Nicholas Ostrowski

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Here’s Why You May Be Aging Faster Than Your Friends

We all have friends who were born in the same year but look years younger (or older) than we do. Now researchers say that such perceptions aren’t …

Medicine

The midwest has some of the most extreme weather in the US and these are the photos to prove it

Storm chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living following America's worst storms, from snarling tornadoes chewing up Kansas farmland to supercell thunderstorms in the Dakotas.<p>A Nebraska-native, Hollingshead used to watch the Midwest's extreme weather from hills that overlooked his town. …

Route 66: The Center of the Universe

The fur coat in my hands costs $185,000.<p>The price tag states it clearly—the coat costs the same as a three-bedroom house in this town.<p>But then the lady with heavy pink lipstick whispers at me, her cupped hand hushing the secret that only the two of us know, “I could probably get you half-off for …

Humphrey Bogart's Affair to Remember

Humphrey Bogart, Verita Thompson<p>Bogie and Bacall - The two actors seemed like the perfect couple and I'm sure they really did love each other, but, …

Doris Day: Why she left Hollywood

When life seemed so much simpler in America - a half century or so ago - Doris Day was America’s sweetheart, the beloved “girl next door” and a huge …

A Taste of Everywhere in L.A.

I enjoy eating out in L.A. more than any other city in the world. That’s a bold statement, especially coming from a New Yorker, but the combination of superior produce grown in a Mediterranean climate, fresh (and inexpensive) sushi, comfort food at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, and …

Route 66: Johnnie’s Onion Burgers

In Oklahoma, you can measure a restaurant by the number of cowboy hats in the room.<p>Sunday noon at Johnnie’s Grill I only counted four, each one a foot taller than anybody’s head. The families walked in after church and everyone bowed over their food, barely talking. The police were there, too—also …

Stunning Views of the Raja Ampat Indonesian Islands

Raja Ampat is four Indonesian islands that are hardly known about. It can be found off the northwest of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New …

35 surprising facts about sharks that might change your opinion of them

SHARKS ARE FISH that have cartilage instead of bones, a dorsal fin, and toothlike scales. Beyond that, few similarities exist among the 400 species …

This Is What It Looks Like To Dive Between Continents

This takes "two places at once" to a whole new (lower) level.<p>The Silfra fissure is a deep, watery crack that separates the North American and Eurasian continents. It's the place where two massive tectonic plates once met and now slowly drift apart, causing earthquakes about once per decade.<p>For …

Duke Ellington’s Symphony in Black, Starring a 19-Year-old Billie Holiday

In September of 1935 Paramount Pictures released a nine-minute movie remarkable in several ways. <i>Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life</i> is one of …

Happy Birthday, Lady Day

Today would have been the ninety-ninth birthday of the jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday. In a joint Profile of the American singers Teddi King, Mary Mayo, and Barbara Lea in the February 27, 1978 issue of the magazine, Lea said of Holiday:<p>What she did, especially in the early days, was …

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The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Hot Springs

Diving in the Solomon Islands

World-class diving awaits you in the underwater realms of the Solomon Islands. The marine biodiversity is exceptional, incredibly healthy reefs look like a Garden of Eden and the absence of crowds is a prime draw. Another clincher is the mindboggling array of WWII wrecks – ships, aircraft and even …

Exploring the Big Island's volcanoes & valleys

The youngest of Hawaii’s main islands – and it's still growing, with over 500 acres of new land added over the last 30 years– the Big Island of Hawai‘i overflows with outdoor adventures. Here you can hike to the edge of the world’s longest-running volcanic eruption, then climb Hawaii’s two tallest …

Hiking

Tahiti and French Polynesia on a budget

No, there's no need to remortgage the house to visit Tahiti & French Polynesia. Despite a reputation for opulence and exclusivity, it's perfectly possible to visit these dreamy islands on a limited budget – if you make the right decisions.<p>Affordable accommodation<p>Glossy brochures focus on …

French Polynesia

Galápagos wildlife spotting: why you should go underwater

This Pacific archipelago, 1000km adrift of the Ecuadorian mainland, has been called many things: evolution in action, a living museum, a 'little world within itself'. And they’re all true.<p>Visitors come to coo at the wildlife – the giant tortoises that lumber across the highlands, the comical …

Nature

Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island

Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island-hopping?<p>Wherever you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, fantastic beaches, friendly faces and <i>ono grinds</i> (good eats) are practically guaranteed, but every island has a …

National Parks

Top 10 Maui travel experiences

Admit it – you’re grinning already, even before you step on the plane. It starts with the idea of Maui… the anticipation. With the abundance of white beaches, waterfalls, and waves, what is there not to love? With all this island has to offer, you may be wondering where to start – never fear we got …

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Hawaii's hush-hush getaway

Beaches all to yourself, no queues at restaurants or attractions – welcome to Molokai'i, Hawaii minus the hustle.<p>Moloka'i isn't just some 'undiscovered gem' – in fact, it's been thoroughly discovered. It's just that its residents have made sure that tourism happens on their terms. There is very …

Native Hawaiians

Hawaii for beach haters

What's the first thing you think of when you think of Hawaii? The foaming-white sea lapping at a golden-sand beach surrounded by palm trees swaying in the breeze? Well, sure - Hawaii's one of the world's ultimate beach destinations, an island paradise made for lying out in the sun sipping daiquiris …

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Top 20 Hawaiian vistas

When it comes to spectacular views in Hawaii, there’s not a bad seat in the house. The islands are stunning, spacious theaters for awe-inspiring panoramic performances, and sometimes you don’t even have to get out of your car – but at least roll down the window. Here are our 20 favorite easy-access …

Hiking

Maui for foodies

From the steep slopes of volcanic Haleakala to the wealth of surf spots, Maui beckons lovers of sun, sand and surf. But venture just beyond the hotel buffet and discover what a foodie destination the Valley Island has become.<p>Maui’s culinary landscape is heavily influenced by fresh, local and ‘<i>ono</i> …

Maui

Essential Bali travel tips: what to know before you go

From navigating the crowds to being monkey-savvy, there are a few tricks to getting the best out of a trip to Bali. We’ve rounded up 15 top tips to bank for your next visit to the Island of the Gods.<p>Expect crowds<p>One of the most touristed islands on earth, Bali isn’t exactly an untouched paradise. …

Bali

Hana: not just the end of Maui's most famous road

Road trippers consider the 52 miles, 59 bridges and 620 curves of the Hana Highway to be one of the finest driving roads on earth, and the ultimate option to chill out, ditch Maui’s tourist-heavy areas, and enjoy the emerald and azure scenery of east Maui’s coastline. But what if you’re looking to …

Outdoors

Five ways to experience Tahiti's waterfall valleys

Aside from a skinny circle of coastline and fringing reef, Tahiti is made up of enticing basalt peaks and fern-lined valleys streaked with sky-high waterfalls. This side of the island is often overlooked and getting into it takes some sweat – so cool off in a few waterfalls and refuel on wild …

Hiking

O'ahu's Top Scenic Drives

The island of Oʻahu offers much more for adventurous travellers than just the historic streets of Honolulu and Waikiki's beach resorts. Hitting the island’s roads allows you full licence to check out some of Hawai‘i's most spectacular scenic drives. Along the way, you’ll see everything from …

Snorkelling