Ben Freeman

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The history behind New York City’s missing subway lines

<i>TThis item has been corrected.</i><p>At first glance, there is logic to New York City’s numbered subway lines: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.<p>The letters, however, are a little less straightforward: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, M, N, Q, R, S, S, Z. What happened to the H? Or the O? And why in the world there are three …

Grand Central Station

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Genetics

5 Astronauts Told Us Their Most Terrifying Moments In Space

Quick thinking doesn't come close to capturing it...<p>During Chris Hadfield’s first flight, he and his fellow astronauts had to navigate a quarter-million-pound shuttle toward a target the size of a coffee cup saucer on the Russian Mir Space Station.<p>Hadfield’s job was to relay the speed and range …

Behind This Aged Façade Is The World's Most Beautiful Abandoned Castle

Hidden in the hills of Tuscany, this 16th-century estate will take your breath away.<p>Tuscany is known for its incredible rolling hills, Renaissance-era art, and Castello di Sammezzano. If the latter is unfamiliar, photographer Martino Zegwaard is here to change that.<p>Originally built in the 17th …

Italy

Relics of the Cold War

Project info<p>The Cold War is over — yet signs of it still exist. For forty years the Iron Curtain divided the countries of Europe into East and West. The arms race was unleashed, nuclear fallout shelters were constructed, and everyone braced for the worst. Martin Roemers has spent ten years in …

Archaeology

Botany Portraits

Project info<p>With this project, I wish to investigate the different individual semblance of plant species. Like a human portrait, I believe that plants have their own visual personality which can be portrayed through my unique process of photography. By taking the chosen plant apart, photographing …

Photography

10 Eye-Catching Metro Stations Worth a Stop

Stepping into this Stockholm station is like stepping into a very elaborate cave. The only place where all three of Stockholm’s metro lines meet, …

Travel

Abandoned airports around the world – in pictures

Urban growth, sporting events, financial crashes and political turmoil have left a trail of city airports and airfields deserted around the globe. While some lie abandoned or face redevelopment, others are being creatively reused<p>Flushing: New York’s forgotten airport – and most contested …

Visiting Rome with kids: gladiators, gardens and gelato

Rome's top attractions offer much to fire children’s imaginations, from the Colosseum with its past of blood-curdling spectacle to spooky underground catacombs where the early Christians buried their dead. The city’s historic centre is kid-friendly too, dotted with spacious piazzas, foaming …

A road trip in the Peloponnese

No other part of Greece combines stupendous mountain scenery and scenic hikes with deserted, pristine beaches and an incredible wealth of ancient sites like the Peloponnese. After all, this is where gods and heroes were said to walk the earth and the world’s greatest sporting event was born.<p>Add to …

Secret Hong Kong: singalong parlours and modern monasteries

It’s hard to keep anything in Hong Kong a secret for long. The walls between the world city and the world are thin; its people travel far and frequently, and they talk loudly.<p>But the city has some wonderful experiences that are not widely known, due to accessibility issues or simply because they …

Pubs, vampires and rebellion: the best of historic Dublin

Dublin rightly prides itself on being a modern European city, but its colourful history is central to its appeal. There was a settlement here even before the Vikings settled by the River Liffey a thousand years ago, and the city really came into its own a century ago when events here were the …

#LonelyPlanet photographer, @kylieam, recently snapped this beautiful shot of Multnomah Falls at Columbia River Gorge, #USA. Cleanly dividing #Oregon and #Washington, this spectacular gorge was carved some 15,000 years ago by cataclysmic glaciers and floods. The region is filled with lovely waterfalls, agricultural bounties and fine wine tasting. However, a little tip from Kylie is to visit during the week if you want to skip the busy weekend crowds! #travel

Beyond the dunes: road-tripping Mongolia's Gobi Desert

Giant sand dunes fringed by sun-scorched valleys. Primordial fossils hidden within flaming-red cliffs. The sun setting pink and purple over a Mongolian yurt. Few experiences bring together offbeat adventure and epic road-tripping quite like bouncing through Mongolia's Gobi Desert in the rear-facing …

Ilha Grande: tropical island paradise on Brazil’s Costa Verde

Picture this: a tropical island cloaked in 193 square kilometers of rainforest, dotted with spectacular beaches, threaded with walking trails and devoid of motorized vehicles. Welcome to Ilha Grande! For nature lovers and anyone seeking a slow-paced beach holiday, this vast island along Rio de …

From highway to high waves: five offbeat coastal road trips

California's Big Sur and Australia's Great Ocean Road may get all the headlines when it comes to coastal driving but they're not the only places where you can lose yourself in spectacular scenery, glowing sunsets and glistening surf.<p>The following routes are equally impressive and also offer quirky …

European Travel

Striking Architecture Features Solar Powered Roof to Attract Rare Birds and Butterflies

Weatherhead Architecture recently unveiled designs for <i>Butterfly Square</i>, a mixed-use town center that'll be located in Halland, Sweden. This development features two striking angled, L-shaped buildings that are divided by a pedestrian promenade. When viewed from above, the space is reminiscent of a …

Solar Power

Stunning New Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich | Colossal

<p>Bangkok-based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich (previously) continues to capture some of the most elegant portraits of fish we’ve seen. His …

Country House in Villeta, Colombia by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia

Casa 7A, a country house located in the town of Villeta, Colombia.<p>The team of Arquitectura en Estudio collaborated with Natalia Heredia to design …

Wallpaper of the Week by Jennifer Cirpici

The wallpaper of this week is a really cool image created by our friend Jennifer Cirpici. The artwork is titled Desktopography Valley and it's part …