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Top 7 New Beach Hotels

Recently Audley has added several beach properties to our collection, from sophisticated, secluded hotels that are in keeping with their natural …

Sri Lanka

First Sighting of Rare Whale in New Waters

Changing Planet<p>One of the photos that helped identify the whale as an Omura’s. Photo courtesy Asha de Vos<p>While more than 125 National Geographic Explorers gathered at Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2017 Explorers Festival, hundreds more continued their Explorer …

Nature's patterns

WHY do honeycombs have hexagonal cells? Why are the florets in a sunflower arranged in a double spiral? In medieval times, these questions would have …

Charles Darwin

Solar paint turns air moisture into hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen itself is seen as a key part of our clean-energy future, but even better would be hydrogen produced using the power of the sun, rather than …

Energy

Nexus off-road camper fends off unfriendly terrain, laser-projects movies at camp

Ultimate explains that it used all of its two decades of experience in designing, tweaking and selling camping trailers when developing the …

Camping

The bike at 200: World's craziest rides, then and now

The beginning of bikes

Electric Vehicles

The oldest Homo sapiens yet

HOW old is <i>Homo sapiens</i>? Comparing the genomes of modern humans with those from fossils of Neanderthals (<i>Homo neanderthalensis</i>) suggests that the …

Innovation

Seeds Of Change: Mini Gardens Help Drive The Growth Of Food At Home

The short, but intense, growing season in Vermont might be a drawback for some, but for native son Cam MacKugler, it has turned out to be the key to developing his container garden kit startup, Seedsheet.<p>"Up here in Vermont," says MacKugler, "we don't have a lot of time to grow our food, so the …

Gardening

The dry facts

“THOUSANDS have lived without love; not one without water,” observed W.H. Auden. He omitted to add that, as with love, many people have a strong …

Crab shells could help fight malaria

Ah, chitin … the cheap and plentiful substance, which occurs naturally in crustacean shells, has already been suggested for use in things like wound …

Biology

Best New Hotels in Sri Lanka: Hot List 2017

With its embarrassment of Buddhist temples, elephant safaris, tea plantations, and stunning beaches, it’s no surprise that this check-all-the-boxes destination is having a hotel boom. Whether your dream vacation includes a rough-and-tumble game drive or a soak in a sleek, split-level pool …

Sri Lanka

The 11+ ultimate destinations to visit in Asia this summer

You might assume that traveling to Asia during our summer months would be a perfect option for a beach holiday, but that’s actually not the case. …

Asia Travel

7 Best Sri Lanka Hotels for a Luxurious Tour

Shares 355<p>Staying at these seven best hotels in Sri Lanka will send you on a luxurious circuit of the country’s finest wildlife and cultural …

Asia Travel

Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.<p>This means …

Education Technology

What Happens In One Minute?

Civic Analytics Network: Helping Cities Unlock the Power of Data

By now, most are familiar with the trope expounding on the transformative power of data in our society today. We see its manifestation in nearly …

7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You | Inc.com

No matter how honest we may be in our interactions with others, there's always the possibility that people may misconstrue our words to mean otherwise. Certain key phrases that we say, sometimes even without us knowing, result in others perceiving us a certain way--whether rightly or wrongly.<p>Check …

Self-help

Here’s how to tell if your web traffic travels through an NSA listening point

If you’ve ever wondered whether the National Security Agency (NSA) is monitoring your internet activity at any given moment, there’s now an app for …

Privacy

REI gives campers another reason to leave the ground for the trees

Anytime's a good time to relax in a hammock, but the present is also a pretty good time to be selling hammocks. In September 2015, market analytics …

Camping

What America Stood For

"Where people are desperate, it is still America they count on, whether they love or scorn it, and America they blame when aid does not come."<p>After Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election in November, a foreign ambassador accosted one of my deputies at the State Department, where …

Political Science

7 Key Facts You Need to Know Before Investing In Drone Technology

More and more companies are putting drones to work, including tech giants, manufacturers, utilities, and news organizations. With a broad range of practical applications and rapidly evolving technology, drones offer huge untapped potential, but not every market offers equal opportunities for …

U.S. Department of Defense

Future of farming: smart autonomous drones with eyes on the field

Farmers have another tool to help them in the field.<p>With smartphones in hand, tech-savvy farmers are able to fly heavy duty drones out to do …

Drones

India is going to come online using old-school feature phones

As countries like Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia permanently shelve their 2G networks, the majority of Indians are still holding on to their 2G-capable handsets. The simple feature phones—essentially stripped-down versions of the smartphone–offer basic access to the internet and allow people to …

4G LTE

12 Things You Should Know Before Going to Sri Lanka

To quote Condé Nast Traveler, Sri Lanka Is Ready for Its Close-Up! Since my first trip to Sri Lanka in 2015, I have been back every 2-3 months and it …

Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling

“WE ARE like dogs in the street, while your men occupy our homes,” read one of the banners strung up by Tamil protesters, mostly women in saris and …

Asia

Chinese defense minister to visit Sri Lanka, Nepal | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan left on Sunday for official visits to Sri Lanka and Nepal, the Defence Ministry said, trips that could unnerve neighboring India.<p>FILE PHOTO: Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan speaks at the Xiangshan Forum, in Beijing, China, October …

China

palinda kannangara: studio dwelling in rajagirya sri lanka

<b>using tectonic techniques including double walls, louver systems, green roofs and courtyards, palinda kannangara has developed a home that is energy</b> …

Berkeley conservation group wins $1 million grant for Sri Lanka project

BERKELEY — Seacology has won a grant of almost $1 million for a conservation project in Sri Lanka.<p>The Berkeley-based organization is a winner in this …

ScienceCasts: Earth Observation from the Station

Why the global arms trade is booming

LAST month the emirate of Abu Dhabi held the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), the Middle East's largest arms fair. The …

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela