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100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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The Coolest Places On Earth To Read A Book

Between museum visits and sightseeing, traveling can be a tiring sport. What better way to take a break than settle down somewhere beautiful and historic with a book?<p>Whether it's your vacation book, a travel guide or your handy map, take a time out with your reading material and enjoy your …

Travels on the Run: Florence

From Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, topped by Filippo Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome, I pound cobbled streets through the Piazza della Signoria and its replica of David.<p>Along the arched colonnade of the Uffizi, a line of Renaissance-era glitterati stare down from stone perches—Michelangelo …

Where the Nazis Hid Their Art: The Castle Behind ‘Monuments Men’

Built by a mad king and copied by Disney, Neuschwanstein Castle held Hitler’s stash of priceless artworks—until the true-life Monuments Men liberated …

Saddam’s Jewish Treasures

These priceless Hebrew artifacts were rescued from Hussein’s notorious intelligence service. And now, they’re about to go back to Iraq—just as the …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

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Bronze Age graves discovered near Monreith

11/14/2013 07:00:00 PM<p>An archaeological investigation on a Machars farm has uncovered three rare Bronze Age cists or burial chambers, one with the …

Cannibal Neanderthals in northern Spain ate neighbours

11/25/2013 05:00:00 PM<p>Scientists have discovered the remains of a group of Neanderthals in northern Spain who were butchered and eaten by a group of …

6,400 year-old burials found in Spanish cave

11/24/2013 07:00:00 PM<p>Excavations in Can Sadurní cave (Begues, Barcelona) have discovered four human skeletons dated at about 6,400 years ago which …

Why I don’t take pictures when I travel

The mother giraffe reached to the top of the tree, pulled off a leafy branch, and then bent down to give it to her child. We sat dead silent in the …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Tutankhamun's sister goes missing

Alert issued after 'Daughter of the Pharaoh Akhenaten' - Tutankhamun's sister - is stolen alongside hundreds of other exhibits in Egypt<p><b>Egypt</b> has issued an international alert for the return of an exquisite statuette of Tutankhamun's sister, stolen with hundreds of other exhibits when a museum was …

Death in the Amazon

MINUTES before its planned release on September 25th a judge in Ecuador blocked the distribution of “A Tragedy Hidden Away”, a book detailing a …

Mystery of King Tut's Death Solved? Maybe Not

King Tut's chariot crashed and later his mummy burned, says an upcoming TV show.<p><b>King Tutankhamun was just a teenager when he died. For an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, presumably well fed and fiercely protected, this was a premature demise.</b><p>It was also momentous, for his death meant the beginning of the …

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Fabulous figurines reveal secrets of ancient Africa

Secrets of sixty remarkable clay figurines - up to 1,400-years-old and excavated by archaeologists from The Universities of Ghana and Manchester, and …

The Clovis Point and the Discovery of America’s First Culture

When Edgar B. Howard heard that a road crew in eastern New Mexico had stumbled across a cache of big ancient bones, he dropped everything and grabbed …

Here’s Why Nearly Half of Japanese Women Under 24 Aren’t Interested in Sex

In Japan, men and women are declaring, “<i>Mendokusai</i>!”—”It’s too troublesome!”—about relationships, reports the <i>Guardian.</i> Women are avoiding …

15th C. Californians Were Not Welcomed Home

DAVIS, CALIFORNIA—Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have analyzed the bones and teeth of three men whose remains were discovered …

Was Homo erectus More Like Baboons Than Chimps?

DMANISI, GEORGIA—Science writer Carl Zimmer writes in the <i>New York Times</i> that, if the analysis of the skull found at the site of Dmanisi in Georgia is …

Social Media is So Old Even the Romans Had It

What do ancient graffiti, Renaissance pamphlets, and English coffeehouses have in common? They are all forms of social media. Nick Romeo reviews a …

The Best Places To Go In 2014, According To Lonely Planet

Each year, we look forward to Lonely Planet's take on the next places to visit. Their book, out Tuesday, highlights the best of the best of travel--countries and cities to visit, the best budget spots, the best family spots, everything. We're kind of obsessed.<p>They were kind enough to give us a look …

Shake: Hilarious High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson | Colossal

<p>Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson who used a high speed camera to capture …

45 Vintage Photos Of Manhattan In The 1940s

His works have been donated to and maintained by Cushman's alma mater Indiana University, which has kindly given us permission to publish his gallery of New York City photos taken in 1941 and 1942.<p>They give a great impression of what Chinatown, the Financial District, and Midtown looked like 70 …

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Paris Journal VIII: Felix Vallotton

If you've never heard of Felix Vallotton, think Manet and Ingres, Edvard Munch, Strindberg (who he recalls in a succession of woodcuts devoted to scenes of domestic strife "Les Intimites"), Zola (who he painted) and Vuillard and Bonnard who constituted the group, Les Nabis, of which he was a …