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Classic Half-Erased Charcoal Drawings of Celebrities

<b>Charlize Theron</b><p>British artist Ileana Hunter draws unique portraits of celebrities that are minimal, but still easily recognizable. Most of the women Hunter features in her charcoal drawings are iconic, and she often deletes part of the image to make an impressive alteration to a familiar subject. …

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Most Incredible Sculptures of AfrikaBurn 2013

AfrikaBurn is an annual event held in the deserts of the Tankwa Karoo in South Africa that invites artists to display their work and then eventually light it up in a blaze of glory, in true Burning Man fashion. The regional event, which most recently hosted approximately 6,500 people, follows the …

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Slow Cooker Recipes: 20 Warming Soups for a Frosty Day

Ah, winter. It's bliss-sparkling ice-covered trees abound, making us long for warm places to curl up inside, and sip on warm liquids. It's time to grab your slow cooker and pour in the ingredients to craft a steamy slow cooked concoction that will warm up your dinner table tonight. Try one of our …

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Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

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China’s Blossoming Skyscraper Inspired by a Rosebud

Chinese architectural firm UA studio 7 has designed a 1,000-foot-tall contemporary skyscraper known as <i>New City Flower</i> at the intersection of Fushun and Shenyang in China in an effort to reinvigorate the local area. Inspired by the shape of a rosebud, the tower features six “petals” that rise from …

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Tom Hanks Is 'Captain Phillips' In High-Seas Hostage Drama

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 7, 2013.</i><p>In April 2009, Somali pirates boarded an American-flagged container ship and took its captain, Richard Phillips, hostage on a small lifeboat. That led to a five-day drama at sea, much of it covered on television, as a U.S. Navy destroyer …

Apple reflects on 30 years of Macintosh

Apple released the first Macintosh computer 30 years ago today, and Cupertino is in party mode. The Apple website has been updated to point to a celebration of the original computer and its descendants. The page is essentially a timeline that acts as a look at the various Mac models and also …

The Transformation of a Post-Communist Country Documented in Haunting Photos

Almost 25 years later, the country of Romania is still in the midst of a difficult transformation from one of the region’s hardest dictatorships to a …

40 Tips to Take Better Photos

<b>Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:</b><p>“How do I take better photos?”<p>I was …

Easy Washi Tape Party Invites

We’re big fans of using washi tape to amp up practically anything, and, as we expected, it looks pretty perfect cut into pendants on these party invites. Washi FTW!<p>WHAT YOU’LL NEED<p>Read More<p>decorative tape<br>• paper<br>• envelopes<br>• Pen or Marker<br>• Thread<p><b>Ready to make?</b> Find out how onCreature Comforts

Here's Why Instagram's Demographics Are So Attractive To Brands

Instagram is telling advertisers that early photo ads have generated great results and that one client, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, reached 9.8 million people in the U.S. aged 18 to 35 in eight days.<p>Before buying Instagram ads, advertisers need to understand who is on the social network.<p>Over 90% of …

How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook — and block them

It's free to use, of course, but that doesn't mean it comes without a price. If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.<p>And most people forget that when they download or sign up for an app or …

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Meltdown: The men who crashed the world | UK

In the first episode of <i>Meltdown</i>, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne.<p>The crash of September 2008 brought the …

China Has Gone From Making The World's Stuff To Buying It

That shift has picked up pace in the last five years, says Robert Prior-Wandesforde, Credit Suisse's Head of Macroeconomic Research for Southeast Asia and India, who recently published a report entitled, "Asia: FDI Truths, Myths and Prospects." The latest catalyst, of course, was the global …

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WHOLE FOODS CEO: We're Facing More Competition Than Ever Before

And future outlook isn't great for the grocer.<p>Whole Foods CEO John Mackey blamed the slowdown on other retailers wisening up and offering healthier, organic food in record numbers.<p>"Food retailing is more competitive than ever and with the growing demand for fresh healthy foods, it seems like …

Have to be a learning CEO to run PepsiCo: Indra Nooyi

In today's world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity go hand in hand, it is not enough to be just any other leader. As a CEO of a …

Why JetBlue has bigger winter blues than other airlines

JetBlue had to cancel an estimated 34 percent of its flights due to winter weather Tuesday and Wednesday, just weeks after grounding all flights at …

The Real Reason You're Stuck Waiting for Luggage

From the moment an airplane leaves the gate until the second it touches down, almost every aspect of an airline’s on-time performance is measured. …

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China's top hotels shed stars to woo austerity-hit customers

Most luxury hotels seek to lure in new guests with the lustre of their star ratings but a clutch of Chinese establishments are hoping to win back customers by downgrading.<p>More than 50 of the country's five-star properties have asked to have a star removed, according to a leading hotelier, …

Shell's Arctic drilling set back by US court ruling

Shell's hopes of drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska this summer face a serious setback after a US federal court ruled that the full range of environmental risks had not been assessed by the government.<p>The 9th circuit court of appeals ruled in favour of green groups and native Alaskan tribes that …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

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Beyond black-and-white: Essential moments from MLK's historic 'I have a dream speech'

<i>On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, forever changing race relations in America.</i><p><b>I have a dream today.</b><p><b>I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by</b> …

Google’s Nest Is Great, But Is Your Kitchen Now The Smartest Room In The House?

Odds are, next time you throw a party, the hottest action will be in your kitchen. (Isn’t it always?) Soon, a slew of connected devices will leave your guests agog.<p>Room by room and appliance by appliance, homes are coming online. Front doors have Bluetooth locks and cameras, bedrooms have a suite …

Building the ultimate paper airplane, one manila folder at a time

Luca Iaconi-Stewart is building a paper airplane unlike anything you've ever seen before — and it's taking him years to get it just right. He's building a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777, one so detailed even the tiny chairs and bathrooms look real. There are even miniature meal carts. He starts …

FLOTUS Brings Her Reign of Greatness to New Levels

Michelle Obama got together with the boys of the Miami Heat to discuss how healthy eating can help you perform like a champion. Then this happened:<p>via whitehouse.tumblr.com<p>LeBron looks particularly proud—who wouldn't be?! Watch the full video in all its fruit-eating glory, here: