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Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Published in NGM: Priyanka Telang -- Editors' Spotlight

<i>Jeanne Modderman edits the Daily Dozen and is the Departments photo editor for National Geographic magazine.</i><p>Your Shot is one of the great pleasures of my job. In the last year of editing the Daily Dozen I have seen the community grow and the photos get better every day. I am constantly surprised by …

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Scientist Solves Mystery of Green Lightning, Says It's Surprisingly Common

Eerie flashes of green lightning happen often in thunderstorms--but usually stay hidden in clouds.<p><b>In May 2008, Chile's Chaiten volcano violently erupted, spewing out clouds of dirty ash and illuminating the dark sky with a most unusual kind of lightning.</b><p><b>Photographer Carlos Gutierrez captured the</b> …

Alien Cockroach Species Invading the U.S.

<b>New York City, home to eight million people and untold numbers of cockroaches, just got a few more of the latter.</b><p>A newly seen species, <i>Periplaneta japonica,</i> has just been <i></i>discovered in New York’s elevated High Line park. As its name implies, the cockroach is native to Japan, and this is the first …

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Mice Inherit the Fears of Their Fathers

<b>UPDATE (12/1, 2:37pm):</b> This study was just published in Nature Neuroscience; you can read all of the juicy details here.<p><b>UPDATE (11/17, 11:22 am):</b> I just published a new post showing how scientists reacted to this study on Twitter, with comments ranging from “awe-inspiring biology” to “deep …

The 11 best street foods worth blowing your diet over

You’re on holiday abroad exploring a local market. Suddenly an enticing aroma encircles you and makes you turn your head to find the source. There’s a long queue of hungry people looking jealously at people walking away munching on something delicious-looking. What are they eating? Maybe you should …

An underwater hotel opens in Africa

The underwater room at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island immerses guests 4m below the surface, 250m from shore in the Indian Ocean.<p>Joining a list of other experimental under-the-sea hotel rooms in Florida, Sweden and the Maldives, the underwater room at Manta Resort on remote Pemba Island in …

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World Cup travel guide: where to follow England in Brazil

Manaus: England v Italy, 14 June<p><b>State</b> Amazonas<p><b>The stadium</b> The inspiration for the new Arena da Amazônia was the Amazon rainforest, which encircles the city. Its metallic latticed structure was designed to resemble a traditional indigenous basket and it is a masterpiece of modern technology and one …

Brazil World Cup 2014: Manaus travel guide

Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, which once grew rich on rubber, is famed for its opera house, Teatro Amazonas, which opened in 1896. The city has plenty more grand-looking buildings, some pretty dilapidated: it’s a busy hub but feels laid-back, and has an excellent ethnographic collection …

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A Cougar Ready for His Closeup

Steve Winter captures the elusive cougar as it prowls by the iconic Hollywood sign.<p>Steve Winter is famous for his photographs of big cats in their natural habitats, such as snow leopards and tigers, among others. His “Ghost Cats” story in the December 2013 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> opens with a …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

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First time Yosemite National Park

'The mountains are calling, and I must go,' penned John Muir, the poetic naturalist of the Sierra Nevada. You'll feel that same irresistible urge once you find out all that Yosemite, Muir's move beloved national park, offers.<p>If you've never before stood underneath a giant sequoia tree bigger than a …

The Silent Crisis: Vietnam’s Elephants on the Verge of Extinction

Wildlife<p><b>As the slaughter of the remaining elephants in Africa continues without interruption, elephants in Vietnam—without media attention and a pack of NGOs calling for their protection—are quietly disappearing.</b><p>Victim of an intensely and increasingly fragmented habitat, weak environmental laws, …

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Voices of Byron Bay, Australia

Despite an influx of conservative landowners and party-hopping backpackers, this seaside community of surfers and healers remains as colourful as its “Rainbow Region” moniker.

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Cape Wind Deadline: Headwinds for Offshore Turbines

The drive for clean energy collides with concern over cost and clear views of the horizon.<p><b>By now, 130 turbines were supposed to be turning above the shallow area of Nantucket Sound known as Horseshoe Shoal. But nothing is there to capture the power of December’s winds, except perhaps for the wings</b> …

Festival of Lights, Lyon, France – in pictures

Lyon's annual Festival of Lights culminates tonight with a parade of giant puppets and Mexican 'alebrijes' wandering the city. This year the city has been alight with nearly 70 displays and art installations, created 120 by artists. Click through the gallery to see the city's illuminated streets …

Winter sun diving spots: readers' travel tips

WINNING TIP: Malta<p>Slip beneath Malta's warm winter water to dive a haunting underwater graveyard including a Blenheim bomber and the destroyer HMS Maori. The island is packed with dive schools so bargains abound – try Underwaterworld (lunadiving.com). On dry land historical sights range from …

Chelsea: Jose Mourinho says Blues are 'in trouble' after defeat

<b>Jose Mourinho said his Chelsea side were "in trouble" after they gave up a 1-0 lead in their dramatic 3-2 away defeat against Stoke City.</b><p>The Portuguese looked angry and rattled in his post-match duties and blamed another wasteful display for the loss.<p>He said: "I don't feel comfortable enough to …

Mourinho and Moyes as helpful as ever

Fair to say Mourinho wasn't happy with Chelsea's defeat to Stoke © Getty Images<p>Enlarge<p>In the latest collection of our favourite quotes from the week, …

John Terry’s chance to be a Premier League icon under Jose Mourinho

STAYING POWER: John Terry may have earned a contract extention [GETTY]<p>Manchester United legend Giggs celebrated his 40th birthday a week ago, and …

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Jose Mourinho brings Christmas to his family the whole year round

I wish it could be Christmas every day... Mourinho brings festive spirit to his family throughout the year<p>By<p>Jose Mourinho has admitted he doesn't …

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Jose Mourinho: John Terry has banished his self-doubts at Chelsea after being given respect and retiring from international football

Terry has banished his self-doubts thanks to a display of respect and international retirement, says Blues boss Mourinho<p>By<p>Jose Mourinho believes a …

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Tokyo's Robot Restaurant: lights, fembots, action!

It allegedly cost £83m and opened only recently, but there's something decidedly throwback about a robot 'strip-show' with light-up tanks and bikini-clad staff<p><b>More on the world's weirdest restaurants</b><p>Deep underground in Tokyo's Kabukicho district is a cavernous fantasy land, filled with bikini-clad …