A meteorological phenomenon that can bring extreme temperature changes within a short period of time, chinook winds are created when warm, wet winds blow from the Northwest coast of North America over the Rockies.
Borrowing technology from military and space applications that also appears in your smartphone or digital camcorder, some fancy binoculars can keep a highly magnified image from shaking even when your hands are unsteady.
Some scientists believe that the human brain, or maybe even the entire universe, stores information in much the same way as a hologram. If true, this could explain everything from psychic experiences to the nature of God.
Famous for its wool and its visits by Darwin, Chatwin, and Theroux, Patagonia is a vast region of South America with surprising things around every corner (even if the corners are hundreds of miles apart).
The world's oldest surviving geared mechanism is a remarkable analog astronomical computer built by the Greeks in around 82 BCE. But after this device was created, its technology was seemingly lost for 1000 years.
An English-born Welsh architect set out to create not just one building, but an entire town in harmony with its environment. The result was a beautiful site that is in some ways the forerunner of sustainable development.