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India inks tech-leveraging smart city pact with Russia

India signed a deal with Russia over the cooperation of smart city initiatives and the use of IT technology from Russian companies.<p>As reported by the Times of India, Russia and India signed the Memorandum of Understanding against the backdrop of bilateral talks between the two countries.<p>The MOU was …

India

The top 10 smart city citizen projects around the world | ZDNet

Yinchuan: Your face pays<p>Yinchuan, the capital of the Ningxia province in China, intends to be a blueprint for other Chinese smart city projects. One …

Smart Cities

16 Of The Greatest Alan Moore Stories

Alan Moore has been one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers working in the comic book industry in the last 30 years. His work on …

11 of literature’s best closing lines

First sentences can make or break even the most brilliantly crafted article.<p>Lead sentences are often the deciding factor in whether readers keep …

Literature

The Most Expensive Suite at New Orleans's Pontchartrain Hotel

Enter a bygone era at this historic property<p>When the Pontchartrain Hotel reopened a few months ago in the Garden District of New Orleans, it ushered in a new era—not just for the historic property, but for the neighborhood, too. The tree-lined streets populated by 18th- and 19th-century mansions …

Inside the Wild and Whimsical World of Ken Fulk Photos

Photo: Douglas Friedman<p>Leave it to interior designer, event planner, and all-around fun seeker Ken Fulk to publish a coffee-table book to rival all others. In <i>Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World</i> (Abrams, $75), the San Francisco–based design guru presents 240 inspiring images from parties and homes …

Add Jewel Tones to Your Home with Pottery Barn's Latest Collaboration

The home furnishings giant teams with Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on a line of decor inspired by the vibrant tones of his home country<p>Shoppers perusing Pottery Barn for the perfect gift this holiday season are in for a treat. In its latest collaboration, the home furnishings company tapped …

Krsna Mehta’s home is full of inspiration for the decor enthusiast

The safe rule to use colours in a home, especially a smaller one, is to have a couple of schemes and stick to them. But designer Krsna Mehta isn’t …

Home Decorating

How to Incorporate Pantone’s “Raw Materials” Palette into Your Home

Of all the nine palettes Pantone released for 2017, the Raw Materials scheme is the only one that’s all about the feels versus actual colors. The official description talks about reusing natural materials, with the health and wellness movement playing a primary role. <i>Whoa</i>, that’s a lot to ask for …

Interior Design

How to Decorate with Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year Photos

Benjamin Moore just revealed its much-anticipated 2017 Color of the Year, and it couldn't be more different from 2016's Simply White. "It is a little bit rock and roll. It’s the color of the galaxy but also the color of a beautiful fig. It’s passion, it’s bravery, but it’s also silence," creative …

The Linguistic Influence of the Norman Conquest (11th Century) on the English Language

<b>The Linguistic Influence of the Norman Conquest (11th Century) on the English Language</b><p>By Azhar A. Alkazwini<p><i>International Journal of Linguistics</i>, …

Language

The Norman Conquest comes alive as an animated Bayeux tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry, dating back to the 11th century, has been animated by a student at Goldsmiths College<p>The Bayeux Tapestry is one of those iconic …

British History

Autumnal Activities Throughout History

10,000 BC<br>Wondering why its leaves have been changing colors as of late, an anonymous Neanderthal spends the afternoon grunting at a tree.<p>55 AD<br>Taking …

The National Museum For African American History And Culture: Through a Black-British lens

As the Director of the Black Cultural Archives http://www.bcaheritage.org.uk in the United Kingdom, the opening of the National Museum for African …

Black History

The Leftist historians voting Thatcher our worst prime minister profane their profession

Margaret Thatcher was the worst Prime Minister in the last 100 years. Says who? A preposterous outfit calling itself the Historical Writers' Association have polled their members – few of whom are exactly household names, perhaps even in their own households – ahead of this month's Harrogate …

United Kingdom

From Roman sportswear to Brigitte Bardot: a brief history of the bikini

In this video we look back at the history of the bikini, revealing everything you never knew about the swimwear staple, from its Roman roots to what inspired French designer Louis Réard to create the modern bikini back in 1946 and which stars have elevated it to iconic status over the years.<p>This is …

Muslim blogger launches range of hijabs to suit all skin tones

A Muslim blogger has designed a line of inclusive hijabs in an attempt to break the trend for lighter skinned model casting.<p>According to the Fashion …

Where did it all go wrong for Banana Republic?

American work wear brand Banana Republic, worn by Olivia Palermo and the Duchess of Cambridge, has announced that after eight years on British shores it is closing all of its eight UK stores.<p>"After a thorough evaluation process, the company has decided to close eight Banana Republic stores in the …

Workwear

An Eagle Is Perilously Close to Death. What Would You Do?

Whether or not to intervene is a wildlife photographer's dilemma.<p>It was the end of a day of diving off Vancouver, British Columbia, where wildlife photographer and marine biologist Paul Nicklen and his two assistants were conducting an ecological survey. They were heading back to shore in a 16-foot …

Award-winning wildlife photos capture unearthly scenes, will mesmerize you

LONDON — The winners of the Natural History Museum's esteemed annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, and the 2016 …

Pixel vs. iPhone 7 Plus camera comparison

Mobile Photography

Unbelievably stunning pictures of real, raw beauty from India and Nepal

What makes us beautiful? The answer to this enduring question can vary wildly across continents and oceans. While capturing portraits of women around …

This couple spend their cold winter nights in New Zealand photographing the amazing night sky

There are few things on this earth more appealing to landscape photographers than New Zealand, the Milky Way, and Auroras. So, when I came across the …

New Zealand

How to Create a Home Photography Studio in 6 Easy Steps

If you’re ready to jump into photography as a business but aren’t quite ready to fork over tons of money to rent a studio space, don’t worry! You can …

Here Are Some Adorable Photos of Kittens Pouncing

Seth Casteel — who has previously gifted the world with photo books of both puppies and babies swimming underwater — is back with another adorable …

Cute

New JRR Tolkien book Beren and Lúthien to be published in 2017

A new title by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is set to be published next year. Beren and Lúthien, the story of the love between a mortal man and an immortal elf, will be released by HarperCollins in May 2017, one hundred years after it was first written.<p>The chracters of Beren and Lúthien …

The great women artists that history forgot

Museums and galleries around the world are unearthing the work of great female artists who have been neglected or marginalised, writes Cath Pound.<p>“Why have there been no great women artists?” the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin famously asked in her landmark 1971 essay. The point was of course …

Tour of Flanders