Rachel Gulbranson

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Unique Engagement Ring Box Pirouettes the Ring Like a Blooming Flower

Marriage proposals can be scary, even if you know that the other person will say yes. How and where you'll ask is always a factor, as well as where to hide the ring. After all, it'd be tragic if it were discovered beforehand. A slimline engagement ring box called <i>Clifton</i> solves this potential …

Weddings

The 7 Most Important Fitness Tracker Measurements

How they work and what healthy data looks like<p>In early 2015, Apple will release its first major product since 2010 -- a health tracker dubbed Apple Watch -- that will reportedly log a litany of biometric information using 10 different sensors. The wrist device has the same aesthetic as the Nike …

Apple Watch

Read J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter story about a singing sorceress

<i>J.K. Rowling is serving up another dose of Harry Potter for her die-hard fans, this time in the form of a biography of</i> <i>one of her favorite,</i> <i>albeit</i> <i>lesser-known characters in</i> <i>the Harry Potter universe. The</i> <i>story comes from Pottermore.com, the online home for the world of Harry Potter,</i> <i>which</i> s<i>hared her</i> …

Books

Bill Nye Fights Back

How a mild-mannered children’s celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.<p><i>Photographs by F. Scott Schafer</i><p>Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell,” Bill Nye said. He was prepping for a Super Bowl party and making pizza dough from a recipe given …

Bill Nye

21 Films to Look Forward to in 2014

World War II dramas, dystopian teen trilogies, time travel, Bible stories, and more<p>The coming year in cinema is shaping up to be strikingly symmetrical: As one major dystopian YA franchise arrives, another winds down. As one World War II drama kicks off the year, another caps it off. The first …

Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

9 Vegetarian Casseroles Even Meat Eaters Will Love

Take veggies, add cheese and your favorite starch (pasta, polenta, rice), and you're in one-dish dinner heaven.<p>Another Reason to Love the Tiny Little …

Backpacking Southeast Asia: The Ultimate Guide

<b>You’re going to love</b> backpacking Southeast Asia!<p>It’s one of the most captivating and amusing areas of the world.<p>I’ve been slowly migrating around …

Aw: The World Through A Polar Bear's Eyes [Video]

A camera-collar lets you vicariously swim and frolic and eat raw fish.<p>Meet Tasul, a polar bear at the Oregon Zoo taking part in a research project to help zoologists understand polar bear behavior (and maybe, by extension, strategies for preserving the species). Tasul wears an accelerometer, which …

Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices

<i>These children [to be sacrificed to the mountain and other gods] would be collected from all over the land and would be carried in litters together … They should be very well dressed, paired up female and male.</i><p><b>Juan de Betanzos, 1551</b><p><i>Human nature would not allow them to kill their own children … if</i> …

Top Things to Do in Japan

When it comes to the top things to do in Japan, including Kyoto, Tokyo and beyond, most travelers have a list of major sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums, or neighborhoods to explore. But for many, Japan's unique culture is an attraction unto itself and simply being immersed into …

Vietnam tips: a first-timer's guide

Vietnam's long-held position as a travel icon is more than deserved. In no other country is the collision of Southeast Asia's past, present and future so stark. At times, this clash can seem so confronting and confusing as to send even experienced travellers fleeing for the nearest luxury hotel. …

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

<i>O</i>'s Summer Beauty Survival Handbook

Bugs are biting, the sun is burning, your hair is expanding. For every problem—even the worst-case scenarios—we've found you the best solutions.<p>How …

What Happens When Stars Collide?

In this case, you get a newly observed kind of pulsating star.<p>It sure would be interesting to watch two stars run into each other — from a safe distance, of course. One can imagine there would be quite the titanic battle going on between their competing gravitational forces, throwing off gas and …

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

10 Must-See Places During a Trip to China

In recent years, China has made an incredible leap onto the international tourism stage and is currently one of 2013's most popular destinations. While most attention is being directed at China's rapid modernization as symbolized by the glittering metropolis of Shanghai, China is still an ancient …

Tibet

Vatican to announce John Paul II 'miracle'

The Vatican has secretly attributed a mystery miracle to the late John Paul II, clearing the way for him to be declared a saint.<p>The Holy See has yet to reveal what the miracle was or where and when it took place but <b>Vatican</b> sources said it would “amaze the world”.<p>It concerns the “extraordinary …

NASA Chooses 8 New Astronauts for Future Missions, Including to Mars

The United States space agency NASA picked eight astronauts out of a gigantic pool of applicants on June 17, and some of these astronauts will …

U.S. Air Force

Laser scans flesh out the saga of Cambodia's 1,200-year-old lost city

Laser-scanning technology reveals that the Cambodian lost city of Mahendraparvata, dating back to a time before Angkor Wat, was much more extensive than previously thought. The latest word about the high-tech hunt for hidden ruins came over the weekend in an on-the-scene report from Australia's …

10 Deadliest Animals in the World

We humans are constantly putting in efforts to make a better and safer life for ourselves, but the world remains a dangerous place. As for wild …

White Shark

Visions of the universe: 20 historic images - Telegraph

Why did dinosaurs evolve feathers?

A common creationist canard is the supposedly unanswerable "what use is half a wing?". Apparently there to confound biologists, what it generally …

Why did the Neanderthals die out?

The puzzle is one of the greatest surrounding our species. On a planet that bristled with different types of human being, including Neanderthals and …