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The Pillars Of Creation Haven't Been Destroyed, Say New NASA Images

The Pillars of Creation, 7,000 light years away in the Eagle Nebula, represents one of Hubble’s most iconic images.<p>The full nebula itself is a race: evaporative radiation from new stars fights against the active, ongoing star-formation from the nebula’s cool gas.<p>First observed by Hubble in the …

Cosmology

5 Post-Processing Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

Looking back at my early photography, I shake my head in embarrassment. I know I should be proud of the fact that I’ve come a long way since then, …

Tutorials

Thrills & Tourist-free Trails for your France Trip

With an unspoilt countryside and an average temperature of 20 degrees in early summer, it’s the perfect time to get active and explore the beautiful …

The most luxurious hostel in every European country under £40 a night

1/<p>ALBANIA: Stone City Hostel, Gjirokaster.<p>Hostelworld<p>Situated right in the heart of the old town of Gjirokaster, Stone City Hostel is close to the …

Leros: the Greek island with just a touch of Italy

‘It is an unusual island,” said my friend Yannis, slightly self-consciously. “We are a bit different from our neighbours.”<p>Yannis, a cafe owner, is right: Leros is unusual, but in a good way. It is just a few miles from Turkey, but a million tourist miles from Kos and Rhodes, its Dodecanese …

20th Century

Beyond Positano: This Is Where Italian Locals Go to Escape the Crowds

Picture the ultimate summer: Zipping around the Italian coastline on a Vespa, learning to make pasta in the quaint olive grove–lined farmhouses, …

Pictures of the Week 6.1.18

11 of the best small architecture projects of 2018

The AIA has selected 11 noteworthy small-scale projects<p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced 11 exceptional designs as part of its annual Small Project Awards, now in its 15th year. Established by the Small Project Practitioners, the awards highlight those architects who work on …

10 of the best rooftop bars in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Skajo, Freiburg, Germany<p>I had a couple of hours to spend in Freiburg while my bike was being repaired, but no energy left to sightsee. The guy at the cycle shop suggested I visit Skajo rooftop bar, in the old centre of Freiburg. Skajo provided a cooling breeze, cold beer and a …

Dance Off

The most valuable vinyl records on Earth

As more and more listeners embrace the vinyl resurgence, vinyl fans around the world are increasingly on the hunt for the coolest wax to spin on …

Vinyl Records

Brutalist concrete home intrigues in Mexico

Don’t judge a house by its facade<p>There’s an M.C. Escher-like quality to this extremely concrete house in Oaxaca, Mexico. Designed by Mexico City-based French architect Ludwig Godefroy, the holiday home looks nondescript—even unappealing—from the outside, appearing as a rough-hewn concrete block …

Pilot Reveals How Dramatic Thunderstorms Look From Above the Clouds

The sights from 32,000 feet in the air are amazing. From that distance, you’re above the clouds and can watch the weather from an extreme bird’s-eye view. While it’s now common to snap a photo of the clouds from your seat, pilot and photographer Christiaan van Heijst does one better with his view …

Northern Lights

How to Shoot Awesome Astrophotography & Night Sky Images: A Basic Tutorial to Get You Started

This video tutorial is a few years old, but we thought we’d share it because it offers some great starter information on how to shoot …

Photography

31 Life-Changing Products On Amazon You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

FOMO is one of the weirder, more annoying side effects of social media usage (that and getting friend requested by your parents). But it can also …

Hubble delivers dazzling Lagoon Nebula for 28th anniversary

The Hubble Space Telescope knows how to celebrate its anniversary in style. Each year, the telescope team releases a new, mind-blowing image of something gorgeous. The Lagoon Nebula is the winner for 2018.<p>NASA also released a fly-through video of the nebula that takes you soaring through the Hubble …

The most underrated coastal towns in Europe to go to before they become touristy

The vertiginous houses of Positano, the white settlements of Santorini and the poetic villages of Cinque Terre might still be some of the most …

3,200-Year-Old Stone Inscription Tells of Trojan Prince, Sea People

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>New research into the archaeologist's work has found that this inscription is likely a forgery. Read more about the possible …

Ancient History

Cassini Flies Toward a Fiery Death on Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft that has orbited Saturn for the last 13 years would weigh 4,685 pounds on Earth and, at 22 feet high, is somewhat longer and wider than a small moving van tipped on its rear. Bristling with cameras, antennas and other sensors, it is one of the most complex and sophisticated …

Astronomy

Where to Go in Italy’s Small, Dying Towns

Staying a night or two (or longer) in an ancient, largely depopulated but glorious Italian hill town is not for everyone, but for those who like the idea of passing a couple of quiet days walking, reading, eating (really well) and drinking in the sublime surroundings, it can be bliss. If you can …

Italy

Watch From Space as Lightning Lights Up the Moon's Shadow During the Eclipse

Where did you watch the eclipse? I thought I had a pretty good view, standing on a 180-foot terrace overlooking a forest with the city skyline in the …

Meteorology

The sleepy side of the Italian Riviera

As the plane circled over the Ligurian coast towards Genoa, my fellow passengers were getting excited. They all seemed to be heading east – to glamorous Portofino, or the Cinque Terre for hiking. But I was going west, along a road that was practically built by the British but has been curiously …

Italy

Doctors are burning out because electronic medical records are broken

Are electronic medical records largely to blame for the growing crisis of physician burnout?<p>One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is meeting new medical students every year. I invariably find myself not only impressed by their talent and intelligence, but also struck by their optimism and …

Digital Health

Pictures of the Week 8.10.17

Light Bulbs

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

The World's Most Beautiful Built-In Bookcases

Bookcases are always beautiful, because they're full of books. But this post is devoted to bookshelves that are especially beautiful, and the shelves …

How To Photograph Long Exposures At Night

The earth rotates at around its axis 1,000 miles per hour and hurtles around the Sun at about 70,000 miles per hour, yet the stars in the distance …

The world's 25 greatest modern buildings

Architecture

A Curated Guide to the Modern Architecture of São Paulo

There are many ways to get to know a city. There are those who, when commenting on a particular city they have visited, remember the gastronomy and …

Brazil

Billionaires dream of immortality. The rest of us worry about healthcare | Jill Abramson

Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare leaves Baby Boomers approaching retirement with nervous jitters<p>Last week, as the Senate was still trying to deny healthcare to 22 million fellow Americans, a friend asked me whether I would choose to live forever if I could. We were discussing Silicon …

Infographic: The Best Roads to Drive in Europe

Road trips are synonymous with the United States of America due to its sheer size and vast highways, but did you know that the first ever road trip …

Roads