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When Iraq Was Paradise

History Lesson<p>05.23.15 6:50 AM ET<p>Max Ehlert/ullstein bild via Getty

Iraq

Ice Study

The Magic of Marbling

<i>Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52—with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.</i><p><i>Today: An easy, artistic way to make your glazed desserts instantly more impressive.</i><p>Everyone loves the classic marbled spider web pattern on cakes, or the neat chevron design on …

I am Laszlo Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google and (as of a few weeks ago) an author. AMA.

Hi Reddit. I'm the guy who gets more than 3 million applications a year at Google. I think for too many people work sucks, and it doesn't have to. I …

Making Connections at Machu Picchu

You’ve probably seen this before.<p>It’s what everyone pictures when they think of <b>Machu Picchu</b>—the verdant network of stone terraces, temples, and open-walled houses; the soaring peaks of Huayna Picchu framing the dramatic scene.<p>When I arrived at Peru’s “lost” Inca citadel in the clouds, I was …

Travel Photography

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5 Ways Ellen Pao Won Her Case for Women in Tech

She may have lost her case, but in many ways, she won.<p>A collective gasp went up online Friday afternoon when the verdict in <i>Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers</i> came down. The jury in the high-profile Silicon Valley gender-discrimination case found decisively for the defendant venture …

Silicon Valley

How to Build a Website in 2015

Do you have plans to build a website soon? There are three major different workflow styles. How to Build a Website in 2015 from Rukzuk has shown the …

Angelina Jolie Delivers Inspirational Speech to Misfit Kids Everywhere

Shiloh and Zahara were there, too!<p>Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance Saturday since revealing she'd undergone an elective preventative surgery to have her reproductive organs removed, and it was <i>pretty</i> major.<p>The actress, director, humanitarian and all-around beautiful person took to the …

Angelina Jolie

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India’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Internet Censorship Law

Today is a good day for freedom of speech in India. The country’s Supreme Court struck down an ambiguous law that could be used to imprison citizens for content they post online.<p>NDTV reports that Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was declared unconstitutional at a session held this …

A decade of observing Earth from space has given us these breathtaking views

The ESA's Envistat satellite was the largest Earth observation satellite ever built.<p>Since 2002, it has circled the Earth, collecting invaluable information on our environment and the advancing danger of climate change. Contact with Envistat was suddenly lost in April 2012, but the wealth of …

The Art of Mille-Feuille Pastry: Making One of the World's Most Decadent Desserts

<i>On the eve of holiday season, Tamar Adler—a lifelong dessert abstainer—takes a crash course in classical pastry. Can she conquer the fiendishly difficult mille-feuille?</i><p>It began in late summer, with a question “innocent as June,” as Emily Dickinson wrote. Subject: remaining things we’d like to …

Baking

The Top Color Trends of 2014

Shutterstock has analyzed it’s collection of 40 million images to track color trends through the years. The newest infographic release, The Top Color …

Remains of Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, 'found in convent'

The remains of literary giant Miguel de Cervantes have been found nearly four centuries after his death, a team of Spanish researchers has said.<p>“He’s there,” historian Fernando de Prado told the Guardian on Tuesday, referencing fragmented bones found in the floor of the crypt. “We know that some of …

Archaeology

How to Eat Cheese & Crackers for Lunch

<i>As a defiant response to sad desk lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.</i> <i>This post is brought to you by Triscuit.</i><p><i></i><p>We all know cheese and crackers as the dynamic duo of …

Healthy Eating

What the River Knows: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Changing Planet<p><i>In this series, “What the River Knows,” by Basia Irland, the artist and water activist writes from the perspective of each river, using the first person. Installments are published in Water Currents every other week on Mondays. The first post is about the Ping River in Chiang Mai,</i> …

Vietnam War

'Madrid has many parks, but the city’s crown jewel is El Parque del Buen Retiro, often simply referred to as El Retiro. The Palacio de Cristal (or Glass Palace) pictured here stands at the center of this grand and beautiful park. Built in 1887, this large pavilion originally displayed plants brought back from Spanish colonies, particularly the Philippines. Today, it hosts temporary exhibits of modern art curated by Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía. The real attraction, though, is the building itself and the way the light streams through it like a prism.' This image (and quote) is part of our #lpInstaTakeover for the week-end, from travel blogger, and member of the #lpPathfinders programme, @venturespain. To find out more about our travel blogger programme, click the link in our bio! #travel #europe

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The 10 Slides You Need to Pitch Your Business Idea

If you have a great idea for a new business and now you're looking for funding or other support, you'll probably have to break out the PowerPoint. …

A Photographer Who Isn’t a Fan of Sunsets

<i>This post was originally published in March 2015. We’re resurfacing it as part of our #ThrowbackThursday effort to give some love to our favorite posts.</i>—The Proof Team<p>Photographer Stefano Unterthiner recently posted a photo of a sunset on Instagram with this caption: “I’m not a big fan of sunsets, …

Landscape Photography

India’s Daughter, the act of documentary, and the obsession with true crime

Why did Mukesh Singh do it?<p>What was Delhi’s Tihar Jail inmate thinking when he consented to be interviewed by Leslee Udwin and the team behind the documentary <i>India’s Daughter</i>? Was Singh, one of the six men convicted for gang-raping a young woman in Delhi in 2012, trying to make a case that his …

India

Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

In search for the legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.<p>An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, …

Archaeology

India's first transgender mayor – is the country finally overcoming prejudice?

Photograph: Eesha Patkar<p>Madhu and her transgender assistant Kunti attend to business at city hall.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/27/1425043044885/69191111-7fae-43f0-a2bc-9128bf7de885-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Eesha Patkar<p>Madhu and her transgender assistant …

City Halls

Discussing #TheDress with the 1st Woman Who Wore It: Model Laura Coleman

Will life ever be the same again?<p><b>#TheDress</b>. At this point, it's a meme and hashtag that needs no explanation (though here's a brief one: A woman in Scotland uploaded to Tumblr a photo of a dress, the colors of which, her and her friend disagreed on. So did the rest of the Internet, etc etc).<p>Over …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion