52 Places to Go in 2015 A revitalized city welcomes the world. Sure, Italy is rich with romantic cities like Florence, Venice and Rome — but its most vibrant might just be Milan. And this is the year for tourists to explore its charms, as it hosts the 2015 World Expo. Twenty million visitors are expected to visit the city for the Expo, a mammoth event that runs from May through October and involves more than 130 participating nations and organizations sponsoring more than 60 pavilions. The Expo’s theme focuses on food, nutrition and sustainability practices — a fitting choice for a city steeped in Italian culinary traditions. The Expo coincides with the completion of a number of urban renewal projects that are infusing new life into overlooked quarters, like La Darsena, a formerly dilapidated harbor that will feature tree-lined promenades, bike paths and piazzas. And Milanese restaurants are earning acclaim for their increased focus on diverse regional cuisines from across the Italian peninsula.
Ukraine crisis in maps 23 April 2014Last updated at 08:39 ET A masked pro-Russian gunman in Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine on 23 April Deadly pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine has created a crisis for the new authorities in Kiev, months after President Viktor Yanukovych was driven out of office. After imposing economic sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March, the US and EU are at loggerheads again with Moscow despite diplomatic efforts in Geneva. The crisis has exposed deep divisions in Ukrainian society - between the European-facing west and the Russian-facing east. Explore the maps and graphics below to find out more. Why is the eastern Ukraine crisis dangerous? Pro-Russian sentiment is strong in regions like Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine's industrial heartland and vital to the country's economy, but the population is much more divided in its loyalties to Moscow or Kiev than people were in Crimea. High stakes in the east Crisis timeline Why is Crimea so important?
Amazing Collection of Beautiful Places and Spaces Our planet is far more impressive than we could imagine. It has the power to build landscapes that amaze us even after seeing them a few times. In this article I have gathered pictures of places and spaces in our beautiful world that are simply amazing and must be seen. Enjoy. 1. Located about 100 miles north of Reno, Nevada, is the tiny town of Gerlach. The most striking aspect of the Fly Geyser is its vibrant colors, which are caused by thermophilic algae. 2. The Ice Castles in Silverthorne are man-made ice formations created by Utah’s Brent Christensen. 3. This waterfall is very famous in Tuscany because is an open-air free hot spring. The waters of Saturnia Therme are sulphureous-carbonic-sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline. 4. Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. 5. The Sagano Bamboo Forest is one of Japan’s national treasures. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
40 more maps that explain the world Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. 1. Data source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, World Bank. Those dots represent people: the brighter the dot, the more people. 2. Click to enlarge. Human beings first left Africa about 60,000 years ago in a series of waves that peopled the globe. 3. (Wikimedia commons) The Mongol conquests are difficult to fathom. 4. Click to enlarge. This map shows the Spanish and Portuguese empires at their height. 5. This map shows British, Dutch and Spanish shipping routes from 1750 to 1800. 6. Click to enlarge. 7. Bluer countries have better income equality. Yes, the United States has worse income inequality than Nigeria. 8. Click to enlarge. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Photos That Will Make Your Stomach Drop Posted by admin on May 1, 2013 in Nature | 39 comments If you love to do something that is uncommon, and what people do just few times in whole year, than you must try to do something like this on photos below. Maybe you will feel strange while you looking at this photos, you will see, who knows. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. How do you stop flooding? 29 January 2014Last updated at 05:15 ET With parts of the UK continuing to suffer the aftermath of the most severe winter floods in years, attention has focused on how flooding can be prevented or alleviated. Here are some of the main methods and principles in use. The Somerset Levels have been flooded for several weeks Dredging Farmers in Somerset claim a lack of river dredging has worsened the impact of the flooding in the area in recent weeks. But the issue of whether rivers should be dredged is not clear cut. The Environment Agency says that while dredging can improve general land drainage, it cannot prevent rivers from flooding, due to the huge volumes of water involved during major floods. The basic aim of dredging is to remove silt - a sedimentary material made of fine sand, clay and small-sized particles of rock - from the river's bed, therefore increasing its capacity to carry water downstream. Flood barriers Metal frame barriers in use at Bewdley in Worcestershire Sustainable drainage
Marvel at the Magnificent Marble Caves Can you imagine something happening that would endanger these exquisite azure caverns? It might if Chile continues with plans to build five hydro-power dams in Patagonia. Photo #7 by © Jorge Leon Cabello The water has eroded the marble to create cavities and marble caves. Amazing geological formations on Chilean side of Lake Carrera. It would be a real shame if the hydro-power dams damage the lake and the marble caves on top of the surrounding natural habitats for wildlife. View of the lake and where to find the marble caverns in the Aysen region of Chile.
