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50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

WATCH: A Death-Defying Climb To The Top Of Shanghai Tower

A pair of daredevils, a Russian and a Ukrainian, scales the as-yet-unfinished Shanghai Tower, the world's second-tallest building.<p>As Russia Today writes:<p>"Donning army camos, black hoodies and face masks, Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov evoke a Black Bloc aesthetic and an even more nonchalant …

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

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Edmonton architect Vivian Manasc’s 19th-story rooftop penthouse is a bright spot—and a model green building—in a city where...<p>I've known about Paperless Post for a while now; this past wedding season, a handful of Save-the-Dates arrived in my email inbox...<p>To kick off the new schedule, we thought …

Mother's Heartwarming Photos of Sons with Farm Animals

Russian photographer and mother of two boys Elena Shumilova captures heartwarming images of her sons interacting with various animals on their farm, including dogs, rabbits, cats, and ducklings. She manages to transport the viewer into a fairy tale-like world with her photos of these little guys …

Singapore's Beautifully Soulful Willow House

Built in Singapore, the <i>Willow House</i> is an open and airy home designed to invite as much of the outdoors inside. Created by Guz Architects, the home rests atop a small hill and was built to capture as much of Singapore's seldom wind and cross breeze as possible. To do this, the architects left the …

My Age of Anxiety

• <b>Author:</b> Scott Stossel<p><b>A riveting, revelatory, and moving account of the author’s struggles with anxiety, and of the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition</b> <br>As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Warren Buffett's secrets uncovered by new study

Is Warren Buffett's success as an investor the result of luck or skill?<p>Is Warren Buffett's success as an investor the result of luck or skill? That's the question two analysts at AQR Capital Management, one of the world's largest and most sophisticated hedge funds, and a professor at New York …

365 Ways To Get Rich

<b>From the Forbes 2014 Investment Guide, wealth building tips to last you through the year. (For more detailed advice, click on the link in each tip.)</b><p>#1<br>Sir John Templeton: “Invest at the point of maximum pessimism.”<p>#2<br>Don’t mistake a low P/E ratio for a value stock.<p>#3 <br>Benjamin Graham: “Patience is the …

The Unwinding

• <b>Author:</b> George Packer<p><b>The 2013 National Book Award Winner</b><p><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b><b><br>Selected by New York Times’ critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013<br>One of Amazon's Best Books of 2013</b><b><br>A New York Times Notable Book of 2013<br>A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013<br>An NPR Best Book of 2013<br>A</b> …

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World

<b>Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World</b><p>Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of …

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

A Guide to the Best Activity-Trackers

This year will be remembered for many things, but for anyone in the market for a dedicated activity-tracking device, 2013 welcomed more than a few fresh contraptions to the market.<p>Indeed, with so many players now vying for a piece of the fitness-tracking pie, it can be difficult to keep up with …

Landscape photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The winners of the inaugural Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards have been announced

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his …

40 Money Things You Need To Know By 40

Many by-40 milestones have become debatable: Get married? Only if you really want to. Own a home? If it’s financially feasible. Know what you want to be when you grow up? Well, if 40 is the new 30, you’re certainly entitled to change your mind.<p>But there’s one thing that’s nonnegotiable: By age 40, …

Three Modern Travel Writing Classics

While I’ve met a few modern-day nomads in my travels, most of us can’t be on the road all the time. So how can we keep our wanderlust satiated in those stretches between journeys? We can escape into a really good book that brings a far-off place to us.<p>Here are three extraordinary travel narratives …

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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Wildlife photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The results of the wildlife photographer of the year 2013 competition have been announced at London's Natural History Museum. The overall winner is South African photographer Greg du Toit for his picture Essence of Elephants, a portrait of elephants in Botswana. Here is a selection of some of the …

Beautiful Houses: Pure White Interior Design

This week we will show you the elegant interiors of a house in Almuñecar, Granada, Spain a project by Susanna Cots. The interior design of this house …

Enhancing the Feeling of Space: The Cresta Residence Designed by Jonathan Segal FAIA

There are those who say that “Less is more” and then, there are those who express their dissatisfaction and state that “Less is never more—less is …

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

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12 Amazing Photos of Animals Congregating

<b>Stingrays</b><p>While we'll always be big fans of wildlife photography in general, there's nothing quite like seeing hundreds, thousands and even millions of animals congregating like this. Whether these photographers have captured animal migrations, where major animal groups travel long distances in …