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Places You Never Thought to Take Your Kids

Sure, Disneyworld, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon certainly come to mind as essential family trips, but have you ever considered taking your youngsters somewhere that doesn't hold the same kid-friendly reputation? Adults-only playgrounds like Las Vegas and Amsterdam aren't necessarily known for …

Algae explosion threatens Great Lakes tourism for third year in a row

Experts are predicting the toxic blue-green algae outbreak in the western basin of Lake Erie this summer will be more significant than last year but …

Fodor’s Travel Tastemaker: Photographer and Africa-phile Peter Beard

Photographer Peter Beard has been chronicling Africa since his debut almost 50 years ago with his groundbreaking book, <i>The End of the Game</i>. This …

French hotels: Booking.com and Expedia charge excessive commissions

French hotels launched an attack on three of the world’s biggest online booking firms, saying they are unfairly twisting their arm on prices by …

Best of June 2013

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

What do frequent flyers want from airports? Cinemas, sleeping pods and libraries

An international survey has revealed 10 complimentary features that travellers want to see at a dream airport, with a cinema, sleeping pods and a …

5 Reasons Why Peru Is a Country With Much to Envy

BY CHRISTA RUSSO<p>Peru is one of those places that make iconically beautiful countries like South Africa and Thailand feel a hint of jealousy. The nation's thriving melting pot of cultures reflect a vibrant, diverse community, many with roots as far back to the Incas and other sophisticated …

South America

Sri Lanka: nirvana for beach lovers

Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching. But for many people Sri Lanka …

Travel Tips: How to get Cheap Airline Tickets

We Flew On The Notorious Spanish Discount Airline That Has So Little Legroom Some Passengers Can't Sit Down

Frequent flyers joke that legroom on airlines only seems to get smaller and smaller. But there's always been an assumption that some minimal amount of legroom must be required for humans to fit into the seats they're selling.<p>Not anymore.<p>I flew from Split, in Croatia, to Barcelona on a new Spanish …

Selling

Dark Street with Lanterns in China & Optometrists and Google Glass

Optometrists and Google Glass<p>I asked my Optometrist, Danielle Pretty, of Eyes on Ardmore ( http://eyesonardmore.co.nz/ ) in Wanaka, New Zealand, …

Tropical Moths Fight Bats With Blasts Of Ultrasound From Their Genitals

Rubbing your own privates is actually pretty useful if you're a hawk moth.<p>In waging millions of years of battle, both moths and their predators, bats, have adapted certain evolutionary tactics to give their species the upper hand. Bats have a "stealth mode" of hunting, and some use clicks that are …

200-year-old Rockfish—400-Year-Old Clam Still Holds Record

<b>200-year-old Rockfish caught off Alaska coast:</b> A Seattle insurance adjuster, Henry Liebman, caught a rockfish near Sitka, Alaska, that broke a record …

Environment: News & features

How do fireworks work?

Centuries-old technology with a modern twist<p>The first firework was pretty basic. A Chinese monk named Li Tian took a piece of bamboo, stuffed it with gunpowder, and threw it into a fire, producing a bang loud enough to scare away ghosts. That was more than 1,000 years ago, but fireworks today are …

Creationism in UK education – why the fight must go on

<i>Dave Hone writes: The issue of creationism in the UK is something I have considered writing about for some time. However, aside from being aware that</i> …

How Much Is Your Gmail Worth To A Hacker?

My life on the internet is worth surprisingly little cash.<p>Earlier this year, cyber attacks were listed as America's top security threat. The internet is a dangerous place! While it's one thing to talk about hacking weapons secrets or banks, let's get personal: What about our email accounts?<p>When it …

Sex is the secret to looking younger, claims researcher

Regular sex could now be the key to looking up to seven years younger, a researcher claims.<p>Dr David Weeks, former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, said people need to be aware of the benefits of having a healthy sex life, particularly in their later years.<p>He said sex has …

'Cutie and the Boxer' Trailer: A Glowing, Glorious Portrait of Art and Commitment – /Film

This is a wonderful movie. <i>Cutie and the Boxer</i> premiered at Sundance back in January, where it immediately grabbed a spot in the top tier of the …

Art

Colin Trevorrow Talks 'Jurassic Park IV;' Says Honoring The Original Is Main Goal – /Film

The first time you heard Universal Pictures was making <b>Jurassic Park IV</b>, the most common reaction was probably “How could it ever stand up to the …

Movies

'I was promised Mel f-ing Gibson' – Twitter reacts to the new Suicide Squad 2 director in a calm, reasonable fashion

With David Ayer off directing Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2 needs someone to step into the breach for its own unique brand of wackiness: Say …

Ben Affleck

John Travolta: 'I don't think I would be here without Scientology'

<b>Congratulations on your lifetime achievement award. (1) What's the best life advice you have been given?</b><p>Marlon Brando gave me great advice: never …

Close up: Alec Baldwin's bad Twitter day

The big story<p>It's not really our normal speed, but very occasionally a celebrity-in-meltdown story penetrates the ivory-tower fastness that is the …

10 Great 2013 Movies You Can Watch at Home Right Now

Those of us who get hives at the very idea of being out in crowds and start sweating merely from exerting the force of locking our doors behind us …

Movies

Boko Haram gets Nollywood treatment as Nigerian films imitate life

It's a tried and tested formula for smash-hit Hollywood cinema: terrorists plotting mass destruction only to be foiled by a mixture of fate and law …

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