Urban photography is like a window into the world, opening onto infinite perspectives. Cities are known to be huge playgrounds for photographers as every hour of the day offers new perspectives for them, from the desert streets in the morning to the bustling nightlife: a relentless source of inspiration to capture the most beautiful treasures of architecture and urban spaces.
These photos from cityscapes around the world have all been selected as finalists in the #Urban2020 Photo Contest by Agora, the free-to-use photography app where people create, vote and curate the best images made worldwide since 2017.
#Urban2020 gathered more than 21,322 submissions from amateurs and professional photographers around the world.
The voting phase is now open on Agora to decide who will be the #Urban2019 Hero who will win a cash prize of $1,000.
Winner will be announced through Agora’s social media channels on Thursday 9th January 2020.
Hello! My name is Tamás Pataki. As a self-taught photographer, I like to take photos of the most beautiful abandoned places, like factories, asylums, temples, villas, and houses from different countries. In the future, I would like to travel and visit as much country as I can, and search for abandoned places.
1 Historical Palace (Portugal)
2 Art Deco Control Room In A Closed Power Plant (Hungary)
Who says you have to know how to speak in order to get your point across?
So much of our communication is non-verbal, which is a very good thing for parents struggling to understand their children as they learn how to talk. In fact, most parents can take one look at their offspring and know what they’re thinking and feeling, all without uttering a word.
Diana and Christos Simos of Jacksonville, Florida have gotten pretty good at interpreting their toddler Alexander’s burgeoning speech. Alexander is three, and while he knows plenty of words he’s still figuring out how to string them all together in coherent sentences. Thankfully Christos seems to speak fluent Toddler-ese.
Diana shared a video of her little family that Christos took after she’d gone to work one day, and it’s so darn cute it’s going viral. “After Alexander’s soccer practice I was in such a hurry to get back to work and my baby Alex was very upset he didn’t get the proper goodbye,” she wrote on Facebook. “He had a lot to say and my husband got it all on video.”
Sure enough, the video shows a very irate toddler ready to plead his case for less work, more hugs! Standing barefoot in the living room, Alexander is visibly perturbed that Diana left without a hug and a kiss. He’s so mad he’s practically stomping his foot! Just look at his little face.
The best part is that as he spews out a string of semi-coherent words, dad manages to catch the entire thing and translate it for us. “She didn’t give you a kiss?” Christos asks incredulously. “And she just went to work?” he continues to translate. “What kind of mother does that?”
“Uh dinnohh!” Alexander responds in exasperation. “I don’t know either!” Christos responds. Alexander isn’t done yet. Gesturing towards his baby sister in an infant carrier next to him, he indicates that he, his sister, and Christos all expected a hug and a kiss from Diana before she left, only to be let down. The nerve!
Thank goodness dad was able to translate for us or we’d never know what he was so upset about! We’re sure this will teach Diana a lesson about leaving without saying a proper goodbye. We wouldn’t want her to get another tongue-lashing from this little firecracker!
Watch Alexander’s funny video below, and don’t forget to share.
To all my fashion lovers out there- fall fashion is finally here! Time to tuck the shorts, tanks and sundresses away until next year and bring out the jeans, sweaters and hoodies.
With the stress of classes and work, sometimes getting ready for school feels like too much work. We don’t have the time or mental energy to throw together outfits for school, so sweatpants, leggings and t-shirts seem like the best option. Right?
It doesn’t take extravagant runway-ready outfits to dress up for class, either. I have a few tips and some go-to’s when it comes to getting ready for school. Save the bum clothes for after your long day of school and work.
My first tip is to have a go-to pair of jeans that you feel confident in that are also comfy. Jeans are not always the most comfortable piece of clothing, but if you find the right ones, they are.
Girls, I suggest a mom jean. These can be worn more casual with a sweater and sneakers, or worn dressed up with a blouse and boots. My mom-jeans are my go-to for almost every outfit. even when I feel like wearing leggings, I wear my mom-jeans and a crew neck with some sneakers for the comfortable street-style look.
