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Image With its ulcer-inducing traffic, smoggy air...

With its ulcer-inducing traffic, smoggy air and preponderance of concrete, #Bangkok doesn’t often come to mind as a green destination. But one innovative innkeeper is hoping to boost its eco-credentials with the Bangkok Tree House. The 12-room boutique inn is nestled amid a wilderness of mangroves and palm trees on Bang Krachao, a small island known as Bangkok’s ‘green lung’ in the Chao Phraya River. #travel #time

   

Image Located on the main river, #Frankfurt is a...

Located on the main river, #Frankfurt is a city of financiers and philosophers, of gleaming skyscrapers in the central business district and timber-framed houses in the old town. Come October, writers, literary agents, book publishers and traders descend on Germany’s financial hub to take part in the world’s biggest #bookevent. #travel #time

   

Image #Istanbul makes all the latest travel hot...

#Istanbul makes all the latest travel hot lists, for good reason. Domed mosques, topped with fairy-tale minarets, anchor scores of neighborhood squares where prayer calls echo down cobbled lanes. Boats of every size navigate the Bosporus Strait, where old men crowd bridges to drop fishing lines and gossip, while along the shores, cafés serve thimbles of thick Turkish coffee. #travel #time

   

Image From the Horn of Africa to the Arabian...

From the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, and onto Europe via Venice and Constantinople, the cult of coffee has been spreading for close to five centuries. Globally, we’ll knock back over half a trillion cups of the stuff in 2012; only that other energizing black liquid, oil, is more widely traded. But while the addiction might be international, the habits that have evolved around coffee’s consumption are as diverse as the ways it is served. #coffeetrade #travel #time

   

Image I focus on French food at beast, my...

I focus on French food at beast, my restaurant in Portland, Ore., but I try to approach it with a slant. The island of Corsica is between France and Italy, drawing influence from both, and I hoped a trip there would broaden my understanding of what French food could be. So this summer, two days after getting married, my husband and I flew to the land of milk, honey and cured pig. #travel #time

   

Image You don’t have to convince...

You don’t have to convince #ChristianLouboutin that sex sells. The shoe designer, who this year celebrated his company’s 20th anniversary, is known for his sky-high heels that come adorned in feathers, crystals, silk tassels and other whimsical embellishments. When we profiled Louboutin in the spring issue of TIME #Style & Design, the designer told writer William Lee Adams: “Shoes have to seem of sex. It makes part of the identity of my shoes.” #fashion #time

   

Image As she lands her first fashion magazine...

As she lands her first fashion magazine cover (for ASOS clothing) this month, TIME looks back at the actress and filmmaker’s eccentric #style. #time #fashion

   

Image #WillowSmith can add another talent to her...

#WillowSmith can add another talent to her preternaturally impressive resume: #fashion blogger. The 11-year-old announced a new trend-spotting Tumblr on her official Twitter account on Tuesday, called “i’art des chiffons.” Roughly translated, the title means “the art of the rags.” Fittingly, she mostly posts pictures of street style (British “It” girl Alexa Chung appears to be a favorite), intermixed with a few GIFs, runway shots, magazine pages, quotes and red carpet looks. #time

   

Image In the beginning–before Hulu, before...

In the beginning–before Hulu, before Netflix Watch Instantly, even before the official launch of YouTube–there was Sling Media’s #Slingbox. The ingenious “place-shifting” box let you re-route the TV signal which would normally go to your TV. It streamed it across the Internet, letting you use any Net-connected computer to watch whatever channels and DVR recordings you had at home. #tech #time

   

Image When Lytro released its namesake digital...

When Lytro released its namesake digital camera last spring, it wasn’t immediately clear what sort of person would want to buy it. On one hand, it was a genuine technological breakthrough: As the first consumer light-field camera, it captured the direction of light in a scene as well as color and intensity, letting you snap photos which could be refocused after the fact. #technology #time

   

Image About 18 months ago, I was one of the first...

About 18 months ago, I was one of the first to write about what I thought Amazon’s business model would be for its tablet that launched last fall. I had heard from my sources in Taiwan that Amazon was looking at selling the #tablet at cost or even below cost and then make up the profit through products and services offered to customers. #technology #time

   

Image More than 100 cases of #FungalMeningitis and...

