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The best place to commit a crime in America? Yellowstone National Park

More than 3.5 million people visit Yellowstone—the jewel in the United States's national park crown—every year.<p>They gawk at the geysers, crisscross the canyons, bond with the bison, and take selfies with the scenery. So far no one, as far as I know, has ever gone to Yellowstone to commit murder, …

National Parks

Pilots reveal the terrifying things that happen to them that passengers have no idea about

A pilot goes through a rigorous training process before being allowed to fly commercially, but even then their mettle can be well and truly …

How to win a negotiation anywhere around the world

In this video, Erin Meyer of the Harvard Business Review uses her research on “cross-cultural management” to describe how each country around the …

Infographic: The principles of beer and food pairing

Beer goes with everything, right? Of course, but it turns out there is an actual science behind which beers go with different foods. The following …

The Giant Mechanical French Elephant You Can Ride

<b>"Les Machines de l'île"</b> is a fantasy artistic project created by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice -- a crossover dream mixing Jules Verne's invented worlds with the mechanical universe imagined by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.<p>Two hours from Paris with the TGV (bullet train), the city of …

Your Turn! Pick The Best Science Visualizations Of The Year

Select the People's Choice winners for the 2016 Vizzies<p>Announcing the finalists in the 2016 Vizzies competition! Engaging interactives, amusing videos, eye-catching photography—we winnowed a huge field of entrants to these 50 finalists. It was very hard to choose 50, and we don't envy you your task …

The Best Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Easy vegetable side dish recipes so good, they might just steal your dinner show.<p><b>Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>20-Minute Mashed Potatoes. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Spicy Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Whole Roasted Carrots. Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Coconut Creamed Spinach. Get the</b> …

Curiosity Rover Sees Earth from Mars for 1st Time (Photos)

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet …

Royals Celebrate World Series with Parade: Pictures

Major League Baseball

This Artist's Pun-tastic Artwork Is The Cutest Wordplay Ever

Because puns are fun.<p>While we often shudder at the thought of cheesy pun humor, these wordplay illustrations are pretty adorable.<p>Artist Keren Rosen illustrates literal interpretations of idioms, phrases and nouns making for the most punderful art you've ever seen. The artist, who began her series …

Mars' Mysterious South Pole Revealed in New Photo

A newly released photo provides a great look at Mars' seldom-seen South Pole.<p>The swirling white dot toward the bottom of the photo, which was taken …

Astronomy

These 26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

Have you ever thought, “Where the hell are we?” I don’t mean like when you are lost on a road trip, I mean, where the heck is Earth? Where, exactly, …

A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

And it's not too shabby.<p>If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls …

Spectacular Solar Eclipse View Wins Astronomy Photographer of the Year Prize

The winning images from the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition were announced last week, and the …