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A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I…

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One step ahead: how walking opens new horizons

Whether its to the North Pole or across LA, walking is the fastest way to make more time for life As a child growing up in 1970s Norway, with parents who didnt own a car and loved to hike, Erling Kagge believes one of his first full sentences was: How much further is it? By his late teens, though, hed begun to embrace his parents ethos. By then, for me, walking wasnt just getting from A to B, he says. It had a value in itself. So much so that…

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Carlo Rovelli: Time travel is just what we do every day

The theoretical physicist and bestselling author answers questions from famous devotees and Observer readers Theoretical physicists and mathematicians are fond of describing their assumptions and equations as beautiful but very few novelists are able to bring this elegance to life for the general public. The Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli has proved himself to be one of those rare figures. His first endeavor at writing a book for a mainstream audience, Ian McEwan Novelist Can you imagine a future in which relativity and quantum mechanics could be so well and generally…

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Google is now letting you fly around other planets and moons, so get on it, space nerds

Io as ascertained via Google . Image: google Get excited, space devotees. Google simply rolled out a new Maps feature showing off some of our favorite planetary neighbours. The new Maps feature label images of our moon, Mercury, Venus, Pluto, the International Space Station, and a number of icy moons that orbit the outer planets like Saturn( as watched by the Cassini spacecraft, which just reached the end of its mission at the ringed planet in September) and Jupiter. SEE ALSO: Cassini says goodbye with its final photos from Saturn…

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China prepares to say goodbye to petrol and diesel cars for good

Expect more of these on China’s streets . Image: Xinhua News Agency/ Getty Images China is looking to fully ban gasoline cars down the road. The surprising proclamation was made at an automotive industry forum over the weekend. Xin Guobin, deputy minister of industry and IT, said the ministry has started scheming out a timeline for the end of petrol and diesel vehicles, and light commercial vehicles. SEE ALSO: Tesla’s most expensive autoes just got a price cut China, the world’s biggest automobile market, sold 28 million cars last year.…

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