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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Chime in the New Year with festivities both large and small around the world on this intercontinental journey.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Four Seasons of Travel</i><p><b>New York City, New York</b> <br>www.nycgo.com <br>New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square defines the evening for hundreds of millions around …

Best Trips 2015

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. Whether it’s India’s literary hub or Switzerland’s mountain majesty, these 20 go-now destinations will send you packing.

Rare ‘black seadevil’ anglerfish caught on film in Monterey Bay

The deepest reaches of the ocean contain some of earth’s most incredible creatures. They’re also some of the most bizarre.<p>On Nov. 17, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Senior Scientist Bruce Robison and his team filmed an elusive “black seadevil” anglerfish 1,900 feet deep in the Monterey …

A Portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing for the Cover of TIME Magazine

<i>TIME</i> released this behind-the-scenes video showing a recently photo shoot of actor Benedict Cumberbatch for the cover of the magazine. Cumberbatch …

Anti-terror measures: May aims to close ransom loophole

The government will embark on fresh steps to cut funding to “barbaric” terror groups such as Islamic State by changing the law to prevent insurance firms from inadvertently reimbursing ransom payments, Theresa May will say on Monday.<p>In an intensification of the government’s response to the terror …

Kendal Mountain Festival photography competition – in pictures

The winner of the Kendal Mountain Festival photography competition was announced at the weekend. Here we showcase Kasia Biernacka’s winning shot, Under the Glacier, plus the competition’s other finalists. Photographers from around the world were invited to submit images showcasing adventure sports …

Longform's Picks of the Week

<i>Every weekend, Longform highlights its favorite international articles of the week. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform</i> …

‘I can’t think of a time when it was worse’: US abortion doctors speak out

A couple emerge from a silver Sedan into an empty parking lot in north-eastern Dallas, Texas. They are carrying multiple bags and an elegant, three-tiered white cage, temporary home to their West African parrot, Tutu. The pair, in their late-60s and 70s, share a courtly, gentle manner and a …

NASA Releases Spectacular New Realistic Color Image of Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Need a bit more awe and wonder in your life? Look no further than the newest image released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A high-res …

Gorgeous Drone Video of the Tallest Church Tower in the Netherlands Bursting Through a Sea of Fog

To get the perfect aerial drone shots of the Dom Tower of Utrecht, Dutch filmmakers Jelte Keur and Reinout van Schie had to wait a full 10 months for …

Face blindness – when you can’t recognise a familiar face

Last month, Kate Szell was judged the winner of the Wellcome Trust’s science writing prize in category B for “anyone with a non-professional interest, including undergraduates”. More than 640 articles were submitted in total, with the top 20 judged by a panel consisting of neuroscientist Sophie …

Why Are Millions of Starfish 'Melting'?

A virus is the culprit behind a gruesome wasting disease that has struck sea stars along the West Coast of Canada and the U.S.<p>For the past year and a half, a killer has been on the loose, taking out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast of North America. By the time it is done with an …

N Korea furious over UN human rights ruling

North Korea's top military body has warned of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of the latest United Nations censure on its human rights record, as state media reported leader Kim Jong-Un presided over fresh military drills.<p>A resolution asking the UN Security Council to refer North Korea's …

Kenya bus attack survivor tells how gunmen selected their victims

One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle.<p>And then the shooting stopped. Apparently each gunman thought the other shot Ochwodho. He lay perfectly still until the …

Scientists hail new '3 parent baby' technique

New technique to create '3 parent babies' shows promise, experts say<p>Experts are to investigate a new technique to create “three-parent babies” which could be safer and more effective than current methods being tested in British laboratories.<p>The Government last month asked the fertility regulator to …

North Korea warns 'catastrophic consequences' over UN rights ruling

Secretive state's military says resolution to try leaders for crimes against humanity is 'political fraud'<p>North Korea's top military body on Sunday warned of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of the latest UN censure on its human rights record, as state media reported leader Kim Jong Un …