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A Catch for Undocumented Immigrants in Recent Reforms

Years of hiding mean squeaky-clean youths out of school don't have the paper trail to prove they've been in the U.S.. Those with infractions on their records can be better off.<p>Dominican-native Yilbert Pena used to divide his life into two halves. The first half was the blithe era until his 16th …

Who Are China's 'Reborn' Children?

Most of the thousands who died in Sichuan's 2008 earthquake were just kids. A new documentary profiles how families permitted to have another child are trying to recover.<p>Jason Lee/Reuters<p>The 2008 Sichuan earthquake, which struck just over five years ago, caused the death of almost 70,000 people -- …

Paul Otellini's Intel: Can the Company That Built the Future Survive It?

As the CEO steps down, he leaves the Intel machine poised to take on the swarming ecosystem of competitors who make smartphone chips.<p>Forty-five years after Intel was founded by Silicon Valley legends Gordon Moore and Bob Noyce, it is the world's leading semiconductor company. While almost every …

The Art of Facebook

Inside the company's Analog Research Laboratory, where designer Ben Barry is "packaging" Facebook's corporate persona<p>Ben Barry<p>Facebook is, it goes without saying, a digital company. But tucked into its Menlo Park headquarters, is something called the Analog Research Laboratory, founded by a devout …

6 Things You Learn At 25

My mama always told me (I swore I would someday find a reason to start a piece of writing like that) that the year you’re 25 is an important year …

10 Ways To Be Less Awkward

As a lanky, gangly human being with rather large hands and feet — I’m the physical epitome of awkward. In addition, I’m often tentative, unsure of …

The 25 Things That Will Make You Happy At 25

1. Never having to take the SATs again—I’m still waking up drenched in my own sweat over the pressing nightmares of having to answer a question like:</i> …

Behold! The Best Thing I’ve Seen On The Internet, Probably Ever

I’m assuming most of America has seen this already, but if you haven’t then you’re missing out. It’s fine. I’m here to help.<p>This episode of Gordon …

From sex toys filled with cocaine to rare hummingbirds smuggled in Y-fronts, customs officers these days have their work cut out trying to catch smugglers at international airports. See also: Stopped for what? Has airport security gone mad? See

From sex toys filled with cocaine to rare hummingbirds smuggled in Y-fronts, customs officers these days have their work cut out trying to catch …

Ryanair flight went to wrong airport

Passengers on board the flight from London Stansted were left angry after the aircraft landed in Thessaloniki, on the Greek mainland, rather than the popular Ionian island that famously featured in the novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.<p>One passenger, the Sunday Times journalist Kate Mansey, tweeted: …

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Nepal’s alternative adrenaline activities

With eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains, epic valleys and rivers with personalities that run from gentle to ferocious, Nepal is one of the most famous outdoor destinations on the planet. But visitors are just starting to discover that the adventure-sports scene consists of more than just …

"How Did They Get Here?" Q&A with Lonely Planet Founder Tony Wheeler

Few people can claim they personally changed the way an entire generation sees the world. Tony Wheeler, who co-founded Lonely Planet with his wife …

Behind the Lens, Above the Ground with Photographer Dave Showalter

Changing Planet<p><i>Dave Showalter is an award-winning photographer, author and Fellow Photographer in the International League of Conservation Photographers. Ride along as Dave gives us an aerial tour of conservation issues facing Colorado and Wyoming by sharing why he created the following images made</i> …

National Parks

National Geographic Travel

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

Announcing the 2013 Class of Emerging Explorers

Changing Planet<p><b>The Next Generation of Innovative Scientists and Visionaries Pushing Boundaries of Discovery, Adventure and Global Problem-Solving</b><p>Known for classic high adventure and discovery, National Geographic is redefining what it means to be an explorer in a new age of exploration. Around this …

Wildlife

Be a frugal traveller, not a cheapskate

Have you and a platonic friend ever tried to convince a hostel owner to let you share a single bed? Have you ever walked more than 20 minutes out of your way to save a few pennies on bottled water? Have you ever stubbornly hitchhiked for hours instead of paying US$2.50 in bus fare, or bragged about …

5 Must Do Things in Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the headquarters of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). What began as a …

France

The Night of the Aurora

Huge PhotoWalk in San Francisco Tonight!<p>Hope to see you there! See the event info here! 🙂 We’ll be giving away Google Glass, so good luck to all of …

Robots in the Streets of Tokyo!

Did you get your monthly HardWare Magazine?<p>No? Well, me neither. I’m not sure who subscribes. I think it is an Asian magazine. Singapore? Anyway, …

Weirdest consular requests revealed

The odd demands were revealed by the Foreign Office as part of its Know Before You Go campaign, aimed at educating British travellers about what they can and cannot seek support for.<p>It also claimed that a couple asked the consul in Kuala Lumpur for money to pay for their child to attend an …

Tel Aviv

Shark Feeding Frenzy in South Africa - Telegraph

Scuba Diving

The China Experiment – Dumping Nikon for Sony

Update – the Transitions is Complete<p>In July of 2013, I decided to switch and stop using DSLRs as my main weapon. To see more, come read “Hello Sony. …

Why the new Google server farm could displace Adobe Lightroom

Are you taking more photos per week in 2013 than 2012? How about 2010? My guess is yes. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or just a casual …

British Airways' luxury travel sale begins

Travellers looking for discounted business-class and first-class flights have until midnight June 4 to take advantage of the current British Airways luxury sale.<p>Having commenced this morning, the sale offers discounts of up to 40 per cent on regular First and Club World fares, to over 130 …

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Travel advice: a month in Australia

<b>Joyce and Stewart Ibbotson write</b><p>My wife and I are planning to visit Australia for the first time, for a month in October, staying with relations for the first week in Sydney then driving to Melbourne across the mountain range, stopping at any recommended sights, national parks etc.<p>We expect that …

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