How would the world change if mountains did not exist? Earthly travel would undoubtedly be easier, but without mountains, for example, so many natural boundaries that have divided peoples for centuries would disappear, helping them also to define their own culture and, not secondary, to defend themselves against enemies.
Although the number of mountains in the world is virtually incalculable, only 14 exceed 8,000 meters, and they have been a land of conquest for the most fearless climbers in recent decades.
But what are these 14 magnificent 8,000-meter peaks? And where in the world are they located? Let's find out together, referring to measurements made by the magazine Focus.
Japan is the country where people live better and longer. This is what emerges from the latest report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the countries most "long-lived" on the planet.
In the country of the Rising Sun you can expect to live 74 and a half years in good health.
It is the first time that the WHO speaks of "healthy life expectancy" and not simply "life expectancy".
At the planetary level, the average value is 73.3 years (70.8 years for males and 75.9 years for females). According to 2015 data from the World Health Organization, women live on average longer than men in all countries of the world except Mali and eSwatini
Prisons are one of the sad institutions on which, unfortunately, modern society is based. Removing individuals who are dangerous to the community, and enclosing them all together in one place for the purpose of surveillance and re-education, is one of the ways our ancestors found to ensure the safety of the population.
They remain places, albeit atrocious, that are nonetheless fascinating because of the peculiarity of their rules, the micro-world they inhabit, and also because of the many fictional works, films, books and many others, that have prisons as their main setting.
But which are the most famous prisons in the world? Among the largest, the most luxurious and the bloodiest, one can really find all possible and imaginable types.
In 2018, an incredible event shook the Indian city of Tinsukia: a group of rats destroyed banknotes inside an ATM machine, causing significant economic damage.
The incident sparked wonder and curiosity around the world, leading to speculation about the behaviour of rats and the safety of ATMs. In this article, we will take a closer look at this incredible story and try to understand what could have prompted the rats to act in this way.
We will also look at the wider implications of the event, highlighting the vulnerabilities of financial technologies and the challenges society faces in preventing threats from wild animals and natural environments. (source BBC)
This is a list of the most populous cities in the world, defined based on 2018 United Nations estimates, official census estimates, and the 2021 "Demographia World Urban Areas" report.
"World Urbanization Prospects," a publication by theONU, defines the population of a real city as "the population living within the administrative boundaries of a city." For many of the metropolises, however, the metropolitan area is administratively distinct from the urban agglomeration proper. For this reason, ONU recent estimates distinguish three definitions of cities: cities proper, urban areas and metropolitan areas.
According to the definition of "city proper", based on administrative uniqueness, the Chinese city of Chongqing is the largest in the world.
According to the other two definitions, Tokyo, despite being divided into several administrative units, is the most populous "urban agglomeration" (i.e. the agglomeration without rural areas) in the world, while the Chinese city of Shanghai is the most populous "metropolitan city" (i.e. the area interconnected by common infrastructure and frequent transport).
The data in this gallery include the total population of agglomerations in their highest estimates, thus also including metropolitan areas.
The lonely house on the Icelandic island of Elliðaey has generated numerous theories and speculations, including a refuge for billionaires in the event of an apocalypse or the abode of a religious fanatic.
However, these stories have been disproved. The real story behind the isolated mansion dates back to the 1950s, when it was built by the Elliðaey Hunting Association as a refuge for puffin hunters. The island of Elliðaey, uninhabited for about 90 years, is an ideal nesting habitat for these endangered birds.
Environmentalists visit the island and use the lodge to monitor and protect puffins during their summer breeding season.
Every driver will have happened in life to come across a winding and challenging road. Perhaps for the terrain full of pitfalls, or simply for the conformation of the stretch of road itself.
But there are extremely dangerous roads in the world. Roads that for those who travel them is now accustomed to danger. Paths that just looking at them make you panic.
They are the most dangerous roads in the world. From China to Bolivia via Norway and Afghanistan here are the routes to avoid for motorists.
Gold is undoubtedly one of the world's most important natural resources, a refuge asset par excellence and one of the world's rarest metals. Its importance within our economy is crucial, although many reservoirs are slowly beginning to deplete.
According to US Geological Survey, China remains the world's largest producer of gold, followed by Australia and Russia. Forget the gold rush of the old American West, today gold is mined mechanically in huge mines, open-pit basins in which many other metals besides gold are found.
In this short article, we will show you what are currently the 6 largest gold mines in the world according to data collected by Forbes, which cites the World Gold Council.
Carnival is one of those festivals that have united people through folklore for centuries. It is usually celebrated following the Christian calendar, and comes before the period called Lent (the 40 days before Easter). Its history originates from some pagan holidays, such as the Roman Saturnalia or the Greek Dionysia.
Each country, over the centuries, has come to celebrate it in different ways, but in general you can find, everywhere, some things in common: the floats, the masks, the flowers, the dancing and the parties. It is a time when anyone can be whoever they want, and it once served to subvert, momentarily, existing social orders.
The magazine Forbes has compiled a ranking of what are the 8 best carnivals in the world to take part in. Alongside the most famous, we also find lesser-known but equally beautiful festivals.
From Feb. 24 to 28 in the Thai city of Pattaya takes place Pattaya International Kite on The Beach.
