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Cruising in Vietnam Without the Crowds: A Savvy Traveler's Guide

THE ROCKY ISLETS resolved through the haze at the bow, and the captain slowed the boat so we could take it all in. Some of the islands stood densely packed like monks in conclave, others lone and admonitory like the fins of monstrous sea creatures. As I cruised through Vietnam’s Bai Tu Long …

These award-winning photos show planet Earth in ways you've never seen it

It's easy to get caught up in worrying about how crazy the world is. But sometimes it's important to stop and remember that it's also beautiful.<p>There are ice caves that shimmer sapphire blue, glowing swirls in the sky as particles carried by solar wind collide with Earth's atmosphere, and serene …

10 Powerful Features of Photoshop Photographers Need to Know

Photoshop is an amazing tool that most photographers find themselves using on a daily basis. It has countless features, and with the new Photoshop …

Wine Is Good for Your Brain, According to Science

Let's drink to that, shall we?<p>Wine lovers can be pretty pumped about the latest research.<p>According to a study published in <i>Frontiers in Human Neuroscience</i>, master sommeliers — or wine experts — have acute senses of smell, along with larger, thicker parts of the brain. It's thought that this …

Wine

I spent six days cycling around the Norfolk coast with my husband. It was such a change from my usual trips, where I’d get on a flight to drink beer in another city<p>In the past nine months my bicycle has become my most important possession, taking me to work but also enabling me to get away from …

Coastlines

How language is processed by your brain

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you read a sentence (such as this one) about kicking a ball, neurons related to the motor function of your leg and foot will be activated in your brain. Similarly, if you talk about cooking garlic, neurons associated with smelling will fire up. Since it is almost impossible to do or …

Not all memories really happened: What experts wish you knew about false memories

Just because you’re absolutely confident you remember something accurately doesn’t mean it’s true<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Every memory you have ever had is chock-full of errors. I would even go as far as saying that memory is largely an illusion.<p>This is because …

The Logic-Defying Double-Slit Experiment Is Even Weirder Than You Thought

Just by observing the process of the experiment, everything changes.<p>Do you remember the double-slit experiment? It's one of the weirder experiments in modern physics, and cuts to the heart of the weirdness of quantum mechanics. Basically, waves that pass through two narrow, parallel slits will form …

Quantum Physics

World’s most bizarre natural phenomena

From Australia’s bubblegum-pink lake to a blood-red waterfall in Antarctica, these seven destinations are some of the world’s strangest sights.<p>Majestic mountains and sparkling seas always attract travellers – but sometimes nature has a bigger trick up her sleeve. To track down some of the world’s …

Nature

8 Personality Traits of Highly Intelligent People (Backed by Science)

The scientific reasoning behind some of the personality traits that smart people share.<p>Over on Quora, more than 100 people have answered the question "What are the common traits of highly intelligent people?"<p>Some users claim to know from personal experience; others are just taking an educated guess.<p>…

Roadtrip Guide: Cruising the California Coastline from LA to SF

So, you want to take the famous drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Too many people decide to roadtrip the fastest and easiest route (state …

How To Experience Tuscany Like a Local

The secret to having the most authentic vacation under the Tuscan sun.<p>As someone who's never traveled to Italy, I always envisioned my first time visiting the country would entail doing all the same, overdone, staple tourist activities like visiting the Colosseum, throwing pennies into the Trevi …

Italy

Travel Inspiration Road Trip Ideas

13 hidden attractions in London that even locals might not know exist

But the two-millennia-old city has much more to offer than Big Ben, the London Eye, and Trafalgar Square. London's streets are laced with underground speakeasies, rooftop gardens, historical relics, and oddly innovative forms of public transport.<p>We've collected 13 of the least conventional …

England

17 Best Rooftop Bars in New York City

Whether you're looking for beer gardens and mini golf, or bottle service and a scene.<p>A city that excels in making the most of what it's got, New York has a roster of rooftop bars that's second to none, capitalizing on Manhattan's stunning skyline and reliably compelling views. A decade ago, most …

New York City

66 Things to Do and See in Paris

From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most entertaining, most exquisite, and most quintessentially Parisian attractions and activities the city has to offer.<p>From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we've rounded up some of the most …

France

The secret to picking the perfect plane seat

Our Travel Hacks series features top tips to make your next holiday a lot less stressful.<p>In this video, Nick Trend, Telegraph Travel's Consumer Editor, suggests three ways to ensure you get the best possible plane seat.<p>Previous episodes have looked at how to survive a long-haul flight...<p>...how to …

Brain-to-brain interfaces have arrived, and they are absolutely mindblowing

In a stunning first for neuroscience, researchers have created an electronic link between the brains of two rats, and demonstrated that signals from …

28 breathtaking photos of Mongolia’s reindeer tribe

By Jarryd Salem and Alesha Bradford / NOMADasaurus<p>In an isolated corner of northern Mongolia, straddling the border of Russian Siberia, a small but …

Will emoji become a new language?

Emoji are already butting their heads with traditional words, but could they take over completely? Linguist Neil Cohn casts his expert eye over the pictures taking the world by storm.<p>The year 2015 could be called the year of the emoji. They have landed a teenage boy in a police cell and prompted …

Language

The Best National Parks for Fall Foliage

From the Eastern Seaboard to the towering mountain ranges of the American West, these National Parks are the best places to fulfill your fall foliage …

A Motorcycle Tour of Saigon's Best Street Eats

Join us on a motorcycle ride through Ho Chi Minh City (but everyone still calls it Saigon) as we sample the best street-side eats in a city famous for its fast and delicious cuisine.<p>Vietnam’s capital has all the verve of other Asian metropolises, but the breakneck freneticism so characteristic of …

The best spots for incredible views in 15 cities around the world

Iconic buildings such as New York City's Empire State Building and Paris' Eiffel Tower attract long lines of tourists and often have high prices.<p>Most big cities though have other options for breathtaking skyline views.<p>From Taipei to Toronto, we've rounded up 15 lesser-known places where you can …

I Heart My City: Sevcan’s Istanbul

<b>Sevcan Celik</b> fulfilled a lifelong dream when she moved to <b>Istanbul</b>. Raised on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey, she relocated to the famously transcontinental city in 2009 to pursue a master’s degree and couldn’t be happier about the decision. “When I feel depressed, crossing the bridge is …

Travel

Watch GTA 5's virtual smartphone controlled with a real smartphone, thanks to this mod

It's been only two weeks since <i>Grand Theft Auto 5 l</i>aunched on PC, and already someone has created the game's smartphone in real life.<p>This isn't the iFruit companion app, which gamers have been using to supplement their <i>GTA 5</i> experiences, on iOS and Android devices, since the game's 2013 introduction …

Grand Theft Auto

This Kentucky Conservative Owns A Tesla, Lives Off The Grid, And Is Democrats' New Go-To Republican

"No one should ever confuse me with a partisan; I’m clearly an ideologue," says Thomas Massie, the libertarian, gun-rights stalwart, MIT grad who is a surprising bipartisan.<p>WASHINGTON — Shortly after Thomas Massie arrived in Congress, the freshman Republican sought out Zoe Lofgren — a liberal from …