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23 incredible travel destinations you probably didn't know existed


Lencois Maranhenses National ParkThe world is home to many incredible destinations that have yet to be overrun by tourists.

Inspired by a Quora thread about the best unknown travel destinations, we've found 23 lesser-known gems around the globe. 

From a hidden beach to one of the only places in the world where you can swim between two continents, here's your off-the-beaten-path bucket list. 

An earlier version of this post was written by Megan Willett and Melia Robinson. 

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Tucked away under the surface, the Marieta Islands' "Hidden Beach" is a secret beach with crystal-clear waters that travelers can access either by swimming or kayaking through a long water tunnel.

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Huacachina is a desert oasis located five hours south of Lima, Peru. The watering hole was once a popular getaway for the upper class escaping from nearby Ica, but now it has become a stop for backpackers who come here to enjoy activities like sand boarding and dune buggy rides.

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Those who visit Blagaj, a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are often in awe at the majestic sight of the Blagaj Tekke — a monastery built for the Dervish cults. Visitors are welcome to enjoy its wooden interiors or have a cold drink while overlooking the striking Buna river.

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These 15 scientists all have something important in common


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Tuesday, March 8 is International Women's Day, and we are celebrating by giving you some of the top female scientists today.

Yes, the one feature that all these scientists have in common is that they are women.

While that might seem insignificant, it's actually a big deal considering that women are generally underrepresented in science — especially in the upper ranks of professional research.

Here, we've highlighted 15 female scientists who are doing amazing things, pulled from our article last year listing groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world.

From a woman who developed a revolutionary blood test that will transform the way we measure our health to an astrophysicist who's trying to find another Earth, here are some of the most amazing women in science.

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Cori Bargmann is uncovering the causes of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and autism.

Through her studies on roundworms, Cori Bargmann is uncovering how neurons and genes affect behavior. Because many of the gene mechanisms in roundworms mimic those of mammals, Bargmann is able to manipulate certain genes and observe how that affects changes in behavior.

For example, in one study she manipulated a gene that caused the male worms to bumble around while trying to mate, ultimately failing. Bargmann developed the Brain Research Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, which researches the root causes of conditions such as Alzheimer's and autism by looking at connections between brain function and behavior.

Bargmann is the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor in the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior at Rockefeller University.

Cynthia Kenyon is developing ways to help us live longer and healthier lives.

Cynthia Kenyon joined Google's Calico venture last year, where she helps a team of scientists develop methods to slow aging and prevent age-related diseases.

The goal of Calico is to extend human lives by up to 100 years. Kenyon gained prominence in the science community in 1993 for her discovery that altering a single gene in roundworms could double their life span. Since then, Kenyon has pioneered many more breakthroughs in aging research, including pinpointing which genes help us live longer and determining that a common hormone-signaling pathway controls the rate of aging in several species, humans included.

Kenyon is the vice president of aging research at Calico.

Elizabeth Holmes developed a groundbreaking blood test that will transform the future of healthcare.

Not only is Holmes on a mission to change the healthcare industry, she's the youngest self-made female billionaire in the US.

Holmes dropped out of Stanford during her sophomore year to create Theranos, a blood-testing company that uses a prick of blood to get the same test results as you’d get from an entire vial. The concept is disrupting and revolutionizing the industry by making blood tests faster, simpler, and, most important, cheaper. Theranos has raised $400 million in funding.

Holmes is the founder and CEO of Theranos.

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Wife-carrying is the ultimate test of a marriage and physical strength


The 9th annual UK wife-carrying competition just took place in England. In a true test of physical strength and partnership, contestants must carry their partners over their shoulders across a 1,247-foot obstacle course. This year's winners were American Jonathan Schwochert and his French-born wife Charlotte Xiong.

Story and editing by Chelsea Pineda

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Here's how to fix the 7 most common causes of hair loss


When a man starts to realize that he's losing his hair, he tends to panic. He immediately assumes there is nothing that can stem the tide of genetics rushing up to meet him.

Don't panic — it may just incite further hair loss. There are actually many reasons why men lose their hair, and some of them are even preventable. Our friends at Lloyds Pharmacy have created an infographic to help you figure out which one you're suffering from — and how to stop it in its tracks.

