The Stunning Beauty of Braided Rivers

The Stunning Beauty of Braided Rivers

Most rivers flow in one broad channel of water, but some rivers split into lots of small channels that continually split and join each other to give a braided appearance. These are called braided rivers.

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Download All 36 of Jan Vermeer’s Beautifully Rare Paintings (Most in High Resolution)

Download All 36 of Jan Vermeer’s Beautifully Rare Paintings (Most in High Resolution)

Imagine the scene: you uncover a painting stored away in the closet of an elderly relative's home, coated in a blanket of dust so thick you can hardly make out anything but more dust underneath. You slide it out, begin to carefully brush it off, and find two piercing eyes peering out at you.

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Gardening and the Secret of Happiness

Gardening and the Secret of Happiness

Botanist and nature writer Robin Wall Kimmerer, who has written beautifully about the art of attentiveness to life at all scales, examines the revelations of the garden in "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" — an unusual and richly rewarding book blending botany, Native American mythology, natural history, and philosophy.

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‘The bad $50s are rampant right now’: Counterfeiting on the rise

'The bad $50s are rampant right now': Counterfeiting on the rise

Organised crime syndicates are flooding Australia with counterfeit $50 banknotes, costing businesses and consumers millions of dollars.
More than 33,000 fake $50 notes were removed from circulation in 2014-15, triple the number detected just two years ago, government figures show. But this likely represents only a fraction of the amount of bogus money flowing through the economy amid a massive spike in the number of…

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Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?

Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?

Fear becomes a go-to feminine trait, something girls are expected to feel and express at will. By the time a girl reaches her tweens no one bats an eye when she screams at the sight of an insect. When girls become women, this fear manifests as deference and timid decision making.

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