Valerie Vella

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Q&A: The Researchers Documenting The World's Reefs

While those reefs are still around to document.<p>Last year, the Catlin Seaview Survey completed the most detailed picture of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Using underwater vehicles with 360-degree cameras, the survey's scientists and divers captured more than 100,000 panoramic photographs. …

Science Weekly podcast: Daniel M Davis on the immune system's wonders

Professor Davis discusses his new book The Compatibility Gene, which explores the latest scientific understanding of the human immune system<p>This week on Science Weekly with <b>Alok Jha</b> we discover the immense complexity of the human immune system when we meet <b>Prof Daniel M Davis</b> to discuss his new book …

21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic]

That sort of painful, sort of bittersweet, sort of wistful feeling you get looking out the window or driving at night or listening to a far-off train whistle? There's a word for that in Japanese.<p>Few of us use all--or even most--of the 3,000 English-language words available to us for describing our …

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This recipe, from the How Sweet It Is bakery in New York City, is used to make delicious .

Dessert

Perfect Seven-Minute Frosting

This cake frosting is named for the length of time it must be beaten in the final stage.

7 Simple Tips to Create a Great Cheese Plate

Do you technically love the idea of a cheese plate for dessert, but find yourself staring blankly in the cheese department, overwhelmed by the …

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize

Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco tourism destinations in Central America for the intrepid traveler.<p>Lush tropical rain forests, pristine beaches, ancient Maya cities, diverse flora and fauna, and the longest barrier …

Bora Bora beyond the beach

Bora Bora is world-famous for its glinting turquoise lagoon, dazzlingly white sandy stretches of beach and luxurious resorts. With such a dreamlike setting, this magical island is, unsurprisingly, a great spot to decompress. But there’s much more to do than simply sipping a cocktail on your chaise. …

Snorkelling

How to choose a Caribbean island

The dozens of islands scattered across the Caribbean are a remarkably diverse lot. Pulsing Jamaica has little in common with group-filled Aruba, and even islands in plain sight of each other like St Kitts and Nevis are vastly different not just in appearance but in what they offer visitors.<p>So for …

Cappadocia from the ground and from the sky

From above, the curvaceous landscape of Cappadocia spools out to the horizon in rippling waves of rock tinged shades of blushing pink. Hot air ballooning may be big business in this geological wonderland, but don't make the mistake of thinking this is the only way to view it.<p>Ballooning companies …

Mexican kitchen: a gourmet guide to food in Mexico

Mexicans love food, especially their own. Visit Mexico and you will soon get a sense of how important food is in their lives: ask where to find, say, the best <i>carnitas</i> (braised pork) in Mexico City, or the best <i>mole</i> (a type of chilli sauce) in Oaxaca, and you’re up for a passionate, lengthy and …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …