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English is Fun

English is Fun

David Crystal: the story of English spelling

The internet is allowing more people to influence spelling than ever before. People are voting with their fingers<p>The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people – some well-known, most totally unknown – who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint on our orthography. It's a story …

Nuclear powers modernising arsenals, says study

Sipri says upgrades suggest nuclear weapons will remain deeply embedded elements of nations' defence strategies<p>All five legally recognised nuclear-weapons states – China, France, Russia, Britain and the US – are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have announced programmes to do so, …

Associated Press News

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

How 15 Designers Decorated Their Kids' Rooms

These spaces are fun and functional.<p>Whether you have a toddler or a teen, you want your child's bedroom to be a place they can enjoy and also get some much-needed rest every night. These designers share how they transformed their children's rooms and their decorating ideas are sure to inspire you.

Interior Design

A Lovely Dream House In The Middle Of Nature

Maybe you remember some of those fairy tales with the lovely little house in a clearing in the woods, with a stream in the garden, beautiful flowers …

Tripadvisor pizza survey: San Diego and Las Vegas.

Reasonable people can and do disagree as to whether the best pizza is to be found in New York City or just someplace relatively near New York City …

America in the 1970s: New York City

Today marks the start of <b>Documerica Week</b> on In Focus -- a new photo essay each day, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. The Documerica Project was put together by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, with a primary …

How GameStop Corp. Is Bringing Apple Stores to Small Cities Across America

While those of us in big cities have the convenience of official <b>Apple</b> stores and their reputation for great customer service, thousands of small …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Perth's Neglected Suburb of Northbridge Is Making a Billion-Dollar Comeback

Ten Ways to Cool Off in Australia

Top 10 hotels, hostels and B&Bs in Sydney

Sydney is not an easy place to find a cheap stay, but we've found some of the most interesting budget hotels and B&Bs, not to mention an island campsite and a hostel with harbour views<p>Sydney's top 10 budget restaurants<p>Sydney Harbour YHA, The Rocks<p>A hostel with harbour views? Sydney Harbour YHA …

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 / …

Hiking