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This Moroccan City Is Completely Covered in Ethereal Blue Paint

Chefchaouen is the stuff of dreams — but it's real.<p>As people who love color, we're always looking out for rooms that employ vibrant decor. But entire cities that embrace our love of saturated hues? Now you've got us excited.<p>Chefchaouen is a town in northwest Morocco that is best known for its …

15th century

How railroads, highways and other man-made lines racially divide America’s cities

Like many metaphors, "the other side of the tracks" was originally a literal epithet. Blacks were often historically restricted to neighborhoods separated from whites by railroads, turning the tracks into iron barriers of race and class.<p>In many cities, these dividing lines persist to this day — a …

Urban Design

Britain's best nudist or naturist beaches

You have to feel sorry for British naturists like myself. Unlike nude bathing hotspots in Formentera and Corsica, we’re relegated to B-list beaches and windswept coves.<p>Personally I blame Sid James. The Carry On series painted naturism as a slap’n’tickle rain-fest. In fact, all nude bathers really …

10 of the world’s best natural wonders … that you’ve probably never heard of

Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves is a rare chance to step into the heart of a glacier. The 12-mile-long stretch of ice (it is getting shorter every day, because of global warming) near Juneau …

Trails

The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools

<i>Nishith Sharma is the co-founder of frrole, a social intelligence startup.</i><p>Raw data is boring and it’s difficult to make sense of it in its natural form. Add visualization to it and you get something that everybody can easily digest. Not only you can make sense of it faster, but you can also observe …

Why You Should Reconsider Your Hatred of Transit Transfers, in 2 Infographics

A brief lesson on how bus and rail connections save time.<p>A classic public transit lesson from Jarrett Walker is getting some renewed attention at CityMetric, and deservedly so. Walker uses two infographics to explain why people should reconsider their hatred of making bus or train transfers. In …

End of the line for India’s national railways?

Justin Rowlatt<p><b>India is a trainspotter's paradise.</b><p>The rail network has more than 9,000 locomotives - 43 of which are still steam-powered. This vast fleet pulls almost half a million wagons and more than 60,000 passenger coaches over 115,000 or so kilometres (70,000 miles) of track.<p>The railways …

India

Improve Your Photography Skills with These 9 Photo Composition Tips by Steve McCurry

Looking to up your photography game? Luckily, the Cooperative of Photography has created a fantastic video on photographic composition using tips and images by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the nine pointers is illustrated with examples from McCurry's stunning portfolio. Read on …

Photography

Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles

GalleryRamen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles<p><b>Ramen in the U.S. has come a long way.</b> Once known only in its 10-for-a-dollar instant-lunch form—a staple of offices and dorm rooms all around the '80s and '90s—high-end <i>real</i> ramen shops are springing up left and right on both coasts …

Sharing Copenhagen

København vil være en af verdens grønneste, mest ressourceeffektive og attraktive byer at leve i – men vi kan kun indfri den ambition gennem …

Pulitzer Winning Photographer David Turnley’s Advice to a Class of Photojournalism Students

I had a wonderful opportunity today in that I got to enjoy the company of Pulitzer Prize-winner photojournalist David Turnley in the setting of my …

10 incredible natural phenomena

Glow-in-the-dark plants? Stripey iceburgs? Graihagh Jackson seeks out Mother Nature's most fascinating natural phenomena...<p>1. Starling murmuration, UK<p>…

Nature

‘Catchingcorners’: Photographer Searches for the 90º Angle in Things from His Everyday Life

Russian photographer Zhenya Aerohockey has created a photo series titled <i>Catchingcorners</i>. In it, he documents everyday objects in such a way that …

World’s First ‘Layer-Lapse’ Combines Different Times into Each Shot of Boston

A few days ago we featured the work of a photographer who layered different times of day into single photos. Photographer Julian Tryba‘s recent …

Five Tips For Capturing That Perfect Lightning Photo

At the young age of 24, photographer and time lapse creator Michael Shainblum has already created an impressive resume. His photography and timelapse …

The Age of Megacities

The world is a crowded place, with more than 7 billion people on the planet as of 2014. About half of this population lives in urban areas, and …

Hanoi: is it possible to grow a city without slums?

A policy of legalising unplanned structures if they meet minimum standards means new arrivals to the Vietnamese capital can build homes without official permission, and get basic services<p>To an outsider, Hanoi can seem like a city trying to consume itself. Jackhammers chatter and circular saws whine …

Famous wine myths busted

Flutes for champagne? A heavy bottle is best? Many wine 'rules’ are myths that do little except create confusion<p>Do you drink your champagne at room temperature? A recent study by the University of Reims suggests that <b>it might be better to do so because champagne served at 64F (18C) is likely to form</b> …

Designing cities and factories with urban agriculture in mind

The Netherlands offers inspiration for designers looking to create environments that harvest water, energy and nutrients<p>Urban farms are transforming inner city spaces – rooftops, infrastructure, streetscapes, building skin – into generative ecologies that support the lives of people, and …

Farming

Bangkok Train juicer

Getting to Know Your DSLR: Part One

Today’s article is aimed at the newcomers amongst you, both to Lightstalking and to photography itself. Today we are going to take a look at getting …

Rare Beatles Pictures

Early photographs of the Beatles from 1964<p>On February 11, 1964 over eight thousand frenzied Beatles fans packed themselves into the Washington …