Guys, go for a straight-leg jean. This is the perfect balance between the flare and skinny styles of jeans. Same rules apply as the girls; it can be more casual with a long-sleeve tee or dressed up with a button-down shirt and jacket. You look nice and will be comfortable, too.
Which brings me to my next tip- in the wonderful state of Michigan fall weather is often unpredictable. However, the temperature in the classrooms and buildings are not. Classrooms at UM-Dearborn are usually cold.
That being said, find a neutral colored jacket or cardigan to keep in your car or bag that you can bring with you into class when the “fall” weather still feels like summer. Having a neutral colored piece allows you to wear it with any outfit so you can be comfortable during class.
Next, a simple tip to dress up an outfit is to accessorize. Girls and guys can both do this by adding small additions to their outfits. If it’s one of those days when you feel like wearing a crewneck and jeans with your hair in a ponytail, throw a bow hair tie in the ponytail or tie a neck scarf as a headband and it looks as if you dressed up your look a little. Another option to dress up an up-do is to add clips to your hair. Personally, I am a big fan of clips whether I am wearing my hair up or down. They dress it up a bit and show off my personal style.
Another reason I love adding hair accessories outfits is they are reasonably priced. You could collect a variety of options without having to spend too much. Not only are hair accessories easy to add to your outfits, but they make your outfit look more put together while also showing off your sense of personality and style.
For guys, this might be a simple tip that many already do, but if there is a day you don’t feel like doing your hair, throw your favorite hat on with your outfit and this will show off your style and your personality. Depending on the hat, it might be a conversation starter in class and a way to meet new people.
These easy tips are not time consuming. If you take an extra five minutes the night before or in the morning when getting ready for school, you will be able to pull together an effortlessly stylish look for your day. Taking the extra time to do this will help present yourself as someone who cares about their appearance which will also give your more confidence to take on the day.
Have you ever gotten your cat a toy only to have them more interested in the box in which it came? Finally, there may be a gift that outsmarts even the finickiest of cats because Target is selling haunted houses for cats. In other words, it’s a Halloween-themed box designed for your cats to play in. (However, you will have to hide the box that it comes in so they don’t get distracted.)
In honor of everyone’s favorite spooky season, Target has stocked it’s Hyde & EEK! Boutique with all things Halloween. “Frightful and delightful, the Deluxe Haunted Mansion from Boots & Barkley is where your pet will be wanting to spend all her time,” the product description states. “It’s two stories of entertainment, with a spacious cove on the bottom complete with scratch pad built into the floor. The perfect perch to keep an eye on the room is up above. Even better, the entire set assembles in just a few easy steps.” The description also notes that haunting spirits are not included “but your cats will have a scary amount of fun nonetheless.”
While it’s big enough for your cats to have plenty of room to scratch and lie around, it won’t turn your living room into the Haunted Cat Hotel. It stands at just under two-feet tall and is 19.4 inches long by 17.5 inches wide. Per pictures on the box, Target’s website, and already across Instagram, the scratcher can comfortably fit at least two cats.
Cats and cat owners alike seem to be fans of the haunted house scratcher. With over 50 reviews on Target, it’s currently got five stars. The house, which is made of cardboard printed with orange and black haunted house-themed designs, appears to be pretty durable. None of the reviews mention their cat tearing it to shreds too easily or quickly. Some have dubbed it “the best purchase you will ever make for your cat!” Others have noted that “assembly is easy,” provided you read the instructions, and it was “definitely worth the price and the impulsive target [sic] run.” Other reviews still tell the story that is watching their cats romp around in the play haunted house.
“Cinnamon likes to rub against the chimneys. Nova likes to bring her toys to the bottom layer. They both love using the scratch pads and taking naps here!” one person wrote accompanied by a handful of pictures of their cat sitting atop the cardboard house, peering through the tiny window openings.
