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<b>Investing in Groundbreakers and Changemakers:</b> Each year we give more than 450 grants to scientists, educators, and storytellers around the world.

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Been there readers' tips: wild river swims

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Nothing quite beats wild swimming in a river for getting away from it all, getting back to nature and more often than not getting an incredibly bracing sensation. Have you taken a dip in a beautiful spot anywhere in the world?<p>The winner of this week's competition <b>wins</b> …

Comet ISON: Pop or Fizzle?

<b>Will the much talked about comet ISON, discovered by Russian amateur astronomers last year, turn out to be what some are calling the ‘comet of the century’ ? Not likely, says one researcher who has just concluded a preliminary study using the latest observations of the icy interloper. (Related:</b> …

It's election day in Zimbabwe. See what political change means for travellers, particularly those with a love of nature and taste for adventure: http://bbc.in/13WZDJe

A Simple Way To Light Your Food

What do you do when you find yourself in a restaurant without a decent window to shoot by? You will have to create your own light. If you are new to …

Hemingway's own private Idaho - video

Adventurer Guy Grieve takes a road trip through Ernest Hemingway's Idaho – where he spent his final years writing, hunting and fishing – and discovers why the American wilderness was so inspirational for the swashbuckling author

August's weirdest festivals - Telegraph

Tourist visas for Burma

<b>Hilary Clarke writes</b><br>I am having difficulty finding out how to apply for a tourist visa for Burma online. Do you know where I can do this? I have tried phoning the Myanmar Embassy but nobody answers.<p><b>Gill Charlton, consumer expert</b><br>The Burmese have begun to embrace the internet. A new website …

Where in the world?

NOW CLOSED: Identify the location of this photograph for the chance to win a Briggs & Riley suitcase, worth £260.<p><b>NOW CLOSED:</b> This 65 metre-high temple dates back to around 741AD. It is part of an archaeological site found in a country that borders Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. <b>Name the …

Man invents 'sand-resistant' beach towel

Baz Brown, who is based on Queensland’s Gold Coast, says his patented invention will allow holiday-makers to “leave the beach at the beach.”<p>Explaining how the product works, he said: “Unlike regular beach towel where sand can get trapped in the loopy fibres, the Sandusa's smooth nylon backing …

The Rio 2016 Olympics: sun, sea and absolutely no swimming

One year after the London 2012 Olympics, the gates to the east London site have reopened to reveal the new Queen Elizabeth Park, the first tangible piece of the two-week sporting circus' promised legacy. You would think the architects behind the Olympic masterplan might be able to breathe a sigh of …

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Moche Mural in Peru Revealed in Stunning Detail

Interactive gigapixel technology offers a new way to see ancient art.<p><b>In the bone-dry coastal desert of northern Peru, the ancient Moche sculpted and painted intricate murals on the adobe walls of the site now known as Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon). Created between A.D. 100 and 800, the</b> …

Moldova: embracing its status as Europe's least-visited country

Being declared Europe's least visited country, with some researcher thoughtfully providing the spirit-wilting data showing only 9000 international arrivals in 2011, would probably cause most countries to plop down in the middle of the room and scream about how life is so unfair. Moldova is doing …

Best of July 2013

Wizard Nebula, Gravity Waves

The Wizard Nebula lights up, the sun reveals a dark spot, and a telescope spins in this week's best space pictures.

My Journey to Angola

My first African experience began at age 17 when I won the 1974 Kodak/Scholastic National Photography scholarship which included a studies program to …

Algorithms Recast Your Favorite Hollywood Characters As Haunting Ghosts

Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun analyzed every 24th frame of a movie for a human face, then blended them all together into a single visage.<p>There’s an eerie moment in Jack Finney’s sci-fi classic <i>Invasion of the Body Snatchers</i> when the novel’s hero comes across a half-formed pod person for the first …

Korshun Footwear

by Dora Haller<p>Dutch footwear designer Anna Korshun creates leather shoes that don't require any glue or stitches. Almost magically constructed, the upper and outer soles are clicked together and then wrapped by a rubber layer that ensures a solid connection. The upshot is a clean and simple …

Man Removing Graffiti, Becomes Graffiti Himself

Street artist DS sure has a sense of humor. After snapping a photo of a guy removing his graffiti off a wall, he ironically turned the guy into his latest stencil piece. Can you imagine the look on the guy's face once he's realized that he's been graffitied onto the same wall?<p><b>DS' website</b> <br>via …

Moebius for Hermès – ‘Voyage d’Hermes’ - The Fox Is Black

Back in 2011, Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius, was commissioned by Hermès to create nine illustrations for a campaign called <i>Voyage d’Hermès</i>. The …

Funny Portraits of Birds with Luscious Heads of Hair

<i>Coiffure le Bird</i> is an interesting collaboration between photographer Rene Mesman and the creative postproduction specialists at Souverein Weesp that features a series of portraits of birds, each with its own luscious head of hair. Each feathery fowl–a trio consisting of an owl, a crow, and a …