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Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in March

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March:</b><p>Stop and smell the flowers during <b>Tokyo</b>‘s <b>Ueno Sakura Matsuri</b> (March 20-April 8), timed to coincide with peak bloom times for the 1,000+ cherry trees in …

Sochi 2014: 10 best motion blur shots at the Winter Olympics – in pictures

Using a slow shutter-speed to suggest motion is a common technique, but it’s a good one. Here are 10 shots from the Games which have made the most of motion blur

Bizarre Landslide Photos: Boulders Roll Onto Farm, Narrowly Missing House

A landslide in northern Italy hurtled boulders into a family vineyard.<p>Two huge boulders sent tumbling by a landslide narrowly missed a farmhouse in Ronchi di Termeno in northern Italy on January 21, 2014. The above photo, taken two days later, shows one of the boulders after it rumbled down the …

Ancient Ash Volcanoes Entombed Chinese Dinosaurs

Pompeii-style eruptions preserved ancient beasts in mass-death disasters.<p>The dinosaurs, birds, and early mammals found in the fossil beds of northern China are famous—both for their exceptional preservation and for their incredible diversity. But no one knew how they died or why hundreds of …

Epic California Drought and Groundwater: Where Do We Go From Here?

Changing Planet<p>Yesterday our team at the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling released a report on the California drought. The report describes the birds-eye view of statewide water resources that we see from the NASA GRACE satellite mission.<p>We’ve been working since the mid-1990’s, well before the …

The Fate of Forest Elephants: Andrea Turkalo Shares Her Experiences, Insights—and Concerns

Wildlife<p>Elephants at the Dzanga Bai. (Photograph courtesy Andrea Turkalo)<p><b>Andrea Turkalo is Associate Conservation Scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and cofounder of Cornell University’s</b> <b>The Elephant Listening Project</b> <b>at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York.</b><p>Turkalo is …

The baby bust

Declining fertility rates will transform the Asian family<p>This videographic is best viewed in full-screen mode<p>Latest stories<p>For 2018 World Cup …

Graphene: The wonder material being used to create thinner, stronger condoms and help fight spread of Aids

It's a "wonder" material with "limitless" potential and now a team of scientists is set to use graphene to develop a thinner, stronger, safer and …

Think Africa! - African American Issues

Britain's booming population is a blessing, not a curse

People are a good thing, the most precious resource in a rich economy, so the progressive-minded feel. Only misanthropists disagree or the dottier Malthusians who send green-ink tweets deploring any state assistance for child-rearing. So Thursday's population figures from the Office for National …

State pension age to be raised to 70 for today's young workers

Young people currently entering the workforce will have to wait until they are 70 before they can retire under plans to save £500bn over the next 50 years, George Osborne will signal on Thursday.<p>The chancellor will also use his autumn statement to demand £1bn in additional spending cuts in the hope …

Watch Felix Baumgartner's epic jump all over again in GoPro's Super Bowl commercial

Remember when Felix Baumgartner had the world on the edge of its seat with his daredevil Red Bull Stratos jump? Well, if you don't, and you're watching the big game this weekend, you'll likely get a good reminder thanks to a new GoPro ad. The 30 second spot shows some of the footage caught with its …

China's unwanted babies once mostly girls, now mostly sick, disabled

TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - Fangfang was just a few days old when she was abandoned on a near freezing New Year’s Day in north China.<p>Residents visit an abandoned baby (L) lying in a crib at a baby hatch in Guiyang, Guizhou province January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer<p>She was relatively lucky. Unlike …

Earth, Wind and Fire: The Extreme Weather of 2013

A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., May 20, 201<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Sue Ogrocki—AP

Enormous earthquakes ‘are missing’ from records

<b>The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.</b><p>Research suggests that half of all quakes measuring more than 8.5 in magnitude that hit in the 19th Century are missing from records.<p>Scientists are scanning historical …

Geology

North Korea executes Kim Jong-un's uncle as a traitor

Jang Song-thaek was a mentor to the young North Korean dictator until he was publicly purged last week.<p>The once-powerful uncle of <b>North Korean</b> leader Kim Jong-un has been executed for treason after being branded "despicable human scum", according to the state news agency.<p>Jang Song-thaek was a mentor …

Peru: Illegal Gold Miners Cause Deforestation in the Amazon

Selfies of 2013 – the best, worst and most revealing

This was the year that the selfie reached saturation point. Celebrities took them. Politicians took them, often – as with Obama this week – during the memorial services for other politicians. You're probably only half concentrating on this now, because you're too busy pouting into an iPhone in a …

Philippines rockets up list of countries most vulnerable to disaster

Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation because no one had anticipated the height of the waves or the strength of the storm surge, the UN's head of disaster risk in south-east Asia has admitted.<p>Jerry Velasquez said: "In the past, early warning systems were based on wind speeds, and then in …

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto.<p>The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century.<p>The chemical, that does not …

Coldest spot on Earth identified by satellite

<b>The coldest place on Earth has been measured by satellite to be a bitter minus 93.2 Celsius (-135.8F).</b><p>As one might expect, it is in the heart of Antarctica, and was recorded on 10 August, 2010.<p>Researchers say it is a preliminary figure, and, as they refine data from various space-borne thermal …

Earth Science

UsVsTh3m on Twitter: "This is what East London would have looked like if the Thames Barrier hadn’t been closed http://t.co/vbNy5OdUyj http://t.co/FeLs0KauTe"

Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals

In assisting Haiti quake survivors, start at the beginning: A birth certificate

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>PETIT GOAVE, Haiti, February 1 (UNHCR) - This was …

Social Issues

Winter storm aims at East Coast

A frigid winter storm system that put Dallas in the deep freeze will hit the East Coast on Sunday. Lucky for those people, it should be a one-day affair.<p>Snow, ice or freezing rain will fall on Washington, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston on Sunday, the National Weather Service said. On …

Hong Kong Central Roadside Pollution Surges to Toxic Levels

Nitrogen dioxide readings jumped in Hong Kong at two roadside pollution monitoring stations, reaching concentrations at which it becomes a toxic …

Video

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>Hosepipe bans for some despite water leaks<p>Some 22% of water supply is wasted …

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

Live the Rainbow<p>No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop …

China's Wide And Growing Wealth Gap