Nazia Tabassum

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Converted Minivan Rides the Rails Through Vaser Valley in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania

The Vaser Valley Railway is a narrow passageway through forest of the Carpathian Mountains in rural Mamures County in northern Romania. Much of the …

Romania

Calling all cat lovers - fancy living rent-free on a stunning Greek island with 55 cats?

Calling all cat lovers - fancy getting paid to look after rescued moggies on a beautiful Greek island and live rent free? Well, this could be the …

Pets

The Tacticlip, A Multi-Tool Hair Clip

This is the Tacticlip, a small minimalist multi-tool in the form of a hairclip. $10 will get you a pack of four of the TSA approved multi-tools …

Multi-tools

Pasta Chef Handcrafts Rainbow-Colored Noodles Using All-Natural Ingredients

Pasta powerhouse Linda Miller Nicholson reimagines the likes of bowtie, ravioli, and tortellini in the most colorful of ways. She handcrafts the variety of mouth-watering rainbow pasta from scratch and uses plant-based ingredients to transform the dough into a full spectrum of unconventional hues. …

Italian Food

8 Reasons to Grow a Beard, According to a 19th Century Book

It was the summer of 1940, just weeks after a narrow escape by the British armies at Dunkirk, and the United Kingdom was braced for the onslaught of …

Beards

10 Science-Backed Tips for Getting a Cat to Like You

Like so many other humans, you might find cats to be mysterious creatures. But believe it or not, it’s not that hard to make friends with a feline, …

Sweden's Legendary Lake Monster

Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, Lake Champlain in New York/Vermont/Quebec has Champ, and Sweden has it's own monster called Storsjöodjuret, which …

Paranormal

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

The center subject of this photograph, circa 1900, is Ismat al-Muluk, granddaughter of the King of Persia Nasir al-Din Shah, along with some family …

Harvard

What Kittens Do To Your Brain

(YouTube link)<p>Cats are so devious, they've fooled humans into loving them. Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate Shannon Odell explains the mechanism in our …

Neuroscience

TV For Cats

5 hours ago<p>Do you ever wonder what trouble your cat is getting into while you're out for the day? Well, Wildlife photographer Paul Dinning has …

10 Wildlife Livestreams You Can Watch 24/7

With new technology such as drones and remote recording, wildlife documentary makers are able to capture special moments between animals without disturbing their habitat. And if you’ve already watched all the classic nature documentaries like <i>Planet Earth</i>, <i>Blue Planet</i>, and <i>March of the Penguins</i>, don’t …

Wildlife

Listen to the Mournful Wails of Planets and Moons

A saturnine soundtrack.<p>Before NASA’s <i>Cassini</i> spacecraft burned up in Saturn’s atmosphere in September 2017, it captured a massive trove of data, …

Manchester’s Giant Lamp Installation Shines a Light on the City’s Rich History

London-based studio Acrylicize is the design team behind Manchester, England’s newest piece of <b>public art</b>—five giant lamp sculptures situated in Piccadilly Place. Each piece was built to honor and represent a specific time in Manchester’s rich history, as well as celebrate what’s to come. Ranging …

Art Deco

Incredible Bioluminescent Sea Sparkles Cause a Glowing Shore in Wales

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. The glowing sea isn't the result of Photoshop, but some of nature's smallest organisms. Captured off the coast of North Wales by photographer Kris Williams, the phenomenon is caused by <b>bioluminescent plankton</b>. Though typically found in the warm waters of the …

Nature

Interactive Map Lets You Pinpoint Your Address on Earth Millions of Years Ago

Ever wonder where your house was located 300 million years ago? Thanks to software engineer Ian Webster, now you can. His interactive map tracks how the globe has changed over the course of the last 750 million years as tectonic plates caused landmasses to shift. And in a clever twist, the website …

Geology

All 14,325 Places in the Atlas on One Map

The definitive map of the world’s extraordinary sights.<p>Atlas Obscura catalogues the most unusual, surprising, and amazing places around the world, …

Weird

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Artist Uses Resin to Create Miniature Koi Ponds That Look Just Like the Real Thing

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own koi pond but didn’t want the hassle of daily maintenance, perhaps the resin art of Erika Voss (aka Scratched And Burnt) is the next best thing. At first glance, each piece looks like it contains real, miniature koi carp, swimming around their little …

Fish

Happy Birthday NHS - born in Greater Manchester

Seventy years ago today the NHS was born, marking the dawn of a new era for British society.<p>For the first time ever, people was able to access …

An ice cream van is driving up onto the moors to give out free cones and lollies to exhausted firefighters

Exhausted fire crews were given welcome relief when an ice cream van arrived on the moors with free cones and lollies.<p>Queues formed as the weary …

The world's pretty messed up, so here's a bunch of tiny-weeny cheetahs

If you've yet to fill your quota of daily spluttering over baby animals, this should tip you right over the edge.<p>A group of six newborn cheetah cubs …

The iNaturalist App Is Like Shazam for Plants, Animals, and Insects

The planet is home to approximately 8.7 million species, with plenty more still waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a biology expert or a nature …

The Real Hogsmeade Station Is Seeking a 'Wizarding Prefect' to Lead Harry Potter-Themed Tours

Even if you're well past wizarding school age, you still have a chance to see the Hogwarts Express in person. As <i>Travel + Leisure</i> reports, one of the …

Yoga and Meditation May Lead to an Inflated Ego

If you’ve been exasperated for years by that one self-righteous, yoga-obsessed friend, take note: Regular yoga practitioners experience inflated egos …

Charting the Relative Size of Marvel Superheroes

In honor of the upcoming release of <i>Ant-Man and the Wasp</i>, Marvel has created an animation that charts the relative size of Marvel superheroes, …

Rare Bee Species Makes Colorful Nests From Flower Petals

With the news of a global decline in bee populations, many people are working to help save the precious pollinators from extinction. But it’s not just humans that are making an effort—one particular type of bee has its own special way of protecting its rare species. Known as <i>Osmia avosetta</i>, these …

Insects

Chef Creates Mind-Bending Food Illusions Where Nothing on the Plate Is What It Seems

Things are not what they seem on the plates of chef Ben Churchill. His food art is an ongoing series of optical illusions that conceal delicious desserts under the guise that they’re inanimate objects or completely different dishes. Churchill is a master at forming his pannacotta, sponge cakes, and …

Dessert

Found: 3 Poisonous Books in a University Library

Their green covers meant danger.<p>The librarians at the University of Southern Denmark weren’t looking for poison. They just wanted to read the scraps …

The Healing Power of the Cat Purr

Good news for cat lovers! Snuggling up to your furry companion can actually be good for you. Because their purr vibrations are in the 20 to 140 Hz …

Go glamping in the fjords of Norway - Vacations & Travel Magazine

There is no longer any need to choose between a calm coastal escape and a stunning Scandinavian adventure thanks to Off the Map Travel's arctic …