Sam Sheppard

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Don't look down: a glimpse at the world's scariest hikes

From sky-high planks to iron-cable pathways, we take a look at some of the scariest hikes around the globe

Apple hires medical tech experts, fueling iWatch rumours

A smartwatch with next-generation health skills could help Apple beat rivals in the wearable technology sector<p>Apple has reportedly hired two medical technology experts, fueling rumours that the company's forthcoming iWatch could have a health focus.<p>Nancy Dougherty from startup Sano Intelligence and …

Wearable Tech

Wooded Wonderland: Yakushima

In Japan’s epic anime film <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki shrouds the real-life island of <b>Yakushima</b> with surrealism, its misty granite mountains the backdrop for a conservation message.<p>Yet this wraithlike landform, which rises from the turbulent Tanegashima Strait like a …

Cool Runnings II: Jamaican bobsleigh team qualifies for Winter Olympics

With a little bit of perseverance, Jamaica's Winston Watts qualified to pilot a bobsled at next month's Olympics as the driver of a two-man team. Without additional funding, however, the island's latest bobsleigh team might not actually appear in the Sochi Games.<p>Jamaica's official Olympics Twitter …

The Sport of Outhouse Racing

(Sol Neelman/NPR)<p>Place your bets, gentlemen. Who will win this time? Will it be the Butt Hut 2 or the Big E?<p>Behold the glorious sport of outhouse …

Benefits Street Will Have Live Debate In Response To Backlash, Channel 4 Says

Channel 4 has commissioned a live TV debate in response to the bitter backlash against Benefits Street, which critics say exploited its participants …

Quentin Tarantino's New Western is The Hateful Eight

A part was written specifically for Christoph Waltz.<p>Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's recently announced Western has a title.<p>According to The …

Today marks the 12th anniversary of America's Guantánamo prison disgrace

Today, 11 January, the Guantánamo Bay prison "celebrates" its 12th birthday.<p>In case anyone needs a refresher, $4.7bn has been spent running Guantánamo. Nearly 800 men have been imprisoned, many losing over a decade of their lives. Nine have died. The world will never look at America in the same way …

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Journey to Shangri-La: The Magic of China's Secret Kingdom

January's great read selected by our editors<p><i>From the February/March 2014 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler<p>"Might this be him?" asks Na Niu, a temple caretaker in Tong Dui, a hamlet in China’s rugged Yunnan Province. His gnarled hands unwrap a silk scarf to reveal a blurry black-and-white …

How does nationality influence how people have sex?

I think I was 21 when I first noticed that sexual interactions all seemed to follow a pattern; it was definitely my early 20s because I wrote about …

What all the fancy code in movie computer sequences actually mean

Hey look, it's an actor looking at some computer code in a movie. He must be really smart! He must be a computer hacker! He must be able to take over …

Five tips to get more out of your iPhone or iPad in the new year

Usually a New Year’s resolution happens when a person makes a promise to improve themselves. Despite our best intentions, studies have shown that as …

Photographer's New Pictures Of His Girlfriend Leading Him Around The World Will Inspire You To Travel

<b>Jump right to the photos »</b><p>The Moscow-based couple have continued to travel since the initial photos surfaced in March, and now Murad has a fresh batch of images in the series, titled "Follow Me."<p>The first picture happened entirely by accident in Barcelona, when Natalia and Murad were on vacation. …

Art Basel

10 Ancient Archaeological Sites for Your World Travel Bucket List

Shares 7K<p>Typically, when ancient archaeological sites get some form of development, it’s a benefit.<p>With development comes better controlled access …

Buy-to-let property supremo shuts door on housing benefit tenants

One of Britain's best-known landlords has issued eviction notices to every tenant who is on welfare, and told letting agents that he will not accept any more applicants who need housing benefit.<p>Fergus Wilson, who with his wife Judith owns nearly 1,000 properties around the Ashford area of Kent, has …

Ancient Egyptian Chief Brewer's Beautiful Tomb Discovered

Well-preserved tomb depicts scenes of daily life and ritual devotion.<p>The stunning tomb of an ancient Egyptian brewer has been found on the west bank of the Nile. Paintings on the walls depict scenes of worship and daily life from 3,000 years ago, reports a Japanese archaeology team. (See "Tombs of …

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The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

14 Delightfully Tiny Hobbit Homes

Hobbit homes aren’t just for Middle Earthlings anymore. Regular humans can now own their very own cozy Hobbit Holes made to order by Wooden Wonders, …

The Hobbit

Netflix tests pay-per-user service

<b>The subscription video-streaming site Netflix is testing a new pricing model based on the number of people who can operate an account.</b><p>It means selected customers pay more if increased number of people log in to the account at the same time.<p>Users would pay $6.99 (£4.26) a month to use one screen to …

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A Look Back At All The Vertigo-Inducing Spots We Saw This Year

Would you stand on the edge of the mountain? How about perched atop a precariously tall building?<p>Vertigo-inducing attractions have a special appeal. They're exhilarating, terrifying and give just enough of a rush without taking too much of a risk. Here are our favorite ones we stumbled upon this …