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The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don't know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

New York City

Amazing Experiences Every Traveler MUST Try!

Looking for something besides yet another trip to the beach for your next vacation? From cooking lessons in the hills of Tuscany to snorkeling the …

Journey to Canada’s secret sunshine coast

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the British Columbia paradise is where old growth forests collide with sandy beaches and razor-tipped mountains meet the wild Pacific waters.<p>Located just northwest of Vancouver, the 180km-long Sunshine Coast is picture-perfect Canada with an island-like …

Hiking

The Week In Numbers: Scientists Grow A Brain, Element 115 Exists, And More

<b>4 millimeters</b>: the size of a three-dimensional, self-organizing model of a developing human brain grown in a lab using stem cells<p><b>10 octillion</b>: the number of two-megaton nuclear bombs that would need to explode simultaneously to match the sound of a supernova<p><b>225 million years</b>: the time it would take …

A Campaign To Save The World's Ugliest Endangered Animals

The pig-nosed frog deserves your love (and cash for conservation), too.<p>It's well-known that the more adorable and charismatic of the endangered animals get most of the funding. That doesn't mean the cute animals, like the iconic panda, aren't worth saving, but it leaves a lot of the less photogenic …

FDA Approves Brainwave Device For Diagnosing ADHD

A 20-minute brainwave test improves ADHD diagnoses, according to company data submitted to the FDA.<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a brainwave-measuring device to help diagnose kids with ADHD, a first for the disorder.<p>The device detects two different types of brainwaves, theta …

Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy

Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome – albeit in isolated cells – raising the prospect of a radical therapy for …

Tough guts of female mice point to colitis - Futurity

MICHIGAN STATE (US) — Study shows female mice have a natural protection from certain digestive …

World's Biggest Virus May Have Ancient Roots

Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: <i>Pandoravirus</i>.<p>In mythology, opening Pandora's Box released evil into the world. But there's no need to panic. This new family of virus lives underwater and doesn't pose a major threat to human health.<p>"This is …

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Faroe Islands Wants To Sequence The Genes Of Every One Of Its Citizens

At least, everyone who wants it. But do they want it?<p>Welcome to the Faroe Islands, a beautiful rocky archipelago in the North Atlantic, a Danish territory located about halfway between Iceland and Scotland. It's a small and ancient place, with a population of around only 50,000, but with a distinct …

What's Next For Gene Patenting?

We take a look at how yesterday's Supreme Court ruling affects risk testing for breast cancer. Plus, this isn't the last word for gene patenting.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday on a landmark genetics case, involving the company that previously offered the only test in the world for two major …

12 Places You'd Never Believe Were In The UK

The UK landscape varies wildly, from the snow-swept peaks of Ben Nevis to the tropical looking, white sandy beaches of Cornwall. It wasn't for the weather, you'd probably never have to go abroad at all.

Scotland

You Shouldn't Bathe Your Bunny (UPDATE)

<i>Note: This post previously featured a video of rabbit being given a bath. Turns out it's not a great thing for them. Organizations such as the House Rabbit Society and the U.K.'s Rabbit Welfare Association discourage the practice of bathing a rabbit, and suggest that it should only be done on a</i> …

A Cure for Madagascar

Changing Planet<p>An old man walks along the road, head bent against the locust plague that glitters all around him. Photo courtesy of Cara Brook.<p><i>Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious</i> …

Splendid Landscapes Photography

The weekend is about to begin and it's time to check some super splendid photography, just for fun! I thought it would be great to share with you …

Photography

The new baker: chocolate tray bake with salted caramel ganache

A deliciously rich chocolate cake coated with a thick layer of salted-caramel chocolate ganache.<p>SERVES<p>Makes a 13 x 9in cake<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the cake</b><p>4½ tbsp cocoa powder<br>• 180g (6¼oz) plain flour<br>• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda<br>• 225g (8oz) dark chocolate, chopped<br>• 170g (6oz) unsalted butter<br>• 4 eggs<br>• 300g (10½oz) caster …

A guide to the great British outdoors

Beaches<p><b>From our experts' guides</b><p><b>From the guide to Devon</b><p><b>Wembury</b> Bill Oddie’s favourite beach for rock pooling, this south-coast spot near Plymouth has a marine information centre that runs summertime rock-pool rambles.<p><b>Bantham</b> Wetsuits outnumber bikinis on south Devon’s only surf beach. Look out for …

Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake

I made this cake on a whim. I didn’t feel like making ganache, so in desperation, I reached for the the half-eaten tub of Nutella I’d hidden on the …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

New Zealand

Family find ferret in toilet. Call police

Police officers in the Ukraine had to deal with a real furr-mergency when they were asked to help remove a ferret – from a toilet.<p>Two siblings from …

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: What Pro Athletes Eat In The Morning

Considering that their jobs are to be physically active, you might expect professional athletes to have the nutrition thing down pat. Food is fuel, after all, and sports stars need fuel by the bucketload.<p>Surprisingly, a number of pros who get by on pure athleticism alone don't necessarily give good …

50 Drives You Must Take In Your Lifetime

Ranging from the mountains of Montana and Wyoming to a breathtaking salt flat in Bolivia, the drives aren't to miss.

Hiking

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