science
Chocolate Has a New Origin Story

New archaeological evidence suggests humans were cultivating and consuming cacao – the crop from which chocolate is produced – as long as 5,300 years ago, which is 1,500 years earlier than previously thought. What’s more, cacao was initially domesticated in the equatorial regions of South America, and not Central America. Read More >>

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Stupid Truck Driver Drove Right Over the Nazca Lines

There’s a 2,000-year-old archaeological mystery preserved in Southern Peru: enormous images carved into the desert by unknown ancient artists. The beautiful Nazca Lines depict birds, monkeys, and humans, and some of the creations span up to 1,200 feet. And now a man has driven over them with his truck. Read More >>

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Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Peru

A “strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake” struck the southern coast of Peru on Sunday morning, leaving at least one dead, several missing, and dozens injured, CNBC reported. Read More >>

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Walking on the Roads of Argentina Looks Awesome

Argentina has so many wonderfully different backdrops and views that it’s a pretty perfect place to travel through. Guillaume Juin walked on the roads of the beautiful country and captured gorgeous imagery in this video. You can really see how diverse the landscape is. In the northern parts of Argentina it’s a total desert. In the south? You’ll run into the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Patagonia. Read More >>

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How Two Plants Combine to Form the Powerful Hallucinogenic Ayahuasca 

Ayahuasca has been used in shaman and healing rituals for centuries, specifically in areas near the Amazon river basin, but it’s seeing a surge in popularity among “tourists” that travel to South America to seek its hallucinogenic and spiritual effects. Read More >>

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China Wants to Build a 3000-Mile Railway Through the Amazon

Not content with building massive new dams, railways, and cities inside its own borders, China is backing hugely ambitious infrastructure projects all over the world. Its latest is a 3,000-mile long railway that will cut through vast swathes of the Amazon rainforest. Read More >>

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This High-Altitude Overlook Perfectly Frames a Volcano

It takes some work to get to Ecuador's Quilotoa Lake. Visiting the collapsed volcano requires hiring a bus or truck to navigate the steep roads, and a hardy constitution to endure its 3,914-metre altitude. Now a simple yet elegant platform allows a moment of meditative respite on the precipitous edge of the electric blue caldera high in the Andes. Read More >>

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How To Survive Four Months in the Wilderness: Just Eat Rats

Bear Grylls, eat your heart out. A trekker trying to cross the decidedly inhospitable Andes (during winter, no less) has been found after a four-month survival epic, during which he lost 20kg and became particularly acquinated with rat a la raisin. Read More >>