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Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Secret Places to Store Things

Expert tips for finding extra space.<p>What's a great place to store things that nobody ever thinks of? Experts spill their advice on finding space you never even knew you had.

East Village

Solar eclipse: Will Friday's astronomical event be ruined by cloudy weather?

The most spectacular solar eclipse to be visible from Britain since 1999 is in danger of being hidden by cloud<p>The most spectacular solar eclipse to be visible from Britain for 15 years <b>takes place this week</b>.<p>But like the disappointing <b>1999 total eclipse</b>, when thousands travelled to western Cornwall, …

Solar Eclipse

Disney bans smoking in films

Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar films will no longer be allowed to depict smoking<p><b>Disney</b> has announced that it is banning smoking in all of its PG 13-rated future productions, including Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar films.<p>“We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board,” said …

13 Super Scary Staircases

If heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning.<p>The artistic merit of these stairways cannot be denied. But if heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning. This piece originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.

Architecture

12 Decorating Ideas You Can Do in a Day

Quick fixes you can manage.<p>Small decor changes make a big impact in a home's look. Here are fast and inexpensive quick fixes from five interior designers.

Interior Design

Scientists, not poets, can tell you the truth about love

Boffins are poring over brain scans of people in, out of, and never touched by the mysterious force we call love. But what on earth do they hope to learn?<p>"She was filled with a strange, wild, unfamiliar happiness and knew that this was love… Never before, not even in dreams… had she felt anything …

Relationships

A Look Inside the Opening of "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

For the next six months, the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition will be taking place at<p>For the next six months, the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition will be taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, paying homage to the mysterious and creative mind of the …

Could We Design A Skyscraper That Casts No Shadow?

NBBJ’s concept for a shadowless tower could brighten the streets of tall, dense cities everywhere.<p>The taller the skyscraper, the longer the shadow. Walking along a street surrounded by big skyscrapers can feel like entering a world that’s permanently overcast–one reason most cities have zoning laws …

16 Easy DIYs That Will Make Spring Come Quicker

Say goodbye to gloomy winter weather with the help of these bright DIY projects.<p>As we wait for the last few gusts of winter weather to roll through, we've got some ideas on how you can make it feel like spring. From bright paper flowers to gorgeous wall hangings, here are 16 DIY projects that are …

Take an incredible drone flight through the world's biggest cave

At a length of some 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), Hang Sơn Đoòng in Vietnam, near the Laos border, is the largest known cave in the world. Inside is a large, fast-flowing river; its own microclimate; a chamber 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) long, 200 metres (660 feet) high and 150 metres (490 feet) wide; and …

Drones

Adorable Baby Chameleons are Small Enough to Sit on Finger Tips

If you think that kittens and puppies are cute, wait till you get a load of these baby chameleons! The Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, recently welcomed more than 20 newborns to their family. Each of the reptiles is about two inches long, and they're so small that they comfortably rest on …

Solar eclipse selfies could cause blindness, warn experts

Anyone tempted to take a selfie in the eclipse could damage their eyes, specialists have warned<p>Snapping a selfie during Friday’s solar eclipse could lead to eye damage, specialists have warned.<p>Camera phones did not exist during the last eclipse in 1999 but now millions are likely to be tempted to …

Solar Eclipse

How the World’s Oldest People Live So Long

At 118, the world’s oldest woman says her secret is eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Sounds good to us!<p>How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, …

The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Walk into a row of greenhouses in rural Britain, and a late English-winter day transforms to a swampy, humid tropical afternoon. You could be in Latin America or sub-Saharan Africa, which is exactly how cocoa plants like it.<p>"It's all right this time of year. It gets a bit hot later on in the …

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

20th Century

Dancer Captures Elegant Photos of His Gravity-Defying Movements Frozen in Time

While levitation photography is nothing new, Taiwanese-French-American photographer Mickael Jou's self-portraits of himself leaping through the air are exceptionally elegant feats of movement and grace. For the past three years, the Berlin-based creative has united his two passions–photography and …

Jumping DNA and the Evolution of Pregnancy

About a decade ago, Vincent Lynch emailed Frank Grutzner to ask for a tissue sample from a pregnant platypus. He got a polite brush-off instead.<p>Then, around eight years later, Grutzner got back in touch. His team had collected tissues from a platypus that had been killed by someone’s dog. They had …

Interview: Stunning Photos of the Coldest City in the World

What does it look like in the coldest city in the world? Thanks to one New Zealand photographer named Amos Chapple, we won't just have to wonder. Oymyakon, Russia is the coldest place on earth where humans actually live. The small, rural town has brutal winters where temperatures can dip to minus …

Getting started with the Microsoft Outlook app

If any onlookers were puzzled by Microsoft's recent acquisition of email startup Acompli it's now clear the investment was well worth it.<p>Microsoft's …

Apps

Holiday spending money: how to make the most of the strong pound

This week the pound has been nudging 1.34 against the euro – the strongest it has been for eight years and a whacking 30 per cent improvement on its nadir in 2009. If it lasts – and the uncertainty in Greece surely means that the currency will remain weak for a while yet – this is excellent news …

Corrupt policeman offered 'blue light' taxi service

Official report exposes extraordinary stories of gun and drug corruption in British police forces - some of which come straight out of a Hollywood movie<p>A report by a watchdog has highlighted concerns about sex and drug-related corruption among police officers.<p>Her Majesty's Inspectorate of …

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Jesus

Classic dauphinoise potatoes

SERVES<p>6-8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>50g/2oz butter<br>• 350ml/12fl oz double cream<br>• 350ml/12fl oz whole milk<br>• 2 bay leaves<br>• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and flattened with a knife<br>• 1kg/2lb waxy potatoes, such as charlotte, peeled<br>• Nutmeg<p>METHOD<p>Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Rub roughly 10g of butter around a 20cm/8in gratin or …

Why breasts are back on the red carpet

As stars show off slashed-to-the-navel dresses, Celia Walden hears how to get the perfect décolleté<p>Glancing nonchalantly down at co-presenter Jennifer Lopez’s impressive embonpoint at last month’s Golden Globes, actor Jeremy Renner quipped: “You’ve got the globes, too.” Salacious humour rarely goes …

Delightful Pots Turn Air Plants into Whimsical Jellyfish

Cathy Van Hoang's adorably creative planters turn sea urchin shells into pots and make air plants look like whimsical jellyfish. The artist paints the shells soft, pastel colors and then pots wispy air plants in them. When hung upside down, the shell forms the spiny body of a jellyfish, and the air …

Schoolboy put in isolation after shaving head for cancer charity

Stan Lock, 14, was told he had flouted school rules by having a "number one" haircut to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support<p>A schoolboy who shaved his head to raise money for a cancer charity has been put in isolation for breaking uniform rules.<p>Stan Lock, 14, had a "number one" haircut to raise …

A Homeless Man Read His Only Book Over And Over, So A Compassionate Stranger Gave Him A Kindle

A homeless man is pursuing his love of reading thanks to a good Samaritan.<p>Last week, a San Diego man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was on a business trip in Las Vegas when he frequently passed a homeless man named Paul on the street. The man noticed that Paul had been reading an old, worn book …

Dad Captures a Toddler's View of NYC by Attaching GoPro to Son's Stroller

New York City has been the subject of many photographers' snapshots, but the Big Apple has rarely been captured from a viewpoint as unique as a toddler's perspective. Diego Acosta Lpez, a student at the School of Visual Arts, wanted to get inside his son Ignacio's head as he experienced the thrill …