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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

25 Rooms Transformed Beyond Belief

Strolling through Iran's Tabriz bazaar - in pictures

This historical site developed along the caravan routes of antiquity and thrived as a commercial and social centre linking the Persian empire to Europe and China. Iranian conservationists say local merchants, townspeople and the religious class have played a significant role in its dynamics, even …

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's amazing photos from space

The guitar-strumming spaceman Chris Hadfield is releasing a new book – You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes – featuring stunning images of the Earth captured while in orbit. Here are some of his best snaps • Find out what tastes better, space food or plane food, in our Q&A with Chris …

Some front: the bad developments making a joke of historic buildings

What do you get when you force developers to build around historic facades? A match made in hell, says Oliver Wainwright<p>Face off: when facades go bad – in pictures<p>If street names are an omen, you should be braced for trouble where Gun Street meets Artillery Lane. Conservationists and developers …

Three days in the Coromandel, New Zealand – travel guide

Bake in the sands of Hot Water beach, then take in the art, stunning views and craft beer of the Coromandel peninsula<p>The Coromandel’s charms are no secret — tens of thousands flock here from the North Island’s urban centres and beyond every summer. Yet it remains just far enough from the madding …

The Observatories: Micro Living for UK Artists

Five young design graduates based in Britain have recently won a competition to design an artist’s residency in the south-western region of the …

Architecture

Adjustable balcony animates the facade of E348 Arquitectura's Miramar House

Slatted timber shutters fold back to reveal the boxy first-floor balcony of this family house in Portugal, designed by E348 Arquitectura to adapt to …

Hanna Yoon's Experience Journal helps you record your favourite places

New York product designer Hanna Yoon has created a notebook that encourages users to remember significant moments and locations through sketches and …

Gorgeous and Rare Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland by John Vernon Lord

<i>“Words mean more than we mean to express when we use them,”</i> Lewis Carroll once wrote in a letter to a friend, <i>“so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer means.”</i><p>Perhaps due to its timelessly whimsical nature, <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> — the umbrella title given to Lewis Carroll’s …

Feeding 9 Billion

Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s Footprint<p>For most of history, whenever we’ve needed to produce more food, we’ve simply cut down forests or plowed grasslands to make more farms. We’ve already cleared an area roughly the size of South America to grow crops. To raise livestock, we’ve taken over even …

Agriculture

Can an Unmanned Mini Yellow Submarine Find Missing Flight 370?

The undersea search could take two months. Or longer.<p>For now, the best hopes for finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ride on a mini yellow submarine named Artemis, after the Greek goddess of hunting.<p>The 21-foot (6.4-meter) unmanned submersible is scouring the remote depths of the southern Indian …

Viking Denmark: following the footsteps of ancient explorers

Were Vikings mead-swilling and pillaging hooligans, or civilising craftspeople, poets and merchants? Your preconceptions around Vikings will likely be challenged in Denmark, where a series of burial sites, rune stones, settlements and museums brings this age to life. The Vikings' gods and beliefs, …

An Illustrated Taxonomy of City Bikes and Cyclist Archetypes

<i>“A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning,”</i> E.B. White wrote in his timeless love letter to New York. <i>“The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.”</i> And …

Gehry Atop Wright

While looking at an article on Curbed earlier today, I was intrigued by a photo of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum in New York …

Newly Excavated 4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Pyramid Threatened by Development

The pyramid is in the news this week after overblown reports about its "discovery."<p>Decades before the great pyramids at Giza took shape, a modest stepped pyramid arose at a site now known as Edfu. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago have been studying the 4,600-year-old stone structure …

How to get the best deals on holidays

January is the peak booking time for many holidays. So which trips are worth booking early? And what sort of bargains can you get last minute? We asked travel industry experts for their tips<p>Also see: How and when to book a cheap flight<p>When should you book a summer family holiday?<p>If you're organised …

56 day bed by Adele-C plays with extreme irony and scale, while maintaining the balance between the useful and the abstract. Coming on Thursday and Friday at Iidex Canada. Follow Adele-c here: http://www.archello.com/en/product/56-day-bed?a=follow

Home - Architecture Lab

Latest<p>April 27, 2018<p>Ideasforward wants to give young creative people from around the world the opportunity to express their views of the future of …

Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi | Colossal

<p>Italian artist Marcello Barenghi draws incredibly realistic everyday objects that appear almost three dimensional with the help of colored pencils …

Boost Moreing

The independent creative collective The Glue Society directed a great video for the brand Boost about the phenomenon “Moreing”, based on having more …

12 – September – 2013 – Fubiz Media

Erta Ale, Ethiopia's "Smoking Mountain," is Home to Two Lava Lakes

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a new travel blog. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura.</i><p>Located in the Danakil Depression (or …

Panda Poop Might Help Turn Plants Into Fuel

Panda gut microbes, which break down bamboo, could help turn plant waste into economically viable biofuel, according to the results of a new study.<p><b>Can panda poop help power the greener vehicles of tomorrow? It just might, scientists say, by yielding microbes that efficiently turn plant waste into</b> …