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Mirrors have revealed something new about manta rays – and it reflects badly on us

As a shark biologist, I enjoy nothing more than going scuba diving with sharks in the wild. However, I realise it’s an immense privilege to do this as part of my work – and that for the vast majority of people experiencing the underwater world in such a way is simply not possible.<p>Nevertheless, even …

recognise

Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks?

The editor of the Bookseller explains why the hardback format will be with us for a while yet<p><b>Q: Years ago, I read that publishers were going to end the practice of bringing out hardback editions before paperbacks. But it never happened. Why do they still do this, and does anyone apart from</b> …

Writing

China's human rights situation is getting worse, says US official

China's human rights situation is getting worse, a senior US official said in Beijing on Friday, as reports of another detention increased fears of a crackdown on activists and lawyers.<p>Uzra Zeya, who led the US side in annual bilateral rights dialogue, cited increasing pressure on activists' …

12 Contemporary Artists Tell Us What it Takes to Make a Great Piece of Art

What does it take to make a great piece of art? This seemingly simple, yet deeply complex, question has been debated throughout the history of art. Who decides what is “good” art and what is “bad” art? While many look to art critics and curators for answers, we decided to turn to a wide variety of …

Jessa Crispin: ‘Today’s feminists are bland, shallow and lazy’ | Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke talks to Jessa Crispin about her incendiary new book, Why I Am Not a Feminist<p>In her slender but merciless new book, Jessa Crispin pours petrol over pretty much the entire surface of 21st-century feminism, and then gleefully sets it alight. Boom! Up it goes, leaving behind only scorched …

Feminism

450-Year-Old Painting Contains Over 100 Proverbs We Still Use Today

Birds of a feather flock together. When the cat’s away, the mice will play. We all know and love these common, American proverbs. Sometimes ironic, often silly and amusing, these sayings test our brains—and our wit. And it’s not just in English. Playing with language in literature, conversation, …

Old Testament

Colorful Watercolor Paintings Immortalize Tokyo’s Historical Storefronts

After moving from Kobe to Tokyo three years ago, Polish animator Mateusz Urbanowicz was struck by the number of historical buildings that survive in Japan’s capital. So, he did what any real artist would, and set out to capture Tokyo’s storefronts in beautiful watercolor paintings.<p>While …

10 Fantastic Finalists of the World Wildlife Day Photography Competition

On March 3, the highly-anticipated winner of the World Wildlife Day Photography Competition—a conservation-themed contest open to young photographers between the ages of 10 and 24—was announced at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. A 17-year-old from Hungary named Gàbor Li took home the …

Wildlife

Year’s Best Biological Photos Capture the Artistry of Science

The recently announced the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards are a fascinating celebration of the scientific world. For 20 years, the awards have recognized photographers who capture significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science.<p>The overall winner will be announced on March 15, …

Visually Satisfying Compositions of Flowers and Botanical Arrangements

As a yoga teacher, Ja Soon Kim incorporates elements of the meditative practice into her creative work. In her series of botanical arrangements, Kim neatly organizes colorful vegetation into beautifully balanced compositions.<p>Simply set against either a black or white background, the creations …

Monsoons

Top 10 books about trees

From Dante to John Clare and James Joyce, matters arboreal have inspired many writers. These are among the choicest specimens<p>Every kind of tree has its own, distinctive silhouette, but I especially like the wave-shaped branches of the ashes, the open-armed oaks, wispy birches, orderly alders and …

Top 10

Sunshine coasts and heights of beauty in Australia – in pictures

Photographer Gab Scanu, 20, has amassed a huge following on Instagram with his aerial shots of Australian landscapes and coastlines. He spoke to us about his work<p>See Scanu’s work at a new exhibition running 9–20 February in Sydney<p>Gab Scanu works alone, with a special operating licence for his UAV …

The Key to Writing a Mystery Is Asking the Perfect Question

The veteran author John Rechy discusses the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of the unsolved narrative.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Emma Donoghue,</b> …

