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The coral reefs that almost made scientists cry (for joy)

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>These are not fun times to be a coral reef researcher.<p>Like so much of environmental science, the field can be a dismal one, often devoted to documenting decline. There are mass die-offs, worldwide bleaching events, plagues of sea stars, the ominous “warm blob,” the …

El Niño

See Photos From the Tragedy That Changed U.S. Labor History

On March 25, 1911, 146 immigrant garment workers were killed after they were trapped on the upper floors of the Asch Bui<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Bettmann—Getty …

9 Remarkable Winning Images from Smithsonian’s 13th Annual Photo Contest

The Smithsonian.com 13th Annual Photo Contest recently made an exciting announcement: they've selected this year's winners! With over 46,000 submissions, we're sure the judges had their work cut out of for them, but each chosen image represents a stunningly diverse depiction of the world at …

National Parks

DNA from mysterious 'Denisovans' helped modern humans survive

Genetic mutations from extinct human relatives called the Denisovans might have influenced modern human immune systems, as well as fat and blood sugar levels, researchers say.<p>Very little is known about the Denisovans. The first evidence of them was discovered in Denisova Cave in Siberia in 2008, …

Brussels tragedy strikes at the heart of an already fragile European Union

This week’s bombings in Brussels shattered the peace, and the sense of self-confidence, in the heart of the European Union. The Islamic State militants who carried them out may yet achieve a much larger goal: speeding the breakup of the 28-country bloc that is the grandest geopolitical project …

21 Show-Stopping Wedding Cakes That Have Some Serious 'Wow' Factor

Give me some sugar! 🍰<p>When it comes to weddings, you <i>can</i> have your cake and eat it too.<p>Below, we’ve rounded up 21 exquisite wedding confections that look and taste like a slice of heaven. <i>(Check out even more beautiful desserts ― including the on-trend drip cake ― here.)</i>

Weddings

Google is making the excellent Nik Collection for professional photographers completely free

Big news for the professional and enthusiast photographers out there: Google is making the entirety of Nik Software’s photo editing suite completely free.<p>It’s a big deal – Nik Software has been around for about two decades, and its film-like filters and other editing tools are some of the most …

6 Tips to Help Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone

How many pictures did you take during your last vacation? And how many of <i>those</i> were with a smartphone? With the rise of Instagram and other social media sites taking pictures with smartphones is becoming a very popular way to document your travels. Instagram, alone, has roughly 80 million photos …

Mobile Photography

News Guide: Real-life 'Bernie' murder case back in court

DALLAS (AP) — A funeral director in small-town East Texas befriends a widow 40 years his senior at her husband's funeral, spends her money freely, …

Crime

Tiny Fruit Fly Sours Australia's Big Ambitions in Agriculture

A tiny fruit fly is undermining Australia’s efforts to grow its $3 billion fruit and vegetable exports, despite the country reaching a series of free …

‘The scene belonged to a disaster movie, not a family holiday’: the day my partner drowned

When Decca Aitkenhead’s partner, Tony, died rescuing their son from a riptide, she believed she had survived the worst time of her life. But there was more to come<p>Jamaicans have a word that can mean hello, goodbye or thank you. “Bless-ed,” they say. Our two sons picked it up within days of arriving …

You might need a manual just to unpack the HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is an impressive piece of kit, but it's far from simple. A diagram reportedly included in an email to early adopters this week made that fact very clear by detailing the no fewer than <i>twenty</i> separate items included with the consumer edition. Much of this is the same as the development …

Bree Olson describes hardships after leaving adult film industry

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former adult film star Bree Olson has a message for young girls: Don't get into porn.<p>Olson was one of Charlie Sheen's live-in "goddesses" who shared his home with other women during his 2011 meltdown.<p>Olson estimates she was making $30,000 to $60,000 a month in the adult film industry before …

Condé Nast is releasing thousands of unpublished photos from its Vogue and Vanity Fair archives

In 1909, Condé Montrose Nast bought then 17-year-old <i></i>Vogue magazine and established Condé Nast Publications. A few years later, it began publishing Dress & Vanity Fair (quickly shortened to its current title). In the roughly hundred years since, photographers have been snapping away for these and …

Sexy Carbon Fiber Smart Bike SpeedX Leopard Gets 980% Funded On Kickstarter In 2 Days

With a frame built out of tough and light carbon fiber, the SpeedX Leopard tracks your biking stats with an integrated computer and screen.<p>Not content with a successful Indiegogo campaign last Fall for a cycling computer/handlebar stem/headlight package they called SpeedForce, SpeedX is going for a …

Pleased to meet you: Rolling Stones treat Cuba to spectacular and historic gig

Veteran rockers become first western band to play open-air free concert in Havana after visit by Barack Obama this week opened up country again<p>“Finally, the times are changing,” proclaimed Mick Jagger to a vast, euphoric crowd in Havana on Friday night, as the Rolling Stones completed their Latin …

There's an Intact Ancient Virus Lying Dormant in Human DNA

Don’t worry. It probably won’t come back to life.<p>Research has shown that our DNA houses the ghosts of viruses fended off by your ancestors, and some …

Justin and Stephanie Shults, Americans Missing in Belgium, Confirmed Dead

Justin Shults and his wife Stephanie, an American couple who hadn't been heard from since Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium, are dead, Justin’s family said.<p>"We found out today that cowards took my brother's life," Levi Sutton wrote on Twitter. He later said Stephanie was also confirmed dead. "The …

The Great War Like You’ve Never Seen It (Photos)

War to End War<p>Edward Steichen did much to advance the cause of photography in the early 20th century, including pioneering work in aerial photography …

PT Mobile Photography School: Photo Ideas

Now that you’ve got a good idea about the advantages of taking photos with your mobile phone, the tools and apps you can use to increase your phone’s …

Mobile Photography

Rare color photos of 1928 England, full of soul and spunk

England in Color<p>The King's Country, caught in Autochrome<p>In the late 1920s and early 1930s <i>National Geographic</i> sent photographer Clifton R. Adams to …

Yahoo board under attack from activist investor Starboard

<b>The activist hedge fund investor Starboard Value has called for the replacement of the entire Yahoo board.</b><p>In a letter to shareholders it said it was "extremely disappointed with Yahoo's dismal financial performance, poor management execution, egregious compensation and hiring practices".<p>Recent …

Hedge Funds

Paralyzed Groom Stands On His Wedding Day Thanks To Spinal Implant

There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd.<p>Misti + Kent from Candlelight Films<p>Misti and Kent Stephenson started dating just four months before the day that changed Kent's life forever: June 9, 2009.<p>The two Texans were introduced by Kent's cousin and Misti's best friend, Jesi Beck, in college. Those four …

Wyoming wolves slaughter 19 elk in rare 'surplus killing', say wildlife officials

• Carcasses of 17 calves and two adults found earlier this week<br>• Wildlife officials say nine wolves in pack were responsible for deaths<p>A pack of Wyoming wolves killed 19 elk in a rare “surplus killing”, wildlife officials said late on Friday after finding the carcasses of 17 calves and two adults on a …

Wildlife

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"Nowhere"<br>There's the land of lonely Nowhere<br>In my deep subconscious mind,<br>And behind that gloomy corner<br>I feel safer at no-nights.<p>Solemn no-Moon, narrow …

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She..!<p>She is a delightfully chaotic, a beautiful mess..!<br>She is whisky in a teacup..!<br>She is mad but magic..!<br>She is not beautiful, she is an art..!<br>She …

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?

Homeland The TV drama accurately presents the mission, intensity, pace, contradictions and complexity of a CIA station engaged in deadly battle, say …

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