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Renaissance painter Botticelli's dark side revealed in new film - but did he have one?

His "Birth of Venus" is a world-famous masterpiece. But Renaissance painter Sando Botticelli also depicted Dante's vision of Hell. Ralph Loop's new …

13 Mummified Facts about Ötzi the Iceman

When hikers in the Ötztal Alps stumbled on a body melting out of a glacier in September 1991, they thought they had found an unfortunate mountaineer …

Tea

Secret Mayan tombs lend rare insight into rule of mysterious 'snake kings'

Jade-inlaid teeth and inscribed tibia unearthed in Holmul ruins of Guatemala hint at influence and power of Mayan dynasty known for snakehead emblem<p>Archaeologists in Guatemala have unearthed two Maya tombs that “miraculously escaped” looters’ tunnels underneath two Maya pyramids, where researchers …

Archaeology

Ancient scratched stones: World's earliest maps or magic artifacts?

A set of broken stones covered with etchings of lines and squares, discovered at a 5,000-year-old sacred site in Denmark, may be some of humankind’s earliest maps, according to archaeologists.<p>The researchers think the inscribed stones are symbolic maps of local landscapes, and were perhaps used in …

7 Steps to Radically Improve Your Entire Life -- Starting Today

How to create a brand new chapter in your life, at any stage.<p>When we think about creating sweeping change in our lives, it often seems like a distant dream. When life gets in the way, it's easy to think it's "too late," or that we won't be able to restart because we are so set in our ways, whether …

The truth about America's illegal immigrants

<i>Donald Trump has proposed deporting millions of America's illegal immigrants. Is that feasible? Here's everything you need to know:</i><p><b>How many illegal</b> …

'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Enhance Feelings Of Spirituality

“Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs."<p>The same hormone that helps mothers bond with their newborns may also enhance feelings of spirituality, a new study suggests.<p>It’s been called the “love hormone” and the “cuddle chemical,” but doctors and scientists know …

Amid fraught election rhetoric, Smithsonian to open first major Quran exhibition

The sacred work of Islam and the signature museum of Washington, DC will combine for an unprecedented exhibit this fall.<p>“The Art of the Quran,” the …

50 Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Turns 40

Consider this your life's library.<p>This list celebrates female writers who wrote coming-of-age classics as well as modern page-turners. They've won awards, provoked discussion, and ultimately their work has become cherished favorites on the bookshelves of many.

Spiritual Healing: Why Young Women Are Turning to Shamans to Fix Themselves

Yoga? Been there. Meditation. Done that. In the pursuit of health and well-being, another ancient practice is now taking hold.<p>Kate Hudson was married by one. Greta Gerwig has her go-to, as does designer Mara Hoffman. You could say all the cool girls have one, and no, I'm not talking about the …

The 22 Most Beautiful Places In The World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to …

These Rosé Gummy Bears Have a 12,000-Person Waitlist—Here’s How to Make Them at Home

Remember the great Hamptons rosé shortage of 2014? Luckily, that’s passed and there might even be an excess of rosé flowing around these days, but now everyone’s clamoring to get their hands on Sugarfina’s new Whispering Angel Rosé–infused gummy bears.<p>The luxury candy company put the latest batch …

Why Breakups Are So Crushing for Some and So Easy for Others

In the three years since Sabrina, now 29, and her boyfriend of one year parted ways, she remained heartbroken and unable to truly move on. While …

How archaeologists found the lost medieval megacity of Angkor

Recent technology reconstructs the urban grid of a city overtaken by jungle.<p>The ornate, pinecone-shaped towers of Angkor Wat in Cambodia float above …

Archaeology

24 books to read this summer that will change your life forever, according to my coworkers

Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think.<p>They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever.<p>I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share …

Edible flowers are flavour of the month

We all love flowers for their beauty, fragrance and colour, and it’s becoming more common to see them on our plates. Of course, edible flowers have been kitchen ingredients since Roman times, popular throughout medieval cookery, and documented in recipes by Hannah Glasse, till the Victorians …

The Ultimate Guide To Writing Your First Book – Be Yourself

Note: This beast of a guide is 4,500 words long. To download a pdf version to read later, click here.<p>Think you have a book in you?<p>We’ve all heard the …

Writing

Cultural Theological Background of Mummification in Egypt

Many myths and falsehoods concerning the Egyptian practice of mummification have been promoted to the general public in movies, television shows, and …

'Pronoia' and other emotions you never knew you had

In recent years, neuroscience has introduced a new way of thinking about our emotions. The scientists behind the latest brain-imaging studies say they can now pinpoint with precision where these feelings are located within our heads. In 2013, for instance, a team of psychologists published a study …

Psychology

7 behaviors to give up if you want to be happier

Exercise! Gratitude! Spending time with friends! Hooray!<p>What's more surprising is that there are plenty of things you can take <i>out</i> of your life to be a happier person. Think of it as decluttering your house, except instead of your house, it's your entire life.<p>To help you kick off the elimination …

The History of Buddhist Art

June 5, 2016<p>Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world …

Hinduism

‘Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition’ Review: A Painter’s Monsters and Demons

An exhibition of Hieronymus Bosch’s work reveals his originality, skill as a draftsman and painter, and views on human iniquity<p>Madrid<p>It is impossible not to be mesmerized by the painting of the Early Netherlandish artist known as Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516). His wildly inventive imagery in the …

Art

The Top 6 Biggest Art Thefts in History

Art thefts have littered our culture’s history for centuries. Desires for individual gains, wartime looting, or bargaining chips to be used for …

Art

5 highlights at the Museum of the Opera del Duomo in Florence | Visit Tuscany

Instagram Photo<p>The museum welcomes you with the monumental Salone del Paradiso, or <b>Hall of Paradise</b>. The area between the baptistery and cathedral has …

Italy

In a Historic First, a Large Collection of Islamic Qur’ans Travels to the U.S.

Suleyman the Magnificent saw something he wanted. Within the Persian mausoleum of Sultan Uljaytu, a descendant of Ghengis Khan, was one of the most …

The Spiritual Dimension Of Gardening

<b>Finding God in Gardens</b><p>St. Ignatius of Loyola tells us that God can be found in all things. St. Teresa of Avila uses the garden as a metaphor for our own lives. She writes that we must "cultivate a garden on very barren soil full of weeds" and that we "must take pains to water [the seeds] so they …

The Evolutionary Power of Loneliness

The pain of isolation may be what motivates people to make friends.<p>As social animals, we depend on others for survival. Our communities provide mutual aid and protection, helping humanity to endure and thrive. “We have survived as a species not because we’re fast or strong or have natural weapons …

National Vegetarian Week: 20 celebrities on why they gave up meat

As it's National Vegetarian Week, we took a look through the archives to see what various famous faces have said about their decision to become vegetarian or vegan.<p>There's a few of the usual suspects on the list (Morrissey take a bow) - and a few celebrities you might be surprised to discover are …

Leonardo Da Vinci