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A pet’s death can hurt more than losing a fellow human

Social norms are wrecking your grief experience.<p>The perfect coffin for a gerbil is a Celestial Seasonings tea box. With the tea bags removed, the white wax-paper bag inside is the ideal size funeral shroud for a tiny body. This unfortunate factoid, like much of the information about how to dispose …

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The Eerie Light in the London Sky: Pictures

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Mystery solved: This is the monster that ate that great white shark

It wasn’t the Kraken. It wasn’t Godzilla. And it wasn’t even a rabid killer whale. The mysterious animal that had killed and eaten the 9-foot great …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

World of Science in Pictures

Kintsugi: the art of repairing broken ceramics

Did you know that in Japan, the act of repairing broken ceramics is an art form? The 16th century ‘Kintsugi’, or ‘Kintsukuroi’, is a repairing …

Stunning full-size poster of historical cameras is available free for download

If you love photography, Visual.ly is featuring some historically valuable eye candy that you may want to post somewhere within your line of sight.<p>A Short History of Photographic Camera, a poster from Retrofuturismo-Kitsch, depicts the progression of the camera from the earliest pre-digital Camera …

IRL: Letting IFTTT automate my life

I've come to rely on different services to help power me through the day: Foursquare to find new coffee shops, Pocket for my reading habits and Instagram and Flickr for photo sharing. As great as these apps are, though, I find myself wishing they could do more -- especially when it comes to how …

Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Japan’s Coast

Wildlife<p>Fishers recently captured a rare megamouth shark, similar to the one depicted in the image above, off the coast of Japan. Photograph by Natural History Museum and Institute/Reuters<p><b>It’s been a banner month for rare shark sightings. Last week a fisher off the coast of Florida caught the</b> …

Rare Goblin Shark Caught in Gulf of Mexico

Wildlife<p>A rare goblin shark on the deck of a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Key West, Florida. Photograph by Carl Moore<p><b>Commercial fisher Carl Moore wasn’t sure what he had netted last week just south of Key West, Florida (map), when he saw the fish’s flat, blade-like snout.</b></b> …

India's olive ridley turtles start life with a swim for survival

Running the gauntlet — dodging jackals and crabs, birds and fish — this lucky little sea turtle has overcome her first significant hurdle in life and made it to the sea. But this wasn't the start of her journey: that began much earlier in the year.<p>During February and March about 10,000 female olive …

Darth Vader Posts His First Official Selfie on Instagram

A great thing happened on Instagram today: <i>Star Wars</i> joined. Even better? The first thing posted was a selfie of Darth Vader, who is clearly using the …

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Time to go crazy, internet. It’s Kurt Cobain with his cat.

Amazingly Realistic Drawings Created with Ballpoint Pens

When we first saw Portugal-based artist Samuel Silva's portrait, <i>Redhead Girl</i>, most of us were completely in awe of how Silva (aka VianaArts) could achieve such amazing details with just a handful of everyday pens.<p>Since that time, the patient and skilled artist has developed an extensive collection …

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National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, Part II

Time is running out to enter this year's National Geographic photo contest, the deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall …

Star Wars’ First Instagram Is a Darth Vader Selfie

For its first Instagram post on Monday afternoon, the Star Wars franchise joined the dark side, posting a picture of Darth Vader taking a selfie on …