RelatedHow to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm…10 beautiful places to visit in EdinburghEdinburgh – one of the most stunning cities in the world. Here are the most beautiful places to take the perfect holiday pics.Beyond the Fringe: More things to see and do around EdinburghWe bring you the best things to do in Edinburgh and around, perfect for when Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes to town this August. Princes Street is Edinburgh’s busiest shopping street, but it also holds a lot of history and there is far more to see than the many high street shops. Here are our top five things to do on Princes Street other than shopping.1. Princes Street GardensThis very grand public park beneath Edinburgh Castle can be accessed via gates all along Princes Street, on the opposite side of the road to the shops. There is always something happening in Princes Street Gardens, from the Winter Wonderland at Christmas, to Summer Festival events, to various concerts and celebrations throughout the year. Popular sights include the famous Floral Clock and impressive Ross Fountain.2. The Scott MonumentYou can’t miss this 200 foot Gothic tower at the East End of Princes Street. Completed in 1844, the Scott Monument was built in honour of Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish author of Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and many other famous novels. Climb the 287 steps for fantastic views of Edinburgh.3. Scottish National GalleryThis is the Scottish National Gallery of fine art. It can be found towards the middle of Princes Street, on The Mound. A must-see for art lovers, the gallery includes masterpieces from great artists Cézanne, Constable, Degas, Monet, Goya, Gauguin, El Greco, Titian and many more.4. Edinburgh Bus ToursThe open top city Bus Tours are a great way to explore Edinburgh, particularly if you only have a day or two to pack everything in. You can start the tour from Waverley Bridge next to the railway station, just off Princes Street, and can hop on and off the buses as many times as you like to explore the various attractions along the way.5. Edinburgh Street PartyEvery year on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve), Princes Street is transformed into an outdoor party venue with live music, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. People travel from all over the globe to experience this world-famous event.This post was brought to you by Apex Hotels in Edinburgh, with four city centre hotels, perfect for exploring Princes Street and the surrounding areas. Check out the Apex Hotels Blog for more Edinburgh travel tips.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
These termites can use glass beads to build mounds By Giorgia GuglielmiJul. 12, 2017 , 2:45 PM Termites build mounds up to 10 meters high one tiny particle of soil at a time. But a new study suggests that termites of the species Odontotermes obesus (pictured) are quite versatile, and may be able to use everything from wax to glass beads to construct mounds. Moisture is one of the key criteria for brick selection: If materials are too moist, termites are unable to crawl on them; if they are too dry, the insects cannot mix them with saliva. But even in this aspect, the termites are flexible: They can use red soil whose moisture content is anywhere in between 15% and 60%, the team reports this month in Scientific Reports. What’s more surprising is that the insects are able to handle brass, stainless steel, and other materials that they usually do not encounter in their natural habitat. For this reason, scientists think that brickmaking is a hard-wired behavior—in other words, give termites something they can move on and chew, and they’ll build a castle.