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Sunnat of Henna Dye

Use of henna (mehndi)<br>The Shariah (Islamic law) allows women to use henna. Hindh-Binte-'Ukbah (may Allah be pleased with her) said to the Messenger of …

Electric road charges buses while they drive

The challenge with electric vehicles -- well, one of them -- is that to actually, you know, go anywhere, they have to be stationary for significant blocks of time so they can charge. Some measures have been proposed, such as solar panels that can provide energy while the car drives, and even …

The Best Beaches To Escape The UK Heat Wave

New data released today from Expedia.co.uk shows a rise in domestic beach bookings during this current heat wave.<p>Bournemouth tops the list of UK escapes, according to the travel company, showing a 119% increase in bookings in the last 28 days, compared with the same time last year. Eastbourne …

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The new selling point for gadgets is how quiet they are

Noise pollution costs Europe $30.8 billion a year. It increases blood pressure, shortens lives, reduces office productivity by 66%, interferes with learning and concentration and, along with open-plan offices, has contributed to a boom in the sale of headphones.<p>The UK’s Noise Abatement Society, an …

Jammin' the Wind in the Grenadine Islands

The deck surged beneath my bare feet as the boat powered through the swells, and the music of the lines vibrating in the wind filled my ears. As the days unfolded, I melted. Everything felt looser -- my clothes, my limbs, my mind.<p>Parrrrrteeee!!!!!<p>Unlike fans of the Beastie Boys, we didn't have to …


Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Europe's Oldest Inhabited City

As the bus drove through Plovdiv's suburbs, after a two-hour journey from the capital Sofia, I felt like I was visiting an old friend. Plovdiv is one of the World's most ancient cities and Europe's oldest inhabited city -- even beating Athens.<p>As the bus drove through Plovdiv's suburbs, after a …

Being Open to the Unexpected

Being open to the unexpected, whether far away or at home, can catapult you into the present moment so you can snatch these opportunities for expansion, bringing you closer to who you are meant to be in this world.<p>We can never really know what the universe has in store for us, but we can affect …

The Sprawling City

Astronaut Ron Garan<p>Ron Garan talks with kids at Queenstown Primary School in New Zealand about space travel. He takes all kinds of questions from the …

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British Airways In Long-haul Love Triangle With Boeing And Airbus

Boeing has been British Airways‘ manufacturer of choice for long-haul aircraft for many years, first with the 747 and then the 777s, including the latest 777-300ERs, like the one I flew on last year. (There are also a scattering of 757s and 767s).<p>Now this ageing fleet is due for a major change and …

This may be the coolest modern home in Lima

Casa Serpiente, or “Snake House,” is named for the way its undulant form 
twists through a tree-studded garden in Lima, Peru. It almost never rains …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

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Reader photo: Saltwater crocodile

<b>AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC READER</b> Annabel Matthews from New South Wales photographed this saltwater crocodile on the banks of the Hunter River in the …