Robyn Leigh McCullough

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MashReads Podcast: 'Underground Airlines' tackles racism by imaging America where slavery still exists

The Civil War indelibly shaped the course of American history. But what would the United States look like if the war never happened?<p>This week on the</i> …

African-American Museum Cafe Serves Up Black History With Every Forkful

The restaurant inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture offers food that satisfies the hunger — and a space that …

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.<p>Zhangye Danxia Landform: Gansu, China<p>These striped, technicolor mountains are Mother Nature's answer to …

New Zealand
Times Square

Natural Rock Formation Looks Like an Elephant Drinking from the Ocean

Sometimes, the natural landscape can bear an uncanny resemblance to creatures in the wild—one of these curious places is off the coast of Iceland. On the island of Heimaey, there is a rock formation that, from certain angles, looks like a massive elephant taking a drink out of the Atlantic …

Atlantic Ocean

What I’m learning about schooling as an American parent in France

1. Don’t expect to be coddled or cuddled.<p>French teachers have one goal in mind at the beginning of the year: to teach their students a fixed …

Final cuts: my obsession with film star hair

Sometimes if I’m having a bad day, I Google Image River Phoenix and study his hair. It’s like therapy and momentarily sends my brain somewhere better. This obsession is partly to do with the film My Own Private Idaho and its beautiful portrayal of youthful confusion and unrequited love. But it is …

Hair

Journalist Spends Four Years Documenting India's Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before They Disappear

Tucked away on quiet streets far from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist attractions, in between the spectacular palaces, temples, and tombs that appear on the covers of guidebooks, an entire category of Indian architecture has faded into obscurity and historical obsolescence. Called …

Guide Books

What Katrina Taught New Orleans—and Other Cities

Architecture. Urban planning. Education. Government. Philanthropy. These are some of the pillars on which a city is built—and rebuilt. Though no one …

New Orleans

9 ways to parent like the French

1. Do not behave like a helicopter.<p>Helicopter parenting, where parents “hover” over their children in an attempt to control their lives (social, …

Let's throw the dice: what video games can learn from board games

The current table-gaming renaissance boasts some of the best designers in the world. Digital games can’t let these inventions slip them by<p>Two years ago, when I left video games criticism to work full-time in table top games, a lot of people, my mum chief among them, were startled.<p>These days, it’s …

Board Games

21 Stunning Wedding Photos Captured in Breathtaking Destinations around the World

We've shared some gorgeous wedding photography on the Met in the past, but this year's display of Top 50 Destination Photos curated by Junebug Weddings includes some of the most stunning images of brides and grooms that we've ever seen. With over 4,000 submissions from more than 40 different …

Abu Dhabi

10 Things Traveling Teaches You That School Doesn't

By College Tourist; Author: Sydney Alonso, University of Central Florida<p><b>I wouldn't be the person I am today if I never traveled.</b><p>Growing up, my mom was a teacher, so I've been instilled with a great love for school. I recognize its importance and value, and even now in college I try to take …

Majestic Photos Of Wild Animals Are Inspiration To Travel Responsibly

Ask any wildlife photographer who travels the globe, and you'll hear that exploration comes with a heavy burden of responsibility when animals are involved.<p>As such, travelers <i>must</i> do their homework before visiting animals in their natural habitats. When planning a safari, for example, it's …

Pictures of the Week 8.6.15

Winter Sports

Drone captures amazing image of killer whales at sea

A drone has successfully captured photographs of a pod of killer whales at sea, providing stunning shots of the animals in their natural habitat. But …

Feds answer Baltimore's SOS on violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> Baltimore is turning to the federal government for help in stemming a dramatic uptick in violence over the last several months.<p>Ten federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. …

Humans are endangering the most abundant animal on the planet

Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as much …

Biodiversity
Surfing

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Astronomy

Meet The Teen Who Pays For College With A Jewelry Business

Think about the typical day of a college student: there are classes to attend, books to study and beer to drink. Now, think about a day in the life of a 19-year-old college student who has a booming jewelry business that pays for tuition. Things aren't so typical anymore.<p>LeiLei Secor, a rising …

New York State
Comedy

Artist Creates Mind-Bending Optical Illusions on the Palm of His Hand

Italian makeup artist Luca Luce uses the palm of his hand to showcase mind-bending optical illusions. With the help of perspective, clever shadow placement, and a photorealistic style of drawing, he produces surreal, three-dimensional artwork that tells fantastical stories in stunning detail.<p>In a …

Art

11 differences between a normal mom and a Japanese-American mom

1.<p>A <b>normal mom</b> wants you to be a gracious guest.<p>A <b>Japanese-American mom</b> insists that you show up to every party with a gift for the hosts, the hosts’ …

Parenting

From Harvard Innovation Lab, A Startup To Help Take Tiny Houses Mainstream

Don’t want to ditch everything for a tiny house? With Getaway, rustic small-space living can be yours for a night.<p>Tiny houses occupy a curious position in our cultural consciousness. They’re a cottage industry, but are also a full-fledged lifestyle movement with devotees and fans spanning the …

Harvard Law School

Nasa releases amazing high-resolution picture of sunlit Earth from one million miles away

Nasa has released the first image taken from its new deep space satellite DSCOVR<p>If Carl Sagan was impressed with the Pale Blue Dot, he would have been equally blown away by this incredible image (launch high-resolution version) of Earth taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Dynamic, Figurative Sculptures Balance Precariously on the Streets of Historic Village

From April 4 to June 30, the French village of Mougins was transformed into an open-air art gallery displaying the work of contemporary sculptors Niki de Saint Phalle, Sacha Sosno, Tho Tobiasse, Arman, Csar, Steph Cop, and Nicolas Lavarenne. 21 sculptures were installed in village squares, tiny …

Photographer Captures Twin Tornados Under a Huge Supercell Storm Cloud

A powerful storm rumbled by Simla, Colorado, last week, and at the scene was professional storm-chasing photographer Kelly DeLay, who captured this …

Weather