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Government crackdown on VPN services has many in China scrambling to bypass the 'Great Firewall'

VPNs - which route internet traffic to servers in other locations - are a popular tool on the mainland because Beijing restricts ­access to a wide range of websites it deems undesirable, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.<p>But some service providers have been shut down since the authorities …

Privacy

A mindfulness expert reveals 7 essential attitudinal qualities for a peaceful and productive life

What’s the secret to feeling calm and focused?<p>It’s not an easy question to answer.<p>So, why do Buddhist monks appear peaceful and present all the …

101 Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Lao Tzu was an ancient philosopher and writer who founded the philosophical framework for Taoism, which has had a huge influence on Chinese …

Five Ideas From Buddhism That Everyone Should Know About

Buddhism is variously described as a spiritual tradition, a religion and a philosophy.<p>Now I can't possibly do justice to the ancient wisdom of …

Australia's Great Barrier Reef at Risk

The health of the largest ecosystem on Earth is in danger. On Wednesday, UNESCO World Heritage delegates will announce whether they will place the Great Barrier Reef on a list of endangered World Heritage sites—a move the Australian government wishes to avoid. The 1,200-mile-long reef brings in …

Australia

The end of capitalism has begun

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian<p>The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during …

10 Unusual and Awesome Hotels for Your Travel Bucket List

When it comes to finding the perfect hotel for an upcoming vacation, there are many factors that can go into your decision. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon destination, babymoon locale or just somewhere to get away with your BFF or S.O., location, amenities and budget are just a few of the …

Hospitality

Draw like an artist: go from "I can't draw" to "handmade art for sale"

Boing Boing-beloved artist Chris Locke (previously) writes, "World-famous artist and middle-school art teacher Christopher Locke has published a new …

Digital Art

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The work of Deih in Iceland with @urbannationberlin #streetart @deih.xlf @icelandairwaves

Aruba

Multilayered Wooden Table Mimics the Soothing Depths of the Sea

Christopher Duffy of Duffy London designs furniture that infuses a sense of whimsy and wonder into each unconventional form. Over the past few years, he and his team have created imaginative tables that are supported by both balloons and falling dominoes. Now, Duffy London has expanded their array …

Furniture

Animals of the week: 5 August 2016

Plitvice Lakes of Croatia is Easily one of the Most Beautiful places on the Planet

Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, …

European Travel

Robot Samurai

Under Black Lights, Models Star in Psychedelic Photos

As soon as he stepped into the cosmic cave of Magnus Sodamin’s art installation ‘Infinity Split’, Miami-based photographer Alex Markow knew right …

In the Livestream Era, 'the Trauma Is Widespread'

In 1973, the critic Susan Sontag wrote about viewing, for the first time, photographs of World War II concentration camps: “One’s first encounter …

Government

Nine-Foot Tall Sand Sculpture of Elephant Playing Chess with a Mouse – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Art

37 Wise Quotes That Will Inspire Your Happiness and Success

When you feel uninspired, take a few minutes to read the words of some very inspiring people.<p>We all want to be happy and successful, but no matter how positive we try to be, sometimes events can overtake us--bringing us down. When you feel uninspired, take a few minutes to read the words of some …

Motivation

The Winners of the Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest

<i>Smithsonian</i> magazine has just announced the winning entries in their 13th annual photo contest, selected from more than 46,000 entries sent in from 168 countries. They've shared the Grand Prize winner here, as well as the winning shots from the competition's six categories: The Natural World, …

Sustainability

An Artist Infused Colour Into A 100-YO Black & White Photo And The Result Is Beyond Stunning

Black-and-white photos have their own charm but they often make us wonder the alternative – would the people or objects captured look different in …

Revealing Color Photographs of Early 1900s Germany Resemble the Innocence of a Children's Picture Book

In a stunning collection of over 800 photographs, <i>Germany Around 1900: A Portrait in Colour</i> gives an accurate glimpse at a country full of promise, at the turn-of-the-century. Economy booming, and social outlook at an all time high, these rose-tinted snapshots show a progressive and cosmopolitan …

Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic Magazine just announce the winners of this year's photo contest. The Grand Prize Winner, James Smart, will receive $10,000 and a three-day trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar. Gathered …

Nature