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Yakushima, Japan: an island of natural wonders

Revered by the Japanese for its hiking, hot springs and cedar trees, Yakushima also provided the inspiration for Studio Ghibli’s anime hit Princess Mononoke. Now foreign visitors are uncovering this island delight<p>Nestling in the warm, sub-tropical waters 37 miles south of Kyushu, Japan’s third …

Japan

The Amazing Sunken Cities Of The Ancient World

Sunken Cities Of The Ancient World: Bay of Cambay, India<p>The Bay of Cambay was discovered by marine scientists in early 2002. The city is located 120 …

Why Asia is still fighting over World War II

Okinawa had fallen to American troops, but Mr. Tsuboi doubted that Japan's defeat was imminent. "I firmly believed the emperor was God, and I was ready to die for him," he says.<p>Suddenly the young man was swept off his feet and hurled 30 feet by a deafening blast — the fury from the first use of an …

Japan

This Is the Year’s Best Drone Photography

The winning images of an international competition include a selfie with sharks and sky-high views of famous cities and monuments.<p>Dronestagram, an app devoted to drone photography, has announced the winners of its second annual photo competition.<p>The contest was judged by National Geographic Deputy …

Alcibiades of Athens

In the <i>Poetics</i> Aristotle tried to distill the quintessence of poetry and history:<p>Poetry is something more philosophical and worthy of serious …

Photographer Creates Stunning Symmetric Images with Light and Reflection

<b>All Photographs (c) Ferdinand Choffray, Courtesy of Ferdinand Choffray</b><p>Could symmetrical composition be part of defining beauty? Symmetry makes it attractive. This is what we've been told. When applied to photography, the binomial equilibrium and proportion can create striking images.<p>The shots of</b> …

Photography

4,000 Years of World History in One Epic Chart

First published in 1931, this ambitious “Histomap” by John B. Sparks attempts to distil four thousand years of world history starting in 2000 B.C. …

12 Marvel comics series every fan should read

With the hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped into comic book-inspired movies, television, and toy commercials (sometimes they are one and the same), it's easy to feel either exasperated or fascinated by it all. In the midst of all this noise, one name stands taller than the rest in the …

Comics

How The Transportation Sector Is Moving Away from Petroleum

The transportation sector is moving away from oil slowly but surely. Driven by growth in the use of biofuels and natural gas, non-petroleum energy …

Natural Gas

National Geographic Travel

50 of the world's most unusual hotels

From quirky to downright weird, a guide to the most unusual places to stay around the world, featuring the world's best spaceship treehouses, ice suites, underwater hotels and glass igloos.<p>Treehotel, Harads, Sweden<p>Located in the pine forest around Harads are seven unique ‘treerooms’ (more are …

The world's most expensive countries to visit

World Economic Forum

These are the world's 20 cheapest countries to visit (and the five most expensive)

Asia Travel

Napoleon's Last Journey

A month after Waterloo Napoleon surrendered to the British, handing himself over to Captain Maitland of the <i>Bellerophon</i> on the coast of Brittany. A …

Napoleon Bonaparte

National Geographic Travel

French try to block Battle of Waterloo coin

France wants to block plans for a €2 coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic battle fought by the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 because it would be a “symbol that is negative”.<p>The French government is attempting to block a coin commemorating the Battle of …

Science, climate change and controversy

It’s inevitable: as science progresses, controversy happens. But sometimes, the public sees controversy where none exists. How to remedy that?<p>“Science is often thought of as simply a collection of facts which has been handed down to us by some great authority in the past”, says meteorologist Paul …

Royal Society

Meet the newest crude-oil futures contract

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — There’s a new entrant in the crude-oil game. A new futures contract based on crude-oil storage capacity at the Gulf …

Oil

Oil Today Is Cheaper Than in 1970

In 1970 a barrel of crude oil averaged about $13 a barrel. Adjusted for inflation, that same barrel of oil should cost about $78 today. Instead, West …

Oil

Another Oil Bomb Train Explodes, Third in Last Three Weeks

Yet another train carrying volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota derailed yesterday, this time in northwestern Illinois …

Where Do We Put All This Oil?

Where Do We Put All This Oil? by Attain Capital<p>For the first time in forever, our nation is presented with a problem we wish we had in the past… …

Crude-oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia hints at rising demand

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — U.S. oil futures finished higher on Wednesday, despite a spike in U.S. weekly crude supplies, as a move by Saudi Arabia …

Oil

Kublai Khan And The Mongols Were Terrible Polluters

Their ancient silver mines are still poisoning farmland in China<p>Though the heyday of the Mongol empire was well over 700 years ago, the legend of the mighty Khans persists to this day, recorded in popular culture and, maybe, pollutants.<p>A new study published in <i>Environmental Science and Technology</i> …

Oil Prices Plunged—Why Haven't Airfares and Some Home Energy Bills?

Low energy prices won't necessarily reduce prices for certain consumers.<p>Now that the price of crude oil has sunk to a six-year low, gasoline is much cheaper, but airfares and some home energy bills still seem head-scratchingly high. Why isn't everyone seeing relief?<p>The cost of jet fuel, for …

National Geographic Travel

Army Plans The War Helicopters Of Tomorrow

Joint Strike Rotor<p>Moving an army is no easy task, and it’s even harder when that army wants to travel by air. Working with NASA and the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army is developing a new fleet of helicopters to carry troops into battle, and into the future. Some helicopter designs from the early 1960s …

What Today's Trade-Deal Negotiators Could Learn From History

<i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>Plucky merchants, circumventing or …

Globalization

Spotted: A planet 10 times the size of Jupiter with four suns

Astronomers have discovered a massive planet with four suns only 125 light-years from Earth.<p>The planet is at least 10 times as big as Jupiter, and scientists say it probably has no actual surface to stand on. But if you could fly a spacecraft into its atmosphere and look up, you would see one …