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These are the the most crystal-clear images of Pluto yet

Remember when Pluto was this strange, faraway planet (or dwarf planet, depending on when you grew up) that science textbooks knew very little about? It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t know things like its true color, composition, or really much of anything about its topography. Well, that’s all …

Solar System

Post 9

For the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, I asked seven New York-based National Geographic photographers to share an image of theirs that they considered emblematic of the city post 9/11. I wanted to know if New York had changed, and if so, how it was manifested visually. The …

Obsessive Architect Crafts One Tiny Paper Building Every Day for a Year

<i>An earlier version of this article published in August, 2015, one year after Charles Young embarked on his 365-day project. The below article is an updated version that includes Young’s ongoing work, and was featured in</i> Make: <i>Vol 56.</i><p>Back in August 2014, artist Charles Young took on a one-a-day, …

This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?

Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to the family tree.<p>A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor, scientists announced Thursday in the journal <i>eLife</i><i>.</i> <i>Homo …

18 Maps That Will Change How You See The World

Including some disturbing news for America.<p>BuzzFeed is attempting to track down and embed all the original creators featured in this article. Please contact tom.chivers@buzzfeed.com.

These 10 Cities Hate Tourists The Most, According To Tweets

Haters gonna hate.<p>Certain U.S. cities are known as pretty friendly destinations -- the kinds of places where you'll be greeted with a friendly smile and locals will always point you in the right direction. But there are those not-so-kind places (hellooo, NYC!) where folks would rather <i>not</i> welcome …

Researchers built a robot that can paint as well as Vincent Van Gogh

Researchers from the University of Tubingen have developed an algorithm that allows an artificial neural network of computers to accurately learn how to paint just like famous artists.<p>In June, Google revealed that it had built sophisticated image recognition software that enabled its robots to see …

The farmer who’s starting an organic revolution in Cuba

Photograph: Sarah L Voisin/Washington Post<p>The Italian salad, which costs about $10 at El Litoral in Havana, features culinary goods from Finca Marta.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/26/1440603903390/5b2f5af4-5c63-40b8-8852-ad978f7d962e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

The 11 weirdest moments at the 2015 VMAs

There was crying and a nip slip, so overall this years MTV Video Music Awards was sufficiently weird.<p>Of course with Miley Cyrus hosting, we were …

Miley Cyrus

The Terrible Teens

What’s wrong with them?<p>C57BL/6J mice are black, with pink ears and long pink tails. Inbred for the purposes of experimentation, they exhibit a number of infelicitous traits, including a susceptibility to obesity, a taste for morphine, and a tendency to nibble off their cage mates’ hair. They’re …

Parenting

Turns Out Sarcastic People Really Are Better at Everything

Maybe it's okay to be that guy in the office.<p>You know that annoying coworker who always rolls his eyes or cracks wise on the job? Don't be surprised if he gets promoted over you. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that a new study, published in the journal <i>Organizational Behavior and Human Decision</i> …

Tesla Model S P85D breaks Consumer Reports' test scale

Stop me if you think you've think that you've heard this one before.<p>The Tesla Model S is the best-performing new car in Consumer Reports' history. The Palo Alto auto maker's Model S P85D acquitted itself so well that it broke CR's testing scale, forcing the publication to recalibrate its future …

Tesla Model S

10 Essential Stories About Hurricane Katrina

<i>It was Aug. 29, 2005, that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, leading to one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in U.S. history.</i> …

New Orleans

21 Watermelon Sculptures That Are Too Skillfully Crafted to Eat

Artists across the globe have utilized watermelons as an unexpected canvas for their imaginative creations. For centuries, fruit carving has been a respected art in Thailand and was used solely for decorating royal tables. Now, this uncommon skill has been adopted by others who see watermelons as …

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Inside Costume Designer Joanna Johnston's Mod World for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Not only are A-line shapes, graphic prints, and mod accents trending on fall’s runways—thank you, Louis Vuitton, Carven, et al.—but they’re about to take pop culture by storm, thanks to **Guy Ritchie’**s <i>The Man from U.N.C.L.E.</i> Set in the 1960s like the TV show on which it’s based, the spy thriller …

The 199 Most Donald Trump Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said

Would you vote for this man?<p>1. “… don’t let the brevity of these passages prevent you from savoring the profundity of the advice you are about to receive.” (<i>How to Get Rich</i>, 2004)<p>2. “I am a really smart guy.” (<i>TIME</i>, April 14, 2011)<p>3. “I’m intelligent. Some people would say I’m very, very, very …

Donald Trump

By the numbers: The massive toll of the Animas River spill

<b>(CNN) —</b> The environmental crew had one job: pump out and treat contaminated water at the Gold King Mine in southern Colorado.<p>Instead, when the workers for the Environmental Protection Agency used heavy equipment to enter the defunct mine on August 5, 2015, a leak sprung. A massive one.<p>The EPA has …

Pollution

Samsung's more daring phone designs: a visual history

With Samsung poised to reveal its latest take(s) on the smartphone in a matter of hours, we thought it was as good a time as any to take a look back. The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are rumored to be on tap for tomorrow's festivities, two devices that would continue the company's affinity for …

Galaxy Note

See the Most Dazzling Photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower at Bamburgh in Northumberland in August 2015.<br>Peter Greig—REX/Shutterstock

Meteor Showers

Here’s a foolproof method to increase your Chipotle burrito size by 86 percent

The best way to hack a system is almost always to exploit its human weakness. Case in point: This “master” Chipotle hack from<i>Apartment List</i> intern …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

Robin Williams: his 50 funniest quotes

‘True Detective’ Season 2’s Fatal Finale: Why Nic Pizzolatto’s Show Will Be Hailed as a Cult Classic

Few shows have been ripped apart like the HBO potboiler’s second season. But with its campy characters and outrageous plot(s), it will find an …

Perseid Meteor Shower Expected To Peak This Week

The celestial display promises to be especially spectacular.<p>The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to make a dazzling late summer appearance this week.<p>Stargazers are especially excited because this year marks the first time since 2010 that the meteor shower aligns with a new moon, making for ideal …

10 Lists To Keep If You Want To Be Successful

Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you're well aware of the beverage's staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.<p>For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. "I was working on another commission …

Coffee

3 Startups Racing to Disrupt the Bicycle Industry

These fast-growing e-commerce companies are gaining traction with bike lovers.<p>The leisure bike market is leaving high-speed bikes in the dust.<p>Total U.S. sales of leisure bikes shot up nearly 20 percent during the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, while racing bike sales fell 3 percent during the …

Startups