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5 fantastic free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t

When it comes to smartphone platforms, there’s plenty to enjoy on iOS and Android alike. The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is obviously a heated one …

Apps

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Emu Messaging and More

5 Can't-Miss Apps 4/5<p>Emu<p>Fantastical 2<p>Expedia<p>FTL: Faster Than Light<p>IFTTT<p>Between Amazon unveiling its Fire TV set-top box, and Microsoft finally …

Ethereal Dream-Like Photographs Of A Salt Mine In Western Australia

<b>Photographer</b> Emma Phillips stumbled upon a salt mine located in the Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia.<p><b>Phillips came across</b> the mine by chance, and …

Photography

Unexpected Portraits Capture Teen Girls When They Aren’t Looking

At first glance Julia Peirone‘s images might look like a mistake. However upon further inspection, the young female subjects betray something …

"When one young woman is unable to answer her questions, Maier scolds her: 'Well, you should have an opinion—women are supposed to be opinionated, I hope?'" Madeline Coleman on the new documentary film Finding Vivian Maier: http://bit.ly/PsDY87 Image: Courtesy of the Maloof Collection

International Velvet

They've extended their horizons further than the customary three chords and some home truths...<p>[a]Sleeper[/a]’s first law of female-fronted bands …

RIP 285 Kent: A Documentary

Manchester Orchestra: Cope

On 2011's <i>Simple Math</i>, this Atlanta band played indie rock full of grand ambitions and experimental loose ends. This album sets lyrics about shaky …

Foo Fighters

Pretty In Pairs: 10 Summer-Ready Swimsuits & The Sunglasses To Match

We might be a bit on the pasty side of life but we still can't help but want to strip down to our skivvies and start spending our weekends pool-, …

April's Objects of Desire

Give your look extra glitz with these objects of desire.<p>Give your look extra glitz with this month's edit.<p>1) The Sculptural Cuff<p>3) A Burnished Clutch That Hits Two Tones<p>4) Ring Around The Rose Gold<p>6) Winning Trophy Heels<p>7) A Blinged-Out Bangle Is Polished And Punk

How to Fall in Love With the World

<b>It’s a sultry summer night in Paris.</b> You’ve had a dinner of <i>biftek-frites</i> and Burgundy with friends in the Quartier Latin and while they’ve opted for the Métro, you impetuously decide to wander on foot instead to the apartment you’ve rented for the month. You amble through Île Saint-Louis, listening …

Nature

32 best new theme park additions of 2014

As summer approaches, 2014 already looks like a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and Asia and several major attractions are in the works for North America.<p>PHOTOS: 32 best new theme park additions of 2014<p>Consider this a tentative …

This jaw dropping view of San Francisco made our list of the most popular travel photos from March. See all the stunning shots: http://on.natgeo.com/1jRewqG Photograph by Michael Perry, National Geographic Your Shot

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in April

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April:</b><p>Need some light in your life? More than 100,000 illuminated lanterns flood the streets of <b>Seoul</b> during the <b>Lotus Lantern Festival</b> (April 25-27), a yearly tribute commemorating the …

Travel Photography

Kickstart some art: Cool-sounding crowd-funding projects

Once again, it's time for my monthly roundup of crowd-funding ideas that sound worth our time and money. Peruse them below, and act quickly if you'd like to see them come to fruition.<p>A large percentage of the items mentioned in this column are funded, so if you have any suggestions, please send 'em …

Rupert Grint

The Beauty Of Art History's Masterpieces Lies In One Math Problem

"This is not art," designers Hadi Alaeddin and Mothanna Hussein write of their series dubbed, not surprisingly, "NOT ART."<p>The Jordan-based designers, who go by the collective name Warsheh, strip art history's greatest hits down to their leading characters, splicing up the remaining imagery based on …

LCD Soundsystem's Final Show to Be Subject of Interactive Exhibition

From April 7 to May 7, Rough Trade NYC will host "LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye", an interactive gallery exhibition that focuses on LCD Soundsystem's Madison Square Garden farewell concert in April 2011.<p>It's in celebration of <i>The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden</i>, the …

LCD Soundsystem

A Sweet Museum For Kids Inspired By Candy

Fact: Kids love candy. So when designing a building that’s aimed at children, you should definitely, definitely make it look like candy.<p>Sports, a Los Angeles-based design collaborative, harnessed the sweet pull of candy in a proposal for a new children’s museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The design …

Death in 'Game of Thrones' Never Looked So Beautiful

You could say that the deaths in <i>Game of Thrones</i> are pretty important — many would call them central to the plot. They're shocking and gruesome, but …

Game of Thrones

Swearing-In: 25 Great 'Veep' Insults

In honor of the HBO satire's Season Three premiere, here's some of the show's most scathing burns<p>Over the course of two seasons, HBO's political …

Dolores O'Riordan

Game of Thrones: the bloody historical truth behind the show

The gruesome deaths in the epic TV fantasy Game of Thrones have nothing on medieval England, says historian Dan Jones<p>Valar morghulis: all men must die. With these words, the fourth series of Game of Thrones announces itself on the publicity posters. Must we really be told? It would be a very dim …

TV Series

REVIEW: Hello, Cruel World! Game of Thrones Is Back

Westeros has a hangover. By the end of <i>Game of Thrones</i>‘ season 3, Robb and Catelyn Stark had been slaughtered at the Red Wedding, effectively quashing …

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Is the Best Fantasy Show Ever and You'll Love Season 4

Don’t like fantasy shows? Get over it. Game of Thrones hastranscended its genre to become one of the best dramas on TV. Season 4 starts Sunday. …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive images this week from the worlds of science and technology, including fungi that glow in the dark and robots playing football.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Space suit test and peeking penguins<p>Ocean secrets and the dawn of the Universe<p>Sexy robots and an eerie whale<p>Aurora mission and frozen …

Museum of London

The Week in Pop: Cultural faves from the last seven days

I already shared an all-music edition of The Week in Pop, so here's a rundown of other stuff I've been digging this week:<p>1. The <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> finale. Go ahead and argue, but I liked the way the long-running series wrapped this week. (And really, how could it have ended any other way?) My …

TV

The New Face of Heroin

The explosion of drugs like OxyContin has given way to a heroin epidemic ravaging the least likely corners of America - like bucolic Vermont, which …

Drug Addiction