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Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets President Assad in Damascus in November 2014.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/29/1438189760491/09701e73-0e23-4289-a5b8-96bb875d60ac-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets …

Middle East

The Bridges Conference is an annual event that explores the connections between art and mathematics. Here is a selection of the work being exhibited this year, from a Pi pie which vibrates the number pi onto your hand to delicate paper structures demonstrating number sequences. This year’s …

Mathematics

Special report - West Africa's alarming growth industry: meth

DAKAR (Reuters) - When customs officers in the sleepy Senegalese town of Koumpentoum discovered a stash of pills hidden in a bus from Mali in late February, they initially thought it was counterfeit medicine.<p>Senegalese police prepare to incinerate methamphetamines seized at the Malian border in …

The best fries from every state

No longer just a side dish, great fries deserve recognition in their own right. So we consulted expert reviews and local recommendations to find the true standouts from every state.<p><i>Did we get your state right? Let us know in the comments.</i>

Big Data: The Winning Formula In Sports

The 2011 film Moneyball (and the earlier Michael Lewis book it was based on) stoked public interest in the way data are used in sports, but since we learned about the way Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane used analytics to reverse the fortunes of his ailing MLB team, development of data …

Oakland Athletics

Big data opportunities and challenges are getting a bit clearer

From time to time, I take a few days off work to reflect on things I don’t get to think about in “regulation time” . Its a bit of spring cleaning of …

Bring Your Own Data - Analyzing Wine Market

I used <b>R lm</b> function to perform the analysis and assess each factor's impact on the post's popularity. Here is the output of my regression …

Meet The Supernova: An Insane $14,000 Gaming PC

I cover all manner of crazy PCs on Forbes and I even do a monthly roundup of customized computers built by enthusiasts (see March’s roundup here). However, not everyone has the skill or the time needed to build a monster PC. Only a select group of PC stores worldwide have the credentials to offer …

F1 tech still shaping tomorrow's transport

<b>Motorsport has a long history of feeding its innovations into road cars. And that technological transfer is set to continue into the future.</b><p>In fact, it may well get faster.<p>Integral features of motorsport - speed, safety, data communications, fuel efficiency - are more relevant to road cars than …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Foamy war

THE world’s biggest brewer, AB InBev (ABI), is also the most frugal. There are no company cars for senior executives. Carlos Brito, the boss, flies …

Pictures of the Week 2.28.14

Articles about 10 noteworthy sustainable homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

First impressions are lasting.<p>Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.<p>Beautiful things can come in small packages.<p>Homeland to Gaudí, Miró, and Almodóvar—just to name a few of the country's creative pioneers—Spain hosts a lively mix …

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Oliver Burkeman looks at the daily routines of history's most creative minds in Guardian Weekend: http://gu.com/p/3j6qb/fb Illustration: Jean Julien for the Guardian

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

15 fun Google Easter eggs

Google is used by millions of people to navigate the web every day, but how many of us really put it through its paces? The Telegraph digs out a few of the search engine's hidden gems.<p>1. Calculator<p>Google's calculator function is far more powerful than most people realise. As well as doing basic …

Inside the secret world of Michelin restaurant inspectors

As a new edition of the all-powerful Michelin Guide is published, Neil Tweedie reveals the agony and the ecstasy of winning – or losing – a coveted star.<p>You would be unlikely to spot one. They try not to make frequent repeat visits to minimise the chance of recognition, and often dine in pairs, …

Hospitality

The “Breaking Bad” school

THERE are obvious reasons for watching “Breaking Bad”: for once the Hollywood hype surrounding the television series is justified. But there is also …

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

More Hilarious GIFs to Help Newcomers Navigate NYC

Artist Nathan Pyle is back again with a new hilariously accurate set of gifs to help newcomers navigate through the Big Apple. With the wisdom he has gained from his 5 years of residence in the city that never sleeps, the artist saves visitors the embarrassment of naivet. From knowing how to steer …

You've Never Seen The Alps Like This Before (PHOTOS)

Load up your camping gear -- these photos will make you yearn for the mountains.<p>Italian Lukas Furlan, a student at the Vienna University of Technology, took these photos while hiking in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. When not in school in Austria, he tries to "hike as much as …

Don't look down: 28 of the world's most vertigo-inducing attractions

Skyscrapers

Newfound peace has come to the divided paradise of Kashmir, where life’s pace is set by the gentle paddling of colourful canoes in glistening Dal Lake. Have you been to the place regarded as heaven on Earth? http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20130703-the-return-of-kashmir?OCID=fbtvl

Today's Daily chart shows nuclear power's role in electricity production is continuing to decline, despite new reactors. The number of countries building nuclear plants went up by one last year, to 14. But as a proportion of all electricity generated, nuclear peaked in 1993 at 17% and has now fallen to 10% http://econ.st/145Hbkq

Celebrities With Attractive Siblings

Sometimes it feels like Hollywood is on a totally different planet -- one where celebrities are untouchable, beautiful freaks of nature. We forget that they're just like us -- they have siblings. Not only do these brothers and sisters function as huge support systems, they aren't too hard on the …