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Russia beyond Sochi: 10 ways to explore the world's largest country

The hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the seaside city of Sochi and nearby Caucasus Mountains has been controversial, but there’s no doubt it has focused attention on the travel potential of the world’s largest country.<p>I’ve been a regular visitor to Russia for 20 years, during which time I’ve …

Russian History

#PoeticComplication Planétarium timepiece provides a miniature representation of the true movement of six planets around the sun and their position at any given time: it will take Saturn over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial #PoeticAstronomy #SIHH2014 Photo by Attitudes Photo

Van Cleef & Arpels

Riflesso Azzuro ring

<b>Riflesso Azzuro ring</b><p><i>White and yellow gold, diamonds, emeralds, one cushion-cut sapphire.</i><p>Everything comes together to celebrate the central sapphire: the body of the ring displays a remarkable composition of diamonds and emeralds. Four cuts – pear, baguette, triangular and round – were punctuated by cabochons of intense green. Their color complements the sapphire which appears to nestle in a leafy bower. The prong setting ensures that as much of the stone is displayed as possible: the metal is …

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Comet LINEAR 2014: New Meteor Shower Predicted on May 24

Comet LINEAR is going to bring a new meteor shower in May 2014, according to meteor experts.<p>The comet will bring the shower on May 24, according to …

CES 2014: A Smartphone-Controlled Telescope for Amateur Stargazers

Celestron's Cosmos-branded scope is the perfect way to spy billions and billions of stars<p>All this week, we're showing off the coolest, most futuristic, and strangest gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show. Here we have Celestron's Cosmos 90GT WiFi Telescope. Check it out in this video to see …

Coffee may boost brain's ability to store long-term memories, study claims

People who had caffeine after looking at images apparently better at distinguishing them from similar ones the next day<p>A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of …

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …

Architecture

Beet Salad with Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette and Toasted Hazelnuts

<i>Photos by Kevin Schuder</i><p>This recipe was created exclusively by Kevin Schuder, Executive Chef at Yield Wine Bar, to pair with a bottle of 2007 …

Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay roundup of top vintage clothing finds.<p>This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly …

Clothing

The Truth About Keratin

Once touted as a miracle hair treatment, could the recent ring of drastic celebrity chops reveal that the pro strand-smoother might have a not-so-pretty side after all?<p>When Jennifer Aniston attributed her chin-length cut to damage incurred by a Brazilian (aka keratin) straightening treatment, even …

The Best Lenses for Landscapes

<b>Reader Question</b>: What’s the best lens for landscape or cityscape photography?<p><b>My Answer</b>: When I’m trying to make an interesting landscape or cityscape picture, but nothing seems to be coming together, I find it useful to work at opposite extremes with regard to lens choice (20mm and 300mm on a …

How to Capture the Moment

<b>Reader Question:</b> <b>I’ve heard photographers talk about capturing the moment. What does that mean?</b><p><b>My Answer:</b> Almost every good shot captures a unique moment in time.<p>Sometimes the moment happens right away, and sometimes you have to wait a while. It can be as simple as a woman glancing up or as complex …

How to Master White Balance

<b>Reader Question:</b> What is white balance and why is it important? Is there a downside to setting my camera to “auto”?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Before the rise of digital photography most magazine pictures were shot on color transparency film, more commonly known as slides. Slide film was calibrated to be used in …

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

The Temptation of Punta de Mita

I hold three squirming baby turtles, about 12 hours old, in my hands, at sunset on a private beach in Punta de Mita, Mexico.<p>They are a dark, smoky gray color, and touching them feels like running my hands over rough sandpaper. After I carefully place them on the sand, I scoop the 86 baby turtles …

Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

In the vibrant, bustling Mercado de San Juan in Mexico City, I saw all the usual produce that I’d pick up at home — apples, raspberries, blueberries — along with exotic fruits I’d never seen before — creamy <i>mameys</i> and spiky <i>guanabanas</i>. As I made my way through the crowd, the edible merchandise was …

Mexico’s Secret Beach

I don flippers and a life vest, leave my goggles, smartphone, and camera behind, and line up to dive into the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Marieta Islands.<p>Clusters of people jump off ahead of me — couples, friends, families, all bobbing in the water like Halloween apples. I survey the landscape …

Tutorial: How to Capture a Long Exposure Portrait

I met Julia in the year 2000, and that’s when our photo journey began. I constantly thought about how cool it would be, to not be tied to a workplace …

Top 10 Tips to Live Your Most Blissed Life

If you would have asked me years ago what my most blissed life entailed, I would have said parties, alcohol, older boyfriend, sleeping out and rollin' with my crew. Turns out, this wasn't the most sustainable recipe for blissful living.<p>Looking back, I wasn't shining my "true colors."<p>I said yes to …

Relationships

How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness

The secret to lasting happiness might be neatly summed up in a cheesy neuroscience joke: "The neurons that fire together, wire together."<p>"It’s a classic saying, and it’s widely accepted because it’s very true," neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science Of …

10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

You ultimately become what you repeatedly do. If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. Here are a few examples of the latter that will …

10 Things To Stop Doing Today to Be Happier, Backed by Science

I’m fascinated by the link between the way we live our daily lives and the health and happiness we enjoy.<p>There are choices that you make every day, …

How to Eat More Veggies

7 Ways to Eat More Veggies<p>You’ll get MORE than your five a day with these tips—and that’s a very good thing<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Struggling to eat your five servings of vegetables a day? The first step is making sure you have plenty of veggies readily available, says Rachel Berman, R.D., health …