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New York City’s Subway Stations Need $5 Billion In Repairs

In addition to being hellishly hot, smelly, and full of rats, New York City’s subway stations have structural flaws–a whole lot of them, according to a new report.<p>Of the city’s 468 stations, only 51 were free of structural and architectural defects, reveals the report, released Thursday by New York …

Beautifully Meditative Study of Monochromatic Water in Motion

This untitled work by photographer Arno de Pooter is a beautiful study of liquid movement that reveals the amazingly subtle details and differences of splashing water. Viewers may find themselves mesmerized by the monochromatic textures, patterns, and forms that occur throughout each unique …

Art

D.C.’s Elevated Park Might Be Better Than The High Line

A shortlist of designs for D.C.’s answer to the High Line is under consideration now. Waterfalls and trampolines, yes please!<p>Washington, D.C. plans to transform its abandoned rail infrastructure into a vibrant recreational destination, following the lead of so many other metropolises. A new batch …

Archaeologists Discover Two Long Lost Ancient Maya Cities in Jungle of Mexico

In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Want to work smarter, not harder? Learn from the best.<p>Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me,</i> …

Outstanding Entries to the Smithsonian Wilderness Forever Photo Contest

In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was passed on September 3, 1964, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has opened “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places,” a photography exhibition that features juried selections from …

Nature Photography

Can the Los Angeles River Start a New Chapter?

An ambitious, year-long civic engagement project wants Angelenos to play along their waterway.<p>At a time when politicians and developers see the historically neglected Los Angeles River as ripe for change and development, an arts collective wants to use the concept of play and community engagement …

Los Angeles

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Design

Beautifully Abstract Landscapes of Iceland from Above

<i>Iceland from Above</i> is a stunning collection of photographs that captures the beauty of Iceland from an aerial view. Created by photographer Lukas Gawenda, the unique compositions take viewers on a journey throughout the country from high above the waterfalls, rivers, mountaintops, and …

Photography

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Creativity is developed, not a birthright.<p>Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any …

The Look And The Legend Of Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, nicknamed "The Look," was one of the last remaining vestiges of the golden age of Hollywood — with the mythology, unique beauty, and gravitas of all classic stars. In the wake of her death, this is how her legacy came to be and how it will live on.<p>Lauren Bacall was a woman of sharp …

Will these blowholes end the world?

The end of the world could be starting right now — in a frozen Siberian wasteland known as Yamal. It translates as “The End of the Land”.<p>The first …

Collider Reveals First Glimpse of Higgs Boson at Work

An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart mass to other particles.<p>The Higgs boson particle, which was detected for the first time in 2012, is essentially tossed around like a ball between two …

House in Maleny, Australia by Bark Design Architects

Remarkable Architecture With A Strong Connection To The Landscape.<p>Bark Design Architects designed this beautiful glass house in Maleny, Australia. …

How to be a Tourist in Your Own City and Capture Remarkable Photos

Many years ago, I was in Manaus, the humid, bustling city in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. There I was chatting with a local guy and asked him …

10 Vacations To Take With Your BFF

BAZAAR's edit of the best places to go with your girlfriends.<p><i>BAZAAR</i>'s edit of the best places to go with your girlfriends.

Beautiful Photos Depict Quiet Moments Throughout New York

No matter where you look, the streets of New York City are almost always filled with hundreds and thousands of people. But, in the 1960's, American photographer Duane Michals found the rare and quiet moments along back alleys, inside offices and shops, and riding in a subway car, where not a single …

Photography

A Guide to Identifying Your Home Décor Style

Many of us peruse home décor books, magazines, websites, and blogs and like much of what we see there…but when it comes to decorating our own homes, …

Interior Design

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Speedboat

Félicité Island Is The Perfect Remote Escape

Small, densely forested and surrounded by idyllic blue waters, Félicité Island is the perfect place to get away from it all.<p>The island sits four kilometers east of La Digue Island in the Seychelles and was once a coconut plantation. Today the island is home to a tiny, remote resort that …

The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal - in pictures

The Gurung tribespeople of Nepal have been collecting honey from Himalayan cliffs for centuries, but now their lifestyle is under threat from commercialisation and tours offering visitors a chance to 'join a honey hunt'. Photographer Andrew Newey spent two weeks living with the Gurung in central …

Climate billionaire aims for 2016

California billionaire Tom Steyer turned heads in Washington with the news that he plans to spend $100 million to help make climate change a defining issue in this year’s elections.<p>But it gets even bigger: The hedge fund executive turned green activist might be willing to lay out even more than …

Associated Press News

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

50 Highly Anticipated Films At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

From a drama starring two recent SNL favorites to a documentary about Mitt Romney to plenty of zombies, there are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year's premier Park City-set independent film fest. In no particular order!<p><b>Correction:</b> <i>It turns out, director Sophie Hyde did shoot</i> …

Kangaroo in 400-year-old manuscript could change Australian history

A 16th century manuscript featuring an image that looks like a kangaroo could prove that Portuguese explorers discovered Australia before the first recorded European landing in 1606<p>A drawing of a kangaroo on a 16th century Portuguese manuscript could potentially change the world's understanding of</b> …