Nancy Anadio

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Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

Middle East

Danger and death are never far away as the Syrian capital tries to cling to normal life

Photograph: Mohammed Eyad/NurPhoto/Corbis<p>Civilians react to shelling in Damascus.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/12/1442068632867/184affdc-aa87-4c91-9782-61164b6ad28d-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Mohammed Eyad/NurPhoto/Corbis<p>Civilians react to shelling in …

Artist Crafts Incredibly Realistic Gigantic Flowers Out of Paper

San Francisco-based artist Tiffanie Turner has had a lifelong obsession with botanicals, expressing her adoration in the form of incredibly realistic paper flowers. Using delicate crepe material, she crafts soft-looking petals that have the same creases, folds, and postures to convincingly mimic …

The fortune-teller of Kabul | May Jeong

For centuries mystics have channelled the hopes and fears of Afghans. With the nation in turmoil, their services are as popular as ever. But can they survive the latest crackdown by religious hardliners?<p>Last November, Abdullah Sharifi visited a spirit medium. By his own admission, Sharifi was the …

Gorgeous Landscapes Reveal the Idyllic Tranquility of Japan

Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki has captured the idyllic landscapes of Japan in a remarkably tranquil light. Between the quiet foggy rivers, peaceful rice fields, and twilight at Mt. Fuji, there's something for everyone who's looking for a visually relaxing utopia. “My photographs are like Japanese …

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

A new kind of glass could create next-gen OLEDs and solar cells

For a long time, one of the key defining factors of glasses has been their molecular randomness; but when a team at the University of Chicago, led by …

Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' wears a hoodie, wows fans in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a “Hamlet” for our time in London in a production that played to his strengths, dresses up Shakespeare for a younger crowd and had the British actor’s fans roaring in approval at the end.<p>Actor Benedict Cumberbatch performs in Director Lyndsey …

Panda Cubs Make Debut Appearance in Ya’an China

Asia

Inside the mind of a mazemaker

With more than 700 creations, Adrian Fisher is the world's most prolific maze designer. He explains what goes into those twists and turns – and why we love feeling so confused.<p>In the 36 years that Adrian Fisher has been in business, he has created every kind of maze imaginable – from simple, …

Great Britain

3D-Printed Chess Set Turns Each Piece into a Miniature Planter

The MicroPlanter Chess Set reimagines the classic board game by cleverly combining it with nature. Its creators, XYZ Workshop, were inspired by Bauhaus-style chess pieces and designed them as miniature planters that can each hold a different herb or succulent. This gives every piece its own unique …

Islamic State doesn't destroy all antiquities -- it saves some to sell on the black market

The war against antiquities being waged by<p>Islamic Statemilitants is part of a codified, systematic campaign of cultural annihilation, experts say, that reached a new apex with the demolition of a 1st century temple in Syria.<p>The Sunni Muslim extremists' appetite for destruction of priceless …

Islam

21 Watermelon Sculptures That Are Too Skillfully Crafted to Eat

Artists across the globe have utilized watermelons as an unexpected canvas for their imaginative creations. For centuries, fruit carving has been a respected art in Thailand and was used solely for decorating royal tables. Now, this uncommon skill has been adopted by others who see watermelons as …

Sculpture

Mesmerizing Macro Photos of Cats’ Eyes by Andrew Marttila

Philadelphia-based photographer and self-described “crazy cat man” Andrew Marttila specializes in capturing beautifully expressive portraits of adorable felines. His latest work includes a series of macro shots that zoom in on cats' eyes, showing every minute detail of the creature's colorful iris …

Digital pen is better dementia-prediction tool than a doctor

A new dementia-prediction tool could diagnose conditions earlier, and with greater accuracy by using digital pen technology.<p>Alzheimer's disease and …

15 Gorgeously Designed Henna Tattoos with Unbelievably Intricate Patterns

For thousands of years, the art of henna (called <i>mehndi</i> in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. The henna plant is crushed and mixed with other ingredients into a paste, which can then be applied to the skin in dazzlingly intricate patterns. Once the …

Body Art

The secrets of extraordinary survivors

When faced with trauma, some people manage to emerge stronger than ever. How do they manage it? Michael Bond investigates.<p>Eugenie is telling me the story of the end of her life. At least, it is the end of the life she used to know.<p>Three years ago, government soldiers came to her home in Kinshasa in …

Civilians killed as separatists warn of return to 'full scale' war in Ukraine

Ceasefire feared close to collapse as Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists accuse one another of readying new offensives.<p>Several civilians were killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine on Sunday night, amid a surge in violence that has raised fears of a return to full-scale hostilities …

Bangkok bomb: Explosion close to Erawan shrine kills at least 12 people - latest updates

The Erawan shrine has reopened after Monday's attack which killed 20 but police have yet to establish the nationality of the individual responsible. Follow latest developments here<p><b>• Bomber did not 'do it alone' and 'part of network'</b> <b><br>• Warrant issued for 'unnamed foreigner'</b> <b><br>• Not known if bomber still</b> …