Category: Features

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Life was Found in Pure Acid!

aIn a surreal landscape of colours, dominated by luminescent ponds of yellows and greens, boiling hot water bubbles up like a cauldron, whilst poisonous chlorine and sulphur gases choke the air. Known as the “gateway to hell”, the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is scorchingly hot and one of the most...

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The Ghostly Radio Station

In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall. This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back...

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The Islands with Unique English

It was approaching midday and beads of sweat formed on my back as I followed the road along the east coast of Tanna, one of the 83 islands that makes up the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Every so often the roadside foliage thinned enough to reveal a glimpse of...

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Things to Do to Live a Happier Life

Happiness must not always come from big things and events. It can come from smaller, daily habits too. So today I’d simply like to share 3 quick tips and habits that help to live a happier life. Start by setting a low bar for happiness. When you wake up in...

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A Forgotten Kingdom in Turkey By -Emma

Turkey is now situated at the center of world interest. Being the center of Ottoman Empire, it has a long legacy of glorious history. The kingdom that once existed still has its remains in architecture and other elements. Ongoing governmental disputes have left the fate of these medieval architectural wonders...

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Bee Hotels

A  new kind of hotel is opening for business around the world. Its guests are wild bees. Built by people, these hotels are going up in rural farmlands, in suburban backyards — even on city rooftops. They don’t offer maid service, but they do give bees a place to nest....

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In Underwater Cave, without Oxygen

Three months ago, XiscoGràcia experienced what he describes as every diver’s worst nightmare – he found himself without oxygen in an underwater cave, relying on an air pocket for survival. As hours turned into days he realised he might not be found in time. On Saturday 15 April, XiscoGràcia slipped...

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Get More Done with Less Stress

The daily work we do – in school, at work or in a business – can easily become overwhelming, ineffective and suck the energy and joy out of what you are doing. So how can you work in a lighter, simpler way that helps you to get more of what truly matters...

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All Those Einstein’s Quirky Habits

Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he’d repeatedly ‘squish’ his toes, 100 times for each foot, according to the author Marc J Seifer. While it’s not entirely clear exactly what that exercise involved, Tesla claimed it helped to stimulate his brain cells. The most prolific...

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New Tools To Solve Crimes

In broad daylight one spring afternoon in Naperville, Ill., two burglars snuck into a suburban home. They took food out of the fridge. They sat on the couch. They picked up framed photos. “We didn’t steal anything,” says Candace Young. She was one of the “burglars.” They were tasked with...

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A Secret Weapon against Catastrophe

In a conference room overlooking downtown Miami, British executives are talking about why they know south Florida’s streets so well. It isn’t because of the sunshine. It’s because of the area’s risk for disasters like hurricanes and flooding. “There are hundreds of my colleagues… who know the zip codes of...

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Habits to Deal with Rejection

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.” –...

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Keeping Vietnam Afloat

Vietnam is in danger. Rising sea levels pose a huge threat to this coastal country. In less than 100 years much of southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta – the heart of the nation’s rice production – could go the way of Atlantis. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment  predicts that the ocean...

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Asia’s Most Multicultural City

With its 26 million people, Delhi has been described as a microcosm of India, with trappings from the country’s many cultures, religions and traditions. Centuries of global trade, conquest and colonisation have made the city one of the world’s most multicultural. And residents who adapt to this ever-changing culture are...

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A Silent Saudi Desert City

As always, the Saudia Airline flight from Riyadh to Medina started with prayer. “Ladies and gentlemen,” the flight attendant said over the intercom. “The text that you are about to hear is a supplication that the prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, used to pray before travelling.” The rest was...

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The Village Powered by Divine Light

In the village of Tahala, solar panels not only improved the agricultural economy – they also helped residents connect with God. A remote region Tucked away in the Anti-Atlas mountain range, southern Morocco’s Tafraout region doesn’t attract many tourists. Those visitors who do brave the winding roads from cities like...

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Remove These Errors to Be Mentally Strong

You may think thoughts are inconsequential – coming and going in a sometimes meaningful or meaningless way. But the thoughts we have and the way we think are more substantial than you may realize. Getting into patterns of thought and creating different beliefs essentially shape our lives and our outlook...

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The Monster Ships

The beauty salons, swimming pools and even wireless communications of today’s huge cruise ships all got their start with the “floating palaces” of a century ago. When the world’s then-largest ocean liner embarked on its first transatlantic voyage in September 1907, thousands of spectators gathered at the docks of Liverpool...

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Making the World’s Tallest Bike

Félix Ramón Guirola Cepero has used everything from tin fencing to PVC pipes in his efforts to build the world’s tallest bicycle. It’s not possible to keep up with 52-year-old Félix Ramón Guirola Cepero, and it’s not wise to try. On a bright winter day, he flew down Havana’s famed...

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Habits that Turn Dreams into Reality

What makes dreams into reality? I believe that perhaps the most important – and an often ignored – thing is simply taking action. I used to be really bad at it when I was younger. Back then I usually got stuck. I got stuck in my dreams about what I...