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Cornell is building a super-high-tech school that it wants to be a home for entrepreneurs in New York City — here's what it will look like


cornell tech campusAn official hub for tech and innovation in New York City is one step closer to reality. 

On Roosevelt Island, a spit of land between Manhattan and Queens, a cluster of buildings commissioned by Cornell University continues to rise. 

When the campus opens in 2017, it will provide a permanent home for an entirely new school called Cornell Tech, which city officials hope will position New York as a major tech center. Cornell beat out top-notch schools like Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford to create the new graduate school, which will be focused on classes in computer science, business, and entrepreneurialism.

The school has received $685 million in philanthropic donations, including a $100 million gift from former mayor Michael Bloomberg and $133 million from Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan. 

Forest City Ratner Companies, the developer of the project, and architects Weiss Manfredi have shared updated renderings that show what the school's center for innovation will look like when complete. 

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When completed, the two-million-square-foot complex will house approximately 2,000 full-time graduate students.

The school's dorm, the tallest of the buildings in the background, is set to house 520 people. It will be the world's tallest and largest passive house, which means that it requires an extremely low amount of energy for heating and cooling.

Here's what the campus looks like in its current state of construction.

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10 trendy Austin restaurants you need to try right now


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If you're heading to Austin for the annual SXSW festival next week, you'll want to make sure you hit up all the hottest spots in town.

Foursquare, the city-guide app for discovering new places, wants to help you find the trendy foodie destinations that are worth your time.

Every week, the Foursquare team puts together a "Trending This Week" list, ranking food and drink destinations by which are generating the most buzz on its two apps. It combines implicit visits from Foursquare users' activity with check-ins registered on its sister app, Swarm.

Whether you're seeking traditional barbecue, a low-key coffee shop, or an Instagram-worthy ice cream cone, you'll be in good company at any of these places. Check out the full list below. 

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10. Blaze Pizza

14009 Research Boulevard

This fast and casual pizza joint is known for its build-your-own options, featuring fresh ingredients and a single price no matter how much you want to add on. It's the Austin outpost of a popular chain across the country.

9. Blue Cat Café

 1400 East Cesar Chavez Street

Want your coffee with a side of cats? That's the conceit behind the Blue Cat Café, where adoptable kittens are available for customers to play with while you eat and drink. The vegan menu includes items like "cat-dogs", but the real draw are the furry companions.

8. Pho Please

 1920 East Riverside Drive

In a stripped-down space with on-trend wood paneling, Pho Please serves up fresh Vietnamese food: light, fragrant pho, vermicelli noodles, and banh mi stuffed with fillings like pork belly. It only opened a month ago, but reasonable prices and quick and consistent service have won it fans.

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9 ways that men and women see things differently at work


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A corporate training startup called Bridge polled 1,000 people in the U.S. to find out how men and women see the workplace when it comes to sensitive issues like equal pay, sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

The good news? Everyone is optimistic that the workplace will be a generally nicer, fairer place in five years. 

But there's still a long way to go today.

Here are some of the key findings:

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Most of the men polled, 58%, think that men and women are generally paid equally for equal work. Less than half of women, 42% of women think women are paid equally.

Only about one-third (32%) of men think that men get paid more for equal work. However, most of the women polled (68%) believe men are getting paid more for the same jobs.

Only about one-third (34%) of men polled believe that women have a harder time getting promotions and filling leadership positions because of gender bias.

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Amazon just started selling suits made in Canada — and the early reviews say they're good


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It's true: Amazon has started selling its own private-label clothing.

One of these labels, Franklin Tailored, sells men's suits and accessories.

Now you might not expect the e-commerce giant to produce suits that were anything better than middling for their first foray into men’s clothing, but that’s not the case. For about $300, these suits are good, according to early reviews.

They come in a variety of ready-to-work colors, but there seems to be only one general style and fit: the Tracy.

Men's style blog Dappered got an early look at the suit, and had a lot of things to say.

First, some preliminary quality stuff:

  • The suits are made from 100% nondescript wool and lined with synthetic material. Dappered says its "not the softest stuff in the world," but it will get the job done.
  • Fit seems to be tailored without being too slim — the perfect middle ground for a suit that's looking to please every guy.
  • The suits are manufactured in Canada, which is certainly a surprise at this price.

Dappered says the suit is "decent quality, fair price, and nice to see something made in this hemisphere." Amazon reviewers have echoed the sentiments, with one saying they were "very very pleased!"