Total recall: the people who never forget

An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory<p>If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. What was she doing on 29 August 1980? “It was a Friday, I went to Palm Springs with my friends, twins, Nina and Michelle, and …

Palm Springs

The primal thrill of sharks: the emotional case for rewilding the sea

I was delighted to see giant basking sharks on a recent trip to Scotland, but such moments of wonder are rare. Creating fishing reserves would allow our oceans to recover – and preserve this incredible feeling<p>I believe we possess a ghost psyche: a set of capacities that helped secure our survival …

Gulf Stream

Quickly Learn the Differences Between Most Home Design Styles With This Chart

Whether you’re hunting for a new home to rent or buy, real estate listings love to use specific design terminology like “traditional ranch,” or …

Real Estate

This Tiny Farmhouse on Wheels Makes 250 Square Feet Look Lavish

If the tiny home movement and <b>Fixer Upper</b> fandom had a lovechild, it would be this 250-square-foot mobile farmhouse, built by Handcrafted Movement founder Matt Impola. With more than a decade of construction experience, Matt's new venture focuses on creating one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate …

Farmhouses

11 Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading Instead Of Joseph Boyden

Turn these pages.<p>In a written statement, Boyden, who has at various points claimed Metis, Anishinaabe, Nipmuc and Mi'kmaq heritage, admits he has stolen the spotlight on Indigenous issues as he is "a white kid from Willowdale with native roots."<p>What does authenticity mean when it comes to fiction? …

7 Tips for Traveling to Cuba

If your interest in visiting Cuba has been piqued since President Obama's 2014 announcement of plans to improve relations between the United States …

Colorful Paintings Visualize the Energetic Souls of Wildlife

Expressive and emotive, British artist Emily Tan‘s colorful creature portraits imaginatively capture the beauty of the animal kingdom. Each polychromatic piece combines the sketch-like quality of drawing with dreamy washes of watercolor to present an ethereal series of animal paintings.<p>Though …

Amazing $213 Cross-Country Train Ride Lets You See USA’s Most Beautiful Sights

Many people dream of traveling across the United States to see the strikingly different terrains that it has to offer. Although it seems like this endeavor would be costly and time consuming, that doesn’t have to be the case. Travel maven Derek Low figured out a way to make the trip for just $213. …

Trains

Banning Books Solves Nothing, And We Need To Stop Now

At the end of 2016, <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> and <i>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</i> were suspended from the curriculum in some Virginia schools, after a …

Books

11 Of The Most Savage Burns In Literature

Drag them, legends.

Your Favorite Passages, From Dostoevsky to Animorphs

Last week, I invited readers to send in the literary passages that most spoke to them and shaped them. Here’s Jen, with a passage from Dostoevsky:<p>I first read <i>The Brothers Karamazov</i> when I was 17, on a rocky family vacation. At first, it was a melodramatic Russian escape from my fighting parents’ …

‘Miss Hokusai’ Gets Animated About Female Empowerment

Director Keiichi Hara discusses his subject, real-life painter O-Ei, who worked in the shadow of her famous father, in the Gkids Oscar contender set …

Superman Submits to Chinese Legends in an Unconventional Art Series

Jacky Tsai's woodblock-meets-comic book scenes are the ultimate crossover storylines.<p>Superman clashes with Chinese legends in artist Jacky Tsai's fusion of comic books and woodblock prints. The UK-based Chinese artist will present his new body of work, a juxtaposition of Western pop culture and …

Great Opening Lines of Great Novels

Great opening lines are very important for any work of literature. Whether you are writing a novel, a short story, a blog post or a newspaper …

Hillary Clinton Is Human. Hillary Clinton Got Sick.

In the sweltering heat on Sunday, Hillary Clinton stood for more than 90 minutes, fulfilling her duty to her country and her fellow New Yorkers at a …

Government

My grandfather Roald Dahl, the magician

In his centenary year, memories of the magic Sophie Dahl’s grandfather worked – with exotic foods from fictional lands and drawing names in the lawn at their family home – are as vivid as ever<p>I called him Mold, because when I was a toddler they tried to teach me the Norwegian pronunciation of his …

Books