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Fighting the vanilla thieves of Madagascar

By Nancy Kacungira<p>It’s easy to see the raised pattern of dots on the smooth green skin of the pods.<p>They show that these vanilla vines belong to Leon Charles.<p>Leon is with his wife, Oristin, in their garden, where they grow coffee and vanilla in the village of Ambanizana, at the edge of the Masoala …

National Parks

A comprehensive guide to yellow stripey things

Bumblebee, honey bee, yellow jacket, paper wasp…what’s the difference? I don’t know if this comprehensive guide to Yellow Stripey Things is entirely …

Insects

Sargassum: The seaweed deluge hitting Caribbean shores

<b>When waves of sargassum - a type of seaweed - washed up on Eastern Caribbean shores seven years ago, people hoped it was a one-off. Matted piles swamped coastlines from Tobago to Anguilla.</b><p>"In 2011 it was the first time we'd seen it," says Professor Hazel Oxenford, an expert in fisheries biology and …

Seafloor

7 Stunning Natural Wonders in the Middle East

Travel<p>Explore colorful salt domes, an ever-growing grotto, and incredible deserts across the varied region.<p>If you close your eyes and picture the Middle East, windswept desert dunes probably come to mind. While this region certainly has incredible sandscapes worth wandering (and we’ve included some …

Travel Photography

Google's incredible Pixel 2 has the best camera I've ever used on a smartphone — these photos are proof

1/<p>The Pixel 2 camera captures an incredible level of detail.<p>Ben Gilbert/Business Insider<p>Looking to see individual strands of ground chickpea in your …

Mobile Photography

19 Muscle-Building Band Moves for Men Over 40

Add some stretch to your workouts.<p>Elastic exercise bands don’t offer the same machismo factor as barbells and dumbbells, but it’s a mistake to think that they’re just useless accessories scattered around your gym floor. Lifting with bands can actually be harder than hoisting iron, because bands …

Workouts

Marc Anthony Is the Buyer of the Bacardi Heiress's Palatial $19 Million Coral Gables Estate

The singer will now be only about two miles away from ex-wife Jennifer Lopez and her beau, Alex Rodriguez<p>The mystery buyer of a palatial Coral Gables, Florida, estate that previously belonged to the Bacardi family has been reported to be none other than Latin music star Marc Anthony. The singer, …

Gardening 101: Olive Tree

Olive Tree, <i>Olea europaea:</i> “The Beauty of Age”<p>By planting an olive tree on top of a hill in ancient Greece, the goddess Athena got a city named after …

Best Mountain Bike Trails - 6 Trails You Didn't Know About

I was riding some fairly famous singletrack out West when I came across a couple of locals on a long climb. At the top, we sat on some weathered logs in the shade and chatted for a few minutes. When I mentioned I was visiting from Indiana, I could see their slight, crooked smirks, followed by a …

30 Breathtaking North American Natural Wonders You Have to See Before You Die

When it comes to traveling, Americans often feel like they haven't seen enough, despite the number of foreign countries they may be lucky enough to have already visited. You might be determined to visit the famed Seven Wonders of the World, but did you know there are actually dozens and dozens of …

National Parks

Rare rain transforms Australia's Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre into dazzling rainbow

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do not adjust your screen settings: the crazily vibrant colors of this lake in Australia are all natural.<p>A rare flood has transformed the country's Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre from an arid salty basin to a spectacular, watery oasis -- a striking spectrum of colors, from aquamarine blue to rose …

Australia

Bill Gates refuses to overspend on these 2 common things

With a net worth of $92.9 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates can buy virtually anything his heart desires — but you won’t find the billionaire …

A new style of IPA, with a dry sense about it, hits Pittsburgh

A new style of India pale ale you may not have tried, much less heard of, is hitting Pittsburgh in two waves this week.

On Chess: 'Grand' chess exhibition from St. Louis travels to Belgium

For the second year, the World Chess Hall of Fame has organized "Grand Chess Tour: Art of Chess 2018," a traveling exhibition of chess artifacts, in …

Beautiful Photos of All 50 U.S. States

This Is the Best Park in Every U.S. State

And how much it costs to visit.<p>This summer, get yourself, your family, or even your pet outdoors and explore the hidden natural wonders in your own …

National Parks

22 Cities Around the World Best Explored by Bicycle

Coming home after 130 years

<b>When a Syrian stonemason and his family were granted asylum in Greece last year they immediately made their way to the island of Crete - completing a journey begun by their great-grandparents 130 years ago.</b><p>Entering a small shop in Chania, on Crete's north-west coast, Ahmed began to introduce …

Ohio Police Help Man Who Was Being Followed Home By A Pig

About 5 a.m. on Saturday, a police department in Ohio got an unusual call. A man reported that he was being followed home by a pig.<p>The North Ridgeville Police Department was skeptical and assumed the man had been drinking. "Night shift responded to the obviously drunk guy walking home from the bar …

Cougar Kills Mountain Biker In Washington State, Injures Companion

Wildlife officials quickly tracked and killed the animal believed to have attacked the men.<p>A cougar attacked two mountain-bikers in Washington state Saturday morning, killing one and seriously injuring the other. The biker who was killed had fled into the woods to get away from the cougar after the …

Washington State

10 Most Popular Road Trip Routes in the US

Black Hills of South Dakota<p>For history, scenery and a distinctly American taste of culture, begin your road trip on I-90 and take exit 131 for the …

Watch a Sausage-Size Insect Transform From Larva to Beetle

Weird & Wild<p>Each Hercules beetle embarks on a jaw-dropping journey from grub to giant.<p>Weird & Wild<p>A transformation is taking place across North America. White, wriggly grubs about the size of a human thumb are walling themselves off inside rotting logs.<p>Over the next few weeks, these larvae will …

These Nature Scenes Will Inspire Your Next Adventure

TravelPhoto Contest<p>Planning your next big trip? Let these stunning images take you to the great outdoors.<p>Captions were written and submitted by the photographer.<p>The seasons are changing which means it's the perfect time to take a break from your daily routine and organize your next great …

National Parks

What Are Gymnosperms?

<b>Gymnosperms</b> are flowerless plants that produce cones and seeds. The term gymnosperm literally means "naked seed," as gymnosperm seeds are not encased …

Rotten durian causes Melbourne university evacuation

<b>More than 500 students and teachers were evacuated from a university in Melbourne, Australia, as a result of a smell initially suspected to be gas.</b><p>But it turned out the "gas" that students smelt at the RMIT's library was a rotting durian that had been left in a cupboard.<p>The durian is a tropical …

South-east Asia

World's Happiest Countries? Don't Be So Sure.

For the third year in a row, the world’s 10 happiest nations remain the same. Nordic countries have consistently landed atop the Happiness Index in recent history, with Finland snagging the top prize for 2018.<p>The World Happiness Report, an annual publication of the United Nations, is based on the …

Happiness

This magical forest in Belgium is covered in blue flowers in spring

The first blossoms of spring are a thing of beauty around the world – from Japan’s cherry blossoms to California’s desert blooms. But one forest in Belgium is gaining attention for looking particularly magical this time of year, with its spectacular burst of bluebells.<p>Hallerbos forest, which is …

Travelers

13 Stunning New UNESCO Geoparks You Cannot Miss

If you’re looking to travel to a place that inspires a sense of wonder, these new geoparks may be the answer. A Geopark is a UNESCO-designated area …

The Most Gorgeous Waterfall in Every State

Can a bucket list have 50 entries? Your’s may soon have a few more after you check out these top beauties all around the country.<p>Located in Bankhead …