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19 natural wonders everyone should see before they disappear

America is home to some of the world's most stunning natural wonders, but many of these sights are increasingly under threat from climate change and pollution.<p>While some are slowly experiencing change, others are deteriorating at a more rapid rate.<p>We've put together a list 0f 19 incredible and …

Dazzling photos capture shooting stars during Perseid meteor shower

Around the globe, people looked up to the night sky to catch what is considered to be the best meteor shower of the year.<p>The Perseid meteor shower …

Beautifully designed physical books create incomparable reading experiences

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this,” the bestselling author Dave Eggers once observed.<p>This is an experience that readers who exclusively consume books on their tablets, e-readers and mobile devices at least partly miss out on. To fully …

Books

Scary, But Beautiful: Haunted Destinations Around the World

If you must tether your immortal soul to the realm of the living, you might as well do so someplace fabulous.<p>The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado<p>The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California<p>Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-under-Edge, England

Frank Lloyd Wright

The U.K.’s Tallest Sculpture Will Let You Ride A Slide All The Way Down

Because let’s face it: every tower and skyscraper should have a slide.<p>The anticipation of what you’ll see at the top of a tower can be exciting. Going down, though? Comparatively, that’s a drag. Why go down the stairs or the elevator like a sucker when you can slide on down?<p>That seems to have been …

Study: How experiencing awe transforms the way you treat the people around you

From the researchers that brought you the conclusion that money makes people meaner comes a new paper: Having an awesome experience makes people nicer.<p>“Awe has an important collective function,” says Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology at University of California, Irvine, and the lead …

Psychology

An Illustrated Tour of Ice Cream Styles Around the World

Close your eyes and think of ice cream. What do you see?<p>Depending on where you live, that answer's going to vary. A lot. Because the world of ice cream is far more diverse than most of us think. Think all ice cream is soft, scoopable, and creamy? Meet sliceable gelato and spumoni; tacky Turkish …

This Mural Starts in Malta, Ends 300 Miles Away in Italy

The sea-spanning artwork is a commentary on European migration.<p>In the Maltese town of Sliema there’s an image of a giant man on a building, butt propped up as he crawls into a dark tunnel. Almost 300 miles away, in the coastal Italian burg of Sapri, the dude’s upper half emerges from a different …

Malta

15 Breathtaking Astronomy Images Highlighting the Cosmic Beauty of Our Universe

Since 1995, Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has been serving up daily doses of cosmic beauty through breathtaking photos of our fascinating universe. Maintained by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP), two professional astronomers who met at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the …

Cosmology

The Death of Awe in the Age of Awesome

Have we lost our sense of wonder?<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>It was a seemingly innocuous YouTube clip that got me thinking. A fellow parent of a toddler showed it to me, with the accompanying explanation that it had become a highly effective way of quietening her daughter, like a …

Where to Eat in Paris Now: 7 Must-Try Restaurants

As far as I’m concerned, the prettiest sights in Paris are found on a plate. Or in a bowl. And occasionally, a coffee cup.<p>The map of the city I keep in my head isn’t of monuments and museums—it’s of bistros and brasseries. You want a view of the Eiffel Tower? I say go to Monsieur Bleu. Spending the …

France