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Inside Palmyra, the Ancient City ISIS Just Sacked

Hours after the terror group grabbed its second city in a week, Palmyra was pitch-black and silent. But residents are bracing for bloody …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

Modeling Website Didn't Warn Users Rapists Were Preying On Them

Jane Doe* wanted to be a model since childhood. Growing up in Houston, she would go to casting calls and even did a local modeling show. In 2008, when she was 19, she created a profile on a site called ModelMayhem.com through which she started meeting professional photographers. “It was the key to …

Articles about 12 tips clutter free home office on Dwell.com - Dwell

All of us have heard that the real estate market is "bad" right now. However, what is bad for sellers is often good for buyers.<p>Spring is coming and home improvements are in the air.<p>An architect reimagines an outdated brick garage by designing a graceful new family home atop its foundation.<p>Of …

Scenes of Spring

Temperatures in the northern hemisphere are finally warming, flowers are blooming, and the sunshine beckons us outside once again. On a nice spring day like today, I thought I'd share some recent colorful images of the season from Germany, Japan, Scotland, the United States, and more.

The 25 Recipes You Need For A Delicious Easter

Egg hunts and chocolate bunnies are great and all, but what we really want on Easter Sunday is a beautiful meal to sit down to with our family and friends. A gorgeous, well-thought out meal is the best way to celebrate any holiday. And when it comes to Easter, the recipes couldn't be better because …

Springtime for Vincent

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

A brief update on PlanIT Valley, Masdar, Konza Techno City, and Songdo.<p><i>The Economist</i> reminds us that there are a number of "urban dreamscapes" around the world being built from scratch — each with the latest in smart technology and sustainable planning in mind. We surveyed the news to see how …

Milkyway at Seven Sisters Cliff

10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …

Why the Ultimate Italian Sandwich Took 2 Years to Create

Why did it take 2 years to create the perfect Italian sandwich? We spoke with its inventors—Court Street Grocers' Eric Finkelstein and Matt Ross—to find out<p>Meat-sandwich lovers are in luck—restaurants from Roman Candle Baking Co. in Portland, Oregon, to Publican Quality Meats in Chicago are doing …

Silicon Valley (TV Series)

Sixteen-Year-Old Artist Wins National Art Competition with Masterful Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portrait | Colossal

<p>For the past four years, 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh has participated in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art contest for children …

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking

Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? Perhaps it's the people around you. Here are five ways to get people to challenge and inspire you to success.<p>It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. …

Self-improvement

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

This Easter, you can drown your sorrows in a glass of Jellybean milk — or with a pile of beer-flavored jelly beans.<p>The new twists are a sign that jelly beans are continuing their march to candyland domination. Americans buy 16 billion beans in the Easter season alone (mid-February until the actual …

Bagan at dawn

Do This in the Morning and Be More Productive All Day

If you think coffee gets you kickstarted, just wait until you try gratitude.<p><i>Everyone has a unique way of starting their day off on the proverbial right foot. What do successful entrepreneurs do every morning to ensure they are über-effective at getting things done? We asked members of the</i></i> …

Time Management

Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks in the U.S.

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks is hard to put into words.<p>From the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the breathtaking enormity of the Grand Tetons, it’s something you should experience firsthand—and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s <b>National Park Week</b>.<p>To pay homage to the …

These images of world cities from 'space' are not what they seem

These high-quality images may look like photographs of world cities at night taken by astronauts from the International Space Station – but they are painstakingly constructed from public map data and finessed by artist Marc Khachfe

Colour-tinted photographs of North America – in pictures

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Rockies to the Tropic of Cancer, the North American landscape is immense and diverse. Lakes as great as seas, forests towering to the sky, windswept plains, sweltering deserts, tumbling waterfalls, marshy swamps, rushing rivers, a legendary canyon … the …

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Designers Pick Their Most Inspiring Travel Destinations (Photos)

Creative Vacation<p>Creative block is impossible at these destinations, ranging from Baroque imperial palaces to magical gardens, where top designers …

2014 Hot 100 Excerpt

For almost 25 years SURFER’s Hot 100 has ranked, and predicted the fortunes of surfing’s next generation. Many of the Hot 100 alumni have gone on to …

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Cannes Cannes: The Best Film Festival Fashion 2014

As celebs flock to the South of France to fête the biggest films of the season, see every fabulous look from the chic photocalls to the glamorous red carpet.<p>As celebs flock to the South of France to fête the biggest films of the season, see every fabulous look from the chic photocalls to the …

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