More than 100 cases of #FungalMeningitis and eight deaths have been reported so far. Here's what you need to know about the infection... #health #time

   

Image Drip, drop, tick, tock This piece of stone...

Drip, drop, tick, tock This piece of stone was part of an ancient Egyptian water clock. It was bowl-shaped, and was filled at the start of the day. As water dripped out through a hole in the bottom, the markings would show how many hours had passed. Fragment of a basalt water clock from Egypt, around 320 BC #history #time

   

Image It's your lucky day! This ancient Egyptian...

It's your lucky day! This ancient Egyptian calendar shows which days are lucky and which are unlucky. Look closely – the unlucky days are the red ones. Here's an example of a good day: 'This is the day on which the gods received their hearts.' Papyrus calendar from Saqqara, Egypt, around 1225 BC. #history #time

   

Image Catch some rays This ring sundial uses the...

Catch some rays This ring sundial uses the sun to tell the time. The dial is set to the right time of year, then the ring is turned until a ray of sun shines through the hole to show the hour. The light moves as the sun's rays slowly change direction through the day. Ring dial from London, UK, around 1580. #history #time

   

Image Nighty-night When the sun went down people...

Nighty-night When the sun went down people didn’t just give up on keeping time until the morning. They used a star clock called a nocturnal. Looking at the stars through the nocturnal, with its arm pointed correctly, would show the hour. Nocturnal and tide predictor from London, UK, around 1580. #history #time

   

Image Spot the numbers This very old clock is...

Spot the numbers This very old clock is from a country house at Cassiobury Park in England. It has a weight connected to a wheel that moves other wheels to tick away the time. Can you see the numbers marked in gold on the dial (at the left hand side of the picture)? Cassiobury Park turret clock from England, UK, around 1610. #history #time

   

Image Much older than your grandfather This is...

Much older than your grandfather This is the sort of clock the mice ran up in Hickory Dickory Dock! It’s called a longcase clock, also known as a grandfather clock. It has a weight hanging down inside the case - it needed winding with a key once a week or it would slow down. Longcase clock, England, UK, around 1655. #time #history

   

Image Fit for a king This beautiful clock might...

Fit for a king This beautiful clock might once have belonged to the king of Poland. It used a spring instead of a weight to make it work, so it was lighter and could be moved around. It has dials showing the path of the moon and stars, and even works as an alarm clock! Table clock by Lucas Weydmann, Cracow, Poland, 1648. #time #history

   

Image Ready to roll? The ball in this clock rolls...

Ready to roll? The ball in this clock rolls up and down the table, making it tip back and forth like a seesaw. It takes thirty seconds to travel from one end to the next. Over the course of a year the ball will travel about 2,500 miles – that’s like rolling from England to Egypt! Rolling ball table clock, England, UK, 1820s. #history #time

   

Image Watches and riches Soon people learned to...

Watches and riches Soon people learned to make smaller clocks, so they could be worn or carried around. At first watches were just for rich people because they were so expensive. This watch is very valuable – it’s made of solid gold and the lid is set with 92 diamonds. Gold and enamel cased watch, London, England, around 1650. #time #history

   

Video Image Young explorers: a brief history of time...

Young explorers: a brief history of time telling - From computers, to phones, watches and clocks, everywhere you look there's something telling you the time. Watch our 'Young explorers' video about how time has been told throughout history. #history #time

   

Image Computer screen | Microscopic scenes from...

Computer screen | Microscopic scenes from our amazing planet, Nikon’s Small World competition reveals more than meets the eye. #Science #Time

   

Image Coral sand | Coral sand is sand of particles...

Coral sand | Coral sand is sand of particles originating in tropical and sub-tropical marine environments from bioerosion of limestone skeletal material of marine organisms. Microscopic scenes from our amazing planet, Nikon’s Small World competition reveals more than meets the eye. #Science #Time #Nature

   

Image Optical lattice clock - Scientists say they...

Optical lattice clock - Scientists say they have found a more accurate way to measure time. We currently use atomic clocks to count the seconds, but tests on an alternative atomic timekeeper have revealed that it is more precise. #time #science #clocks

   

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