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Thailand Photos

See photos of Thailand (including Bangkok, the Reclining Buddha, Phuket, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.


Chinese New Year on February 15-16

The 2018 Chinese New Year – which coincides with the February new moon – starts February 16 in Asia (February 15 in the west) and rings in the Year …

Scientists find new anxiety circuit in the brain - Futurity

Biologists have found a neural circuit that could offer more clues into how the brain processes anxiety.

Here's Why Scientists Are Shooting Rockets at an Aurora

The best way to study the Northern Lights? Travel to Alaska with a big rocket loaded with scientific instruments.<p><b>Update</b>: Success! In the wee hours of this morning, on the seventh night of the mission's second launch window, Marilla Samara's team launched their rocket into an aurora. Data coming …

Northern Lights

Smallpox: Last refuge of an ultimate killer

In July 2014, long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box were discovered at a research centre near Washington. Until then, it was believed that only two places on Earth guard the last remaining samples of this killer virus. As Rachel Nuwer discovered in this feature, first published …

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

The Brain

Giant boulders plough through Italian farm - in pictures

A landslide in northern Italy caused several boulders to roll down a hillside in Ronchi di Termeno, destroying a barn, barely missing a farmhouse and leaving a trail of destruction through vineyards

Ukraine president signs amnesty but anger remains, currency slumps | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s embattled President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday signed into law an amnesty for demonstrators detained during mass unrest and repealed anti-protest legislation, in a fresh bid to take the heat out of the political crisis.<p>But the move by Yanukovich, which demonstrated he …

Time running out for China's one-child policy after three decades

Chen Xi once saw the one-child policy as a brick wall, unyielding and inevitable. Now she considers it a nuisance.<p>The turning point came in November when, just as she began the fifth month of her pregnancy, Beijing announced a big change to the contentious policy, allowing couples to have two …

Amanda Knox Found Guilty Again: Why the Court Could Be (Sort of) Right

The latest verdict from an Italian Appeals court finding Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murdering her roommate …