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Taste Beyond The Tongue

10 Home Decor Mistakes Designers Always Notice

Interior designers have seen the good, the bad, and the strange of interiors, and while some mistakes are obvious (see: Formica-filled chocolate brown bathroom), some are a bit more subtle but still catch their well-trained eye every time. Here, a few of our favorite designers and interiors gurus …

Home Decorating

The Art of Making Coffee the Italian Way

The morning moka: a bleary-eyed ritual involving an aluminum pot (also known as a stovetop percolator or espresso maker), a small mountain of ground coffee, and that gurgling sound that sends people rushing to their kitchen as the coffee begins sputtering and pouring into the top chamber of the pot …


Go inside the abandoned Chinese village that nature is taking back one house at a time

Now only a handful of them remain.<p>Houtouwan clings to the lush green coastline of a tiny island in the Zhousan archipelago at the mouth of the Yangtze River in China. Half a century ago, it was a busy regional center and a port of call to a sizable fishing fleet.<p>But as was the case with so many …


What They Don’t Tell You About the Galápagos

Sea lions were the first to welcome me to the Galápagos Islands. There they were, lounging next to parked motorcycles and cars on the island of Santa Cruz, splayed out like they were at a luxe beach resort.<p>I knew before embarking on this National Geographic Expedition that animals were not afraid …

Travel Photography

The Mystery Of The Missing Brains

For decades, a rare collection of human remains sat in a basement closet at the University of Texas. A new book tells the story of that collection — and the enduring mysteries that surround it.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>For decades a collection of human remains sat in a basement at the University …