Lots of kites, colorful and of different sizes, fly in the sky, fascinating thousands of tourists who arrive to enjoy this spectacle. It is a spectacle that continues even after sunset, as many kites are equipped with LED lights that illuminate the sky.
Although the kite festival is completely free of charge, the event is able to generate an income of more than $4 million, a valuable aid to the local economy.
Humanity is rapidly expanding and conquering virtually every single corner of the globe. Specifically, our cities are becoming veritable megacities, destined to accommodate more and more people in the near future.
Research published by Daniel Hoornweg and Kevin Pope in 2016 predicted which will be the 10 most populous cities in the world in 2100, i.e. at the end of the century. Surprisingly, the list did not include a single European or North American city.
The data on the currently most populous cities were updated to those reported by the UN in 2021, and again, not a single European or North American city. The trend is therefore clear, the future will be shifted between Asia and Africa in the near future, with Western society set to lose its political hegemony.
A meteorite crater (also called astroblem, impact crater or basin) is a circular-shaped depression formed by the impact of a meteorite, asteroid, and in general a celestial body, on the surface of a planet.
Evidence of many of these craters, which have impacted our planet over geological eras, can be found on planet Earth. One of the most famous, for example, is the one believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs (called the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction).
Some of these craters can be found underground today, or at least the traces they left behind. Others have become beautiful lakes, others are still desolate and remote places today. But which are the largest in the world by diameter?
We are all realising that our way of life, the one our parents, who were born and raised especially after the Second World War, taught us, is no longer sustainable. There are too many of us in this world now, and nature can no longer provide us with everything we need.
Capitalism, or consumerism for short, is forcing us to submit to environmentally worn-out logics that would not be sustainable even in the long run, but are even less so in the short time we have left before everything falls apart. Our way of life must change radically if we are to allow the survival of mankind. For example, the introduction of the law in Europe allowing the sale of insect meal aims at exactly that, at sustainability.
Therefore, it is necessary for all of us, while there is still time, to change certain behaviours to help the world. Here, then, are some tips for leading a greener and more sustainable life.
Brutalism is an architectural movement that emerged in the 1950s, which no longer favors the pure lines of the Modern Movement, but a thinking that moves toward the ethics of aesthetics, which meets spontaneity and desired roughness as a manifesto of a straightforward functionalism without rhetoric.
This style of architecture uses "Beton Brut", i.e., exposed reinforced concrete, the hallmark of this style. It is an architecture alien to any intellectualism, speaking to the masses whose needs it interprets, especially in its conception of civic and community architecture.
We now take you around the world to see some examples of this Brutalism, one of the world's most powerful artistic expressions.
Based on the annual Mindbody + ClassPass wellness index, this ranking represents an accurate overview of the top 10 (of the 50 most populous) healthiest US cities.
Using a wide range of criteria, the level of well-being of residents was assessed by considering various factors, such as the amount of exercise taken, the amount of sleep at night, and the adoption of healthy lifestyles such as quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption.
Factors such as the importance of social relationships, the closeness of friends and family and the spiritual aspect of personal achievement were also taken into account. The complete ranking can be found at mindbodyonline.com
A tree first sprouted more than 3,000 years before the birth of Christ. This could be the oldest tree in the world, a majestic cypress tree nicknamed 'Great-grandfather'. The analyses are the result of both direct measurements and approximations and assumptions made taking into account the geography and botany of the place.
Alerce Milenario is its name in the Hispanic language, has survived all these years thanks to its location, at the base of a wet ravine, and could help researchers understand the effects of climate change on flora around the world.
Its incredible record has not yet been officially published, but researchers claim that it is at least 600 years older than the oldest tree thought to be
Europe is historically a continent where we do not see extreme natural events, such as tornadoes, massive floods and earthquakes. However, events happen every now and then that are so strong and destructive that they go down in history.
Some of these disasters, which occurred even several centuries ago, are still remembered today for the number of victims claimed and the destruction wrought among the population. Weather, it is known, is unpredictable, and even in a relatively calm region like Europe, it can do damage.
The magazine Focus has listed the 10 worst natural disasters in the history of the Old Continent, some of them very recent, others dating back many centuries as well.
A bear entered the backyard and frightened a man, David Oppenheimer, who was relaxing in his lawn chair: It happened in Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina. The man posted the video on his Facebook channel.
The video begins with the man lying in his deckchair, unaware of what is about to happen.
The bear slowly approaches the man, but initially neither of them notices the other's presence. When the bear notices the man's presence it makes a short sound and then runs away, leaving the man with a loud thump in his chest. (Facebook: @David Oppenheimer)
According to theMain Streets Across the World 2022report, which analyzes the main shopping areas of 92 cities around the world, New York Fifth Avenue is the most expensive route in the world followed by Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui. Post pandemic, the most expensive street in Hong Kong loses the top of the ranking and records the worst drop ever, -41%.
In detail, with an average annual fee of 14,547 euros per square meter, the Via Montenapoleone in Milan ranks ahead of New Bond Street in London and Avenue des Champs Élysées in Paris, respectively in fourth and fifth place in the global ranking of the most expensive streets in the world.
Via Montenapoleone in Milan, has earned the title of the most expensive shopping street in Europe and the third overall worldwide, with a jump of two positions compared to the last research of 2019.