El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya


El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya.

Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization.

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Who speaks English?


EVERYONE knows the stereotypes about foreigners speaking English: Scandinavians are shockingly fluent, while the Japanese lag despite years and billions of yen spent trying….

http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2011/04/english.

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Qatar 2022: Doha Port Stadium


Qatar’s extraordinary bid — it is the smallest country to host the tournament — involves the construction from scratch of nine surreal new stadiums, at the cost of tens of billions of dollars of the nation’s considerable petrowealth. The structures will be powered by solar panels — a good gesture for the environment given that the Qataris intend to air-condition all the complexes to combat the Persian Gulf state’s soaring summer temperatures. (FIFA has also said it would support moving the tournament to the winter because of the heat.)

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2039440_2221306,00.html

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The Lure of Capri


The Lure of Capri.

In most of the world, scheduling a concert for 6 a.m. would be eccentric, to say the least. Add that the venue is a cliff-side grotto reachable only by a half-hour hike, and it sounds almost perverse. Not so on Capri, the idyllic island in Italy’s Gulf of Naples whose natural beauty has drawn gatherings since Roman times….

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A New Look at Anne Frank


A New Look at Anne Frank.

Two comic book veterans—who authored the graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Report—train their talents on the young diarist.

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Secrets of the Colosseum


Secrets of the Colosseum.

A German archaeologist has finally deciphered the Roman amphitheater’s amazing underground labyrinth.

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Arcimboldos Feast for the Eyes


Arcimboldos Feast for the Eyes.

Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted witty, even surreal portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, fish and trees.

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TIME’s Julian Assange Interview: Full Transcript/Audio


This is the transcript of TIME managing editor Richard Stengel’s interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange via Skype on Nov. 30, 2010.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2034040,00.html#ixzz17MXoDQGo

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A Breathtaking New Bridge


A Breathtaking New Bridge.

The construction of the bridge that bypasses the Hoover Dam was an Erector Set dream come true for this photographer.

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Searching for Buddha in Afghanistan


An archaeologist insists a third giant statue lies near the cliffs where the Bamiyan Buddhas, destroyed in 2001, once stood

via Searching for Buddha in Afghanistan.

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