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Spectacular Retro Pin-Up Style Artwork By Valery Barykin

Russian artists seem to be coming out of the woodwork online lately, but the difference between the Russian art boom and others is most of the stuff …

Posters

$15.5M plans to revitalize Vancouver Public Library include rooftop garden and theatre

The Vancouver Public Library plans to revitalize the top two floors of its central branch with a $15.5 million project that includes an expanded …

Libraries

Photos Of The Day: Feed Your Wanderlust With Stunning Images Of Glacier National Park

Jeff Pang/FlickrToday marks the 106th anniversary of Glacier, Montana’s official designation as a national park. The park is home to more than 700 …

National Parks

Capability Brown: the ten best gardens to visit this year

Bowood House, <i>Wiltshire</i><p><b>Adults</b>£12; open until Oct 31, daily<p>Generally agreed to be one of the finest examples of Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s work, sweeping lawns lead you down to a one-mile long winding lake. The grounds appear much as the original Brown plans, with a gentle undulating landscape. …

North Yorkshire

Accurate Ballpoint Pen Art

Andrey Poletaev is an artist based in Lugansk, Ukraine. He realizes ballpoint monochrome drawings, with an incredible precision. The places which he …

153

Forgotten Mayan city: A hidden wonder discovered by a brilliant boy researcher? Or just an old cornfield?

It seemed almost too good to be true.<p>Using Google Earth and a home computer, a 15-year-old schoolboy discovered the remains of a long-lost Mayan City.<p>…

Archaeology

Nature’s Epic Journeys shows an elephant society more civilised than ours - review

It’s always fun to catch a vegetarian lapsing: scoffing a sly bacon sandwich or secretly chowing down on some chicken. <b>Nature’s Epic Journeys</b> (BBC One) captured the wildlife equivalent: the first footage of elephants gorging on weaver bird nests – eggs, chicks and all. Well, it must be tough staying …

Wildlife

The Roots of Today’s Racism and Police Violence, in an ‘Inconceivably Brutal’ Riot 150 Years Ago

<i>One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the white population of Memphis, Tennessee, set about raping, murdering, and plundering the city’s</i> …

Oklahoma, United States by Jarl Dean

industrial style kitchen | antonio martins

Delicate Japanese Oil Paintings of Ethereal Woman Submerged with Nature

Artist Miho Hirano’s oil paintings communicate a delicate beauty through the use of soft colors and fluid brushstrokes. Featuring ethereal woman and fragments of the natural world, each of Hirano’s paintings emote a melancholic longing that beckons one into her character's striking fantasy-lands. …

Art

The painter who entered the fourth dimension

A 1954 painting by Salvador Dalí features a mysterious, four-dimensional ‘hypercube’. Fiona Macdonald finds out how maths fascinated the great Spanish painter.<p>When mathematician Thomas Banchoff received a message in 1975 asking him to contact Salvador Dalí, his colleague told him: “It’s either a …

Art

that’s how the light gets in by betulvargun on Flickr

that’s how the light gets in by betulvargun on Flickr.

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

The Brain

11 Things People Who Make Great First Impressions Never Do

Want to make a great first impression--and keep on making a great impression? Here's how.<p>While you meet a lot of people, occasionally you meet a person who stands out. She might be remarkably charismatic. He might be extremely charming and likable. She might be extremely confident, in a genuine and …

Self-improvement

The Innovative Coworking Spaces of 15th-Century Italy

Coworking spaces are on the rise, from Google’s “Campus” in London to NextSpace in California. Much has been made of these shared workspaces as a brand-new idea, one that barely existed 10 years ago. But the way they function reminds me of a very old idea: the Renaissance “bottega” (workshop) of …

Leonardo Da Vinci

US Holocaust museum: Iranian gov't authorities back Holocaust cartoon event

Iranian FM Javad Zarif last week said his government “does not support, nor does it organize, any cartoon festival of the nature that you’re talking …

South Asia

How Gaming Is Shaping the Future of Work

It’s Friday morning just before 10 AM, and I’m packed in a queuing area with over a thousand fans, all eagerly awaiting the rope drop, and the start of day one of the conference. To my left is a teenager dressed as a leafy sprite complete with vines growing out of her head. To my right is Batman. …

Virtual Reality

A $1,000 garden igloo promises to transform your backyard into a year-round paradise

The all-weather dome can act as a Jacuzzi cover, greenhouse, play space, garden shed, or a gazebo.<p>The stylish pop-up style igloo features a transparent, cold-resistant cover that is made from recyclable PVC plastic tubing. It's also super easy to assemble.<p>For sale by a Germany-based design company, …

Igloos

This giant pile of skulls tells a tragic story of American history

The bison is a majestic, if smelly, creature that has called North America home since prehistoric times.<p>But we nearly lost it to the dust of history.<p>In April 2016, the US House of Representatives and the Senate passed a bill that would honor the country's largest land mammal, the American bison, as …

Native Americans

Sunken Cities: the man who found Atlantis

One day in 1999, the French maritime archaeologist Franck Goddio went diving off the coast of Egypt. He was poised to make the most important discovery of his life.<p>That day, the visibility of the waters in <b>Aboukir Bay</b>, at the north-western edge of the Nile Delta, was terrible: at a depth of around …

Just gorge-ous: the world’s most tantalising food markets

There’s no better way to get under the skin of a destination than to gorge on local food. And markets provide an unrivalled way to eat stunning, affordable dishes, as well as see a city in all its messy glory. If your appetite rules on the road, then these are the places you need to go.<p>Tsukiji Fish …

Vietnam

Sightseeing: the most dazzling art and design of summer 2016

Dive into underwater cities, swoon over O’Keeffe’s ravishing blooms, swoosh down Carsten Höller’s slides and hang out with Hockney and his friends in LA<p>Wild walks, slides and crazy golf: art shows to throw yourself into Summer culture: Film | Dance | Theatre | Music | Comedy<p><b>Mona Hatoum</b><p>Global …

Boris Johnson

Europe is really angry at Eurovision's leaked flag-waving guidelines

LONDON — A document accidentally leaked online specifying which flags will be permitted at the Eurovision venue this year has triggered anger across …

Reading with intention can change your life

A random sampling of the world’s most successful people will show one common trait: a love of reading. Reading is the easiest way to continue the learning process, increase empathy, boost creativity, and even just unwind from a long day. But books can also change the way we think and live.<p>Warren …

Success

50 typography videos that will soothe your weary mind

Bust out your favorite pens and take a break.<p>Some people like time-lapse videos. Some people like food videos. Some people like a little bit of both. …

UK telephone boxes to be turned into tiny offices

Some of the UK's iconic telephone boxes will soon be converted into small personal offices. Bar Works, a company operating a trio of co-working spaces in New York, has leased 15 of BT's old call receptacles in London, Leeds and Edinburgh. They'll soon be kitted out with WiFi access, a printer and …

Adding Plain Water To Your Terrible Diet Will Make You Lose Weight

Kids who drink water or even milk eat less junk food.<p>Kids, if it wasn’t obvious already, should be drinking water, not sugary soft drinks. Adding plain old water to the diets of overweight youngsters not only reduced their intake of sugary drinks, but the kids also ate less overall and reduced …