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The Universal Pleasures of 7 PM

At that time of day all over the world, most people are experiencing a "largely pleasant social interaction."<p>If there's a time when you'd seem least likely to be doing the same thing as someone else, a good guess might be about 7 p.m. Late at night, most of us are sleeping. During the day, most of …

The Ascent Of Afghan Women

Zahra Karimi Nooristani, 18, cautiously works her way down a rock face high above Kabul as her coach, Farhad Jamshid, guides her.<p>It is hazardous for his top female student to be rappelling here, not only because of the steep drop, but because she is using a frayed, 9-year-old rope handed down from …

45 Ways the Drones Are Taking Over

Drones can fly to places where humans cannot reach and capture breathtaking footage, but that's far from the limit of their amazing abilities.<p>Drones can fly to places where humans cannot reach and capture breathtaking footage, but that's far from the limit of their amazing abilities. Watch unmanned …

Drones

Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Japan: Pictures

Cherry Blossom

37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be totally illegal today

One of the most interesting ways to utilize drone technology is photography. Photographer Amos Chapple knows this better than most. As soon as consumer drones came on the market, Chapple knew he needed one. After purchasing one and learning how to fly it, he began traveling the globe, photographing …

Drones

The year 1907: Portrait of an Ojibway, or Chippewa Indian girl. Flashback 127 years into photographic history as we bring you images from the Natgeo archives—see more at natgeofound.tumblr.com @natgeocreative Photo by Roland W. Reed

Pictures of the Week 4.3.15

Islamic State and the ‘blood antique’ trade

Terrorist groups generate millions from looted artefacts, most of which disappear into private collections, writes Andrea Watson.<p>A "terrorist startup with a clearly defined business model" is how religious historian Karen Armstrong describes Islamic State. The radical Islamist group is the world’s …

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

For as long as humans have been alive, they’ve been concerned with finding ways to live longer.<p>These days, with the right combination of genes and …

Singularity

If Only Your Commute Looked Like THIS

"Dancers are storytellers. They're trained to capture passion with their bodies," New York City-based photographer Jordan Matter writes in the …

Commuting

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 …

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

Literature

Pictures of the Week 4.10.15

Rare, Poignant Photos of Frida Kahlo During the Last Years of Her Life

German-born French photographer Gisle Freund (1908-2000) offers a rare look at Frida Kahlo in intimate snapshots taken of the celebrated artist during some of the last years of her life. Freund, who fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and later became known as one of the greatest portraits photographers in …

Vintage Photos Fuse to Create Fantastically Surreal Landscape Collages

California-based collage artist Eugenia Loli fuses vintage photographs to create fantastically surreal compositions. Her colorful scenes often depict people in strange lands that conjure vivid dreams, where outer space is just outside our window and entire cityscapes are at the bottom of a cave. In …

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

130 Inspirational Quotes About Taxes

In this world, nothing is certain except death, taxes and "inspirational quote" posts on Inc.com<p>Taxes got you feeling blue? Don't despair! Here are a slew of famous (and not so famous) quotes to make your tax season a bit less taxing. Enjoy!<p><i>Adam Smith:</i> "Little else is requisite to carry a state to …

13 Mesmerizing Photos That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Place In The Universe

There's no picture more humbling than one that shows us how small we are in the universe.<p>On this 25th anniversary, TASCHEN has compiled the most breathtaking deep-space images that the Hubble Space Telescope has ever produced, in a remarkable full-color book, <i>Expanding Universe: Photographs from the</i> …

Universe

Pictures of the Week 4.17.15

Chinese New Year

From Van Gogh's cloned ear to indoor rain: 13 sculptures made by science

Art, science, and maths art have never been closer entwined than in today's sculpture. While sculptors from Leonardo Da Vinci to Henry Moore employed their scientific gifts when creating their masterpieces, today's digital technology opens up new worlds of possibility, with artists taking …

What I love about where I live – in pictures

• Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Share via Email<p>To tie in with its Britain Uncovered survey, the Observer asked readers to share pictures of their favourite neighbourhood haunts. Here are some of the best, submitted via GuardianWitness<p>Observer readers<p>Lambeth, London

In Focus: The Beauty Of Our U.S. National Parks

The real best souvenirs to bring home from 19 countries around the world

Travelers always want to bring home something that will remind them of their trip — but many often get stuck buying cheap knick knacks from tourist traps.<p>To avoid getting something you'll only throw away in a few months, we've rounded up a list of some authentic items you should buy when …

Southern Africa

This Year's Activist Awards Showcase Some Of The World's Most Impactful Photography

"The photograph itself doesn't interest me," famed photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson famously proclaimed. "I want only to capture a minute part of reality."<p>Such an ethos might help to explain the spirit of San Francisco-based Catchlight's Activist Awards, an annual photography contest that …

The World’s Weirdest Libraries (Photos)

BOOKWORM<p>The World’s Weirdest Libraries (Photos)<p>Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a …

Manta Rays