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The future of travel, from villas beneath the sea to journeys into space

Though we are in tumultuous times, post-Brexit, nobody has yet confronted the prospect of an enclave of Britain adopting the euro – but it is going to happen, and shortly. For an Austrian developer is set to make this unlikely eventuality a reality; and to understand the supposedly impossible, we …

In U.S.-China game of chicken over South China Sea, KFC feels the heat

Does diving into a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken make you a Chinese traitor?<p>That's the in-your-face message some KFC customers in China received over the weekend in wake of a ruling by an international tribunal in the Netherlands in a case that pitted the Philippines against China.<p>Colonel …

The Mathematics of Design

It is common for people to group themselves into two categories; those who are good at art or design, and those who are good at math or science. The …

Mathematics

Five Ways to Drink Coffee Around the World

Will travel for caffeine? Here’s where to get a coffee buzz across the globe.<p>> Rome, Italy<p>Espresso gained popularity after manufacturer La Pavoni perfected the machine in 1905. Forcing scalding water through fine grounds produces a concentrated brew with a layer of <i>crema</i> on the surface.<p>At</b> …

23 Books Mark Zuckerberg Thinks You Should Read | Inc.com

<i>The End of Power</i> by Moisés Naím: This pick, written by a former director of the World Bank, is a "historical investigation of the shift of power from authoritative governments, militaries, and major corporations to individuals. This is clearly seen in what's now become a Silicon Valley cliché, the …

Books

Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design

Global warming poses a real threat to cities but planners in the Danish capital are taking visionary steps to ensure its resilience – and success – as far ahead as 2100<p>Visualise the world in 2050: convex streets that collect water from superstorms and pocket parks that absorb heat and can be turned …

Urbanism

Graff Recreates 'Hair & Jewel' With Half-Billion-Dollar Diamond Jewel Hairstyle

Laurence Graff, to mark his 60th year as a diamond jeweler, recreated an iconic statement Tuesday that helped to propel his brand to the forefront of the luxury world.<p>Known as “Hair & Jewel,” Graff in 1970 unveiled a photo of a model wearing an ornate coiffure decorated with $1 million dollars of …

21 Golden Wisdoms From My Grandmother

Wisdom is perhaps the scarcest resource in our world today. And while Google has become our answer to every inquiry, back in the Old World, Grandma was that fountain of wisdom to whom we'd pour forth our every problem.<p>My own grandmother lived to be 103. While not particularly educated or …

Non-violence

10 Apps To Relax Your Body And Mind

<b>By Linda Bernstein, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>I need to relax. And so, my fellow 50-plus-ers, do you. Between our own Everest-size to-do list, phone calls from the kids asking if we can get their old trading card collections out of the attic and our parents asking us to help them download apps, we …

Vancouver-based Mandy Tsung’s elemental and feminine illustrations

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Arcade brings Kowloon Walled City back from the dead … in Japan

Day turns to night as one steps over the threshold of the Kowloon Walled City. And it's an uncomfortable, almost threatening kind of night, …

22 Animated Neon Posters From Classic Movies

The hypnotic, sexy, sleazy and tacky neon versions of the all-time classics.<p>Follow the author on Twitter.

What Gaudí's Sagrada Familia Will Look Like in 2026

The <i>Sagrada Famlia</i>, a world-famous Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the late renowned architect Antoni Gaud, is set to finally complete construction in the year 2026 after over a century of work. Having first embarked on the ambitious architectural project in 1882, Gaud took his time …

Barcelona

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<i>Via Flickr:</i><br>By Linden, Jean Jules, Lüddemann, G. Planchon Jules-Emile, Reichenbach, HG<br>Publication info Brussels: M. Hayez, 1860.<br>BHL Collections:<br>Missouri Botanical Garden’s Orchid Folios

Luminescent Glowworms Illuminate Caves in New Zealand

Luminescent glowworms (aka Arachnocampa luminosa) fill the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand, mesmerizing visitors with their radiant bodies. The organic, larva-like creatures illuminate the otherwise pitch-black cavernous space as a chemical reaction, similar to bioluminescent microorganisms …

New Zealand

Promenade Residence

Situated on an exclusive residential street, the owner purchased this waterfront property with the view to engage an architect to create their dream …

Framing

The Legend of Giants: A New Mural by Natalia Rak | Colossal

<p>This is a great new mural by Polish artist and graphic designer Natalia Rak that was painted as part of the Folk on the Street art festival in …

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SSE Hydro: Foster + Partners Unveil a Translucent, Energy-Efficient Music Venue for Scotland

Foster + Partners just unveiled their latest achievement: the SSE Hydro. It’s not a dam or a submarine – It’s Scotland’s largest purpose-built public …

Here’s A Neat Aerial View Of Beijing’s Soon-To-Be Demolished Rooftop Villa

The dude who built this may be a charlatan and asshole who’s ignored sensible maintenance requests for four years and is about to get chai’ed, but …

32 Things Every New Yorker Should Do This Fall

There are crisp days perfect for walks in the park, hot apple cider from local farmer's markets, and football.<p>There are also tons of events and festivals, from the New York City Marathon to the Wine & Food Festival.<p>Autumn officially starts this Sunday on the 22nd, so get ready for the new season …

New York City

A Photographer’s Favorite Image of His Son and How it Was Captured

While visiting an aquarium with his family a photographer took the incredible image you see below and shared it with the internet. The image received …

Before & After: From Trailer Trash to Trailer Treasure

Michelle and her husband go camping every year with a big group of friends, but they were getting tired of their tent, so they found a rundown …

Design

7 Creative Ideas to Spice Up Your Photography

Human beings are creatures of habit; we seek out patterns, we search for comfort and contentment, we settle into routines. These aren’t necessarily …