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Who's Stealing Afghanistan's Cultural Treasures?

The plunder of antiquities will leave the country's history in the dark.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>The battered white Corolla rumbles down a rocky road past fields of okra and great earthen mounds topped by the crumbling remains of ancient battlements. Taking</b> …

Rescuing the farm where Wellington won the battle of Waterloo

Joe Shute visits the decaying Hougoumont Farm that will be restored in time for the battle’s 200th anniversary in 2015<p>In an isolated corner of bucolic Belgium, down a dusty track that cuts through great fields of lettuce and shivering wheat, stands the farm that won Waterloo. Of the 170,000 people …

The best unusual cruises

If you enjoy being at sea but loathe the idea of sharing a ship with hundreds, or thousands, of other holidaymakers, there are alternatives. The time-rich could opt for a container ship – a great way of seeing the world without the organised conformity of the traditional cruise liner.<p>But there are …

What makes a terrible airport (and what would make an amazing one)

To mark Lonely Planet’s sponsorship of the iconic 1917 Curtiss JN-4 ‘Flying Jenny’ Biplane’s commemorative air tour this summer we’re exploring aviation's history and continued impact on travel. Here we take a look at what makes a terrible airport - and what would make an amazing one.<p>You can find …

Travel

Responsible travel with Lonely Planet & TOMS – Lonely Planet blog

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve partnered with TOMS around travel, sustainability and Lonely Planet’s 40th anniversary!<p>Lonely Planet and TOMS share in the belief that travelers can make a positive impact all across the planet. ‘Sustainable’ and ‘responsible’ have been part of our …

Reconnecting the Disconnected: A Story of Technology, Refugees and Finding Lost Family

Changing Planet<p>In this installment of Digital Diversity, brothers David and Christopher Mikkelsen tell the story of how their organisation, Refugees United, was born. It all began with one man’s search for his family after they were separated for five years because of the war in Afghanistan. The …

Thailand’s islands: where to escape the crowds

Whether it is riding in the back of an open tuk-tuk or racing across the waves in a longtail boat, a journey through Thailand’s islands always feels like a real adventure. Thailand’s beauty is no secret, but there are still a few wonders that remain relatively under wraps.<p>Khao Sok National …

Thailand

Setting Sail: A Giant Orb Made Of NYC’s Snapped Umbrellas

Assembled from discarded umbrellas and plastic bottles, the Harvest Dome 2.0 is a dramatic work of “performance architecture.”<p>This week, SLO Architecture celebrated the crash-free launch of Harvest Dome 2.0, a 24-by-18 foot floating sphere made of umbrella skeletons and plastic bottles. It smoothly …

Canoeing

JR's New Street Art Tribute to MLK's Famous Speech

The Sweet Auburn district of Atlanta, Georgia is well-known because of one very important figure, it's where civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up. A few days ago, street artist JR flew into Atlanta, and made his way to the Auburn area to start prepping its walls for something …

Black History

A Bible Of Color Theory Is Now An App

On the 50th anniversary of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color, Yale University Press has released the work as an interactive teaching tool along the lines of what the Bauhaus master originally intended.<p>Josef Albers, one of the best-known painters and educators to emerge from the German Bauhaus, …

Art

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Infographic: A Map That Compares Global Birth And Death Rates At A Glance

We post a lot of infographics, but we pass on even more of them. A common shortcoming of global maps is fairly simple: They favor the most developed parts of the world. Even a very scientific map might make it appear that meteors mostly hit the U.S. when, in reality, it’s far more likely that we’ve …

Data Visualization

Articles about designer omer arbels eclectic home vancouver on Dwell.com - Dwell

Omer Arbel is a Vancouver–based architect and designer who creates spaces and objects in equal measure.<p>In Handcrafted Modern, photographer Leslie Williamson captured precisely these quiet moments in the homes of designers whose work...<p>A seemingly street-shy house near Vancouver opens to reveal an …

San Francisco

Policing the platform

THIS week our correspondents discuss the controversy surrounding abusive speech on Twitter, the hacking of luxury cars and the insertion of computers …

The Economist

Locked up tight

<b>The problem of prison overcrowding</b><p>PRISONS are not meant to be nice places. But allowing inmates a certain amount of space is good practice, even in …

GCHQ: inside the top secret world of Britain's biggest spy agency | US news | theguardian.com

The Economist

The Economist

The right kind of happy

THE Greek founders of philosophy constantly debated how best to live the good life. Some contended that personal pleasure is the key. Others pointed …

Sin-free ale

DEDICATED drinkers may struggle to see the point of non-alcoholic beer, but it is growing in popularity around the world. Last year 2.2 billion …

Alcohol

Revenge of the nerds

THINK of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and …

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Everest climbing rules 'to be tightened'

<b>Expeditions on Mount Everest will be more closely monitored than before from next year, the BBC has learned.</b><p>Nepalese officials say that for the first time, a government team will be located at the base camp.<p>They will monitor and help expedition teams, coordinate rescues and protect the …

Mountaineering

How will Uruguay’s marijuana law work?

ON JULY 31st the lower house of Uruguay’s congress narrowly voted to legalise the production, sale and consumption of marijuana (cannabis). The bill …