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19th Century Victorian Portraiture by Julia Margaret Cameron

Widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron blended unconventional pictorial techniques, deep spirituality, and a romantic aesthetic to produce her dreamy, highly stylized Victorian portraiture in the later …

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Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

Ron Strang was on patrol in Afghanistan when a primitive land mine exploded.<p>"When it went off, it came across the front of my body," Strang says. Though he survived the blast, his left leg was never the same. Shrapnel destroyed most of the muscle on his left thigh. He used to run, swim and hike. …

New Virus Related To Smallpox Is Found In Republic Of Georgia

Two herdsmen in the country of Georgia have been infected with a brand-new virus, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.<p>The newly identified virus is a second cousin to smallpox. And, like smallpox, it causes painful blisters on the hands and arms‎. Other …

French children exposed to dangerous cocktail of pesticides, campaigners say

Analysis of hair samples from youngsters living or studying near farms or vineyards found total of 624 pesticide traces<p>Children in agricultural areas are being exposed to a dangerous cocktail of pesticides, some of which are banned substances, a French health and environment group has …

Poll: Youth interest in midterms sinks

A new poll holds some grim omens for Democrats in this year’s midterm elections: young voters have dwindling interest in the November races, and the ones who do plan to cast ballots are more likely to vote Republican.<p>According to the poll, conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics and released …

55 colleges facing sexual assault investigations

As part of the Obama administration’s effort to combat sexual violence at colleges and universities, the Department of Education released a list …

Pompeii "Exposed and Vulnerable" to Neglect and the Elements

A conversation with the author of From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.<p>Pompeii has been many things over the centuries. It's been "a vineyard, a treasure trove, a den of bandits and today it remains an archaeological gem 'exposed and vulnerable,'" according to the new book <i>From Pompeii: The</i> …

Lykke Li Previews New Album 'I Never Learn' With Haunting Video

The singer has said that the record, which is due out May 6th, is the third LP in a trilogy<p>Swedish indie-pop singer Lykke Li has used a lush, …

The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine

In Ukraine, the president may face his toughest foreign policy test yet. Is he up to the task?<p>As Vladimir Putin’s troops seize control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, President Obama is facing what some have called the biggest foreign policy challenge of his presidency. True or not, it’s clear his …

White House Walks Line Between Energy Production and Climate Issues

President Obama doubled down in support of natural gas while at the same time casting himself as a climate defender with the release Tuesday of his …