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Tudor stained glass portrait of young Henry VIII lovingly restored

The Vyne in Hampshire – a National Trust mansion – houses the window, which was concealed in a fish pond during civil war<p>In the spectacular Tudor stained glass windows now being re-installed at a National Trust mansion in Hampshire, a slim and beardless young Henry VIII kneels meekly in prayer near …

Henry Viii

11 Breadmaking Terms Every Serious Baker Should Know

Do you know your poolish from your preferment? These bread-baking terms will prep you for the path to beautiful boules.<p>So you've tried your hand at bread-making and discovered you've got a knack for it. But do you know your poolish from your preferment? Your miche from your boule? Before you sink …

Running in the Winter: Advice from a Boston Marathon Winner

<i>This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.</i><p>Many experienced runners believe winter is a better season for running outdoors than summer. After all, …

Weather

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

We could get to the singularity in ten years

<i>It would require a different way of thinking about the timing of the Singularity, says AGI pioneer Ben Goertzel, PhD. Rather than a predictive</i> …

Singularity

Making Sense of Creative Commons: What Does a CC License Signify?

There has been a bit of a fuss recently over Flickr’s decision to start selling prints of it’s members photographs. There is a potential 50 million …

A Love Letter To Louise Bourgeois, A Feminist Icon Whether She Likes It Or Not

<i>In honor of Louise Bourgeois' birthday, we are revisiting an article we published earlier this year.</i><p>Louis Bourgeois is a feminist art icon, even if she -- in some mythical afterlife populated by giant spiders and contorted, alien figures -- would hate the label. When she was alive, she was aloof on …

This Is How You Open Your Own Store At 24

Every now and then, a new store opens in New York City that gets us <i>really</i> excited. While we normally like to keep these discoveries to ourselves — …

New York City

Science compliments art again

"Woman at a Window," right, by an unknown Italian artist, was acquired by the National Gallery in the mid-19th century. Following an investigation, …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Buckingham Palace exhibition showcases the ultimate 17th century status symbol - the pineapple

New exhibition traces the way gardens have been depicted in art for the past 400 years<p>The humble pineapple. Today it as likely to be used as a garnish with gammon and chips or a receptacle for an over-embellished cocktail as it is to be enjoyed as a dish in its own right.<p>But in the 17th century, …

England

The Unreality of Time

violscraper via flickr<p>Philosophy and physics may seem like polar opposites, but they regularly address quite similar questions. Recently, physicists …

The Messy Minds of Creative People

Creativity is very messy.<p>According to one prominent theory, the creative process involves four stages: preparation, incubation, illumination, and …

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

While happiness is defined by the individual, I’ve always felt it foolish to declare that nothing can be learned from observing the happiness of …

Happiness

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Study Says Making Art Is Good For Your Brain, And We Say You Should Listen

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life," so Pablo Picasso once famously proclaimed. Though we expect the pompous Cubist was being his usual haughty self when he uttered the well known quote, his belief in art's <i>transcendent</i> qualities might not be too far from the scientific …

9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly

Can’t tell a responsive website from a merely adaptive one? These GIFs courtesy of Froont will turn you into a pedant in no time.<p>What is responsive design? Most people vaguely understand that it refers to websites that work just as well on desktops as they do on smartphones, but there’s a lot more …

Web Design

Guide to Types of Restaurants in Italy

Restaurants in Italy were once distinguished by name. So an <i>osteria</i> would be different from a <i>ristorante</i> and different from a <i>trattoria</i>. Today it’s not …

Italy

Google has just revealed that Italy is the top rising holiday destination for 2015, with searches for hotels and deals in the country increasing at a rate of knots. With the likes of George Cluny and Kim Kardashian opting to tie the knot here, the

Google has just revealed that Italy is the top rising holiday destination for 2015, with searches for hotels and deals in the country increasing at a …

National Geographic Travel

Design Legend Louise Fili Photographs The Gorgeous Typography Of Italy

Fili shares her three-decade love affair with Italy’s typography and vintage signage in a gorgeous new book.<p>Renowned Italian-American designer Louise Fili’s love of typography and graphic arts stems from a specific moment during her first trip to Italy, at age 16: As she was leaving the Milan …

Typography

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

Italy

Where Should I Travel Off the Beaten Path in Italy?

<i>A:</i><p>When you visit Italy, you want to see Italy—not other tourists. But the country is a pretty popular destination for pizza-loving jet-setters. In fact, tens of millions of visitors descend on the boot-shaped Mediterranean country every year. Here are a few places you should go to avoid most of …

Italy

Florence, Tuscany, and Umbria, Italy Travel Guide: Pisa, Siena, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca. Illustrated Guide, Phrasebook, Maps. (Mobi Travel)

• <b>Author:</b> MobileReference<p>This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. It is indexed alphabetically and by category, making it easier to access individual articles. Articles feature information about attractions, landmarks, districts, …

Two-Day Roman Holiday

Right about now, Rome is overflowing with tourists glued to guidebooks and iPhones, rather than actually looking at the city's grandeur, statues, churches and paintings.<p>The streets in and around St. Peter's will be thronged with tour groups following leaders holding signs and flowers and puppets, …

Italy

How to do Florence on a Budget