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The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

Facebook beheading video: Who was Mexico's Jane Doe?

<b>A film of a woman being beheaded in Mexico caused an international outcry in October when Facebook refused to remove it from its site. There have been hundreds of reports about the video - but why has no-one identified the victim in it?</b><p>In the grainy footage, the woman is on her knees in jeans and a …

Mexico

Using Giant Mirrors to Light up Dark Valleys

The villages of Rjukan, Norway, and Viganella, Italy, are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun's rays for up to six months every year. To illuminate those darker winter months, the two towns have built gigantic mirrors that track the sun and reflect daylight downwards. …

38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find <i>le mot juste</i>. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.<p><b>1.</b> …

An Eye-Opening Look at 6-Year-Old Muay Thai Fighters

<i>Die Kampfkinder</i>, roughly translated as <i>Fighting Kids</i>, is an eye-opening series by German photographer Sandra Hoyn that takes a look at children as young as 6 years old who have been thrown into the ring to compete in Muay Thai matches. The images give a glimpse of the lives of these tiny warriors …

Muay Thai

TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life

Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands …

A Wondrous GIF Shows the Most Popular Baby Names for Girls Since 1960

Social Security Administration data visualized in the most lovely way imaginable<p>My friend Judy used to always say that whenever she met another Judy, she knew exactly how old that Judy was—to the day.<p>Now that level of precision might be a bit of a stretch, but, as the above map wonderfully shows, …

Potoo Bird

Why Do We Go to Space, Anyway? - The Atlantic

The past and future of travel beyond Earth

35 Of The Best Dessert Recipes Of All Time

When it comes to dessert, the HuffPost Taste editors have got you covered. Between chocolate brownies, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes and fruit pies, we got dessert on our minds all day long. (And this is not an overstatement.) You could even say that we’re somewhat of …

College Student's Speech Makes Him King of the Nerds

If the nerds of the world ever come together to elect a president for all geek-kind, this kid should definitely run.<p>The epic — yes, epic, there is no …

Real Monsters, Psychological Conditions Illustrated as Monsters

Illustrator Toby Allen has created “Real Monsters,” a series of illustrations depicting psychological conditions as monsters.<p>The artwork is not at …

Monsters

Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

No time to read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time? In just two and a half minutes, Alok Jha explains why black holes are doomed to shrink into nothingness then explode with the energy of a million nuclear bombs, and rewinds to the big bang and the origin of the universe<p>• See more 'made …

Metal rod impales builder’s body after piercing through his bottom in eastern China

Spare a thought for this builder who fell from a 2m high scaffolding platform only to land bottom-first on a metal bar which proceeded to go right …

Google vs. Death

Tech<p>Search<p>SportsBaseball's Spring Training Remained Segregated Long After Jackie Robinson. This Forgotten Doctor Helped End the Practice<p>BizarreCouple …

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The Case Against High-School Sports

The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?<p>Every year, thousands of teenagers move to the United States from all over the world, for all …

Indian woman, 20, killed by her family for eloping with man from 'wrong caste'

A young Indian woman was beaten to death and her boyfriend beheaded in an "honour killing" by relatives after they eloped in defiance of local caste rules.<p>The couple was attacked and killed in front of neighbours in their home village after they were persuaded to return with promises that they …

Saving More Lives: Global Child Mortality Rates Drop

Since 1990, about 90 million young lives have been saved by interventions that improve health and reduce the risk of the most common causes of death …

7 Words That Came About from People Getting Them Wrong

People didn't always say "pea" or "newt." These seven words initially started as other words entirely.<p>1. Pea<p>Originally the word was "pease," and it …

New York Times

31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps

They say that the only permanent thing in the world is change. History books are one way to understand the passage of time, but there are also some …

The Unique Genius of Hong Kong's Public Transportation System

The use of a clever financing system has enabled the territory to provide world-class service—without breaking the bank.<p>In addition to Hong Kong, the MTR Corporation runs individual subway lines in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen in China, two lines in the London Underground, and the entire …

Delhi rape: how India's other half lives

The brutal gang-rape on a bus highlighted the routine abuse of Indian women – and how the nation's surge to superpower status has left millions behind struggling on the margins<p>It was a Sunday evening routine: heavy drinking, some rough, rustic food, and then out in the bus, cruising Delhi's streets …

Syria crisis: Obama speech underwhelms commentators

<b>Most commentators were not impressed by President Barack Obama's Tuesday night address to the nation on Syria.</b><p>It was one of the "strangest speeches a president has given in my lifetime", wrote Ross Douthat of the New York Times.<p>"A prime time presidential address should either announce a policy …

New York Times

Start schooling later than age five, say experts

Formal schooling should be delayed until the age of six or seven because early education is causing “profound damage” to children, an influential lobby of almost 130 experts warns.<p>Traditional lessons should be put on hold for up to two years amid fears that successive governments have promoted a …

Elephant tears: Newborn weeps after being parted from mother who tried to kill him

<b>This newborn elephant cried for five hours without stopping after he was rejected by his mother.</b><p>Vets hoped it was an accident when the youngster’s …