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21 world wonders that you're not supposed to visit

Arthur Conan Doyle

Free Online Photography Courses

These free online photography courses can help you adjust your lens, frame your subject, fix your lighting, and edit your photos. Whether you're …

Chicken Escabèche

You know what your Tuesday-night chicken wants? An irresistible tangy-sweet bath.<p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon cumin seeds<p>1 tablespoon coriander seeds<p>⅓ cup plus 2 Tbsp. olive oil<p>1 medium onion, chopped<p>1 medium carrot, peeled, chopped<p>6 garlic cloves, smashed<p>1 bay leaf<p>⅔ cup sherry vinegar or red wine …

Bay Leaf

How to Photograph Stars: Camera Settings and Techniques

Photographing stars and the night sky is completely different than photographing during regular daylight or even the Golden Hour. Most of the …

Landscape Photography

No diet, no detox: how to relearn the art of eating

Our relationship with food has become disordered and obsessive. As the new year brings diet madness, it needn’t be such a struggle to learn good eating habits<p>So many of our anxieties around diet take the form of a search for the perfect food, the one that will cure all our ills. Eat this! Don’t eat …

Eating less meat isn’t just good for you, it could save the planet

The UK and US are reviewing their dietary guidelines – this is an opportunity to tackle climate change via people’s plates<p>The food writer Michael Pollan summed up how to eat healthily: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”<p>It is unlikely that when the British and American governments issue new …

Exotic origins of Roman Londoners revealed by DNA analysis of bones

Museum of London study into skeletal remains of four of the earliest Londoners discovers how they lived - and died<p>The exotic origins and disastrous teeth of a group of Roman Londoners have been uncovered in a landmark analysis of DNA and other skeletal evidence which revealed their ancestry, hair …

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

Astronomy

Revealed: The secret menu items you didn’t know you could order at McDonald's

Glasgow cinema criticised for cancelling screening of Islam-themed film

The Islamic Society of Britain speaks out against the cancellation of the screening of The Message following the receipt of a petition signed by fewer than 100 protestors<p>A Scottish cinema has been criticised for cancelling a screening of the 1977 Islam-themed film The Message, despite receiving …

Adele says stardom was like an 'out-of-body experience'

In an interview to be published in the Observer on Sunday, the singer opens up about the pressure she felt under after 21’s success<p>Adele has opened up about how her rise to global superstardom affected her life. In an interview in Observer Music, a magazine to be published with the newspaper on 15 …

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

It's early January, and that means it's time for the Quadrantid meteor shower to peak. Despite winter weather that might cloud the skies in some areas, forecasters say this year's event is worth getting up for, citing lunar conditions that will darken the night sky.<p>If you haven't heard of the …

Portraits Made Electric by Luminescent Neon Paint

Flecks of vivid neon paint glow brilliantly off faces and shoulders in this series of portraits by Portuguese photographer Hid Saib. At times, the glowing paint seems like the scattered embers of a fire or an explosive shower of sparks racing across the cheeks of the model. In other instances, the …

Northern Lights

The 50 Best Movies for Kids

Check out some of the best kid-friendly films of all time.<p>Whether you're planning a family movie night or looking for some kid-friendly entertainment options while you and your partner have a date night (or, let's be honest, catch an extra hour of sleep on the weekend!), nothing spoils the fun like …

Inuit Families Photographed At The End Of The Earth

Imagine a world far far away from the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the world's major cities, a place so harsh and isolated that only a few …

Mobile Tiny Tack House Is Entirely Built By Hand! And Looks Gorgeous…

A lavish villa just a stone’s throw away from the ocean or a stunning residence that overlooks fabulous mountains capped in snow are what most of us …

Sustainability

Of Squirrels and Men: How We Moved Squirrels Into Our Cities

It’s hard to imagine, but before the nineteenth century, there were no squirrels in Central Park or Harvard Square or Lafayette Park. Today, squirrels are all around us, not just in parks but everywhere. They go about their business as we go about ours, invisible to one another though we tread the …

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4MATIC

Mercedes downsizes the E-class's diesel option.<p>TESTED<p>The idea of a four-cylinder diesel in a Mercedes E-class sedan might seem a little heretical to dedicated aficionados of the Benz chronicles. If you ignore the GLK250 BlueTec introduced for 2013, Mercedes hasn’t offered a four-cylinder diesel in …

From artists to politicians, a selection of the best portraits by Guardian photographers this year http://gu.com/p/3yege/fb

Why Do We Burp and Fart (So Much)?!

Billion Star Sky Surveyor Launches

Changing Planet<p>Europe’s Gaia Space Telescope promises to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way galaxy ever attempted. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier<p><b>Astronomers plan on rewriting the star-charts with the latest space telescope, which aims at unlocking the secrets behind</b> …

Astrophysics

Ancient Incest Uncovered in Neanderthal Genome

Data from fossil toe bone points to surprising interbreeding among early humans.<p><b>Data obtained from a Neanderthal woman's toe bone points to incest and inbreeding among early humans, an international genetics team reported on Wednesday.</b><p><b>The fossil's genetic map, or genome, reported from Denisova cave</b> …

Anthropology

Watch for Ursid meteors

Ursid meteor shower active each year around December solstice. In 2017, the peak is probably Friday morning, December 22.<p>Start watching for Ursid …

500px Blog

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Beautifully Intimate X-Ray Portraits of Different Couples

Artists Saiko Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi have taken photos of couples to an entirely new level with these incredibly intimate <i>X-Ray Portraits</i>. The two student artists used CT scans and X-ray machines to document pairs of people within very close proximity. The skeletons seem cold and lonely, yet the …

Loneliness

The Science Behind Man Surviving Underwater for Three Days

How did a man survive underwater for three days without food or water? Turns out an air bubble helps.<p><b>How did a man trapped in the depths of the sea survive for three days in conditions that surely should have killed him?</b><p><b>Turns out that an air bubble was Harrison Okene's savior.</b><p>The Nigerian man had …

Scuba Diving

This Photo of Morgan Freeman Will Blow Your Mind, Because It’s not a Photo at All

One of the most recent videos to go extremely viral over the past several days involves a behind the scenes look at how a portrait of Morgan Freeman …

Oldest ever human DNA found in Spain, raises new questions about evolution

<i>Artist's interpretation of the human ancestors who lived near Sima de los Huesos.</i><p>A fossil discovered in a Spanish cave has given researchers the oldest human DNA found to date. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, the DNA comes from a femur bone and is believed to be around 400,000 years old. But while …