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The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Visualizing Science, Religion, and Knowledge in Symbolic Diagrams

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.<p>Why is it that when we behold the oldest living trees in the world, primeval awe runs down our spine? We are entwined with trees in an elemental embrace, both …

Jack Kerouac

Africa's Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room

The Manta Resort is a beautiful, multi-room hotel that sits on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba. The spectacular getaway offers not only a place to rest your head for the night, but also some truly breathtaking views from its unique, underwater room. The floating structure, made of local hardwood, …

Scuba Diving

We Developed a Reader's Cake Recipe and Would Like a Second Slice, Please

We developed a reader's recipe in our test kitchen—a Salted Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake—and are totally excited about the results.<p>A few weeks ago, during Reader's Choice Week, we asked you to submit your own recipes for us to develop into real Bon Appétit recipes in our test kitchen. And, man, did …


The Royal Marines Corps of Drums will begin their attempt to break the record for the Longest Continuous Drum Roll, today at the Tower of London at 6pm. The current record stands at 28 hours, 19 minutes and 3 seconds. The event is one of many planned this year to mark RM350 - the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines - and raise funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. You can show your support at