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What Is Aleppo? This Is Aleppo

Earlier today, the Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson was asked by journalist Mike Barnicle “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?” Johnson replied with his own question: "What is Aleppo?" Aleppo is Syria's largest city, an urban battlefield in the brutal Syrian Civil War …

Middle East

The World Is a Thriving Slaughterhouse

Sifting through decades of testimony of people caught up in the horrors of violent zealotry, a writer grapples with what hasn’t changed in our new world of terror.<p>Here, lying in a stained carton, are notes on a refugee camp in Tanzania, where surviving Tutsis and their Hutu enemies lived side by …

Under Siege

A rare look at daily life in North Korea

Prior to his first visit to North Korea back in 2014, the semi-nomadic Australian photographer Fabian Muir’s preconceptions were much the same as …

Talibés: Modern-Day Child Slavery

<i>This project was singled out for distinction among the submissions to Magnum Photography Awards 2016 by juror Newsha Tavakolian. Each juror selected one photographer—discover why this one stood out.</i><p><b>Artist's Statement</b><p>"Talibé" is an Arabic term for disciple.<p>What tries to pass as a form of education …

Africa

The Single-Band Core Workout | Men's Health

This routine does just that using a single resistance band. It hits your abdominal muscles in three planes of motion—without ever actually <i>moving</i> them. It also works larger muscle groups like your back and glutes to create a huge metabolic boost.<p>(I recommend a continuously-looped band like you can …

InstaFit: The 3-Way Workout | Men's Health

You should use that same mindset in the gym, too. Maximize your gains by becoming a master of several grips and stances.<p>This workout does just that to challenge your muscles in unique ways, accumulate more volume and time under tension, and stimulate new growth.<p><b>Directions:</b> Perform the 7 exercises …

Rights groups call for UN to condemn Philippine president for sharp rise in drug killings

Over 300 anti-narcotics and human rights groups from around the world on Tuesday called for the United Nations to condemn Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs that has resulted in a sharp increase in drug killing.<p>More than 600 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed in the …

The 20 best travel books of all time

Literature

National Geographic Travel

10 of the best boutique hotel websites

Whether it’s boutique B&Bs, budget pads, treehouses, or a glamorous hotel, these accommodation websites save you the trouble of trawling through endless internet listings<p><b>i-escape</b><p>Boutique accommodation website i-escape has a collection of more than 1,500 hotels, B&Bs, villas and guesthouses (in more …

Hospitality

A City Abandoned

Project info<p>Tampico is a beautiful tropical city located on the Gulf of Mexico, traversed by canals, dotted with palm trees, graced with kilometers of undeveloped beach.<br>It was the first major port in Mexico and was the centre of gas and oil production for decades, both of which brought in great …

Urbanism

TIME Picks the Top 100 Photos of 2015

In this unranked gallery, TIME presents the top 100 photos of the yearA protester wears grass around his face to obscure<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Goran …

List-Worthy

Learn How to Tie 12 Useful Knots with This Visual Guide

If the only knot you know involves tying your shoes, then this infographic provides clear, step-by-step instructions on tying some of the most useful …

How to build your 'show-off' muscles

People can see a great physique no matter what you wear, but the muscles people see most are your forearms, calves, and neck. Here, you’ll find the …

The Fading “Grands Ensembles” of Paris

Laurent Kronental’s Souvenir d’un Futur photos capture these stigmatized housing experiments and their aging residents.<p>From the 1950s to the 1980s, Paris erected a series of massive apartment complexes to address a burgeoning housing crisis and accommodate an influx of foreign immigrants after …

Urbanism

The Big Picture photography competition: round 375

Photography

A scientist found a bird that hadn’t been seen in half a century, then killed it. Here’s why.

For Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History, there is nothing like the thrill of finding a mysterious species. Such animals live at the intersection of myth and biology — tantalizing researchers with the prospect that they may be real, but eluding trustworthy documentation and …

Conservation

Giving Birth in Different Worlds

The photographs in the series “Hundred Times the Difference,” by the photographer Moa Karlberg, capture, in closeup, the faces of women in the final stages of giving birth. Across the images, there is a range of expressions: grit and sensuality, trepidation and expectation, pain and elation. But in …

Pregnancy

Six things you might want to prepare for the apocalypse

<i>By Cat Distasio, Inhabitat</i><p>There are a lot of things you can do to prepare yourself for the possibility of a disaster. You can load up on shelf-stable foods, clean drinking water and batteries. You can dig a bomb shelter in your backyard. You can stockpile first aid supplies and polish up your ham …

First Aid

9 Hiking Tips for New Hikers

Hiking is an excellent way to find adventure and connect with nature, while delivering multiple physical and mental benefits beyond scenery and fun. …

Seattle

‘Downton Abbey' Star Elizabeth McGovern Admits She Won't Miss The ‘Tedium' Of The Drama And Struggles To Name A Cast Member She'll Miss

While many of us are preparing ourselves for the thought of no more ‘Downton Abbey’ after the final series airs this autumn, there’s one cast member …

TV

25 insane military training exercises from around the world

Jumping through a ring of fire. Breaking bricks with your head. Drinking cobra blood.<p>Those are some examples of the insane exercises many troops from around the world have to go through as part of military training.<p>Some are actually meant to train troops, but many are just a show of force meant to …

Military

10 amazing photos of nature taken at the perfect moment

In last year's contest, there were more than 18,000 entries to the contest. Photos are divided into four categories: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, and spontaneous moments.<p>Entries for this year's contest are being accepted until June 30th. If you think you've got what it takes, …

Nature Photography

Walking the Tour du Mont Blanc: an Alpine odyssey – in pictures

A trek along this 170km high-altitude trail, which takes in France, Italy and Switzerland, offers stunning views and close-ups of flora and fauna<p>Read about Andrew Gilchrist’s trek of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Hiking

iPhone Photography Awards Winners Revealed

Photographers of the Year iPhone Photography Awards. First place, Sounds of the old town.<br>Michał Koralewski<p>1 of 17<p>LightBox NewsletterSign up to …

Mobile Photography

How to Give the Most Motivating Pep Talk

‘I want to be here for you. What can I do?’; stay away from cliches like ‘Time heals’<p>I recently told a friend I needed a pep talk. “What kind?” he asked.<p>He had a very good point. Everyone wants to be the type of person who gives the pivotal talk that turns around a friend’s outlook or makes a …

Motivation

Epic doodling

I’m a pretty big fan of doodling, but my stuff has nothing on Peter Deligdisch.<p>His YouTube channel is full of videos where he documents his …

Doodling

Octopuses and other cephalopods can 'see' with their skin

Octopuses and their tentacled brethren are fascinating, and even a little scary. In addition to their uniquely alien intelligence, cephalopods are known to change color based on their surroundings. That ability is thought to rely mainly on eyesight, as the creatures can visually detect basic …

Zoology

Oxford student's open letter to her sex attacker inspires others to speak out

A young woman who wrote to the man who sexually assaulted her has spoken out about her 'not guilty' campaign which aims to help the victims of sexual assault<p>An Oxford University student who wrote to the man who sexually assaulted her has spoken out about her 'not guilty' campaign which aims to help …

Sociology

Get Lost in These Awesome Photography Links

This weeks list features a hand-selected collection of links to tutorials, special features, great photography and an interesting blog post, all …