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Somaliland Rock Art. Photo courtesy of Google.

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Photo courtesy of Google.

This week, Google Arts & Culture introduced the Open Heritage Project, an online database of ancient sites around the world digitally preserved using cutting edge technology (3D laser scanning, modeling, drone footage, that sort of stuff.) The project, in collaboration with digital preservation specialists , launched with 27 sites, including Bagan, Chichén Itzá, Tikal, Ayutthaya in Thailand, and Al Azem Palace in Syria, many of which are either endangered, damaged, or cut off to human access due to conflict or natural disasters. The experiences are immersive and supported on Chrome browsers, but best experienced with a VR headset. – Daniel, editor

Photo courtesy of Saint Signora.

Lately I've been dreaming about a trip to the French countryside, where I would troll the local markets for old oil paintings, antique silverware, and other time-worn ephemera. Until then, I'll be keeping my eye on Saint Signora, an online marché selling art and antiques from around the world. – Berit Baugher, senior editor

Everyone's favorite octogenarian primatologist is teaching her first online class. Topics include environmental conservation, animal intelligence, and activism. Enrollees can upload videos for back and critique over the course of 29 lesson plans. – Jeralyn, editorial director

Photo courtesy Oil Nut Bay.

Tucked away in the secluded region of the North Sound on Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay is making a powerful comeback after being hit this year during hurricane season. Villas reopened this March and aim to be entirely carbon neutral, employing solar panels, turtle-friendly lighting, and solar water heaters to help with electricity and water efficiency. – Daniel, editor

Photo courtesy of Boro Hotel.

Long Island City's design-centric Boro Hotel has a new all-day restaurant with major pizza cred. At Beebe's, chef Lou Tomczak (formerly of Williamsburg's Emmy Squared and Greenpoint's Paulie Gee) is serving up crispy thin-crust pizzas alongside a menu of New American cuisine in a beautiful space with an outdoor courtyard that is calling my name. isn't too far, so as soon as this chilly weather lets up I'm going to make a day of it. – Berit

Photo courtesy of The Selfie Museum.

Apparently, the selfie dates back some 40,000 years. Explore the annals of selfiedom this spring at the Museum of Selfies (yes, really) in Los Angeles. The museum, which is a pop-up that runs from April 1 through May 31st in Glendale, may finally add an air of artistic legitimacy to all your pouty-faced snapshots. - Amelia,

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