If the internet has got you down, may I suggest perusing the review section of this Halloween cat scratcher? Or scrolling through #targetcathouse and #targetcatscratcher on Instagram? It’s just hundreds of photos of cats chilling tiny haunted houses, poking their little paws out the perforated windows. It is the cat-centric online mecca you seek.
It’s no secret that our planet would be doing a lot better with more trees, and that would be an instrumental help in fighting climate change. Planting trees is actually easier said than done, but there’s one new technological development that could literally change the world.
Drones armed with ‘seed missiles’ to plant trees quicker and more precise can automate a lot of the work in a fraction of the time.
The first experiments were done in a relatively remote field near Yangon, Myanmar. In September of 2018, scientists experimented with a new technique to literally shoot seeds into the ground via drones. A lot of tests were needed for these special tree-planting drones, but the company behind the machines, Biocarbon Engineering, now believes that they’ve figured out the correct formulas to restore the world’s forests. They discovered the ideal environmental situation and species to make reforestation as efficient as possible.
Roughly six months after the first trees were planted, the field was covered in mangrove saplings of around 20 inches tall.
The experiment worked – and now they’re ready to pick up the pace and massively scale up.
“We now have a case confirmed of what species we can plant and in what conditions,” cofounder of Biocarbon Engineering, Irina Fedorenko told Fast Company. “We are now ready to scale up our planting and replicate this success.”
The company, which can be considered a start-up, has already planted some trees near abandoned mines in Australia, and later partnered with a nonprofit in Myanmar.
Up until now, the nonprofit Worldview International Foundation worked with the local population in Myanmar to plant trees by hand, but since the government allowed international business in 2012, they’ve begun experimenting with a more efficient method. They hope to plant four million trees by the end of 2019 and are looking at methods such as drone delivery to reach that number, as it is almost impossible to do by hand.
In Myanmar, over 350,000 hectares of coastal forest need to be replanted across three states. That’s a massive amount of land, and with roughly 5,000 trees per hectare, we’re looking at more than a billion trees.
“Obviously, planting a billion trees will take a long time without the help of drones,” Bremley Lynhdoh, CEO of Worldview Impact told.
By hand, this would be an almost impossible mission. But with just two drone operators controlling 10 drones, you could plant no less than 400,000 trees every single day. Imagine what you could do with more drones and a whole team!
The drones are equipped with sophisticated sensors to map the area and determine the best method to shoot seed missiles.
An incredible amount of data is collected about the soil condition and the topography of the area they’re flying over, and that data is then cross-referenced with existing satellite data. Computer algorithms and humans can then determine what the best location is for each type of seed.
The seed missiles themselves are pretty cool terms, but ‘biodegradable pods’ would be a more scientifically correct name. The pods contain the seed and necessary nutrients and they’re shot directly into the ground.
Despite technological advancements, humans will still play a large role in the reforestation of the planet.
Some of the seeds don’t fit inside of the drone pods, for example, although that’s a problem that could be easily solved in the future. However, for now, the local population will still be quite important, especially for the reforestation project in Myanmar.
“The project in Myanmar is all about community development and enabling people to care for trees, providing them with jobs, and making environmental restoration in a way that it’s profitable for people,” Fedorenko added. “The forest didn’t vanish by itself—the forest was cut down by local people.”
The company behind the drones also wants to engage the local community in different ways, and are training some for more technical jobs. They’re educating people how to fly the drones, for example.
“We train local people to be drone pilots. And they want that. They want to be in IT. They want to process data, they want to fly drones, they want to do agroforestry, they want to do regenerative agriculture, they want to create vertical farms . . . they want to do all this cool stuff. It’s not the ambition to be a seedling planter for $1 a day.”
There are a number of organizations interested in using the drones to plant trees, and it could end up having a significant impact on the world.
After all, there’s room for another 1.2 trillion trees on the world, and planting all of them would immediately offset all of the carbon that we produce – and then some. It looks like the fight against climate change could definitely use some air support in the form of tree-planting drones!
