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Your Shot: The Power and the Beauty of Dirt

We come from dirt, and to it we shall return someday.<p>The universal symbolism of this concept is clear in our burial rites. In western Christian funeral services, the phrase “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” is said over the body. In the Jewish tradition, the family of the deceased tosses shovelfuls of …

Soil

Paleo Profile: The False Moose

<b>Name:</b> <i>Bretzia pseudalces</i><p><b>Meaning:</b> “Bretz’s false moose”, named for geologist J. Harlan Bretz and the moose-like shape of the deer’s antlers.<p><b>Age:</b> About 5 million years ago.<p><b>Where in the world?:</b> Washington state.<p><b>What sort of critter?:</b> A deer.<p><b>Size</b>: About the size of a modern mule deer.<p><b>How much of the</b> …

Dual Survival

Season 9, Episode 7<p>October 12, 2016<p>Season 9, Episode 7<p>October 12, 2016<p>EJ and Jeff face a pack of bull elephants and angry hippos as they trek through …

Survivalism

2 climbers crawled through a suffocatingly tiny cave and discovered a new human ancestor that could be 'one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century'

A couple of cavers stumbled across the remains of at least 15 individuals in South Africa's Cave of Stars. The species, which is named Homo naledi ("naledi" means "star" in the South African language Sotho)<i>,</i> had a small brain, yet remarkably humanlike features. And the bones appear to have been …

Anthropology

Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters

(To read the extended, updated, more canonical version of this story, with additional reporting by the author, please go here.)<p>Since 1953, to be …

Mad About Monkeys: A Loving Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weird and Wonderful Kindred Creatures

A captivating primer on our fellow primates, from belligerent baboons to brilliant macaques.<p>We share this planet we call home with an astonishing array of equally astonishing creatures. But, perhaps because we judge everything by our solipsistic human criteria, few elicit our admiring fascination …

Books

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in three decades

In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn’t seen in over three …

Papua New Guinea

Scanning Tech Sees Inside Insects To Catalogue New Species

Sometimes it's what's inside that counts<p>Sure, it might look like the Tick, but the blue bug pictured above is more creepy-crawly than dramatic superhero. It's a new species of millipede, identified using a novel high-tech scanning technique and described today in a study in <i>PLOS ONE</i>.<p>In reality, the …

Seeds That Defied Romans, Pirates, and Nazis

Our story starts quietly in a museum. In a cabinet. There, in the dark, sits a small batch of seeds: Persian silk tree seeds. They come from China. They were taken, probably secretly, from Beijing to London by a British diplomat in 1793. The British wanted to grow silk.<p>Flash forward to 1940. German …

Mudslides

We Are About to Start Mining Hydrothermal Vents on the Ocean Floor - Facts So Romantic

Forty years ago, scientists found alien life. Not on another planet, but on Earth, in the deep sea, in places where plumes of steam and nutrients …

Seafloor

The Herb That's Happy Everywhere from Soap to Shortbread

<i>Stop and smell (and eat) the flowers.</i><p>Take a moment and do a word association with lavender: Soap. Light purple. Fragrant.<p>I bet you’re less than five thoughts in before you begin reciting that old English nursery rhyme “Lavender blue, dilly dilly, lavender green….” While this tune has shown up in …

Delightful Photos of 1940s Celebrities Walking Their Dogs in NYC

New Yorkers have always loved their dogs, and the 1940s was no exception. No matter how heavily scheduled a day might be, the city’s Broadway and …

New York City

Eerie Underwater Photos of World War Two Aircraft

World War Two perhaps witnessed the most horrific sea battles in the history of human warfare. As a result, countless ships were sunk, either …

Scuba Diving

Artist Crafts Incredibly Realistic Gigantic Flowers Out of Paper

San Francisco-based artist Tiffanie Turner has had a lifelong obsession with botanicals, expressing her adoration in the form of incredibly realistic paper flowers. Using delicate crepe material, she crafts soft-looking petals that have the same creases, folds, and postures to convincingly mimic …

Crafting

Leiderschapslessen uit de natuur

- <b>Omdat de natuur zeer effectieve strategieën kent in het omgaan met veranderingen, bevat ze waardevolle lessen op het gebied van leiderschap en</b> …

Ameland panorama

Kirsty Mitchell's Enchanting "Wonderland" Photos Honor Her Late Mother with a Spectacular Book

We've been following fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell for years as she revealed new chapters of her enchanting <i>Wonderland</i> series. The self-proclaimed "artist with a camera" released image after image of the extraordinary series, giving us a glimpse of the amount of work that goes into each …

Track Down

Constrained by the Limitations of Soviet-Era Architecture, Brodsky & Utkin Imagined Fantastical Structures on Paper | Colossal

<p>To be an architect with vision in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 80s, was to witness a near complete loss of Moscow’s historical …

Rare Pink Dolphin is Spotted near Louisiana's Coast

Pinky the dolphin is a mythical-looking creature who is quickly capturing the hearts of people around the world. Though we're used to dolphins typically having a blue/grey tint, Pinky is actually pink! The marine mammal's rosy glow seems like an unbelievable impossibility, but she's definitely not …

Dolphins

Highlights from Artist Tatsuya Tanaka’s Daily Miniature Photo Project | Colossal

<p>Photographer and art director Tatsuya Tanaka has a fascination with all things tiny and has an uncanny ability to repurpose everyday objects as set …

Miniature

Incredible "Corso Zundert" Flower Parade Honors Vincent van Gogh with Giant Floral Floats

This past Sunday, the renowned Corso Zundert parade made its way through the streets of Zundert, Netherlands. Giant floats adorned with hundreds of thousands of dahlia flowers were welcomed by an eager crowd, who witnessed the incredible work of 19 design teams. The iconic painter Vincent van Gogh …

Art

Neon Sunsets and Technicolor Landscapes Painted by Grant Haffner | Colossal

<p>Deeply influenced by a childhood spent growing up on Long Beach in Sag Harbor, N.Y., artist Grant Haffner tries to capture the color and feeling of …

Art

Beautifully Endless Looping GIFs Created by a Legally Blind Artist

Native American artist George Redhawk creates eerily beautiful gifs even though he's legally blind. With help from computer software, the designer utilizes the art of gif-making to show others how he sees the world as a man who suddenly lost his sight. “It's an artistic expression of the confusion …

Art

Quirky Interpretations of Everyday Objects by Vanessa McKeown | Colossal

<p>For the last few weeks, photographer and art director Vanessa McKeown has been sharing colorful, quirky interpretations of everyday objects on …

Design

Lost Weather Balloon GoPro Found 2 Years Later with Grand Canyon ‘Money Shot’

Back in 2013, five friends in Arizona decided to capture some photos and video from the edge of space by sending a GoPro up on a weather balloon. The …

Forest Landscapes Suffused with Stars from Faraway Galaxies

As a little girl, London-based photographer Ellie Davies knew The New Forest inside and out; she ran along its streams, built small hideaways, and …

Hubble Space Telescope

Home

If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

Rhythmic Photos of Tourists Swarming Across the Gobi Desert

Budapest-based photographer Bence Bakonyi knew he would visit the town of Dunhuang the moment he caught a glimpse of it on the surface of postcard. …

Silk Road

The very late Leica M Typ 240 review

I purchased a Leica M Typ 240 new on the 18th of October, 2013. This review, or rather – user experience of this camera will be based on almost two …

Cameras