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The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe

These are the 30 prettiest towns in Europe, according to the fine people at the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (JATA).<p>It was challenged to come up with 30 smaller destinations to promote to holidaymakers. This is what they came up with (and there's only one in Britain).<p>1. Kilkenny, Ireland<p>On …

Experts call for official guidelines on child screen use

Educationalists, psychologists and authors also call for a minister for children to try to address ‘toxic’ nature of childhood<p>A group of leading authors, educationalists and child-development experts is calling on the government to introduce national guidelines on the use of screens, amid concern …

Mental Health

Time Traveller: Simon McBurney on Broadway

Simon McBurney has two phones. In his dressing room at the Golden Theatre, on Broadway, they’re both ringing. He cuts off one call, answers the other, then apologizes, scans his messages, and turns the phone off. On Vandam Street, in the cold, racing to get a coffee, his sneakers are untied. The …

Tony Awards

The chilling stories behind Japan’s ‘evaporating people’

As a newlywed in the 1980s, a Japanese martial arts master named Ichiro expected only good things. He and his wife, Tomoko, lived among the cherry …

Forget “dialogue” with Donald Trump and his supporters: They have empowered hatred and harm

<b>(Reuters/Rick Wilking)</b><p>Those who elected Trump want to undo progress and harm black and brown people. Who cares what’s in their hearts?<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>December 6, 2016 12:00am (UTC)<p>One of my best friends teaches English at a community college located in one of the Rust Belt-like towns along the …

A Hidden American Anger

Just over a decade ago, Matt Eich started photographing rural Ohio. Largely inhabited by what is now known as the “Forgotten Class” of white, blue-collar workers, Eich found himself drawn to the proud but economically abandoned small towns of Appalachia. Thanks to grants from the Economic Hardship …

Living Rooms

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.<p>When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the …

How Crazy Successful People Beat Stress

Stress. Yes, we all have it. And yes, you can manage it like a boss.<p>How's your stress level? Well, whatever it is, know that it's human to stress.<p>But the good news is that we can manage it, and certainly minimize it, by making some positive changes. That is, of course, all dependent on the life …

Studying history of art is more than a posh hobby

I was 16 the first time I properly looked at a piece of art. I was alone in a darkened room with a woman I had only just met. She put a postcard of Seurat’s <i>Bathers at Asnieres</i> on the desk in front of me, illuminated by a single spotlight from the ceiling. “Tell me what you see,” she said.<p>This was …

St Andrews

Three weeks touring Iceland by bike (Fuji X-T1 and Ricoh GR (V) by James Stevenson

Three weeks touring Iceland by bike (Fuji X-T1 and Ricoh GR (V) by James Stevenson Hi Brandon & Steve, I’d like to share with you some photos from a …

Ricoh

The Man Who Captured Time

Eadweard Muybridge revealed a new universe of motion with his camera, but history has largely obscured his extraordinary accomplishments with photography.<p>The first humans who put paint on stone drew deer, buffalo, horses. They drew all the beasts man knew, and they painted them running.<p>It started …

San Francisco

China’s Atlantis of the East

The Chinese city of Shicheng was flooded in 1959, then forgotten. With its recent rediscovery, divers can explore a 600-year-old city that is both underwater – and unseen for decades.<p>Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious …

Young Barack Obama on What His Mother Taught Him About Love

“Perhaps that’s how any love begins, impulses and cloudy images that allow us to break across our solitude, and then, if we’re lucky, are finally transformed into something firmer.”<p>In 1990, a promising law student and writer not yet thirty was elected as the first African-American president of the</i> …

Do We Need Zoos?