Compared with other suits at this price point, this about as good as you can expect. It's a nice alternative to J. Crew's factory outlet Thompson suit, which is cut a little more modern with slimmer lapels, or other web-based brands like Combatant Gentleman, which still has the e-commerce edge on Amazon.

Amazon's suits come in only one cut that may not work for everyone, and it doesn't even offer a size 36 jacket. In order for Amazon to be able to better compete in this space, it's going to need to branch out into more modern styles of suiting, including a slimmer fit with narrower lapels.

In addition to suits, the Franklin line also includes shoes, ties, pants, blazers, and a tuxedo suit.

Dappered also liked the brand's take on blazers, calling it "a really nice debut for this new Amazon clothing project," but the shoes are basically just "not terrible."

The tuxedo, on the other hand, looks like a basic black suit that has none of the things that made a tuxedo a tuxedo, like satin lapels and a stripe down the leg.

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The incredible life of Melinda Gates — one of the world's richest and most powerful women


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Melinda Gates is best known as Bill's other half. Some may even say she's his better half.

Melinda — who shares an estimated fortune of $89.4 billion with her husband — has become one of the most powerful female philanthropists in the world as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which she helmed virtually on her own for the first six years of operation.

In addition to the pair's education and healthcare initiatives, Melinda takes a personal interest in women's issues around the world. At the forefront of her agenda is expanding the availability of contraception and, most recently,bringing awareness to the concept of time poverty — the notion that hours of daily unpaid work like household chores end up "robbing women of their potential."

"When you invest in women, you invest in the people who invest in everybody else," she wrote in a Fortune article last year outlining the benefits of hiring women in business. "And if you gradually start to take action, it won’t be long before you realize that investing in women is good for your mind, good for your soul, and good for your business."

On International Women's Day, a celebration of women's progress and achievements, here's a look at the incredible force that is Melinda Gates.

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Melinda Gates (neè French) grew up in Dallas, Texas, with her parents — a stay-at-home mother and an aerospace-engineer father — and her three siblings. The family belonged to the local Roman Catholic parish.

Source: Telegraph

The Frenches were intent on sending all four of their children to college, so Melinda's father started a side business for rental properties. "We would help him run the business and keep the books," she said. "We saw money coming in and money going out."

Source: Fortune

Melinda was valedictorian and head of the drill team at her high school, Ursuline Academy of Dallas. In 2007, the Gates Foundation donated $7 million to Ursuline for the construction of The French Family Science, Math, and Technology Center — a 70,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified laboratory and classroom building.

Source: Ursuline Dallas, Marie Claire

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Syrian refugees dressing up as Disney princesses perfectly captures how they dream for better lives


Artist Saint Hoax visited a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon and threw a costume party for the children there. As he photographed them dressed up as Disney princesses, they discussed their dreams and plans for the future. The photos are part of his Instagram-based campaign #OnceUponAWar, and aim to bring awareness to their plight.

Story by Jacob Shamsian and editing by Stephen Parkhurst

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Shocking gas prices from around the world reveal just how bad things are for the oil industries


RTS98QBIf you ever thought about driving across the US, or some other country, now is the time to do it. 

The oil industry is in the midst of a historic downturn, which is plunging the price per barrel of oil to all-time lows across the globe.

International markets sell oil for a fixed price. But drivers are subject to fluctuating fuel costs depending on their location.

Taxes and subsidies play a large part in this, and the fluctuations are quite impressive, ranging from as little as $0.20 per gallon all the way up to $5.64.

Here, we've compiled fuel costs for 17 different gas stations across the world in order from most to least expensive. 


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Llanteg, Wales

Location: Murco gas station in Llanteg

Date: Jan. 28, 2016

Cost per liter: 103.9 pence ($1.49) 

Cost per gallon: $5.64

(*All of these fuel prices are subject to changes in exchange rates.)

London, Britain

Location: BP gas station near Heathrow Airport in west London

Date: Jan. 30, 2016

Cost per liter: 101.9 pence ($1.44) 

Cost per gallon: $5.45

Santiago, Chile

Location: Copec gas station in Santiago

Date: Feb. 7, 2016

Cost per liter: 760 pesos ($1.08) 

Cost per gallon: $4.09

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