Daredevil Biker Traverses Cliff

This breathtaking video captures the moment a cyclist traverses an almost-vertical rock face to conquer the world’s most dangerous trail – before making a return journey.

Michal Kollbek was filmed defying gravity as he made his way over the famed White Line in Sedona – a near impossible route carved into a rock in Arizona.

The stunning one-minute clip was filmed using a drone flying overhead and sees Polish rider Kollbek gradually make his way along the path with Red Rock State Park seen in the background.

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Death-defying: Daredevil Michal Kollbek rides his bike across the famed White Line in Sedona, in Arizona’s Red Rock State Park

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Two Lost Cities Found

Archaeologists in Honduras have found dozens of artifacts at a site where they believe twin cities stood. Photograph: Dave Yoder/National Geographic
Archaeologists in Honduras have found dozens of artifacts at a site where they believe twin cities stood. Photograph: Dave Yoder/National Geographic

Archaeologists have discovered two lost cities in the deep jungle of Honduras, emerging from the forest with evidence of a pyramid, plazas and artifacts that include the effigy of a half-human, half-jaguar spirit.

The team of specialists in archaeology and other fields, escorted by three British bushwhacking guides and a detail of Honduran special forces, explored on foot a remote valley of La Mosquitia where an aerial survey had found signs of ruins in 2012. read more

Quaint Holiday Homes

These are some of the most luxurious second homes in the world.

From secluded island bolt-holes to fantastically situated city escapes, the popularity of ‘holiday homes’ continues to rise.

Whether for business or pleasure, an island retreat offers a chance of real escapism and a chance to enjoy some untapped beauty.

If you’re looking for your own place in the sun, MailOnline Travel’s top five of the most luxurious second-home locations are certain to inspire you.

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Sugar Hill, Sunwatch, St James, Barbados – £3.9 million ($6 million).

Although many Barbadian homes are designed with reasonably modest-looking exteriors, don’t be fooled – these are some of most lavish and well-appointed houses in the world.

Coveted for its winter sun, Barbados has developed a reputation as something of a celebrity playground, with the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Roman Abramovich and the Rothschild family all having stayed on the island.

The views from the Sugar Hill villa are stunning, and Barbados is a popular retreat for the rich and famous and celebrities
The views from the Sugar Hill villa are stunning, and Barbados is a popular retreat for the rich and famous and celebrities
                          (This looks just like the house we rented in Jamaica, except this is where the dining room was!)

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The Backyak Modular Watercraft

The Klepper Backyak is a portable, modular watercraft

The Klepper Backyak is a portable, modular watercraft

Tucked away in one of the most distant corners of last week’s Boot Düsseldorf show was one of the show’s most interesting products: the ultra-versatile Klepper Backyak. As its name suggests, it’s a kayak that can hike to water’s edge on your back. But it’s also a sailboat, a snow sled and a floating sun deck.

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Deepest Water Fish Found

A new record has been set for the deepest fish ever seen in the world, at an incredible depth of 26,722 feet (8,145 meters).

The snailfish was found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and breaks the previous record by almost 1,640 feet (500 metres).

The finding was part of an international expedition that also found many other new species at the extreme depths.

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Aberdeen University researchers have set a new record for the deepest fish ever found (shown in red ring). It was spotted 26,722ft down in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. Called a snailfish it has a ghostly tadpole-like body and no scales. It is seen here swimming with crustaceans

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View Seen by Astronauts as They Re-enter Earth’s Atmosphere

Returning to Earth from orbit is no easy feat. To do so, spacecraft must endure temperatures of more than 1,650°C (3,000°F) as they hit the atmosphere at 25 times the speed of sound.

Thankfully, over the years the technique has been refined to a tee; astronauts can get from the ISS to the surface of Earth in just 3.5 hours.

But a GIF has revealed the fiery process that takes place when the manned Soyuz spacecraft first comes into contact with the thick atmosphere – before it makes its daring descent back to Earth.

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This GIF shows the moment cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky, and astronaut Michael Hopkins, returned to Earth in March this year at the culmination of ISS Expedition 38

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Swimming With Whale Sharks

Simon Pierce grew up besotted with wildlife and not even a terrifying one-on-one encounter with a great white shark on his first solo dive could deter him from his passion of underwater photography.

The 35-year-old ‘scientist with a camera’ is leading a global whale shark research project, showcasing nature’s beauty in his spectacular underwater photography and documenting his mission to save some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

Pierce learned to scuba dive at university and instantly fell in love with what lies beneath the ocean, travelling the world to encounter remarkable species and highlighting their plight in his series of impressive snapshots.

Simon Pierce grew up besotted with wildlife and not even a terrifying one-on-one encounter with a great white shark on his first solo dive could deter him from his passion of underwater photography

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Over the Falls

He said: ‘I was pretty nervous at the top, scouting and visualizing my line.

‘I had seen a lot of people landing near-flat or over-flipping on video.

‘The lip is kind of tricky as it is angled at almost 90 degrees. So every little movement, stroke and body position will have an influence on your line and landing angle.

An experienced athlete, Emrick admitted he was nervous to take on Tomata Falls - which has a 60 foot drop
An experienced athlete, Emrick admitted he was nervous to take on Tomata Falls – which has a 60 foot drop

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Finding Momo

A photographer is challenging people to spot his black and white border collie in a series of Where’s Waldo-style images.

Unlike the conventional cluttered mess of red and white stripes, Andrew Knapp’s work is serene and spare, with seemingly nothing in the scene to hide behind.

Nonetheless, his beloved pet Momo is concealed within every one.

Andrew Knapp is releasing his second collection of adorable pics of his dog Momo in a Where's Waldo Style hidden-image book 

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Puppy Sized Spider

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

“When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider. read more