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A parallel universe: Windows beneath the waves, in pictures - Telegraph

Parallel Universes

Mystical images inspired by Sufi saints – in pictures

Born in Italy as Patrizia Guerresi, artist Maïmouna Guerresi changed her name and converted to Sufi Islam after marrying a Senegalese man. In the series Giants, inspired by the “greatness and spiritual beauty” of African Muslim saints, she photographed everyday subjects and members of her family.

North Africa

This 1902 ‘Photo’ of General Grant is an Early Example of Compositing

Want to see a super early example of a photo being faked through compositing? Look no further than this circa 1902 photo, titled “General Grant at …

Here Are the Best Wildlife Photos of the Year

Nature, 1st prize storiesA Bornean orangutan climbs over 30 meters up a tree in the rain forest of Gunung Palung Nationa<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Tim Laman<p>1 of …

Israeli Cabinet approves liberal Jewish prayer at holy site

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Cabinet voted Sunday to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a …

Israel

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The Real Divide Between States Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Girl Scout Cookies

Forget red vs. blue states. It’s all about Peanut Butter Patties versus Tagalongs.<p>As the 2016 presidential campaigns heat up, the country feels divided, and it turns out that’s because it is–by the Girl Scouts and their annual Girl Scouts Cookie Sales. Forget about red versus blue: the true …

This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours

Rural Studio’s $20K House has such innovative design that it’s changing the entire housing system–from mortgages to zoning laws.<p>For over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University’s design-build program in a tiny town in West Alabama, have worked on a nearly impossible …

Housing

When You Die, This Mushroom Suit Will Eat Your Body

The greenest way to go.<p>The unsustainability of modern life doesn’t stop when you die. Before your body goes in a casket, it will be pumped full of formaldehyde and other toxic solvents; cremation contributes to climate change. Even if you choose a so-called green burial, chemicals in your body–like …

Selling

These 10 space images look unbelievable, but are actually real (pictures)

Astronomy

We Just Saw the Birth of a New Planet for the First Time

Astronomers confirm the discovery of a still-forming exoplanet 450 light years away.<p>Of the thousands of new exoplanetsidentified in the past few years, none has been quite like this one—because it's still forming. Astronomers led by Stephanie Sallum at the University of Arizona and Katherine …

An 80-Year-Old Prank Revealed, Hiding in the Periodic Table! – Phenomena: Curiously Krulwich

You wouldn’t know it, because it’s hiding down there at the bottom of the periodic table of elements, but it’s a prank—something a five-year-old might do—and the guy who did it was one of the greatest chemists in America. It’s pure silliness, staring right at you, right where I’ve drawn my circle, …

Periodic Table

President Obama Answers 6 Questions on Climate Change

Among people who contend regularly with the reality of climate change—scientists, policymakers, activists, journalists—there is a certain shared facial expression that materializes as soon as the subject is raised. The look is downcast, weary, despairing. “Are you sitting down?” the expression …

Climate

The Paris climate change summit, explained in 4 charts

The intent of the United Nations — the diplomatic phoenix that emerged from ashes of World War II — was that countries would have a central place to come together and address important issues. For a variety of reasons, the U.N. has rarely upheld that vision. But the gathering getting underway in …

Climate

Japanese researchers created holograms you can touch

The touchable holograms, called Fairy Lights, could serve as the beginning to developing technology where humans could interact with the hologram.<p>This could particularly come in handy in medicine, where hologram technology is used to demonstrate certain procedures.<p>The holograms were made using …

Who Built Stonehenge? Big-Time Meat-Eaters

Stonehenge’s construction crew came together from across Britain for some epic barbecues, a feat of social organization millennia before mobile phones made it easy for people to connect.<p>Now, new analysis of the fat-coated pottery left behind at the Durrington Walls settlement near Stonehenge is …

Archaeology

Thomas Jefferson and the fascinating history of Founding Fathers defending Muslim rights

<i>This post has been updated with President Obama's comments. The Fix originally wrote about Thomas Jefferson and Muslims in December.</i><p>Muslims are at the center of a roiling debate over religious freedom in the United States. But they've actually been a part of that heated conversation from the very …

Religion

Star Wars Actors Then And Now

Almost two generations have passed since the first Star Wars film was released in cinemas, and over the last 38 years, a total of six feature length …

The 10 most creative, inventive commercials of 2015

It's never been easier to ignore advertising.<p>Between the growing number of television cord-cutters, the rise of ad blockers and the ongoing struggle …

The beautiful holiday cards drawn by famous artists for their friends

Most of the holiday cards we receive in the mail, whether they feature cartoon Santas or pictures of cousins in matching sweaters, are not exactly artistic masterpieces. But the handmade cards pictured below are in a different category. These cards, sent by well-known 20th Century artists to their …

Archives

What’s Next for Outer Space?

Now that Elon Musk’s SpaceX has managed to land upright, the future of travel and commerce in outer space is bright.<p>It came streaking down from the …

Space Travel

Will the Paris Climate Deal Save the World?

It will probably be 10 years before anyone can say whether the Paris climate deal, which was agreed to with much hoopla on December 12th, was a …

Climate

The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity's Early History

The rebels of early Christianity, like Melania, Paula, Susan and that guy Jerome. (All Illustrations: Matt Lubchansky)<p>I. From Silk Robes to Hairshirts<p>…

The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy

Years ago, my mother complained about a terrible earache. The pain was unbearable. And it wouldn't go away — for a week, she walked around with a debilitating ringing in her head.<p>Eventually, she recalled to me the other day, <b></b>the discomfort led her to a doctor, who carefully pushed an otoscope into …

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The ‘Mystery’ of Hong Kong’s Disappearing Booksellers

The shareholders and employees of a Hong Kong bookstore dropped off the map. Who abducted them, and why?<p>HONG KONG — Three titles among thousands in …

At 83, I Decided to Develop an App

I’ve done business, politics, and war. Now I’m trying my hand at mobile gaming.<p>Among the things one learns as time passes is that everyone has to …

Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button

Chris Cox wants to mess with Facebook’s secret sauce.<p>By Sarah Frier | January 27, 2016<p>Photographs by Adam Amengual<p>From<p>The most drastic change to …

The definitive list of what everyone likes on Facebook

Last week, Facebook made public a huge trove of data about its users’ interests as part of a new tool called Audience Optimization. For the first time it revealed not only the hundreds of thousands of categories into which Facebook divides its users, but also the number of people who belong to each …

The Secret UX Issues That Will Make (Or Break) Self-Driving Cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven’t come close to cracking.<p>We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car’s engineers. With a sticker …