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Best Trips 2014

TravelBest Of<p>National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Photographing Fireworks

10 All-American Summer Road Trips

Drive, We Said<p>There's nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and crumpled maps obsolete—but one essential …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Mutual Funds

Summer 2014’s 40 Must-See Music Festivals

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival<p><b>When:</b> April 25th-May 4th<p><b>Where:</b> Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans, Louisiana<p><b>Why Go:</b> An eclectic …

Watch online as asteroid sweeps within moon’s distance today

Watch online as asteroid 2014 DX110 sweep closer than the moon on Wednesday, March 5.<p>A known asteroid will sweep within 217,000 miles (about 350,000 …

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

DIY Travel Hacks That Will Change How You Pack Forever

Packing for a trip can be a daunting task, this we know.<p>Whether you're concerned about saving space in your bag or the size restrictions on the liquid toiletries, organizing all of your belongings into one spot seems like an impossible feat. What better way to hack your way to a more efficient …

America's best craft breweries

It wasn't long ago when the American beer market was dominated by a handful of acrid, factory-produced brews that bore only a passing resemblance to what those in other climes called 'beer'. Thankfully, those days of choking down foul-tasting swill are long gone, with an explosion of microbreweries …

Beer

13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …

Creativity

16 Slow-Cooking Recipes for a Slow Weekend

There are the nights when dinner can't come fast enough—when we need a hot meal on the table in less time than it takes to watch an episode of TV in our pajamas (and when we proceed to watch 5 episodes after that). On such nights, we pat ourselves on the back for the fact that we cooked at all.<p>And …

Slow Cookers

Best Places to Party on Spring Break

Spring break is a time to forget about your carefully crafted workout regimen, abandon responsibilities, and party. But getting wasted at home isn't any fun, which is why <i>Outside</i> has teamed up with the authors of <i>101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die</i> to bring you some of the best spring-break …

10 Places Every American Should See

Think you know America's essential sights? Compare your past trips with our picks for domestic destinations every citizen should visit -- from pop culture icons to patriotic landmarks.<p>California's Pacific Highway 1 runs 135 miles between San Luis Obispo and Monterey.<p><i>Photo Courtesy Wangkun Jia /</i> …

Grand Canyon

Finding Love in a Ski Resort: The Odds Are Good but Goods Are Odd

Do you go for the one with the large... acreage... or do you opt for the one that everyone else has already dated? It's a difficult dance, one that takes years to master.<p>Finding the perfect ski resort is like finding the perfect boyfriend--in many areas, the odds may be good, but the goods may be …

Jackson Hole

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

The WikiLeaks Mole

On a recent frigid night near Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson slips into a bubbling geothermal pool at a suburban swim club. The …

Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun

Expect higher-than-usual tides in the days following the January 31, 2018, full supermoon.<p>In most places, but not everywhere, there are two high …

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."<p>I did. And what I saw was somebody doing something new in the world, something deeply …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

The Science Guy Wants Money For Space Exploration

Mr. President, you have been officially called out by Bill Nye, “The Science Guy.”<p>In a video appeal to President Barack Obama released Thursday …

Comet Ison: how to spot it

If Comet Ison survives its trial by fire as it buzzes the sun on Thursday, it should light up night skies during December. Pete Lawrence, the BBC's The Sky At Night presenter, sent through the following advice for those in the northern hemisphere wanting to see the comet. Unfortunately, the comet …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Understanding The Basics of SLR Photography

Knowing how to use your SLR is not as awkward as it would seem. Imagine that your camera is a box that lets in light. On top of that box is a …

The 19 Most Beautiful Places In The World Are Hidden In America

Europe is great and Asia is awesome, but the song says <i>America</i> the beautiful.<p>These hidden places prove you don't need to spend big bucks and make a transatlantic trek-- the world's most beautiful wonders have been here all along, right in your American backyard.<p><b>Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone</b> …

Bucket List Adventures You Can Actually Afford

Custer State Park is located just an hour's drive south of Mount Rushmore and is one of those places where reaching it is half the fun. There very few places on earth where you can actually get stuck in traffic because a herd of buffalo decided to cross the road.<p><i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.</i> …

Ziplining

What is the difference between a lager and an ale?

Hint: it has nothing to do with the beer's flavor.<p>For the average beer drinker, the difference between an ale and a lager comes down to how the beer looks, smells, and tastes. Ales tend to be fruity-estery, while lagers are clean-tasting and frequently described as "crisp." But to a brewer, the …

Here are 5 ways iOS 7 can help the enterprise

Since the release of the first beta release to developers in June 2013, iOS 7 has been making news in the tech world. With the public release just a …

Stow And Go

A kayaking kit that won’t eat up storage space.<p>1) LIFE JACKET<p>The low-profile M.I.T. 100 inflates faster than most vests. When submerged, water dissolves a wood-based powder that covers a pin, which strikes the CO2 inflation cartridge. The process takes less than four seconds. <b>Mustang Survival M.I.T.</b> …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

9 Ways To Improve iOS 7's Battery Life

iOS 7 has been out for a few weeks now, and people are torn.<p>While some of the new features are fabulous, and others are making us crazy, there's one thing we can all agree on: iOS 7 is not helping our battery life. As Ars Technica discovered, iOS 7 kills battery life faster than iOS 6.1 on every …