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12 Gorgeous Photos From China's Rice Paddy Art Theme Park

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Ancient Civilization

Will A Surgical Mask Keep You Safe In A Viral Outbreak?

An outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea has sent sales of surgical masks soaring.<p>When the deadly virus first appeared in the country in May, people started wearing masks just about everywhere — on the metro, at crowded malls and even at weddings — despite the fact that the …

The Strange Journey of One of the World’s Most Famous Paintings

Mention <i>Flaming June</i> or Frederic Lord Leighton, and people squint. Show them the image on your iPhone, the painting of the sprawled, sleeping woman in a see-through saffron gown, and their eyes get wide with recognition.<p>They’ve seen <b>Jessica Chastain</b> as <i>Flaming June</i> on the December 2013 cover of <i>Vogue</i>.</b> …

Here's how a 353-gigapixel panorama is made

There’s megapixels and then there’s gigapixels.<p>Yes, the latter is actually a thing and it’s the hallmark of what’s being called “the world’s largest photo” at precisely 353 gigapixels.<p>How does a photo get that huge? It takes a lot of photos. Photographer Filippo Blengini alongside a five-person …

Here's How Designers Cut a Grid of Perfectly Isometric Food Cubes

Extreme food photography gets a geometric remix, thanks to Lernert & Sander.<p>These 98 isometrically-arranged foods like pomegranates and tuna might look like a meal from an unreasonably anal sci-fi utopia, but design studio Lernert & Sander used a very 21st century technology to make these tasty …

11 Super-Cool Science Photos From The Past Decade

From the most colorful view of the deep cosmos to the first-ever photo of a flying bird's baby bump, the past decade has brought many awe-inspiring snapshots of science.<p>Here, your editors at HuffPost Science have curated some of our favorite science photos from the past 10 years, many of which were …

Contact lens with built-in telescope could help people with blinding disease

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lights, mirrors, action! Scientists are developing smart contact lenses embedded with miniscule mirrors that can magnify your vision by almost three times.<p>The 1.55mm-thick lenses incorporate a thin reflective telescope made of mirrors and filters; when light enters the eye it bounces off …

Why don't more people kill themselves?

<b>by Emrys Westacott</b><p>Imagine you are given the following choice:<p>Option A: You live 34,748 days. Your final four weeks are spent in and out of hospital, …

Do you know where you are in the Milky Way? – Sarah Scoles

Every few months, the artist Jon Lomberg kneels next to a croton plant, removes the cheap earring that pierces a speckle on one of its leaves, and …

Universe

How doctors turned away from their patients’ stories of pain – Joanna Bourke

In 1812, the English novelist Frances Burney described her mounting terror as she prepared to undergo a mastectomy without any anaesthetic. Having …

Literature

Paradoxes of stability: how life began and why it can’t rest – Addy Pross

Biology is wondrously strange – so familiar, yet so strikingly different to physics and chemistry. We know where we are with inanimate matter. Ever …

The logic of Buddhist philosophy goes beyond simple truth – Graham Priest

Western philosophers have not, on the whole, regarded Buddhist thought with much enthusiasm. As a colleague once said to me: ‘It’s all just …

20th Century

Best parks in London

From sunbathing and picnics in the summer, to brisk, refreshing walks in the winter, there's always a reason to visit one of London's parks. As well …

England

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme and an inclusive ethos.<p>Southbank …

Shakespeare: ten amazing places to watch his plays in 2014 - Telegraph

Three Cool New Guides to Three Cool London Neighborhoods

J.Crew teamed up with one of the coolest guidebook companies around for a new series of short books focused on the city.<p>Now that J.Crew has opened a flagship store in London, the stalwart fashion brand has teamed up with one of the coolest guidebook companies around to pen three sharp travel guides …

In London, Skip Borough Market and Go Here Instead

When did London's Borough Market become such a tourist corral? Seek a less frenzied alternative: Spa Terminus Market, just a short walk away.

Happy 450th, Shakespeare!

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Like many of you out there, I slogged my way through Shakespeare in English Lit classes (that Shakespeare intended his work to be performed rather than read may offer some explanation), but certain melodious fragments–“All’s well that ends well” and “We know what we are, but …

Shakespeare’s London: Visit Shakespearean venues

Shakespeare’s influence lives on through performances of his shows in London, at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and many other theatres in London. …

Lake District hotels by the water: The Fab Five

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7 things we love about travel in England

Whether you're rediscovering home turf or experiencing England for the first time, it will always surprise and delight<p>We've got a confession to make. …

Chelsea Physic Garden

Find peace and tranquility in this beautiful botanical garden that was founded by the worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673, making it the …

Opinion

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Aristotle was right about mathematics after all – James Franklin

What is mathematics about? We know what biology is about; it’s about living things. Or more exactly, the living aspects of living things – the motion …

Mathematics