Check out a galaxy of new bars and quirky museums in Houston, America's Space City

With its flourishing urban parks, cultural spaces and rooftop bars, this cosmopolitan city built on oil is on a mission to invest and evolve. Drill down into eclectic neighbourhoods to discover the real Texan treasure.

SpaceX's Starship First High-Altitude Flight

December 10, 2020 - Watch the SpaceX’s prototype Starship SN8 take off over Boca Chica Beach in South Texas on December 9. The 165-foot craft crashed on landing but generated enough data to be considered a resounding success.

What they’re eating in Houston, Texas

Viet-Cajun crawfish, fried okra tempura and steak: here's what and where to eat in this American metropolis. 

City guide: keeping it weird in the Texan boom town of Austin

One of the fastest-growing cities in the USA, the lively Texan capital is today as much a magnet for its kayaking, hiking, festivals and food trucks as it is for its honky-tonks, barbecue and warm Southern hospitality.

Moon landings: celebrating the Apollo II anniversary in 2019

20 July marks 50 years since the first Moon landing, and celebrations are underway on both sides of the Atlantic.

View from the USA: Build bridges, not walls

One of Trump’s most contentious policies might physically divide the US and Mexico, but the two countries already stand in stark, startling contrast

Texas: mountain adventures

Discover an even wilder side of Texas in the remote, dramatic Chisos Mountains

Stellar attractions in Big Bend

Why the Big Bend region is America's number one spot for astronomical adventures

Watch ‘Horny Toad’ Hatchlings Released to New Home

These bumpy reptiles are Texas horned lizards, also known as 'horny toads'. Once common in Texas, the lizard is now a threatened species there. The beloved state reptile has two large horns on its head, and though it’s mostly docile, it can shoot blood from its eyes when threatened. Biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and three area zoos have been working together to save the horned lizard. The zoos have begun captive breeding programmes, with a goal to replenish the wild population. In September, around 140 hatchlings were released in Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Texas. Biologists hope the breeding and reintroduction programme eventually will lead to self-sustaining populations.

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