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Ice Stupas: These Artificial Glaciers Are Solving Water Crises in The Himalayas

Ice Stupas: These Artificial Glaciers Are Solving Water Crises in The Himalayas

Photo credit: Sonam Wangchuk High in the Himalayas in northern India, at a remote village near Phyang Monastery in Ladakh, stands two gigantic ice cones. They were built last winter by piping water
Kamikatsu: The Town That Produces No Trash

Kamikatsu: The Town That Produces No Trash

Do you find separating trash by paper and plastic a chore? Then think about the residents of Kamikatsu, a small town in the mountains of Shikoku Island in south-west Japan, who have to segregate trash
Ko Panyi: Thailand’s Floating Village

Ko Panyi: Thailand’s Floating Village

Aerial view of Ko Panyi, fishing village in Phang Nga Province, Thailand. Photo credit: roadlessandy/instagram In a sheltered bay in southern Thailand, under the shadow of an immense, almost vertical
Ross Island: The Ghostly Ruins of a Former Penal Colony

Ross Island: The Ghostly Ruins of a Former Penal Colony

Abandoned colonial architecture covered with big tree roots at Ross island. Photo credit: CRS PHOTO/Shutterstock For more than eighty years, a remote island in the archipelago of Andaman Islands in
Transnistria, The Country That Doesn’t Exist

Transnistria, The Country That Doesn’t Exist

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, a thin sliver of land on Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine broke apart from its parent country and declared independence from Moldova. A four-month
Yakutsk: The Coldest City in the World

Yakutsk: The Coldest City in the World

Photo credit: Slava Stepanov There are plenty of regions in Russia that can claim to be very remote and very cold, but none as extreme as Yakutia. It’s an enormous region in north-eastern Russia with
The Blood Stained Ceilings of Kyoto’s Temples

The Blood Stained Ceilings of Kyoto’s Temples

The Fushimi Castle in Kyoto was one of the last places of action during the “age of warring states”—a period in Japanese history, stretching from the mid-15th to the early 17th centuries, that was
Canaries As Poisonous Gas Detectors

Canaries As Poisonous Gas Detectors

This peculiar device, in the collection of the Science Museum in South Kensington, London, looks like a tiny gas chamber a movie villain would use. Throw in your enemy—in this case, a small innocent
Makhunik: The Village of Dwarves

Makhunik: The Village of Dwarves

In a remote corner in Iran’s South Khorasan Province, near its border with Afghanistan, is a village that, until about a century ago, was inhabited by people of very short stature. Indication of their
Saint Catherine's Monastery And The World’s Oldest Library

Saint Catherine's Monastery And The World’s Oldest Library

Deep in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, in a region of wilderness made up of granite rock and rugged mountains, lies the town of Saint Catherine. It was here, at the foot of Mount Sinai, that Moses is
The Forgotten Islands of The Wadden Sea

The Forgotten Islands of The Wadden Sea

Just off the northwest coast of Germany, in the North Frisian Wadden Sea, are a series of ten extremely low-lying islets known as Halligen or Hallig islands. The Hallig Islands rise only a few feet
Exercise Tiger: The Disastrous D-Day Rehearsal That Cost 800 Lives

Exercise Tiger: The Disastrous D-Day Rehearsal That Cost 800 Lives

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed into the beaches of northern France in what became the largest seaborne invasion in history. In the space of a single
‘Windows of the World’ by André Vicente Gonçalves

‘Windows of the World’ by André Vicente Gonçalves

Portuguese photographer André Vicente Gonçalves’s “Windows of the World” is a fascinating look into the architectural trend in window design across different parts of the world. While documenting this
World War II’s Other Iconic Photo: Raising A Flag Over The Reichstag

World War II’s Other Iconic Photo: Raising A Flag Over The Reichstag

When photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the picture of five US marines and a Navy sailor raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima, he could not have anticipated
Richardson Olmsted Complex: A Historic Insane Asylum Turned Hotel

Richardson Olmsted Complex: A Historic Insane Asylum Turned Hotel

The Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo, the United States, is a modern name for the Buffalo State Hospital, which itself was originally called the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. This large
The Longest Straight Line Land And Sea Route

The Longest Straight Line Land And Sea Route

The red line on this world map looks all curvy, but in reality is a perfectly straight line. Remember, the earth is spherical, so any straight line drawn on the surface of the earth will appear curved
The Lost City of Cahokia

The Lost City of Cahokia

A thousand years before Columbus's men would land on the shores of America, a new city was sprouting on the floodplains of modern-day St. Louis, Missouri—one that would become, within the course of
China’s Bicycle Graveyards

China’s Bicycle Graveyards

Over the last few years, the bicycle-sharing phenomenon has taken the world by storm, especially in China, where—according to one report—there are over 70 private bike-sharing companies in operation
Pop Culture Dystopia

Pop Culture Dystopia

Dystopian future is a favorite trope among movie directors, writers and artists alike. Decaying landscape, overgrown bushes, and crumbling ruins make for some fascinating views. In this series,
Toxic Art: The Almaden Mercury Fountain

Toxic Art: The Almaden Mercury Fountain

At the Joan Miró Foundation, a contemporary museum on Montjuïc hill in Barcelona, is a fascinatingly deadly piece of art—a fountain of mercury. It’s a simple, almost childlike creation consisting of a