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A hidden village carved into a cliff | BBC

For more than 500 years, a remote tribe has lived suspended on a cliff-side in the mountains of Oman. Source: A hidden village carved into a cliff | BBC   Read More »

Asia’s dead lake where boats can’t float | BBC

Lake Karakul is almost a Central Asian version of the Middle East’s hyper-saline Dead Sea – although that hasn’t stopped visitors from trying to sail here. Source: Asia’s dead lake where boats can’t float | BBC   Read More »

THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF A HOT AIR BALLOON PILOT | Independent

Every morning, hot air balloon pilot Cary Crawley gets out of bed three hours before dawn, when the sky is still dark. But it’s worth forgoing a lie-in for the spectacular views across the Atacama desert in Chile or the ancient city of Bagan in Burma as the sun rises – depending on where he’s flying that day. Now 59 ... Read More »

Army to test a new, lighter body armor vest and full system this year | Army Times

Later this year the Army will test a lighter-weight body armor vest as part of its head-to-toe soldier protection system program and conduct a full test of the entire system by this fall as they prep the new gear for deploying units. And soldiers will get new eye protection that includes a transitioning lens for sunglasses. That’s according to the ... Read More »

Measles is back because states give parents too many ways to avoid vaccines | Vox

As of Friday, more than 270 people across the country, mostly small children, have been infected by the super contagious and sometimes deadly pathogen, measles, in ongoing outbreaks since last fall. In New York City, the virus has been spreading since September among Orthodox Jews, some of whom reject vaccines on behalf of their children because of unfounded safety concerns. ... Read More »

Cooking up a storm:six ways to update your kitchen on a budget | Homes and Property

It’s one of the most used rooms in a house, but the kitchen is also one of the most expensive rooms to replace. You don’t have to spend a fortune to give the hub of your home a makeover, though. By choosing just a few aspects of a kitchen to update, it’s possible to change the whole look, without breaking ... Read More »

Best night-time workouts | The New Paper

2013 study by the National Sleep Foundation in the US, for instance, found that there was no difference in sleep quality for people who worked out within four hours before bedtime. In fact, it really did not matter what time of the day participants chose to exercise. Just exercising itself encouraged better sleep. Night workouts can also improve your heart ... Read More »

A town where most speak sign language | BBC

Kolok Getar flexed his biceps, puffed out his chest and jutted a pugnacious jaw. Although the old man was sitting cross-legged on the concrete floor, his wiry Balinese frame took on the characteristics of a belligerent bantam fighting cock. “He used to be known as a real tough guy,” his nephew Wisnu smiled. “He was famous as a martial arts ... Read More »

CLIFF CAMPING: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO STAY AT THE WORLD’S MOST TERRIFYING B&B | Independent

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made history in 2015. In 19 gruelling days, the pair free-climbed the Dawn Wall on Yosemite National Park’s staggeringly enormous El Capitan for the first time. They spent those days inching their way up 915m of vertical granite; they spent the nights sleeping suspended far above the ground on tiny, portable platforms. Portaledges are pretty ... Read More »

FORGET CYCLING DOWN BOLIVIA’S DEATH ROAD: BIKING DOWN PICHU PICHU VOLCANO IN PERU IS THE REAL TEST | Independent

Bolivia’s Camino a los Yungas, between La Paz and Coroico, is well-known as “Death Road”. But when Elijah Solidum did the backpacker thing and mountain-biked down this famously lethal 65km stretch, he found himself still yearning for an adrenaline rush. So then he biked down a volcano. It was a week after his Death Road experience that Solidum went one ... Read More »