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Here's What It's Like To Be Inside a Wildfire

Fires like the ones in California spread far and fast. An expert's best advice: evacuate when you're told.
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Photograph by Randy Olsen, National Geographic Image Collection
National Geographic Magazine
January 2020
Special Edition: Pain and Wellness
By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, David Guttenfelder, Zoanne Clack, Robin Marentz Henig, Dan Buettner, Fran Smith and Claudia Kalb
Scientists are unravelling the mysteries of pain - and exploring new ways to treat it.
Photograph by Craig Cutler

Advances in neuroscience and a new awareness of wellness is changing lives around the world. A special issue explores the concept of pain: what it is, why we feel it, and how we can beat it.    

Also in the January 2020 edition of National Geographic:

Pain and the brain feared, suffered, little-understood: the causes and future of a universal scourge
Women's health why females must speak up or be sidelined in the fight for medical equality
Mighty microbes looking very (very) closely at the microbes in the body areas we love to hate
Blue Zones diet what do the longest living people in the world eat? 
Yoga's benefits why the antidote to modern stress lies in this ancient practice. 


Wales | Damselflies | Annoyance | What dirty floors tell us


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Venom | Damselflies | Pain | Yoga | Addiction | Faeces
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What is the Day of the Dead?

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America with colourful calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons). Learn how the Day of the Dead started and the traditions that make it unique.


On track for the slopes: 10 ski resorts you can reach by train

You don't need a carbon-guzzling flight or a long drive to reach the snow — ski resorts in France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy are accessible by train.

Is your travel photography ethical?

Fines are now being issued to tourists in Kyoto who photograph Geishas without their consent. Are we entering an era where common sense must be enforced?

Best trips for 2020

Where should you go in the year ahead? We collaborated with our 17 international editorial teams to highlight destinations to discover, places to savour, and reasons to celebrate the world.

How to spend a weekend on the Cumbrian coast

Resist the lure of the Lake District and instead trace England’s northwest coastline by road or rail, savouring epicurean discoveries and sandy hikes along the way. 

Photo story: following the wooded waterways of New Brunswick, Canada

Set in the north of New Brunswick, Restigouche County is named for the mighty river that runs through it — a journey that begins in the Appalachian Mountains and ends at the Atlantic coast. Life in this bucolic region is shaped by the river’s meandering path: anglers and canoeists are drawn to the Restigouche’s crystal waters, while the forests that tumble down to its banks are a playground for campers and birders, and home to the curious pastime of moose calling.

How King's Cross became London's new creative hub

We explore how the influence of local artists and conservationists saw King's Cross transform from a post-industrial wasteland to London's new creative hub.

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