The killing of Harambe, the silverback gorilla, at the Cincinnati Zoo has sparked a massive debate.<p>Over the Memorial Day weekend, a 4-year-old boy climbed the guardrail at the Cincinnati Zoo and into the enclosure of a 17-year-old silverback gorilla named Harambe. By now, most people know how this …

Animal Rights

Embracing the Greatest

In order to honor Muhammad Ali, we must first fully understand who he was.<p>I do not remember much of Muhammad Ali’s life firsthand. The sharpest memories that come to me are of the middle-aged man, slowed and bowed by a crippling disease, who lit the flame at the ‘96 Olympics in Atlanta. Part of my …

Serena Williams

The hidden world of the Knights Templar

Tucked behind London’s Fleet Street, a patchwork of gardens and graceful buildings tell the story of the most famous knights of the Crusades.<p>It was rush hour on a weekday and I was weaving my way down the Strand, one of central London’s most famous thoroughfares. The street hummed with tourists, …

Ancient History

Every Episode of David Attenborough’s Life Series, Ranked

A long love letter to the creator of the world’s greatest nature documentaries, on the eve of his 90th birthday.<p>This Sunday, Sir David Attenborough, naturalist, maker of wildlife documentaries, snuggler of gorillas, wielder of That Voice, keeper of the blue shirt, and Most Trusted Man in Britain, …

The Most Common Kinds of Coincidences

New data plumbs more than 4,000 stories for insights into life’s random surprises.<p>What I learned writing a feature about coincidences is that a coincidence is in the eye of the beholder. Or rather, the mind of the beholder.<p>Not just any random unlikely event will do; it has to be something that you …

The Golden Age of Reading the News

Small screens don't deter readers—even from longer articles.<p>People used to say no one would ever actually read anything substantial on their cellphones. Back when it seemed normal to hold up an awkwardly large, inky sheet of paper in front of your face, the screens on mobile devices appeared tiny …

Pew Research Center

The so-called Caravaggio in the attic looks like a fake to me

A supposedly 400-year-old painting found in Tolouse has the old master’s cinematic lighting and lurid focus. But where is the psychological intensity?<p>I am sorry but it is all too good to be true. The owners of an old house near Toulouse ventured into their attic and found a large dusty painting. …

The very real pain of ‘imaginary’ illnesses

How do you tell a patient that their paralysis, blindness, or seizures are “all in the mind”? As the doctor Suzanne O’Sullivan explains to BBC Future, our thoughts and feelings can move the body in mysterious ways that are just as frightening as any physical illness.<p>Soon after Suzanne O’Sullivan …

Disability

12 Inventions By Muslims That Shaped The Modern World

There are a disturbing number of people looking to spread hate towards the more than 1.6 billion Muslims who inhabit this planet. Like all prejudice …

Anti-Muslim graffiti is brilliantly amended by kind-hearted good samaritan

There's no place for anything like this.<p>Racism, xenophobia and bigotry have existed since the dawn of time but it never gets any less shocking to see …

Meet the Orphans Using Art to Cope With Iraq's Chaos

Amidst the bombs and bloodshed of Baghdad, these orphans have found a haven.<p>Their days are filled with art, music and painting — a way to cope with the chaos around them through creativity.<p>"It is better for me to stay in this house instead of living on the street," 16-year-old Zain al-Abideen …

Museum of Lost Objects: The Temple of Bel

<b>Few of the excesses of the group that calls itself Islamic State have transfixed the outside world as much as its destruction of Palmyra, the ancient desert oasis city in central Syria. Palmyra's remarkable 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel was demolished in August 2015.</b><p>It looked in many ways like a …

Palmyra

'Education not mutilation' Ban Ki-moon tells UN FGM conference

‘Focus on Girls’ Minds’, UN general secretary tells New York event<p>FGM should stand for Finally Girls Matter, or Focus on Girls’ Minds, the UN general secretary told a UN summit in New York last week.<p>“Let’s shift the focus from mutilation to education... these empowered girls and women will help …

Technology And The Economic Divide

Vivek Wadhwa Contributor<p>Vivek Wadhwa is an academic, entrepreneur, and author who holds appointments at Stanford, Duke, and Singularity University.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Platforms are the real powerhouses in Silicon Valley’s business landscape<br>• Entrepreneurs everywhere can now solve the …

The 10 best love paintings

In honour of Valentine’s Day, cast your adoring eyes over the sweetest representations of romance – and its dark sides – on canvas<p>Love is patient, love is kind: this is the visual embodiment of those great verses from Corinthians so often read at weddings. Rembrandt’s masterpiece is loving in its …

Painting