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Lessons in Manliness from Jimmy Stewart | The Art of Manliness

“His type is as normally average as the hot dog and pop at Coney Island. He is good looking without being handsome, quiet without being a bore, …

The 31 Best TV Series Streaming Right Now on Netflix

Nothing good on TV? Cut your cable? Thank goodness there's plenty of fantastic TV series on Netflix.<p>Whether you've always meant to catch up with "The Walking Dead" or "Sons of Anarchy," or want to revisit a classic like "Miami Vice" or "Twin Peaks," they're among the many great shows available to …

Birth Mystery of Stellar Snow Globe Deepens

Astronomers thought they'd figured out where giant clusters of old stars come from. Hubble images have sent them back to the drawing board.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope's recent images of giant balls of stars in a nearby galaxy, reported on Thursday, have astronomers puzzled as to the star balls' …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Making resistance futile

“Our job”, says Jan Kemper, “is to make cells happy.” Ms Kemper works at MedImmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her …

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How to Be an Awesome Uncle | The Art of Manliness

Psychologists tell us that one of the most, if not <i>the</i> most important factor in our happiness is the number of quality relationships in our lives. …

15 Real Movie Locations You Can Actually Visit

While many major films shoot on a closed sound stage, sometimes productions venture out into the real world to create movie magic. Here are 15 …

That Time They Found Those Bodies in Ben Franklin's Basement

From 1757 to 1775, Ben Franklin lived in an elegant four-story Georgian house at No. 36 Craven Street in London during his time as an ambassador for …

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Vacation to Mars: Antarctica's Dry Valleys

Most of Antarctica has about 2 1/2 miles of ice covering it, and that cold, white wasteland is what most people picture when they think of our south …

10 Misconceptions About Technology

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11 Facts About The Little Mermaid

Here are a few things you may not know about everyone’s favorite self-loathing mermaid. (Not included? The alleged "phallus" on the VHS box. It was …

Behind the Scenes at the Tournament of Champions

The best part of being really successful at something is the fleeting sense of satisfaction you get when you condescendingly advise other people on …

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Aladdin

Nearly a quarter-century after its original release, <i>Aladdin</i>—Disney's Oscar-winning animated film from 1992—is getting a 21st-century upgrade with its …

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12 Toasty Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather

Using these tips, you can stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside gets.<p><b>1. Warm yourself first.</b><p>It's easier to change your body …

New Jersey’s War Hero Pigeon

<i>If you want to learn about someplace, you can always pick up a textbook. But if you want to get to know a place, you're going to have to dig a little</i> …

Conservationists Playing with Fire

Changing Planet<p><i>[Dr. Julie Kunen, Executive Director of the WCS Latin America and Caribbean Program, is attending the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. She participated in a discussion at the Congress on the role of fire in land management.]</i><p><b>Sydney, Australia</b><p>For millennia, tropical …

How to Bug-In: How to Survive a Natural Disaster | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.</i><p>As the East Coast of the United States recovers from Hurricane Sandy, …

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How George Eastman Revolutionized Photography

In 1885, George Eastman introduced "film" in a form we would recognize today—a roll of photographic emulsion that could be run through a camera. (It …

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15 Historical Complaints About Young People Ruining Everything

Nothing is certain in this life but death, taxes, and the existence in every generation of fuddy-duddies who carp about things not being what they …

Scientist Turns Peanut Butter into Diamonds

I’ve always said peanut butter is a girl’s best friend, and now there’s proof. While trying to mimic the extreme conditions found deep beneath the …

Ypres, the Final Fury

<i>The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that shaped our modern world. Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years</i> …

Why Did We Land on a Comet?

Earlier today, as part of its Rosetta mission, the European Space Agency landed its Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—the first time in …

15 Hilarious Newspaper Corrections

Newspapers work quickly, and mistakes can slip through the cracks—sometimes leading to epic corrections like the 15 listed below. To keep up with …

Shutting Down the Manta Trade

Human Journey<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p>Text and photos by Paul Hilton, Fellow at the …

'Solar Sneezes' May Trigger Auroras Around Venus

European spacecraft Venus Express catches glimpse of lights while using Venusian atmosphere to brake its orbital speed.<p>TUCSON—Green-tinted northern lights may bloom even on Venus, astronomers said on Tuesday, reporting the first hints of auroras unleashed deep within the atmosphere of the …

50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men | The Art of Manliness

As a boy, one of my favorite times in school was when we’d get a new Scholastic News book “catalog.” I would pour over the pages picking out which …

Five Things That We Can Learn from Somalia

As the Obama administration has attempted to rally support for intervention against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, critics and pundits …

South Sudan: How to End Economic Domination by Foreigners?

The October 15 deadline to recall expats from foreign companies and NGOs and replace them with qualified South Sudanese nationals passed …

Yazidi Slave Markets Just the Latest Atrocity in the Syrian Conflict

More on:<p>Wars and Conflict<p>Middle East and North Africa<p>Human Rights<p>Diplomacy and International Institutions<p>Gender<p>This week, reports of Yazidi women …