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Inside the lost island of New York – Big Picture

Stairwells strewn with debris and walls crumbling slowly to dust, it is the island that New York forgot for 50 years.

Now, in a series of extraordinarily eerie pictures, the lost world of North Brother – quarantine zone, leper colony and centre for drug addicts – has been brought back to life.

It is hard to believe that these echoing corridors and abandoned halls were home to hundreds of patients – or that a criss-cross of tree-lined avenues were once roads.

But the haunting quality of these pictures makes it easy to imagine that it was a place of indescribable misery, which one inmate compared to the notorious black hole of Calcutta.


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The Claim: An Ice Bath Can Soothe Sore Muscles

For most people, the only time jumping into ice might sound like a great idea is after a grueling workout. Athletes have used so-called cold therapy for years, saying it reduces inflammation, speeds recovery and prevents muscle soreness.

Baseball stars like C. J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers swear by cold therapy. The San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and other N.B.A. teams provide players with high-tech cryotherapy machines. And Paula Radcliffe, the British runner, said she took a 10-minute ice bath after setting her world-record marathon time in 2003. “It takes the inflammation down in my legs,” she said.

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Spectacular Snow Patterns

Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.

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