From the ascending soul of Julius Cesar to the onset of the black death, humans have found no shortage of meaning in the streaking of comets across the skies.
Not until more recently, however, did astronomers uncover the strange truth. Unlike planets, asteroids, and other hunks of rocks that fly through the heavens, comets are mostly made of ice with a dash of dust. And those various ices—molecules of frozen carbon monoxide and methane as well as water and other compounds—represent a rare record of the solar system’s early days, when a smooth disk of chemicals and dust turned around sun. Planets have since swept up almost all traces of the primordial stuff that formed them, and today it survives only in the miles-wide snowballs that occasionally swing in from orbits beyond Pluto.
“They spend most of their lifetimes in deep freeze,” says Anita Cochran, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin. “When we study the comets, we’re basically looking at relics of when the solar system formed.”
Now researchers are attempting to turn everything we know about comets and the early solar system into a coherent origin story. As a preliminary test, one group has taken observations of a few comets and checked them against their predictions for what chemicals existed in the so-called “protoplanetary disk” that would eventually become the solar system. Underlying the diverse selection of about a dozen current comets, whose orbits around the sun ranged from less than a decade to thousands of years, the researchers found an unexpected trend.
“All of these comets could have actually formed in the same radial range,” says Christian Eistrup, an astronomer at the University of Virginia who’s led the research as part of his PhD thesis. “A ring around the [solar system’s] disk.”
Uncovering the objects’ possible shared origin required melding decades of comet observations with new theories of solar system formation. On the observation side, Eistrup combed through research, manually assembling a catalog of which chemical ices had been spotted in which comets. On the theory side, he and his collaborators took the best the emerging field of astrochemistry—the chemistry of space—had to offer. Powerful near-infrared and infrared telescopes such as ALMA and the Spitzer Space Telescope have helped map out specific molecules in developing planetary disks around other stars. And terrestrial labs aiming to mimic the conditions of space are filling in the gaps in explaining the dance that brought particles together into ices and dust, and eventually pebbles and planets.
One such theory, for instance, is the idea that the solar system grew from atomic—as opposed to molecular—seeds. The initial particles might have come from the native ice molecules that waft between stars, Eistrup explains, but his shared comet pattern holds only if one assumes that they started from atoms: bits of interstellar ice blasted apart by early explosions from the young sun.
By running computer simulations, Eistrup tested how the assumed distributions of methane, carbon dioxide, and other molecules in the protoplanetary disk could have led to the amounts of the chemicals seen in his bundle of comets. He found that one range of conditions best matched the observed abundance: all 14 of his comets likely formed in temperatures between 21 degrees and 28 degrees Kelvin (minus 422 to minus 409 degrees Fahrenheit)—mapping to a band ranging from 12 to 30 times Earth’s distance from the sun. From there, future gas giants like Jupiter would have booted most of them out of the solar system altogether, and given the leftovers the long, looping orbits they have today. The result will be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Other researchers are intrigued, but hesitant to declare the case of comet formation cracked. “Whether [his result] is right or not I can’t tell you,” says Cochran, who was not involved in the research, “but it’s the right concept of taking a look at the comets and seeing where we think they formed.”
She’d like to see Eistrup expand his sample to span a wider range of comets, such as ones that have even longer orbits and ones that are falling apart. In particular, she highlights a recently discovered “weird-ass” comet as one that might break his model. Eistrup for his part thinks his model will survive the new outlier, but otherwise agrees with the criticism. “There are billions of comets out there,” he says. “Fourteen of them is not a huge sample size.”
Not knowing every comet’s exact makeup is another weak point. The more compounds a comet is known to have, the more tightly the simulation can pinpoint its formation, Eistrup said. That leads to a better understanding of well-studied objects like Halley’s Comet and 67P, which hosted the European spacecraft Rosetta, but more tenuous answers for less famous balls of ice.
