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Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

6 Dream Travel Jobs that Actually Exist

Since graduating from college in 2007, Turner Barr has been traveling the world. Not convinced that a desk job was for him, he headed to South …

Look Up When Walking: Kanye West Walks Into a Sign, Curses Out Paparazzi

Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian had an eventful Friday afternoon. After looking at potential locations for a new house, the couple took a …

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …

Lost Lands Found by Scientists

Atlantis was a myth, but real-life lost lands do exist.<p><b>A lost continent off the coast of Brazil may have been found, scientists announced this week.</b><p><b>Granite boulders dredged from the seafloor off the coast of South America two years ago could be remnants of a long-vanished continent, according to</b> …

Guns and abortion: Is compromise even possible?

<b>(Benjamin Wheelock/Salon)</b><p>Our broken politics can be fixed; there really is a legitimate centrist position, even on abortion and gun control<p>Charles Wheelan<p>May 11, 2013 10:30am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Centrist Manifesto”<p>Any serious talk of pragmatism and compromise in American politics usually ends …

Now We Know What Early Earth Smelled Like

When one kind of microbe fed on another, the result was a rotten-egg stench—and a pathway for complex life.<p><b>P. U.</b><p><b>Early earth had a distinctive aroma. And it wasn't very nice. That's what scientists have now determined, using advanced imaging techniques to examine fossils nearly 1.9 billion years old</b> …

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“Astonishing” and Rare Orca vs. Sperm Whales Video Explained

Wildlife<p>The other day Alexis Manning posted a link in the Nat Geo Daily 10 to a video showing rare footage of a pod of orcas attacking a family of sperm whales (watch above). The video is from Blue Sphere Media, a production company with the tagline: “We fuse dramatic imagery with intimate and …

Pictures We Love: Best of April

International pillow fights and frost-covered flowers are among our photo editors' picks of the most interesting news pictures from April.

Two Months Breaking Ice in Antarctica’s Ross Sea (Timelapse in Under Five Minutes)

Changing Planet<p>I’ve been on an icebreaker for almost two months now, traveling through the Ross Sea, Antarctica… To share the incredible experience of an almost infinite variety of scenes, I’ve compiled a time-lapse montage shot over the last two months, condensed into less than five minutes, with …

"I have seen alligators and turtles together in ponds before, but never like this," says photographer Mary Ellen Urbanski. See more stunning submissions to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest: http://on.natgeo.com/11SkwS5

Philippines Volcano Deaths Raise Climbing Questions

Climbing an active volcano is all about preparation, Mark Jenkins says.<p><b>Five climbers died Tuesday climbing an active volcano in the Philippines, following an unexpected eruption that spewed out massive rocks.</b><p><b>We talked to seasoned adventurer and National Geographic contributor Mark Jenkins about the</b> …

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