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The Elephant Watcher

As poachers grow bolder, Andrea Turkalo records the behavior of a vanishing species.<p>In November, 2011, a caravan of poachers—as many as a hundred, by some counts—crossed into the Central African Republic on horseback from Sudan. They rode seven hundred miles along the northern border, and entered …

Central African Republic

Living Dioramas Explore the Effects of Desertification in Mongolia

For millennia, nomadic herdsman have raised goats, sheep, and cattle on the grassy steppes of Mongolia, packing up their circular tents, known as <i>ger</i>, several times a year to migrate with the seasons. This is still the way of life for approximately a third of Mongolians. But, over the past four …

Deserts

Victory Day in Moscow

On Saturday, Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade broadcast by the major TV networks, a ceremonial reception at the Kremlin, patriotic speeches, fireworks, and events across the country. The victory over Nazi Germany has long been perceived as Russia’s greatest achievement, and, as the …

Russia

World’s 15 Most Scenic Train Rides

In a relaxation showdown amongst trains, planes, and automobiles, trains win as the most laidback style of travel, allowing you to sit back, relax, …

Trains

Meditation Can Rebuild Your Brain's Gray Matter

When we meditate, our brains benefit, according to a new study from a team of Harvard-affiliated researchers. The study showed that the act of …

Today is the birthday of the most badass woman traveler of all time

TODAY IS THE 152ND BIRTHDAY of Nellie Bly, one of the most badass travelers of all time. Bly is best known for traveling around the world in a mere …

Scientists Created "Ghosts" in the Lab

Have you ever experienced the creepy sensation that you’re not the only person in the room? You get a chill, maybe the hair on the back of your neck …

Sustainable Energy Solutions in Tajikistan

Shinzo Abe Bets on America's Fading Memories

Will Congress approve a trade deal and get behind Japan's plans to beef up its military? It depends in part on a generational shift.<p>Throughout his speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cited continuities in the relationship between his country and the …

Political Science

Rescue and Recovery in Nepal

Five days have passed since Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and rescue teams are still discovering trapped victims alive in the rubble. The massive quake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday, devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands …

'Saigon Has Fallen—Call New York'

The final hours of the Vietnam War through one reporter's eyes<p>In March 1975, Peter Arnett was riding a bus down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, devouring <i>The New York Times</i>’s accounts of the gathering disaster in Vietnam. As a reporter for the Associated Press, Arnett had covered the war there for more …

Vietnam

Purity Through Food: How Religious Ideas Sell Diets

Eating based on what is "natural" offers little but sanctimony.<p>Foods are either natural or unnatural. They are good or bad. Bad foods harm you, and good foods cleanse you. Bad foods are sinfully delicious, or guilty pleasures. Good foods are whole, real, clean, and natural. Bad foods are fake, …

Public Health

Not If He Were The Last Man on Earth

Fox's new show started as a post-apocalyptic comedy, but has rapidly evolved to become a study of its entitled hero's romantic misadventures.<p>When <i>The Last Man on Earth</i> debuted in March to critical praise and surprisingly strong ratings, it felt like a notable anomaly on network television. In its …

TV

Woody Allen’s romanticized rain (and Hemingway, and Toni Morrison and James Joyce)

<b>Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in "Manhattan" (MGM)</b><p>Woody knows it, and so did Ernest Hemingway: Rain is one of literature’s great workhorses. Here’s why<p>Cynthia Barnett<p>May 3, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Reprinted from “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History”<p>Writing his iconic novel <i>A Farewell to Arms</i> in the 1920s, …

Literature

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

<b>Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in "The Big Lebowski" (Gramercy Pictures)</b><p>It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p>Douwe Draaisma<p>May 3, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations”<p><i>There’s no time to</i> …

Bread Not Bibles for Nepal

Headlines today are dominated by death and casualty tolls tragically rising in the aftermath of last week's earthquake which struck Nepal. Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories. While we focus, as …

Do Human Rights Really Matter in International Relations?

Earlier this year, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom raised the sensitive issue of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, but her comments did not reveal anything the world was not already aware of. Instead of launching a larger debate about the importance of human rights, this incident …

5 ‘must-have’ Shanghai experiences

1. Escape from prison<p>“Mr. X Mystery House” is a real-life escape game that gives you one hour to solve a series of puzzles and escape from a locked …

What Does It Take to Win the Battle Against Girls Dropping Out of School? One Cambodian Girl Will Make Us Think Twice

Co-authored by Kelly Grace<p>In the village of Bakong, Cambodia, there is a battle raging for girls' education. Like many places in the world, poverty, health, and traditional assumptions about the value of girls' education create barriers for girls and the successful completion of their education. …

The Coffee of Civilization in Iceland

The thing that’s striking is the coffee. I am talking here about Iceland, the strange and wonderful and small—three hundred and twenty thousand people—country from which I have just returned, having sapiently bored students at a fine writer’s retreat. The account of a richly complex foreign …

Iceland

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

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Photographer Teams Up With Haitian Artists to Transform Tarot Cards Into Real Scenes

The creativity of some photographers astounds me. Just when you think you've seen every creative, strange, and unique photo idea, another comes along that would never have crossed your mind.<p>That was the case with Ghetto Tarot, a creative photos series created by award-winning documentary …

Spirituality

Bad Posture? Try Ballet

Like everyone else, I sit at a desk all day. You can start the day with the most noble and upright of intentions: Today I’m going to do it. I’m going …

The 5 best coffee shops in Reykjavik

Iceland is known for its incredible natural landscape, but many are not aware that it has a vibrant capital city. Reykjavik is home to some great options for food, shopping, and nightlife.<p>And since there are no international coffee chains like Starbucks on the island, there are also plenty of …

20 reasons New Zealand is the ultimate adventure destination

The original wanderers, the local Kiwis, are raised on adrenaline and independence — something that shines through all the epic outdoor opportunities …

Finding Cheap Flights 101

I've been traveling pretty intensely for many years. When I had a full time entertainment job with minimal pay, I took at least twice monthly weekend trips and bi-annual overseas trips. When I had a more remote job, I roamed for long periods of time. As a result, when I catch up with friends who …

Air Travel

Young girls in Afghanistan are skateboarding to fight for gender equality

On the spectrum of cultural taboos, it ranks between driving a car and keeping company with a man who is not a relative.<p>But no one ever said anything about riding a skateboard. Frankly, so few people owned them in the country's capital, that it was never an issue.<p>Now, thanks to non-profit …

Nonprofits