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This Map Shows What the World Actually Looks Like

The version you're used to seeing completely warps the continents' sizes<p>The Japan Institute for Design Promotion has awarded its prestigious Good Design Award to a map that completely changes our perception of the world. Given that the planet is a sphere, representing it in a two-dimensional …

Geography

Top 10 craft beer pubs in Oxford

The Library<p>More dimly-lit bar than pub (it opens at 4pm midweek and hosts gigs/ DJ nights in its basement), the Library is nonetheless – check all that beer advertising paraphernalia on its walls – serious about all things ale. Its pumps (five keg, one cask) pour Brooklyn lager, Camden Hells and …

Beer

A Revealing Look at Bullets Precisely Split in Half

<i>Ammo</i> is a series of portraits featuring bullets cut in half, revealing what this powerful object looks like on the inside. With over 900 specimen in her collection, Pearlman displays the projectiles in a simple format, against a blank background, to draw the focus on the objects themselves. Each …

To Make Cities More Sustainable, Let Go of Tradition

A conversation with Gabriel Metcalf on his new book, Democratic by Design.<p>“Things aren’t right in America today”: In his important new book on social innovation, Gabriel Metcalf—executive director of the urban policy think tank SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) and a …

Our 15 Favorite Cookbooks of 2015

The year's best cookbooks for bakers, travelers, memoir lovers, and ambitious home chefs.<p>It's not easy to be a cookbook at the <i>Bon Appétit</i> office. The competition is stiff: Dozens of new releases arrive each week, and there's only so much shelf space. The judges are, well, extremely judgy. We're not …

World Trade Center

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

“Reason with water rather than repel it”: Architects take on Boston’s watery future

Few cities are as vulnerable to sea level rise as Boston. That’s where the Living With Water project comes in<p>In one vision of Boston, a network of canals fills and empties with tides and storm surges. Water is drawn through sluices with embedded, hydroelectric turbines, generating power.<br>In another, …

Our Religions: Are they the Religions of Humanity Itself?

/ Feb 24, 2015<p>Contrary to popular opinion, Charles Darwin did not originate the idea of evolution. By the middle of the 19th century, the mere <i>fact</i> of …

The best idea to redevelop Dharavi slum? Scrap the plans and start again

By 8am, Dharavi is already noisy. Tea stalls already clinking, leather-making and embroidery and plastic-crushing machines already cranking through their long daily grind. Dharavi, the most well-known informal settlement in Mumbai, stands in a category of its own, and challenges the very notion of …

Urbanism