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World's 15 most beautiful concert halls from Austria to Brazil | CNN Travel

Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from cosmic collisions to soaring satellites.<p>Watch Colin Legg's footage of the Moon Saturn occultation.

Astronomy

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

21 Predictions for 1993 from 1893

The future just isn’t what it used to be. As a prelude to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the American Press Association asked 74 of America’s best …

Gymnastics

38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find <i>le mot juste</i>. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.<p><b>1.</b> …

Language

A Brainwave-Controlled Version of "Pong"

Few video games are more basic than <i>Pong</i>, but Charles Moyes and Mengxiang Jiang's version is incredibly complex. The two Cornell University students built a custom electroencephalography (EEG) device so they could control the game's onscreen paddle with their minds.<p>The alpha waves that EEG machines …

Not Eggsactly

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p><i>Hey everyone. I'm out of town for the holidays, but given the recent passing of the winter solstice, I thought this comic about a common urban myth was appropriate (given that it pops up at just about</i> …

The 7 Ships of the New Space Age

American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 vehicles that will change how we work and play in space.<p>American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 …

Space Travel

New year conundrum: complete the equation 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 = 2014

This annual numerical challenge will delight recreational mathematicians with time on their hands<p>In the runup to the end of December, the Guardian has published countdowns of TV shows, films and football players.<p>So here's one with numbers. The challenge is to count down from 10 to 0, and to fill in …

2014 in film preview: thrillers

Thrills, spills and – hopefully – not too much bellyaching about our pick of 2014's upcoming thrillers<p>• 2014 preview: comedy • 2014 preview: Oscar hopefuls • 2014 preview: science fiction • 2014 preview: romance • 2014 preview: drama<p>Monuments Men<p>George Clooney gets the gang (Matt Damon, John …

13 states raising pay for minimum-wage workers

State minimum wages will exceed the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour in 21 states on Jan. 1.<p>The retail-worker strikes that swept the nation in 2013 did not move Congress to raise the minimum wage, but a growing number of states are taking action.<p>The minimum wage will rise in 13 states this week, …

Income Inequality

Magnificent Time-Lapse Captures California Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

When <i>National Geographic</i> not only picks up your time-lapse, but also insists on interviewing you about it, you know you’re doing something right. Then …

The invisible man: Liu Bolin's latest art

Liu Bolin has become famous worldwide for painting his entire body to match the scenery behind – so when he is photographed it can be near-impossible to spot him. Here are some of the latest works from the Chinese artist

2013: The year in design

From battery-powered exoskeletons to buildings that melt cars, this year was a notable one for design.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in wildlife

Jonathan Ive