UK storms: Before and after 7 January 2014Last updated at 08:59 ET Stormy weather has wreaked havoc across the UK. A combination of high winds, rain and strong waves have battered the coastline and also caused flooding further inland. Here, a landmark rock arch in Porthcothan Bay in Cornwall, has been reduced to rubble. In Portland, Dorset, a rock stack off the coast, known locally as Pom Pom rock, has been washed away. In Portreath, in Cornwall, a section of the finger pier and harbour wall has been damaged by the waves. Flooding in the Somerset Levels has left villages cut off and roads and buildings damaged. Aberystwyth promenade was evacuated again on Monday night as the coast was hit by an 'exceptional' wave swell.
36 Strange and Funny Google Street View Photos We wanted to post these awesome Google Street View photos a long time ago, but somehow they got lost along the way. Luckily, I found them while reading Twisted Sifter. We tried our best to find more cool examples of Google Street View images, however almost every source was pointing to Jon Rafman. Montreal based artist Jon Rafman isn’t the original photographer but instead he explores Google Street Views and takes screenshots of the most unusual and funny sights. The original images were taken by an army of Google’s hybrid electric automobiles, each one equipped with nine cameras on a single pole trying to photograph every highway and byway in the world. “The world captured by Google appears to be more truthful and more transparent because of the weight accorded to external reality, the perception of a neutral, unbiased recording, and even the vastness of the project,” said Jon in his interview to Art Fag City. Website: 9-eyes.com
The 1931 Histomap: The entire history of the world distilled into a single map/chart. The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This “Histomap,” created by John B. This giant, ambitious chart fit neatly with a trend in nonfiction book publishing of the 1920s and 1930s: the “outline,” in which large subjects (the history of the world! The 5-foot-long Histomap was sold for $1 and folded into a green cover, which featured endorsements from historians and reviewers. the actual picture of the march of civilization, from the mud huts of the ancients thru the monarchistic glamour of the middle ages to the living panorama of life in present day America. The chart emphasizes domination, using color to show how the power of various “peoples” (a quasi-racial understanding of the nature of human groups, quite popular at the time) evolved throughout history. It’s unclear what the width of the colored streams is meant to indicate.
45 Beautiful Abandoned Places [Photos] Every building that exists has a story to tell, some more than others. This is especially true when it comes to abandoned buildings. When you encounter one, a variety of emotions are evoked, usually that of curiosity, melancholy and/or nostalgia. Questions such as ‘who made it?’ and ‘how long has it been here?’ In this post, we’ve gathered 45 beautiful photos of abandoned places from around the world. Recommended Reading: 100 Captivating Examples Of Urban Decay Photography Namie, Fukushima, Japan. Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea. Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, Tuscon, Arizona, USA. Domino Sugar Factory, Brooklyn, New York City, USA. Michigan Building, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Bannerman Castle, Pollopel Island, New York, USA. Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria. Hashima Island, Nagasaki, Japan. Miranda Castle, Celles, Belgium. Chambre de Commerce, Antwerp, Belgium. Denbigh Asylum, Denbighshire, Wales. Pripyat, Ukraine. New World Shopping Mall, Bangkok, Thailand. Spreepark, Berlin, Germany.
40 maps that explain the world By Max Fisher By Max Fisher August 12, 2013 Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog, with others from a variety of sources. [Additional read: How Ukraine became Ukraine and 40 more maps that explain the world] Click to enlarge.