The Door to Hell: Burning Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert

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A unique crater continuously burning for more than forty years is located in Karakum desert, Turkmenistan. This place is known to many but not everyone is able to go there. So let’s take a virtual trip there.

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“Dwarf Empire” in Kunming, China

Thirty-five kilometers outside Kunming, in China’s Yunnan province, lies a butterfly ecological garden nestled on an artificial hill created by a Chinese entrepreneur. The main attraction on the hill though is not the butterflies but a group of performers taking part in a production called “Dwarf Empire” or “The Empire of the Little People”. Chinese entrepreneur Chen Mingjing opened the theme park in mid-2009, employing a number of dwarves to create the show, and he says to help the less fortunate by creating jobs for them. Despite criticism from diverse groups calling the whole idea “barbaric” and an “exploitation of less fortunate people”, both Mr. Chen as well as the employees, see it as a positive initiative which allows them to earn a living while not worrying about what others around them think.

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“Dwarf Empire” cast members perform at the Dwarf Empire theme park outside Kunming, China’s Yunnan province, 04 April 2013. The Dwarf Empire theme park opened in mid-2009, employing a number of dwarves to create the show. Depending on what type of job they do at the park, employees earn between 800-2,000 CNY (100-250 Euros) per month, most of which goes towards their savings as lodging is provided, and their living quarters are equipped with kitchens where they prepare their own meals. (Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA)

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Edible Insects in Thailand

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Thai edible insect farmer Udom Sanart, 44, (R) sells crickets, edible insects at a fresh market in Khonkaen province, northeast of Thailand, 08 July 2013. Insects have long been on the menu in Thailand, but academics and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials are hoping they will become a more common global source of protein and nutrients to meet the need for growing world food requirements in the future.

In both Asia and Europe, edible insects have increasingly been used as ingredients in processed foods, removing the squeamish factor of directly eating the bugs, while in many Asian countries vendors sell the fried whole insects in markets to eager less-squeamish customers. Thailand’s pioneering advances in commercial insect farming over the past 15 years has focused on three insect species seeing the annual production of crickets, palm weevils and bamboo caterpillars rise to an average of 7,500 tons of insects a year for domestic and export consumption.

Insect farms are located in about sixteen northeast provinces of Thailand. The UN agency estimates that world food production will need to increase 60 per cent from current levels to meet global food requirements by 2050, and has become a keen advocate of insect consumption. Not only does this type of farming have less impact on the environment than many other meat source farming, the insects are also very high in protein, vitamins and minerals necessary for a good diet. (Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA)

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Why You Should Travel the World

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There have been huge advances in overseas travel in the last one hundred years. This has allowed many people to travel hundreds, if not thousands of times faster throughout the world. Massive advances in engine technology have improved performance of cars, along with a number of other motorized vehicles, for example train and boats.

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Bambu Indah | Bali Indonesia

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Bambu Indah is a radically distinctive boutique hotel in Ubud, carefully curated by designers and long term residents of Bali, John and Cynthia Hardy. In 2005, eleven antique Javanese bridal homes were brought to Bali, restored, and decorated with the finest details. Now, Bambu Indah is available to travelers from around the world seeking unique experiences while being comforted by the luxury and service of an intimate hotel.

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Giant Crystal Cave in Naica, Mexico

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Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 metres (980 ft) below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals (gypsum, CaSO4·2 H2O), some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The cave’s largest crystal found to date is 12 m (39 ft) in length, 4 m (13 ft) in diameter and 55 tons in weight. The cave is extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 58 °C (136 °F) with 90 to 99 percent humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to these factors. Without proper protection people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time.

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30 Reasons Why You Should Visit Iceland

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Iceland is the land of boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls. Its breathtaking landscape is an inspiration to artists and photographers. Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with a pure, unpolluted and truly magical landscape. Iceland’s summers are surprisingly warm, lush and green, with days lengthening until midsummer, when the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets. During winter you can marvel at the amazing, undulating green, blue, yellow and pink lights of the aurora in the night sky.. Enough said here are 30 reasons why you really should visit Iceland…

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26 Real Places That Look Like They’ve Been Taken Out Of Fairy Tales

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If you love fairy tales and have a serious case of wanderlust, this bucket list was made for you. Travel suggestions via this Quora thread.

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The Best Treehouse Hotels on the Planet

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When it comes to picking the ultimate vacation destination, there are few places that rival treehouse hotels. We’ve searched far and wide to compile a list of the 20 greatest treehouse hotels on the planet.

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The Whimsical Giraffe Manor in Kenya

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If you like connecting with wildlife, and we mean really connecting, then you’ll love Giraffe Manor in Kenya. This beautiful 12-acre reserve features a stunning manor where guests can interact with these gentle creatures.

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Exclusive Gili Lankanfush Resort in Maldives

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The private tropical island of Lankanfushi in the Malé Atoll presents an amazing luxury resort set, ”an intimate oral island in a sparkling lagoon” – according to the description of the owner. Surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Gili Lankanfush resort is a real heaven for lovers of exotic destinations.

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Indonesia’s Medical Mannequin Industry

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A craftsman works on making human anatomy mannequins on April 23, 2014 in Depok, West Java, Indonesia. The mannequins are made from fiberglass and will be used in schools, hospitals and laboratories. (Photo by Nurcholis Anhari Lubis/Getty Images)

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What the World Eats By Peter Menzel And Faith D’Aluisio

A stunning photographic collection featuring portraits of people from 30 countries and the food they eat in one day. In this fascinating study of people and their diets, 80 profiles are organized by the total number of calories each person puts away in a day. Featuring a Japanese sumo wrestler, a Massai herdswoman, world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria, an American competitive eater, and more, these compulsively readable personal stories also include demographic particulars, including age, activity level, height, and weight. Essays from Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham, journalist Michael Pollan, and others discuss the implications of our modern diets for our health and for the planet. This compelling blend of photography and investigative reportage expands our understanding of the complex relationships among individuals, culture, and food.

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Oswaldo Gutierrez, Chief of the PDVSA Oil Platform GP 19 in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela with his typical day’s worth of food. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of his day’s worth of food on a day in December was 6000 kcals. He is 52 years of age; 5 feet, 7 inches tall; and 220 pounds. Gutierrez works on the platform for seven days then is off at home for seven days. While on the platform he jogs on its helipad, practices karate, lifts weights, and jumps rope to keep fit. His food for the seven days comes from the platform cafeteria which, though plagued with cockroaches, turns out food choices that run from healthful to greasy-fried. Fresh squeezed orange juice is on the menu as well and Gutierrez drinks three liters of it a day himself. His diet changed about ten years ago when he decided that he’d rather be more fit than fat like many of his platform colleagues. PDVSA is the state oil company of Venezuela.

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Silent Hill

Jonny Joo, 23, visits derelict malls, stations, towers and other places because they remind him of Silent Hill – a psychological horror video game which was made into a film. “When I first started exploring places, so many would remind me of the game. It was a world I was kind of obsessed with because of how dark and eerie it looked”, Joo said. His book, titled “Empty Spaces”, will feature 116 images and is being released this week.

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An abandoned old grain silo, described by the photographer as “peaceful”. (Photo by Jonny Joo/Barcroft Media)

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The World’s Most Beautiful Hotel Swimming Pools

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With the summer season right around the corner, it’s time for you to start mapping out your dream vacation destinations. We’ve helped to get things jump started by rounding up the 20 best hotel swimming pools on the planet.

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