Rafael Novak

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30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status

With this list, you'll feel like you can dominate the Trivial Pursuit literature section.<p><i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann,</b> …

Leica Street Photography Manual

When I first started street photography, I used a bulky DSLR (Canon 5D). I always thought that buying a Leica, I would become a much better street …

Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

British Wildlife Photography Awards – in pictures

A selection of winning images from this year’s BWPA competition

What Do Cats Think About Us? You May Be Surprised

Unlike dogs, our feline friends treat us like other cats, author says.<p>Since cats first got their adorable claws into us about 9,500 years ago, humans have had a love affair with felines.<p>Today more than 80 million cats reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. …

Northern Lights hotels: 19 amazing places to watch the aurora borealis

The ultimate guide to Indonesia's best islands

We all know of Bali, of course. From backpackers on a budget to well-heeled honeymooners, solitary spa junkies and family holidaymakers, tourists come here in their millions.<p>But there are 17,000 other islands in Indonesia, an archipelago that straddles the Equator and spans 3,000 miles from east to …

Five expert tips for getting started in travel writing

So you say you want to be a travel writer? You want to wander the world, sending back tantalising tales of far-flung adventures to magazines, newspapers and websites. And get paid handsomely for it. Is that too much to ask?<p>Well, surveying the scene of travel publishing right now is a little like …

iPhone 5s: meet the geeks and geniuses behind the new Apple devices

Apple has launched its new iPhone 5s and the cheaper iPhone 5c. But who are the engineers and visionaries behind the new technology in these devices?<p>Apple is notoriously protective of its employees and the inner workings of its research and development teams are highly secretive.<p>However, examining …

Linn launches £25,000 turntable made out of whisky casks

Aside from enjoying a wee dram while listening to <i>The White Album</i>, we didn't think there was a better way to combine our love of whisky and high-end audio gear. Linn, on the other hand, decided to celebrate its 40th birthday by teaming up with fellow highland brand Highland Park to produce something …

iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s reviews: Pretty, powerful and still leading the pack

Apple’s(s aapl) new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s aren’t available until Friday, however, in typical fashion, Apple has provided review units to a few …

What is driving urban gentrification?

GENTRIFICATION, it turns out, has even spread to the former Communist eastern bloc. Around the railway station in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is …

No loopy idea

HALF a century after they were pioneered in France and Japan, could high-speed trains be coming to America? Last year California’s legislators gave …

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‘Oldest man in the world’ discovered in Bolivia, and he attributes his long-life to long walks and quinoa

He has spent a lifetime eking out a living in barren mountains but 123-year-old Carmelo Flores Laura looks set to be named the oldest living person …

Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Do

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>I’m breaking all the rules.<p>I’m at a silent retreat for the week. No …

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UK beach hopping: three great coastal tours

North Cornwall<p>Northern Cornwall is home to dozens of beaches with lots to recommend them – not just their famous surf. You could discover plenty more …

Essential travel apps for summer

<b>Editor's note, May, 2014:</b> Telegraph Travel's fantastic, free app, contains guides to destinations including New York, Rome, Paris, Edinburgh and Venice. <b>Download it directly from the iTunes store here</b><p>A smartphone app can do more than just find a cheap flight, a good meal and a bed for the night. It …

BBC News (UK) on Twitter: "Zoos keep animals cool with ice lollies http://t.co/y479dK9t0i http://t.co/4DVNKazCwa"

Replying to @<b>BBCNews</b><p>“@<b>BBCNews</b>: Zoos keep animals cool with ice lollies http://bbc.in/1bN5dRC pic.twitter.com/z44rGJ6QsR” @<b>JemmaJefferson</b><p>0 replies 0 …

Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of Stand Your Ground

There is always the danger, in a country of three hundred million people, that we will overgeneralize from the extreme example only to find, in retrospect, that the extreme remained merely the extreme. The bad verdict in the O. J. Simpson trial did not make for an open season on ex-wives, nor must …

Difference Engine: Looking up?

ONCE upon a time, many youngsters got their first glimpse of science through astronomy. Trips to a planetarium would open their eyes to the wonders …

Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it. How do you find happiness? http://bbc.in/11RQWiU

How to speed up your Mac in 30 minutes

You opened that beautiful Apple box to find your gleaming new Mac within ages ago! It booted up, and immediately the Mac seemed so much faster than …

Losing precious hard drive space on your Mac? Here’s how to fix that.

As Apple(s AAPL) starts to make more and more Macs with solid state drives by default, like the new MacBook Airs, and not yet available Mac Pro, …

A theory of everything ... has physics gone too far?

<b>Jim Baggott, author of Farewell to Reality: How Fairytale Physics Betrays the Search for Scientific Truth</b><p>The discovery of the Higgs boson was a …

High-tech survival gear: 8 gadgets you shouldn't camp without

Lost in the woods? No problem. This gear is designed to help you send an SOS signal, find your way on a dark path or send a message to loved …

Chocolate Hot Pot

<i>Heaven in a bowl this chocolate hot pot is the perfect weekend treat. Bringing delight to all those who indulge in this dessert, spoil yourself and</i> …

Europe’s top 10 scenic rail journeys

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across Europe's most difficult terrain, their hard work has translated into some of the world's most picturesque journeys – in Scandinavia along icy rivers to fjords, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy through carved valleys in the Alps, along the …