Jaw-dropping photographs of the natural world

These images capture the natural world looking awe-inspiring, spooky, fragile, cute, moody and hilarious One star entry is a magnificent picture of the Milk Way taken in La Palma’s Caldera de Taburiente National Park They are all commended and shortlisted entries for the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards By Ted Thornhill for MailOnline The natural…

UK Weather: Britain set for hottest day of the year so far

Britain is set for ‘wall-to-wall sunshine’ and we could see the warmest day of the year so far  It’s even looking like the fine weather might last beyond the weekend with sunshine predicted on Monday A Met Office forecaster said: ‘We’re looking at highs of around 18C (64F) or 19C (66F)’ By Harvey Day For…

Rory Maclean explores Mount Etna in Sicily

Historian and writer Rory Maclean marvelled at Europe’s highest active volcano  He stayed at Sicily’s Palladio Hotel in Giardini Naxos, and explored Mount Etna Other highlights included Syracuse, one of the island’s most handsome towns By Rory Maclean For The Mail On Sunday ‘I don’t have time to peel oranges in London,’ an English solicitor…

2017 Sony Photo Competition shows of stunning buildings

The snaps are all shortlisted and commended entries in the architecture category of the awards Images from the competition will be displayed at London’s Somerset House between April 21 and May 7, 2017 They include a sublime pictures of a library, a Japanese skyscraper, a brothel and Manhattan at sunset By Ted Thornhill for MailOnline…

Cities in Cyprus and Latvia offer Europe’s cheapest break

Post Office Travel Money barometer researched costs for UK tourists in 36 cities Price of two nights’ lodgings, transport, meals and attractions researched Paphos, Cyprus, was revealed to be Europe’s cheapest city break destination  By Naomi Leach For Mailonline and Press Association British travellers wanting a bargain city break should head to Cyprus, a study…

Chicago’s Sears Tower is getting a crazy new skydeck

Company that owns the Willis Tower wants to let guests rappel down a rope 103 floors above the street Blackstone Group has drawn up plans for an enclosed glass box that would let visitors scale down the rope one story from floor 103 to 102 There will also be a new ledge walk for people…

Inside the hotel with the world’s best infinity pool

New TV series will visit Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, home to the world’s longest elevated infinity pool The glamorous attraction spans the size of three Olympic swimming pools and overlooks dramatic cityscape Over one million guests a year stay at the £3.5billion destination which has a casino, restaurants and more  By Naomi Leach For…

Five maps that will change the way you look at the world

Boston public schools announced that they will shift to using world maps based on the Peters projection This is because the Peters projection accurately shows different countries’ relative sizes It distorts countries’ shapes but it avoids exaggerating the size of nations in Europe and North America This is what happens with the more commonly used…

The incredible U-shaped New York skyscraper is unveiled

Oiio studio has unveiled designs for curved skyscraper ‘The Big Bend’ as solution to expensive zoning laws Manhattan tower was imagined as a structure to straddle Billionaire’s Row on 57th Street in New York City The concept tower would need a two-track elevator system that could go round curves and move horizontally By Naomi Leach…