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A nude sculpture so small it's 'walking on hair' - CNN Style

Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN<p>She could stand on a strand of human hair, with room to spare.<p>The microscopic polymer statue by South African sculptor Jonty Hurwitz, entitled <i>Trust</i>, measured just 1/100th of a centimeter and had been called the "smallest sculpture ever made."<p>But the world's tiniest …

Exploring the bleak, real world set of The Hunger Games

The first instalment of the blockbuster film series was shot in North Carolina, including around a ghostly, abandoned mill town.<p>In a clearing surrounded by autumn-tinged trees, a row of near-identical clapboard houses stood before me. Their military alignment and similarity were the only organised …

Everything You Need To Know About 2015's Weirdest And Wackiest Health Trends

A few years ago, if you told your friends that you were drinking charcoal, going to 7 a.m. raves and drinking bone broth, they probably would have looked at you like you were crazy. There's no doubt that these activities still seem a little strange, but they're also considered healthy (at least by …

Coconut

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

Lyrics and Lexicon: Grammys 2015

In honor of the Grammys, we’re exploring the literary legacies, word origins, and surprising factoids behind some of the expressions and terms in the …

Music

Trading in souls: inside the world of the people smugglers

Abu Hamada, a 62-year-old civil engineer from the outskirts of Damascus, has not built much for several years, and yet by his own calculations he has earned about £1,500,000 in the past six months. That is because since moving to Egypt after the Syrian civil war started, this Syrian-Palestinian …

War

Guns, drugs and bandidos: inside the favela too violent for Rio’s armed police

“Yeah, I want to get out,” says Ricardo, 21. Then, relaxing, he takes the hand-grenade he has been toying with on his lap and places it amid the beer bottles on the table. In Vila Aliança in Bangu, western Rio, this is not particularly unusual behaviour.<p>Outsiders rarely come to this lawless favela …

Brazil

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction<p>A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan …

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