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Interview: Beautifully Ethereal Portraits Blur the Line between Dreams and Reality

Parisian-born, Los Angeles-based fine art photographer Lola Mitchell blurs the line between painting and photo, beauty and unease, and dreams and reality in her digitally manipulated images of ethereal women drifting in watery realms. Staged primarily near, above, or underneath the surface of …

'The Martian' is out of this world at box office

Opening just days after NASA announced findings showing water on Mars, "The Martian" soaked up moviegoers at the box office.<p>Ridley Scott's 3-D space epic touched down in theaters with a robust $55 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The results again proved moviegoers' …

The Origins of Religion: How Supernatural Beliefs Evolved

Many Catholics reveled in the pope's whirlwind visit to the East Coast of the United States last month. But as the devout return to life as usual, …

In 'Earth + Space,' NASA photo archives reveal the universe's vast beauty

They are glorious works of art — turbulent abstractions as well as enchanting portraits of faraway worlds that are the stuff of sci-fi movies. Except they aren't. These images are from "Earth + Space: Photographs From the Archives of NASA," a Chronicle Books release due next week with text by …

Hubble Space Telescope

Photos Of Matriarchal Societies Show What Gender Equality Looks Like Across The Globe

In these Southeast Asian tribes, women share the power.<p>A girl poses confidently, hands on hips. She wears a delicate flower in her hair, and stands in the photo's background, but there's something commanding about her presence. For her age, she looks stern and self-assured -- where she lives, being …

Now even India's economy is slowing down

Once upon a time, there were four mighty emerging economies that would drive global growth for the rest of the 21st century.<p>A slowdown in the …

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

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For Canadian innovators, will TPP mean protection – or colonialism?

<i>Jim Balsillie is former co-CEO of Research In Motion and co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.</i><p>In his 2011 State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama said: "In America, innovation doesn't just change our lives; it is how we make our living." If a Canadian prime minister …

No Trump: The best bid for Canadian-U.S. prosperity

As Canadians prepare to go to the polls Oct. 19, the economy is the campaign's main focus, as it almost certainly will be when the Americans do the same this time next year. What should voters be asking? The basic questions are the same for both countries: Where are we now? How did we get here? …

A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse will rise Sunday

Get ready. A very special, very rare moon is rising this weekend.<p>On Sunday, the full moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit …

Sound Installations In The Estonian Forest Amp Up Nature’s Ambient Soundtrack

Chirping crickets, croaking frogs, and the cracking branches compose the chorus of sounds you normally encounter in the woods. But students at the Estonian Academy think adding 10-foot-wide megaphones that amplify the ambient hums of the forest can focus your attention and heighten the experience. …

Brains behind ransom virus make software more user-friendly

The world's most notorious ransomware is making it easier for its victims to pay off the blackmail bill, according to security researchers.<p>CryptoWall, formerly known as CryptoLocker, was already a diabolical piece of malware: Once it's inside your computer, it adds a layer of nearly unbreakable …

How a cup of coffee affects your body from the first sip

Britons guzzle 70 million cups of coffee each day but few of us realise the extent to which our morning brew affects our bodies from the first sip. Recent research has revealed that a late night shot slows down our internal body clock and stops us sleeping – but it does a whole lot more than have …