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Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

Scuba Diving

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Growing food in population centres would increase yields, cut transport costs and overcome limited land area<p>Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Black Holes

More cities ponder going carless

Few countries have had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. — except perhaps for Germany, home of the high-speed Autobahn. Yet, the country’s second largest city is studying ways to go carless.<p>The northern German city of Hamburg has laid out an initial concept, dubbed the Green …

Urban Design

Dwarf planet Ceres is spewing water into space

Scientists have speculated for decades that Ceres — the planet-like heavenly body embedded in our solar system's asteroid belt — might contain water, still considered a rarity in our solar system. They haven't been sure, though, until now: researchers at the European Space Agency and the …

On the Probability of Aliens Dressed as Nuns Visiting Las Vegas

It’s not enough for a whistleblower to reveal that the United States government has been secretly running a vast operation spying on the American public and on other governments – some conspiracy theorists are simply determined to believe the impossible. With that in mind, gaze upon the remarkable …

6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”<p>The Open University, an online educational institute, took …

Tips for Making Photos on Airplanes

Published by Jeff Carlson<p>Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a senior editor for TidBITS, and …

Why Associated Press was right to sever ties with Narciso Contreras

The Guardian's head of photography explains why the photojournalist's seemingly small mistake in manipulating a single image from Syria could have big repercussions<p>The decision of the newswire Associated Press to 'sever its relationship' with the Pulitzer prize-winning freelance photographer …

Photos of the Desolate and Abandoned Svalbard Landscape

Empty buildings usually have a kind of strange character about them. Photographer Reuben Wu is all so aware of this, and he just can’t seem to get …

Sport picture of the day: snowmobile – the extra-terrestrial

First published on Fri 24 Jan 2014 08.25 EST

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

How to Photograph an Affordable Car Like a Supercar

If there are two things I love in life it’s cars and photography, and the thought of putting those two together sounds better to me than getting …

16 Amazing Photographs From NASA’s Golden Age

As exciting as the future of space travel may be, its past is just as thrilling. <i>For All Mankind: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964-1983</i>, a new exhibition at London art gallery Breese Little, showcases more than 100 photographs from the golden age of space exploration. The photographs depict NASA from …

Space Exploration

Are You Harnessing The Full Power Of Instagram?

Whether you love or loathe Instagram, today's post looks at just how powerful a tool it can be. Last week, a friend took a simple shot from his …

Photos of the Changing Landscape Promote Awareness

Camille <b></b>Seaman has built a reputation for not only her immaculate photography shot in the Polar Regions including Antarctica, Greenland, and Svalbard, …