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Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

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Boko Haram Claims It Kidnapped 200 Nigerian Schoolgirls

ABUJA, Nigeria - The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has threatened to sell hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted during a raid last month, the French news agency AFP reported on Monday.<p>AFP said it had obtained a video from Boko Haram showing the group's leader Abubakar Shekau claiming …

The Best of the Wild Atlantic Way

In ancient times, Ireland’s dramatic western seacoast was thought to be the edge of the world. Now a 1,500-mile touring route, the <b>Wild Atlantic Way</b>, hugs this same terrain, connecting more than 150 “discovery points” worth exploring, from MalinHead in the north to Mizen Head in the south.<p>Here are …

The Flight Attendant's Guide to Hotel Safety

Putting your oxygen mask on first is a great lesson you probably learned from a flight attendant. I know I've learned many life lessons from my colleagues over the years. Airline crews are away from home and family sometimes half the year or more. Staying safe on the road is a priority. Here are …

First trailer for Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton

After an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, the first trailer for director Jim Jarmusch’s (<b>Coffee and Cigarettes</b>, <b>Broken Flowers</b>) vampire romance</b> …

The Week in Spandex - X-Men: Days of Future Past, Thor: The Dark World, Batman vs. Superman, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Deadpool, Justice League: War and more

<b>Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Deadpool, The</b> …

Captivating Time-Lapse Captures Over 700 Hot Air Balloons Lifting Off into the Sky

What better subject for a time-lapse than 700+ colorful bags of hot air rising into the sky all at once, many of them shaped like beloved (or …

A Male Belly Dancer, Social Activism On Instagram, 'Thriller'

The online magazine <i>Ozy</i> covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins <i>All Things Considered</i> regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.<p>This week, he tells NPR's Arun Rath about a socially conscious photographer who has chosen Instagram as his platform, …

Jake Bugg: 'You never forget where you're from'

Early afternoon in Austin, Texas, and Jake Bugg is perhaps having cause to regret one of his most famous lyrics. It's the line from "Two Fingers", one of five singles he released last year, that goes: "Skin up a fat one, hide from the feds…"<p>"Our bus got pulled over by the cops in Arizona," mutters …

'Tai Chi' Master: Keanu Reeves Takes The Director's Chair

<b>Man Of Tai Chi</b><p>Director: Keanu Reeves<br>• Genre: Action<br>• Running Time: 179 minutes<p><i>Rated R for violence</i><p><i>With:</i> Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves, Karen Mok, Simon Yam<p><i>In Cantonese, Mandarin and English with subtitles</i><p>Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, <i>Man of Tai Chi,</i> is basically the anti-<i>Kill Bill.</i> Both movies are …

Shooting with RAW Settings in Photography

Many cameras now offer the option to save captured photos in the RAW file format. RAW capture brings with it an extra processing step. This step …

Portraits of a ravaged land: incredible photography by Nick Brandt

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Top 10 Hotels & Resorts in the U.S. (Photos)

Domestic Chic<p>The world’s best hotels and resorts aren’t necessarily overseas. In this list, readers pick the most impressive properties right here at …

22 Epic Places You Didn't Know Existed

The world is full of wonders... wonders we know about (the Grand Canyon) and those we might not (see below). But it's important to note that this earth we all live on is an insanely beautiful place. In case you don't have the time (or funds) to visit these spectacular places, we thought we'd do you …

14 Favorite Fall Destinations

TravelDigital Nomad<p>The world turns and seasons change—summer has passed and led us into gentler autumn with its changing leaves and more rigid schedule. The kids are back in school, and work is revving back up again, but there is no such thing as a bad time to go wandering.<p>Next month, National …

Phenomenal Footage Of A Dancer Battling With Light

There's few dance videos quite as breathtaking as 'Nuance'.<p>Created by Marc-Antoine Locatelli it's the near perfect blend of choreography, motion …

Glimpses into animal life

<b>FROM CAPTURING SNAPSHOTS OF</b> behaviour to revealing up-close features of a threatened species, photography has the power to educate and inspire when …

Nature Photography

How To Take Ridiculously Unique Photos

by Steven McConnell How do you make your photography more meaningful, moving and unique? Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the idea that our …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Long Exposure Captures a Lot of Lightning in Utah

Mount Timpanogos, or “Timp” as some would call it, is the second highest mountain in Utah’s Wasatch Range. It towers over the Orem, Pleasant Grove …

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Private Islands With Awesome Vacation Rentals For Every Budget (PHOTOS)

Don't have the funds of Sir Richard Branson or Johnny Depp, but still want to getaway from it all...even other people? Have no fear, TripAdvisor has done us a solid and pulled together eight private islands with vacation homes for rent for every budget.<p>So if you really want to get away from it all …

5 Whimsical Treehouse Hotels in Britain

What could be more romantic—or, if you’re a child, more exciting—than being tucked away in a cozy treehouse surrounded by beautiful woodlands? …

11 Ways to Save When Shopping for Shoes

<i>By Andrea Woroch for GalTime.com</i><p>These days, luxury shoe brands have just as much cache in Hollywood as gowns by Versace and Vera Wang. Although few of us can afford runway-quality footwear, there are plenty shopping tricks to follow for bagging name brands for less. Here are 11 ways you can save on …

Personal Finance

That time I got married at Burning Man

In a matter of hours, he would be my husband.<p>Late that morning, on the way back from the bank of porta-potties at 8:30 & Dandelion, I looked up to …

Burning Man

Best of the World Weekly

Each week National Geographic Traveler editors select a seasonal trip showcasing the world's best destinations to visit right now.

How to Turn a Smartphone Panorama Into a ‘Tiny Planet’ Photo

Ever since Google released the Photosphere feature for their Nexus devices, I have been obsessed with making tiny planets. The photosphere feature …