Ania Kaźmierczak

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Poland’s banks turn high tech

At a discount grocery store in Warsaw, customers whip through the checkout, paying wirelessly by holding their credit cards above the terminal. Above …

Banking

The rise of Poland's urban movement | Cities

Poland's recent local elections went according to the usual script: The ruling coalition of the Civic Platform and Polish People's Party retained their control over major cities. But there was one political surprise in the final results. The urban movement, which ran for the first time in elections …

Tiny, 4-foot home is a big deal in Poland

Urban apartments are getting smaller and smaller, but one 'home' in Warsaw, Poland, may push the limits to what is humanly accessible.<p>The Keret House was conceived by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny when, about six years ago, he spotted a narrow yet 'appealing cushion of air,' between two …

Polish castle could become real-life wizarding school

Fans of the Harry Potter series and the magical arts have launched a crowdsourcing campaign that aims to bring a College of Wizardry to life, and — …

Books

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p><i>There’s no time to lose, I heard her say Catch your dreams before they slip away.</i><p>When we sleep, wrote English psychiatrist Havelock Ellis over a hundred years ago, we enter a ‘dim and …

Literature

Spine-Chilling Clown Portraits By Eolo Perfido Will Give You Nightmares

<i>Clownville</i>, a photo series featuring grotesque portraits of terrifying clowns, is the photographic nightmare of French-born photographer Eolo …

Migrant Disaster at Sea: In Pictures

Mediterranean

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

Mind

Kevin Frayer wins the Chris Hondros Fund award – in pictures

As the Canadian photographer wins the $20,000 Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund award, we show some of his best images. Formerly with Associated Press, Frayer is now a freelance based in China, where he will use the award to continue his documentary work

Demonstration

Graphic images of street attack deepen crisis in South Africa

It's the photo that has shocked a nation: the stark image of a helpless Mozambican migrant pleading for his life as a gang of men brutally murdered him in a Johannesburg street in front of a silent audience of onlookers.<p>First the men stalked him along the street. Then one clubbed him with a wrench, …

Look inside a Google project so odd, it's literally called 'Project Loon'

Google is trying to solve a really hard problem: How do you bring internet access to millions of people in locations too remote to get cable or even a cell tower?<p>Answer: Connect them to the internet via giant balloons that drift across the sky.<p>They call the idea Project Loon. Google has been …

Project Loon