To really shore up the computer simulations, the comet community dreams of collecting a sample and returning it to Earth, much like the Japanese Hayabusa mission did with asteroid dust. Then researchers could check the comet’s exact composition against their measurements. For now though, researchers will have to settle for the incremental guess-and-check process that plays out between model builders and astronomers. “Gradually they’ll build up what works and doesn’t work,” Cochran says, “and meanwhile those of us who are observers will find comets that challenge their view.”
Whether you love it or love to hate it, cooking is kind of an essential part of life. Otherwise, you’ll starve. Or just spend way too much money on takeout.
With the right tools, you can actually make the annoying things you hate about cooking a little more bearable. Heck, maybe you’ll even start to enjoy it. The kitchen is the heart of the home, or whatever.
Here are eight kitchen gadgets and cooking essentials that might just ignite your love for cooking. Or, at least, help you stop dishing out so much dough on Seamless.
1. Classic Cuisine Cool Touch 1-Liter Deep Fryer
Did any of us ever really grow out of our love for chicken tenders and french fries? You can fry up some at home with this Classic Cuisine Cool Touch 1-Liter Deep Fryer without even making a mess. The sides stay cool to prevent you from burning your hands and the one-touch locking lid makes for clean, splatter-free cooking.
2. VitaChef Electric Steamer Skillet Cooking System
This all-in-one cooking system is one helluva multitasker. You can steam, roast, pan-fry, grill, stew, and more with just one device. It basically handles every single cooking method you can think of and is the ultimate space saver if you have a small kitchen space.
3. Ausker Non-Stick 3-Pot Set
Throw out your old, grungy pots and replace them with this warp-resistant set made with die-cast aluminum shells and a stainless steel underside. They’re designed for even heat distribution, with a five-layer non-stick coating that makes for quick and easy cooking and cleanup. You can even detach the handles and use them in the oven.
4. 20-Piece Non-Stick Cookware With Lids & Bakeware Set
If you Marie Kondo-ed your kitchen recently and need all new cookware, this 20-piece non-stick set from Gotham Steel should do the trick. It features a proprietary Ti-Cerama coating (titanium fused with ceramic), resulting in a nonstick and durable surface. It’s also PTFE- and PFOA-free, in case you’re concerned about chemicals. Also, it just looks good.
5. Official Top Chef Professional Stainless Steel Knives: 2-Piece Set
If you’ve dreamed of being on “Top Chef,” this knife set could be the next best thing. It’s a duo of officially licensed knives straight from Bravo’s popular cooking show. Each is made of ice-tempered stainless steel and features a razor-sharp edge for slicing and dicing like the pros.
6. BoilingBeeper Kitchen Timer for Boiling Water
Sometimes the simplest devices are the ones that improve our lives the most — like the BoilingBeeper Kitchen Timer. Simply drop this device into your pot of water, and it’ll beep when it reaches 212 degrees. That way you don’t have to sit around watching and waiting for it to boil.
7. Better Sponge: 6-Piece Variety Pack
Regular sponges are disgusting. This one is better. It’s designed with small silicone fingers to clean hard-to-reach places and tough stains without wearing out or smelling. You can even use it as an oven mitt, a pet brush, a hair collector, or whatever else you want.
8. Meat Claws: 2 Pack
We could all use a little more fun in our lives — especially the person who said we shouldn’t play with our food. These stainless steel meat claws let you shred grilled meat straight off the grill in a much more exciting way. Use them for chicken, brisket, beef, pork, turkey, etc. The possibilities are endless.
It’s the monsoon time and the time to update your wardrobe for the rainy season. While the downpour and muddy streets can make dressing up tricky during monsoon months, following a few guidelines will help keep your fashion game on point.
1. Choose your attire carefully – Monsoon is the time when you face difficulty in commuting because of muddy streets. That’s why we suggest you to avoid wearing jeans, or trousers, or palazzos, or maxi dresses. Instead, go for shorts, skirts and knee-length dresses that will not get dirty. If you want to add some fun quotient to your style, wear a solid jumpsuit which is currently a rage in the fashion-forward community.
