Category: Features

A Celebration of Victory Over Death

A Celebration of Victory Over Death

The festival of Santa Marta de Ribarteme is an opportunity for those who have survived near-death experiences to give thanks for their lives. A symbolic victory of life The crowd parts, allowing the first coffins to move through. A heavy silence hangs in the air. But all is not quite...

A Million Species Could Vanish

A Million Species Could Vanish

Everyone’s heard stories about certain species on the brink of extinction. A new tally reveals just how many plants and animals are at risk. One million species could vanish, it finds. Some might disappear within a few decades. That number is equal to 1 in every 8 animal or plant...

Small Habits That Steal Your Happiness

Small Habits That Steal Your Happiness

“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.” – Wayne Dyer “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius   It is usually pretty...

Oman’s Ancient Scent

Oman’s Ancient Scent

Wisps of frankincense smoke wafted through the bazaar as I plunged through the crowded, labyrinthine passageways of Muscat’s Mutrah Souq. This alluringly musky scent permeates Omani cities and culture, and I was never far from the distinct, earthen aroma floating through the air. I was lured by the hypnotic perfume...

The Future of Underwater Exploration

The Future of Underwater Exploration

On 27 May 2019, Kym Purcell’s schedule was thrown into disarray. Usually a Monday morning would follow a strict routine of breakfast and housework followed by a trip to the gym. But today, the 52-year-old retiree was in for a surprise. Her husband, Terry, 54, told her to get ready...

The Artist Who is Recreating Looted Treasures

The Artist Who is Recreating Looted Treasures

Michael Rakowitz’s work makes the invisible visible – whether it’s the victims of war or those made homeless by the economic downturn. Michael Rakowitz is a connoisseur of ghosts. He is also a teacher, a stone carver, a radio broadcaster, a chef. His work often refers in various ways to...

The Islands Where Astronauts Prepare for Mars

The Islands Where Astronauts Prepare for Mars

About once every week at around 21:00, with the light of a million stars to guide them, Raúl Martínez Morales and Amanda Mandry set out to survey Mars. The couple – the former an astrophysicist, the other an obsessive stargazer – start by carefully unpacking their scientific instruments before they...

Don’t Compare Your Life to Someone’s Better State

Don’t Compare Your Life to Someone’s Better State

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu   Today I’d like to focus on a negative habit that creates insecurity within, erodes self-esteem and can make you feel quite unhappy with your own life. It’s something that has sprung...

8 Essential Tasks to Maximize Your Creative Output

8 Essential Tasks to Maximize Your Creative Output

Achieving success in all of your creative endeavors can be difficult and daunting. There are numerous factors that inhibit the actualization of your dreams: fear, procrastination, not enough time, and distractions, to name a few. But you have the tools to overcome these difficulties! Incorporate these tasks into your weekly...

The Melting Arctic Ice is releasing poisons

The Melting Arctic Ice is releasing poisons

In 2012, Sue Natali arrived in Duvanny Yar, Siberia, for the first time. Then a postdoctoral research fellow studying the effects of thawing permafrost due to climate change, she had seen photos of this site many times. Rapid thawing at Duvanny Yar had caused a massive ground collapse – a...

Reinvent Yourself and Redefine Your Future

Reinvent Yourself and Redefine Your Future

Do you ever wish you could change your past? We all go through struggles in life, make mistakes, and face certain hardships and challenges that prevent us from moving ahead. The important thing is to learn how to come out stronger, and become even better than you were before. Though,...

Inside Nasa’s Unseen Archives

Inside Nasa’s Unseen Archives

As a space-mad boy in suburban England, Benedict Redgrove watched grainy television pictures of the space shuttle Columbia as it soared into Earth’s orbit from Cape Canaveral for the first time, “heart beating, head swimming, and full of nervous excitement”. Decades later, the photographer found himself at the same launchpad,...

Get More Done with Less Stress

Get More Done with Less Stress

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein “Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.” –...

“Bursa”  The First Ottoman Capital Today – Fahmida Mehreen

“Bursa” The First Ottoman Capital Today – Fahmida Mehreen

Turkey, the Eurasian country, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. People from all around the world travel to different destinations in Turkey, including the modern-day capital of Istanbul, which hosts key attractions like the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque), Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and many more....

Weeds Help Fight Climate Change

Weeds Help Fight Climate Change

More than 60 years ago, when he was a child, farmer Peter Andrews saw his first dust storm. He still remembers it. “The noise was horrendous,” he says. “We hid in the house waiting for it to pass. The whole sky was dark. And the damage we saw the next...

Inside Japan’s Most Innovative City

Inside Japan’s Most Innovative City

Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea in Japan’s far-west corner, Fukuoka is a city trying to reinvent itself. In a land long dominated by mega-conglomerates and the inexorable pull of Tokyo, the country’s fastest growing urban centre wants to become Japan’s answer to Silicon Valley. Despite the country’s reputation...

Things to Do When You Want to Give Up

Things to Do When You Want to Give Up

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe Some days are light...

Medical Science and Islam: A brief Analysis in Medicine – Ahanat Zannat

Medical Science and Islam: A brief Analysis in Medicine – Ahanat Zannat

The contributions that the medieval Muslims played in the invention of new drugs and therapeutic agents are great in number as well as in value. The following passages will shed some light on the real contribution of the prominent Muslim scientists and philosophers in the relevant field. Abu `Ali al-Husayn...

Catastrophes Course of Humanity Affected – Seth Baum

Catastrophes Course of Humanity Affected – Seth Baum

My father’s family came to the US in the 1930s, a Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany. My life has gone well, and I suppose I should be grateful for the way things turned out. However, I can’t help but wonder what would the world look like today if the Holocaust...

The cities that need a warning label?

The cities that need a warning label?

Oliver McAfee was supposed to be home in time for Christmas 2017. But the 29-year-old landscape gardener, originally from Dromore in Northern Ireland’s County Down, hasn’t been seen since 21 November 2017. McAfee had been cycling along the Israel National Trail, near the desert city of Mitzpe Ramon, before he...