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Science Explains How Staying Near Water Can Change Our Brains

Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as …

Nutrition

8 Food Blog Links We Love

We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.<p>Today: Some sweet, some savory, a little bit of squash (okay, <i>a lot</i> a bit of squash), and some spice!<p>A soup that doesn't even require a pot? Consider us …

Onions

After more than 130 years of construction, Barcelona's most popular tourist attraction is finally almost done

"La Sagrada Família," a dramatic, imposing cathedral designed by Spanish architect Antoni Guadí, is easily Spain's most recognizable landmark, and it isn't even finished yet. Construction began on the church 133 years ago, in 1882, and it continues to this day.<p>Work crews recently began the final …

Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake: Singer dishes on duo's collaboration

“I was less than nervous, I was excited,” Chris Stapleton says of how he felt taking the stage with the Memphis born, multi-hyphenate Justin …

The lake at the end of the world

Barely one hour from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj is in the middle of nowhere – out of season and time – and it’s wonderful.<p>“We have a saying here in Slovenia,” said Grega Silc, a Hike & Bike Slovenia tour guide, as we cycled around the riotous green of the ridge. “In Bohinj, we're a …

10 Must-Try Atlanta Sandwiches to Eat Before You Die

The sandwich is perhaps the most versatile culinary item ever to come out of a kitchen. It can take many forms and inspiration from many cultures, and it's no longer simply a convenience dish to keep a hand free while playing cards. Atlanta's diverse restaurant scene offers a plethora of solid …

grilled cheese

‘Parts Unknown’ Istanbul: Just the One-Liners

Views of the Bosphorus Strait, dusky blue mosques, and Taksim Square fade into images of half-completed skyscrapers and enormous cranes looming over the city of <b>Istanbul</b> in this latest installment of CNN travelogue <b>Parts Unknown</b>. While modern Turkey may have emerged in the early 20th century as a …

How To Make A Smartphone-Powered Hologram [Video]

For less than $1<p>Holograms aren’t just for droids and dead rappers. You can make your own with a piece of transparency paper and a four-sided hologram video. Properly folded, the transparency will combine the images on a phone or tablet screen to create “a reflection that gives you the illusion of …

Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool FC: What media say including how Klopp style humbles and embarrasses Mourinho

In <b>the Telegraph, Sam Wallace</b> made some interesting observations about Jurgen Klopp's manner on the touchline - and how well he reacted to the early …

Morocco's Best-Kept Secret Is This All-Blue Village

Tucked high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the all-blue town of Chefchaouen is a calming respite from the overwhelming frenzy of Marrakech and Fez. Photographer and writer Lucy Laucht takes us on a tour of Morocco's hidden gem.

7 uncomfortable truths about living in Australia

1. Women still belong in the kitchen.<p>Sure it might be a first-world country full of progressive thinkers, but subconsciously Australia still puts …

Abolition

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

Happiness

10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Vancouver Island In June

We really love our Neighbors To The North all year round, but the not-so-little island of Vancouver (on which the city of Vancouver is mysteriously NOT located) is an outdoorsman's dream come summer time.<p>There's so much to see and do on the world's 43rd largest island that we kind of want to go …

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko …

Minimalist Posters Depict The Architecture Of 13 Classic Films

An Italian artist illustrates the iconic buildings of your favorite movies from The Big Lebowski‘s Malibu bachelor pad to The Incredibles‘ futuristic suburban home.<p>Sometimes, even more than wanting to be a film’s beautiful heroine or superhero protagonist, viewers are swept away by a desire to …

Posters

India’s Mysterious Skeleton Lake

For decades, experts puzzled over hundreds of ancient dead bodies found at a remote lake. Were they victims of disease? Mass suicide? War? The answer …

Another 101 Pieces of Nazi-Looted Art Released Online

After the discovery of up to 1,400 famous works of art supposedly seized by the Nazis during World War II, German authorities have posted another 101 …

Amsterdam

Fisherman Sets World Record by Catching Eight-Foot, 206-Pound Albino Catfish

British fisherman Bernie Campbell has been trying to catch a rare albino catfish for <i>seven years.</i> The hard work has paid off as he has reportedly set the world record by hauling in an eight-foot, 206-pound albino catfish out of River Ebro near Barcelona, Spain.<p>Bernie, who is 54 years old, was in the …

Mark Wahlberg loses his sh-t over actors comparing themselves to soldiers

Movie press tours and premieres are an anachronism of an older media age, when the only way people heard about a movie was through carefully staged media roundtables and the resulting boring fluff pieces. Nowadays, we mostly only hear about these events if something especially contentious or …

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Stars Hitchhiked With Fans After Team Bus Broke Down (PHOTOS)

While it's not uncommon for fans to give the home team an emotional lift during a game, the type of lift several members of the U.S. women's soccer team got over the weekend was a bit out of the ordinary. Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and a handful of U.S. players hitchhiked back to the hotel after their …

A hint of disarray

An online index of abandoned places<p>Help! Several years ago, someone sent me a website that had a list of all the awesome abandoned places around the …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Everest Base Camp

The Wellcome Trust 2013 winning entry: where did syphilis come from?

Last month, Katherine Wright was awarded the Wellcome Trust science writing prize at a ceremony at the Observer's offices at Kings Place, London. Wright, who is studying for a DPhil in structural biology at Oxford University, was judged the winner of category A "for professional scientists of …

Leonardo Da Vinci Mural Discovered Under Layers Of Paint During Sforza Castle Restoration In Italy

Restorers working on renovations for the Sforza Castle in Italy got quite a shock this week when they peeled away several coats of paint to reveal part of a Leonardo Da Vinci mural.<p>Buried beneath 17 layers of whitewash, the portion of the drawing -- which depicts a tree root stuck in a rock -- has …