Three hundred meters below the arid landscape of northern Namibia researchers have discovered a source of fresh water, enough to match the region's current water demand for up to 400 years.
July 20, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
An advertisement issued by some brilliant London entrepreneurs may well be the first coffee ad ever.
July 18, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Forget wind, solar and even seaweed. Renewable energy is getting down and dirty...with dirt!
July 13, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius was born without bones in both of his lower legs and is a double amputee. But he will run in this summer's Olympics, the first amputee to compete in the games' track meets.
July 06, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Its bark is fire resistant. Its fruit is edible. It scoffs at the driest droughts. It shrugs, and another decade has passed. It is the baobab tree, one of the longest-living, strangest looking plants in the world
July 05, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
“A hot virus from the rainforest lives within a 24 hour plane flight from every city on earth,” Richard Preston wrote in The Hot Zone. It turns out, however, that the places most likely to usher in the next deadly outbreak are in fact the cities of the United States and Western Europe. At least [...]
July 05, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The tombs and cultural relics of Timbuktu, a key trade and social center of the ancient world, are being destroyed by an armed group known as the Ansar Dine.
July 03, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Two pharma giants are teaming up to test the latest HIV vaccine, taking a hint from Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, reports Bloomberg. People on the coasts of Norway and Sweden have used shark liver oil for centuries to help heal wounds and treat respiratory and digestive illnesses, according to the American Cancer Society. In Hemingway’s book, which [...]
June 29, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Danger Room journalist Richard Wheeler reports that the world may see a brief respite from costly, often lethal Somali piracy as we head into the summer months. The evidence is in a joint New Zealand–Australian study, Climatic controls on piracy in the Horn of Africa Region, 2010—2011. Unlike previous reporting, which proposed that both summer [...]
June 26, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Hosni Mubarak’s heart has stopped beating and he’s not responding to defibrillation. Mubarak is clinically dead. Wait, no—Mubarak is in a coma and now he’s on life support. Just kidding, Mubarak is almost stable. Uncertainty shrouds the 84-year-old former Egyptian president’s condition like smoke from so many hookahs. But confusion also accompanies the various medical [...]
June 20, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The bite of a Goliath bird-eater is hardly worse than a bee sting to a human---but this beast is among the nastiest things that could skitter across your face in the dark night of the Amazon. Zip up your tent
May 08, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The Crocodile Trophy mountain biking race is off-road, meaning gravel, rocks, ruts, puddles (potentially containing crocodiles lying in ambush), dust and lots of crashing. If this sounds like a pleasant way to see the northeastern corner of Australia, then sign up
May 03, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
It takes $6,000 to shoot a leopard in Botswana. And if you cough up $1,200, you can shoot a crocodile. Short on cash? There's always baboons, which go for $200 a pop
April 24, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
"Climbing without risk isn't climbing," says Yvon Chouinard, American rock climbing pioneer and founder of Patagonia
April 03, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Stick to the road, ignore everyone and beware of liquid that looks like water—because it's probably chacha, and in the Republic of Georgia, locals will make you drink it
March 30, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The vertiginous void of the Great Blue Hole offers divers the feeling of facing off with the edge of the world
March 28, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
A chess set, soccer ball, bear spray and other items, even dog food, make the list of gifts to give your favorite hardened traveler
December 16, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
The explorer of Dr. Livingstone-fame provides a classic character study of how willpower works
December 2011 | By Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
Susan B. Anthony said bicycling "has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel"
November 29, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Africa's wildebeest migration pits a million thundering animals against a gantlet of perils, even—some experts fear—climate change
May 2010 | By Robert M. Poole