2. Fabric plays a major role – During monsoon, it’s almost impossible to not get drenched in a sudden downpour when we step outside. This is why choosing the right fabric is important. Save the clothes made of denim or silk, as they take a lot of time to dry up and gets ruined. Upon the arrival of rainy season, pick clothes that are made of cotton or polyester which are not only comfortable but also dry quicker.
3. Pay attention to your footwear – One wrong choice in terms of footwear when it comes to rainy days can make things worse. Unless you want to spoil your favourite pair of shoes, avoid wearing stilettos. Also, wearing shoes that are made of leather, suede and velvet is not a wise decision during the rainy season. Instead, go for rubber footwear,jelly shoes, crocs, and colourful flip-flops that will give you a refreshing look.
4. Match your socks with the season – If you are wearing closed footwear in monsoon, make sure to wear waterproof socks which will keep your feet dry and safe from bacterial infection. Usually thicker than normal socks, waterproof socks come with moisture-wicking properties as well as anti-microbial properties.
5. Handbag can be your monsoon saviour – While you may want to skip carrying a handbag during monsoon, it’s probably not a wise decision. If you are travelling, you should always choose a spacious bag that is big enough to hold the essentials as well as the umbrella. Tote bags come really handy in the monsoon.
6. Make a statement with an umbrella – Gone are the days when umbrellas were used as a mean to protect against rains. A fun, bright coloured umbrella can make your outfit look vibrant.Carrying a cherry red umbrella in the sea of black umbrellas will surely turn some heads. You can experiment further by picking an umbrella with quirky prints that brings out the kid in you. However, if you want to settle on something more sophisticated, you can go for umbrellas in pastel colors or try the classic combination of black-and-white.
We know that going to college and picking out outfits every day might be overwhelming sometimes, especially when it’s your first semester. Trust us, we know what it is to be presentable and following dress codes.
Here are a few quick tricks to get your outfit right on spot.
So what makes a look suitable for college girls? Comfort! Remember that comfort should always come first. Load up on jeans, peasant tops, kurtas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and outerwear such as utility jacket.Also, don’t forget to pair your college outfit with stylish sneakers and backpacks or over-sized handbags, to fit all your day essentials.
Kurta and jeans are back in trend and nothing screams comfort more than your favorite pair of jeans; top it with your favourite kurta and a pair of pretty tassel earrings and strappy sandals, and get ready for a long day.
Kurta is a versatile piece and can be pair with not just jeans but also a long skirt for a stylish subtle look. Pair a cotton kurta with a flared skirt and accessories with very simple earrings in a black metal and kholapuri and you are set!
Kurta and a Palazzo is now everyone’s favourite as it’s easy and needs not much effort to pull off; just find the right pair of palazzo for your body type and you are good to go.
Pair an asymmetric kurta with a salwar bottom for a bohemian style and add on string bracelet and gladiator sandal.
With restrictions on jeans, it’s important you choose a right pair that’s perfect for college, and pair it with long peasant tops and shirts with silver long chains and bangles.
Denim is among one of the finest choices by college girls during those hot sunny days when the temperature becomes unbearable and you don’t even like to step outside your house. Denim gives a cool effect to your body and looks superb when matched with a tucked-in top and opaque accessories.
Round neck tops with skinny leggings are on huge demand by college girls as they make for a perfect outfit for a night out with college friends.ou can give a modern-twist to your black legging by matching it with a black striped full sleeve top. You can also enhance your look by carrying a simple black side purse.
Jumpsuits are back in trend and are perfect for college; pair it with a plain or striped t-shirt and sneakers for a fun look.
Jumpsuits are most comfortable and everyone would love to dress-up in. A large check-print jumpsuit gives an elegant look to college girls if worn with simple accessories.The most significant feature about jumpsuits is that they are available in wide range of colours and all sorts of combinations.
Sweater with maxi skirt or tights is a perfect choice of outfit to wear to college. It will definitely look cool and classy. Sweaters give you a stunning cozy look. This look will help you gain followers for your sense of style.