10 Ocean Views

Travel<p>The high points where land and sea meet provide dramatic vistas of craggy shorelines and pounding oceans.<p><b>Mirador Escénico, San Carlos, Mexico</b><p>This scenic lookout, four miles from San Carlos, gives a peerless view over the Gulf of California, dramatic Tetakawi—a volcanic hill jutting out of …

Top 10

101 things to do in London

The best things to do in London<p>1<p>RBG Kew<p>Attractions, Parks and gardens<p>Wander around Temperate House in Kew Gardens<p>Kew<p>The return of the newly restored …

England

7 London tube maps that might be better than the new official one

LONDON —The original map of the London Underground is a design classic. That's not disputed, and in fact Harry Beck's 1933 version has featured in …

London Underground

How to have a budget break in Iceland

‘Iceland is too expensive to visit if you’re on a budget’. Along with ‘don’t eat the street food – it will make you ill’<i>,</i> this is one of the great travel myths. And it could lead you to miss out on some amazing experiences.<p>True, Iceland can be eye-wateringly pricey, but with some planning it is …

Loneliness

The Big Picture photography competition: round 358