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Endangered No Longer: Our Favorite Pictures of Bald Eagles


A new dawn for the Mezzogiorno?

For the first time since the Grand Tour of the 18th Century, southern Italy is registering on savvy travellers’ radars.<p>In the 1950s, Matera, a town carved from the earth in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, was declared <i>la vergogna nazionale:</i> the shame of Italy. At the time, some 16,000 …

How Did Manatees Inspire Mermaid Legends?

Sailors across cultures thought the aquatic mammals were young women of the sea.<p>It's that time of year when manatees, the slow-moving aquatic mammals of the southeast coast of North America, start to migrate south into warmer waters—and often run into trouble.<p>In Florida, many of the languid …

A rescue chihuahua and orphan kitten from the shantytowns outside Johannesburg, South Africa, snuggle together in this 2012 photo by Julia Cumes. See more of our favorite cat photos from our #YourShot community:

Epic sunset photography from #MatadorU student Paul Pichugin:

Llamas at 15,000ft, Peruvian Andes. Photo by #MatadorN reader @katinaphoto. Thanks for tagging #travelstoke! #peru #andes #llamas #animals #nature #outdoors #trekking #travel

The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus, and Moby Share Their "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" Cover

The Flaming Lips' guest-filled full-album cover of the Beatles' 1967 classic <i>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band</i>, <i>With a Little Help From My Fwends</i>, is out October 28. They've shared pre-ordering details via Pledge Music, which is where they're also streaming "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" …

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Your Shot Pictures: Around the World in 15 Plates of Food

Vermicelli threads drape in India, fish fry smoke fills a kitchen in Tanzania, and a small Batman tackles a slice of cake in the United States.

A herd of elephants is photographed in the Serengeti in this black-and-white shot by Yaron Schmid. See more images from the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest: