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Pictures of the Week 9.25.14

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Birthday Suits

For 40 years, Lucy Hilmer has photographed herself on her birthday wearing nothing but her white lolly pop underpants, shoes and socks. She made her first Birthday Suit self-portrait in Death Valley, CA in 1974. Without fail, she has faced her camera every year since then, on April 22nd, to create …

Holi One colour festival - in pictures

The Holi One colour festival at Wembley Park in London saw thousands of people dressed in white come together to share in music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation, and to take part in ‘powder drop’

Growing pains of the great US marijuana legalisation experiment

On a dark industrial street on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, shabby cars and the occasional truck disappear down an alley, as though heading to a secret meeting. Their destination, around a heavily rutted corner lined by chain-linked fencing, is a large warehouse that used to be a paintball …

Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble

Last month it took more than 20 firefighters to free a US student who had become trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina in Germany. But genital art elicited a very different response in Japan this week, when police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D …

Unique Wedding Photographs Taken Inside an Ice Cave in Alaska

We promise we didn’t plan it, but after sharing Josh Newton’s amazing wildfire wedding photographs last month, we’ve managed to stumble across their …

Take the Plunge: 11 Swimming Holes Around the World

Lounging poolside is one thing, but nothing beats the childlike allure of splashing around in a swimming hole. The lake near your parent's home may top your typical list, but there are plenty of other swimming holes around the world that will capture your heart.<p>So, pack your swimsuit (and a sense …

Swimwear

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

Healthy Eating

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Product Reviews

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …

Luxury

Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

Photographer Lisa Kristine travels the world documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images …

Nymi Unveils Heartwave-Sensing Wristband To Keep Your Bitcoin Safe

Bioynym, the company behind device-unlocking wristband Nymi, has announced they’re releasing a Bitcoin wallet. Nymi’s backers are betting it’ll be the first step in people using the wristband in place of keys and passwords.<p>Embedded within the Nymi wristband is an electrocardiogram sensor which …

I Got My Dream Job As An Actress On A Disney Cruise — Here's What It Was Really Like

It was her dream job, and one of her first professional acting gigs.<p>Now a newly minted equity actress embarking on the national tour of Seussical: The Musical, Raye (disclosure: a friend of mine from college at Penn State University) dished to Business Insider about what it was like to live and …

Walt Disney Company

Russian Mother Takes Magical Portraits of Her Two Boys and their Animal Friends

Russian photographer Elena Shumilova only got into photography in early 2012, when she acquired her first camera. But if you were to look through her …

DIY Scholarships Are The Latest (& Greatest) Thing

Photographed by Christy Kurtz.<p>While going to college can be the most exciting time in a young adult's life, the insurmountable amount of debt that …

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

Photographer’s Girlfriend Continues to Lead Him Around the World

<b>Praktik Hotel – Madrid, Spain</b><p>Russian photographer Murad Osmann continues to be led around the world by his girlfriend Nataly Zakharova in his ongoing <i>Follow Me</i> project. With her back facing the camera, Zakharova eagerly holds the hand of her photographer boyfriend, guiding him through various …

East London

Father and Daughter Beautifully Recreate Wedding Photos of Late Mother

Father and daughter Ben and Olivia lost Olivia's mother, Ali, when Olivia was just one-year-old to a rare form of lung cancer. This November, after two years of being on a “rollercoaster of emotions” Ben decided to move out of their Cincinnati home that they had lived in with Olivia's late mother. …

Barnes & Noble

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Photography's golden age

<b>John Chillingworth is a photographer that few have heard of, even among those who have some knowledge of the genre. Yet, his work featured in the UK's best known illustrated magazine, Picture Post, which first hit the presses 75 years ago and ran for almost 20 years until 1957.</b><p>A new book looks to …

Stoke-on-Trent

DJ Earworm Mashup - United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)

LG unveils curved, flexible smartphone to better fit your body

SAN FRANCISCO -- At a special press event this week, LG took the wraps off the LG G Flex smartphone.<p>The bendable, flexible phone runs on Android and went on sale in South Korea only 10 days ago. Company executives said there's no word yet on when it will be available in the United States.<p>But in …

Gear & Gadgets

5 Pieces of Photography Gear to considered for your first upgrade

5 Pieces of Photography Gear to considered for your first upgrade - reflector, nifty 50, tripod, walk-around lens and a flash - what to look for and …

Incredible Underwater Park in Austria

Grner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria known for its shimmering, emerald-green hue and its fluctuating depth throughout the year, at times leaving a park completely submerged in it. Being that the water for the lake is provided mainly by runoff from the surrounding karst mountains, it …

Hiking

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as 360TB per disc data capacity and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures up to 1,832 Fahrenheit.<p>By …