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13 Photos That Will Inspire You To Get Off The Couch And See The World

Cue the wanderlust.<p>In case you needed another reason to drop everything and travel the world, look no further than the Siena International Photo Awards.<p>Photogs from over 100 countries submitted entries to the contest, which announced its winners on October 29. Scroll through the award-winners and …

10 reasons why Kazakhstan should be on your travel wishlist for 2018

Britons hoping to visit Kazakhstan can do so without a visa for another year, it has been confirmed. Until December 31, 2018, UK travellers can stay for up to 30 days without the need for a trip to the Kazakh embassy in London.<p>So what does the country, best known as the home of Sacha Baron Cohen's …

Where Islam meets the ghost of Lenin

I walked through Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, to try to get a handle on its Soviet past. Behind Ala-Too, the city’s main square, a group of schoolchildren shuffled past a giant statue of Lenin, his concrete coat-tails aloft behind him. On Moscow Street, Russian-made Ladas crept past …

You Can Turn Almost Any Object Into a Computer - And It Could Completely Change AI

How to computerise water.<p>The latest chip in the iPhone 7 has 3.3 billion transistors packed into a piece of silicon around the size of a small coin. …

Artificial Intelligence

Fasting Gives Us Longer Life, But It Goes Against Everything We Think of as Healthy

New health revolution or dangerous nonsense?<p>For his breakfast on 11 July 1966, 27-year-old Scotsman Angus Barbieri ate a boiled egg, a slice of bread …

Holistic Medicine

Green and gold: the story of baklava

Layer after layer of buttery paper-thin pastry sandwiched around crushed nuts soaked in sweet syrup – what’s not to love about baklava? Discover the …

Great British Bake Off

This stunning video will make you want to book flights to Albania right now

This incredible drone video of Albania shows the spectacular landscape of the country as you’ve never seen it before; and will make you want to book those flights instantly.<p>Albania drone montage from The JAAM Brothers on Vimeo.<p>Filmmaker John Broadbean travelled to Albania in May for nine days to …

stunningvideo

From a cave of giant crystals in Mexico to the grass bridges of Peru: 6 world wonders you've never heard of

Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, new book <i>Atlas Obscura</i> celebrates over 600 of the most curious and unusual destinations around the …

World view: Isfahan's Masjid-i Imam mosque

Visitors revel in the beauty and calm of this Unesco world heritage site in Isfahan. BA has resumed direct flights to Tehran, paving the way for more travellers to explore the country’s many treasures

Roaming through the centuries in Khiva, Uzbekistan

Halfway up Juma minaret, I knew I’d made a grave mistake. It had seemed such a good idea to climb the spire – the highest point in Khiva – to get a wide-angle view of the city. What better way to take in the star of the Silk Road, Uzbekistan’s Unesco-listed treasure, than from the tower of its …

10 Reasons You Should Visit Iran Now

Holidays to Iran will become much more accessible now that the Foreign Office has lifted advisory against travel, and flights will become more …

Hot Springs

Here's How To Choose The Best Bagged Bread At The Supermarket

<i>For Bon Appetit, by Rochelle Bilow.</i><p>Although we're suckers for a good bakery or homemade loaf, the pre-sliced, squishy bread that comes in plastic bags is convenient and cheap. It also makes excellent grilled cheese sandwiches. But some bread is good for you (nutrients!), while some breads wear a …

İstanbul Travel Guide

Why Science-Based Medicine Matters

A child with smallpox; the cost of unscientific medicine. This is why science-based medicine matters.The regular contributors at Science-Based …

New Mathematics Accurately Captures Liquids and Surfaces Moving in Synergy

Gas bubbles in a glass of champagne, thin films rupturing into tiny liquid droplets, blood flowing through a pumping heart and crashing ocean …

19 Stunning Travel Photographs from Our Modern Wonders of the World Photo Contest Winner

From Cappadocia to the Lofoten Islands, there are stunning vistas to be seen all across the world. If these photos don't get you thinking about your …

Travel Photography

Fasting Diet Has Been Shown to Ease Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms in Early Trial

The eating plan could reverse autoimmune conditions.<p>New research has shown that a diet involving periods of fasting could help fight autoimmune …

Holistic Medicine

WATCH: How Long Would It Take to Fall Through Earth?

The answer is 42. Seriously.<p>If you stood on the surface of Earth at one point, and you had a tunnel running all the way to the opposite point on the …

North Pole

Why Mongolia's Moment Is Now

"If Buddha were living now, I think he would use social media,” said Baasan Lama, the fresh-faced abbot of Erdene Zuu, Mongolia’s oldest monastery. …

Travel

Tummy problems? Just swallow this stomach-repairing origami robot made of meat

Magnetically controlled robot may fix lesions and remove accidentally-eaten batteries.<p>A chunk of meat that bursts open once eaten and unleashes a …

Bayesian reasoning implicated in some mental disorders

From within the dark confines of the skull, the brain builds its own version of reality. By weaving together expectations and information gleaned …

Statistics

Physicists Might Have Just Solved The Mystery of Non-Newtonian Fluids

The strangest substance: explained.<p>If you’ve ever seen a non-Newtonian fluid in action, you’ll know how impossibly cool it is. It changes its …

Physics

Can You Solve This Viral Mathematics Puzzle That's Splitting The Internet?

Editor's Blog Photo credit: wavebreakmedia/ShutterstockBrain Dare have posted this mathematical brain teaser on their Facebook page and it’s been …

You don’t know if that’s beef: The animals mixed into your meat might shock — and disgust — you

Meat substitution scandals are becoming more common: When researchers test meats, they often find unexpected things<p>Species substitution is rampant in the seafood industry, but how often do our furry and feathered protein sources get swapped? Was Horsegate the exception or the rule?<p>In 1995, …

Royal FloraHolland: Holland's Wall Street For Flowers

Think of Holland and the enduring images that come to mind are windmills, wooden shoes and…tulips.<p>Tulips are not indigenous to the tiny nation. They come from — depending on whom you talk to – somewhere in central Asia, Kazakhstan or Afghanistan, but were given to a Dutch merchant by the then …

Creating Hallucinations Without Drugs Is Surprisingly Easy

Try this at home, but don't blame us if things get weird.<p>The human brain is a remarkable thing. It can do things our primate relatives are thousands …

The Brain

It's an orchid. It's a mantis. It's incredible — and deadly.

Orchid mantises — particularly juveniles — seem aptly named.<p>They’re predominantly white with pink or yellow accents, similar to some orchids and other flowers, and their four hind legs are lobed, like petals. But if you search for an exact floral counterpart, as behavioral ecologist James O’Hanlon …

Insects

Pissing contest over glyphosate in Europe

Members of the European Parliament are often known for their bluster - but this week they engaged in a literal pissing contest over a controversial …

Europe

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …