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Russia’s Arctic north: top 10 experiences

Russia’s Arctic north draws adventurers looking for the unvarnished Russia: gritty yet lively northern cities; tranquil, remote villages amid placid lakes; and the incomparable Arctic scenery – the impressive tundra, boundless forests, snow-tipped mountains and the northern lights. The country’s …

The 5 Cheapest Places In Europe, According To TripAdvisor

The secret's out: Europe is <i>extremely</i> cheap right now. The euro is nearly equal to the dollar (for now, at least), and flight prices are largely on the decline, too. Hotels and Airbnb rental prices are affordable across the board, making this one of the best times to visit Europe that we've seen in …

Articles about warsaw loft multifunctional furniture on Dwell.com - Dwell

To maximize their small Warsaw loft, transatlantic designers Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski and Becky Nix handcrafted a fleet of...<p>Using multifunctional furniture, an apartment in Warsaw rearranges at a moment's notice.<p>A father-son architectural duo experiment with a compact, modular home with …

Striking Street Photos Document the Vibrant Culture of NYC in the '70s and '80s

For over 30 years, every since his days as an NYU film student, Robert Herman has roamed the streets of New York City with his camera in hand to photograph the sights and people of his urban home. <i>The New Yorkers</i>, shot from 1978 to 2005 on Kodachrome color film, is his collection of candid photos …

I Heart My City: Caroline’s New Orleans

New Orleans native <b>Caroline Gerdes</b> may have recently moved to Washington, D.C., but she loves her hometown. So much so that she recently spent a year–with the help of a Young Explorers grant from the National Geographic Society–of her life working on an oral history project about the Ninth Ward, …

Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate

Drake is worried that his waterfall is too loud. He rises from a wicker armchair and walks toward a control pad in the corner of his flagstone patio. …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

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See the Winning Nat Geo France Photojournalism Contest Photos

Human Journey<p>The Fujairah International Photo Competition in partnership with <i>National Geographic France</i> is now closed and we have chosen the winner—Abdollah Heidari from Iran has been awarded the Grand Prix of the 1st Fipcom/Nat Geo France photo contest.<p>Born in 1985 in Tehran, Heidari’s striking …

Q&A: Ukraine's Dangerous Turn Has Roots in History

Serhii Plokii, director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, gives a historical perspective to the country's crisis.<p>The political crisis in Ukraine intensified Thursday into armed conflict, with bodies scattered throughout Kiev's Independence Square, known as the Maidan, and …

Rollback of Women's Rights: Not Just in Afghanistan

Polygamy, stoning of adulterers, virginity testing, and laws that protect batterers are on the rise in increasingly conservative nations.<p>An Afghan law that protects perpetrators of domestic violence, new sharia criminal laws in Brunei that allow stoning, sexual assaults in Arab Spring countries, …