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The Byzantine Basilica Cistern Will Be Comprehensively Restored

According to a statistical report entailing international tourists, the Basilica Cistern is the third most visited site in Turkey. And now after more …

Archaeology

19-Year-Old Student Uses Early Spy Camera to Take Candid Street Photos (Circa 1895)

We are generally accustomed to thinking of 19th century photography as quite static and rigid, and for much of its early history, technical …

A Comparison of Volcano Eruption Sizes Over the Years

Reigarw Comparisons created a video comparing the scale, power, and size of several infamous volcanoes over the years. We previously wrote about …

Saint Catherine's Monastery: The World's Oldest Operating Library

The Sinai Peninsula and especially its summit of Mount Sinai, is considered as one of the most religiously significant places in three Abrahamic …

BBC News

This baby pygmy hippo is as adorable as it is rare. ❤

Schools should teach pupils how to spot 'fake news'

<b>Schools should teach young people about how to identify "fake news", says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's education director.</b><p>Andreas Schleicher is planning to include questions about such "global competencies" in the next round of the influential international Pisa …

Fake News

Elvis’s Forgotten Gospel Masterpiece

The King of Rock ’n’ Roll self-identified as a hard-charging gospel singer, too. The proof is in the majesty of his gospel masterpiece, How Great …

10 amazing literary holidays to add to your travel bucket list

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that book lovers following in the footsteps of their literary heroes must be in want of a good guide. With apologies to both Jane Austen and Bridget Jones, this will be self-evident to anyone who has ever tried to explore James Joyce’s Dublin, Ernest …

New Dwarf Primate Found, Is Giant Among Its Kin

Weird & Wild<p>Native to Angola, the six-inch-long mammal may be already endangered, scientists say.<p>Sharp-eared researchers have detected the sounds of a previously undescribed species of dwarf bush baby deep in the African jungle.<p>The team noticed one of the calls didn't sound anything like the 18 …

​Sistine Chapel digitised for posterity (in 270,000 images)

A photo of the Sistine Chapel doesn't quite do justice to the intricate artworks on the world's most famous ceiling.<p>But a team of Vatican photographers hopes 270,000 digital images comes close.<p>The stunning frescos of the Sistine Chapel have been digitised for the first time, as part of a project …

This May Be the Oldest Known Sign of Life on Earth

Found embedded in crystal, the structures seem to be fossils formed around hydrothermal vents as much as 4.28 billion years ago.<p>Stalks of iron-rich minerals, each a fraction the size of an eyelash, may be evidence of the earliest life-forms to inhabit the newborn planet Earth. The tiny hematite …

Queen Elizabeth's 65 Years on the Throne, in 65 Numbers

Feb. 6 marks Queen Elizabeth II‘s sapphire jubilee, marking the first time a British monarch has celebrated a 65-year reign.<p>The Queen, who is the …

Big Wave Surfing in Portugal: Pictures

Keeping your kids frenetically entertained has ruined museums for adults

You’d think that a hall of taxidermied animals would be the epitome of quiet. The animals were all shot, skinned, and propped up against idyllic backdrops decades ago, mute muses for visitors ready to lose themselves for a few quiet moments in nature scenes that they will likely never see …

Natural History Museum

How to Use Flipboard to Commemorate Events

Events can take forever to prepare, but then happen in the snap of a finger. You’re left with just the memories and a few photos on your cell phone. Whether you’re going to a blogging event, a friend’s wedding or a family trip, you can use Flipboard to create a stunning magazine that will allow you …

The World's Most Scenic Winter Train Rides

Few films capture the beauty of winter train travel as the 1974 silver screen mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express.” In it, Hercule Poirot …

Here’s Your Chance To Understand 3-D Printing Once and For All

A full look at the societal impact—from medical to creative to economic—of 3D-printing technology.<p>With its amazing ability to replicate handmade crafts, collapse the development timeline of health initiatives, and, inexplicably bringing modern society closer to understanding its own humanity —3D …

How the World's Smallest Birds Survive the Winter

"Little Arnold Schwarzeneggers," hummingbirds are tough—so tough they've evolved a clever way of coping with the cold.<p>As the smallest birds on Earth, hummingbirds may seem frail—so it's not surprising Donovan Nixon asked Weird Animal Question of the Week how they cope with winter.<p>Turns out these …

Astronomy, Charlemagne And The Mystery Of Phantom Time

In my last post, I talked about how historians can help us understand aspects of astronomy, such as the rate at which Earth’s rotation is slowing. The same thing can happen in reverse, where astronomy can confirm aspects of history. Take, for example, the Early Middle Ages, and the theory of …

BBC - Culture - The Book of Kells: Medieval Europe’s greatest treasure?

Monks created an illuminated Bible of astonishing beauty sometime between the 6th and 8th centuries. It’s one of the most cherished masterpieces in Ireland, writes Martha Kearney.<p>One summer a few years ago I stayed in student rooms in Trinity College. Although the accommodation was rather spartan …

Northern Europe

Why La Marseillaise is the only song that matters right now

The French national anthem is the greatest anthem there is, and its history will likely only increase your admiration for it, writes Alex Marshall.<p>It feels right now like there is only one song in the world anyone is singing: La Marseillaise, in my opinion, the greatest national anthem of them all. …

Wembley

A Frog That Freezes and Thaws, Plus More Ways Animals Cope With Cold

Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>Wild creatures don't have the luxury of curling up under the covers—here's how they make it through winter.<p>Our winter survival skills often involve staying indoors with plenty of blankets, cocoa, and mindless TV at the ready.<p>But wild animals don't have that …

Do you remember the tornado of 1948?

On 26 November 1948, residents of Roodepoort, Roodepoort North and Georginia experienced a natural disaster of note.<p>The twisting funnel-shaped cloud …

Reassessing William the Conqueror

A formidable soldier and an extremely effective ruler, William the Conqueror was the driving force of the Norman conquest. Here, historian David …

Sacred Mysteries: Bright stitches making pictures like mosaics

Rich embroidery from England was so renowned during the high Middle Ages that it gained the name <i>opus anglicanum</i>. Its gold thread and dyed silks had all the colour of a manuscript illumination or stained glass window. Expressive pictures of human and angelic figures were built from tiny stitches, a …

Kiev’s Museum of Microminiatures: The Biggest Collection of Tiny Things

Hidden inside a Kiev religious complex lies the mind-blowing Museum of Microminiatures, which holds ships carved out of gold, books of poetry, and …

Penguin boss admits the company read too much into the eBook hype

Penguin wrongly lost confidence in the power of the printed word and invested “unwisely” amid the rise of eBooks, one of the company’s bosses has admitted.<p>Joanna Prior, the managing director of Penguin’s general books, said the firm jumped the gun and incorrectly pre-empted a major shift towards …

E-book not dead, just rebooting

A new generation of e-book readers with better screens and more features is emerging to fight rumours the e-reading revolution has stalled.

eBooks

Going off-grid in Iran

It's the most-talked-about destination of the year. As Iran opens up to visitors its monuments top every travel hitlist - but we skip the sights and …

Travel