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What It Means To Say A Dolphin Committed Suicide

There are two famous, and extremely sad, accounts of dolphin suicide. The first involves Peter the bottlenose dolphin, who is said to have killed himself after being separated from the woman he "loved" -- animal researcher Margaret Howe Lovatt, who lived with him in a specially built house in the …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

South-east Asia

NASA Reveals Unprecedented Image of Deep Space

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>NASA revealed today one of the most colorful and comprehensive composite shots of deep space, a work …

'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die

No top teeth and with a stake through the leg, the skeleton exhumed in Kamien Pomorski<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Exhumed skeleton in Poland revealed unusal bural practices<br>• Some believe medieval burial was connected to fear of vampires<br>• Vampire folklore strong in the Eastern European country<p><i>25 years since</i> …

Dave Grohl to Tour Recording Studios in New HBO Show

Foo Fighters singer will host and produce extension of 'Sound City' documentary<p>In an effort to presumably battle Questlove for Busiest Musician …

Dave Grohl

This Is How Polar Bears Can Eat So Much Fat Without Having Heart Attacks

By Will Dunham<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - How do they do it? How do polar bears have such an incredibly high fat diet and get so fat - munching as they do on blubbery seals - without clogging their arteries and becoming a big furry heart attack waiting to happen?<p>The answer: "bear necessities," …

Elusive Whales Set New Record for Depth and Length of Dives Among Mammals

A new study of elusive Cuvier's beaked whales shows they can dive to nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).<p>A new long-term study looking at the elusive Cuvier's beaked whale reveals the deepest and longest dives ever seen among mammals.<p>The new records indicate behavior that is much more varied and …

Cognitive Science

126 Photos Make Up Single Image of Giant 3200-Year-Old Tree

For the December 2012 issue of National Geographic, photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols journeyed to the Sequoia National Park in California in order to capture this image of <i>the President</i>, a giant sequoia that is the third largest tree in the world, if measured by volume of the trunk above …

National Parks

Stylish Eco-Friendly Villas Renew More Than They Consume

In the city of Kunming located in Southwest China, Vincent Callebaut Architectures has designed 45 stunning villas they call Flavours Orchard. Determined to pioneer an eco-friendly lifestyle, the stylish structures are meant to encourage a close and intimate relationship with the natural …

Stylish

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands | Colossal

<p>While shooting on the Canary Islands late last year, photographer Dominic Dähncke snapped this jaw-dropping shot of clouds flowing over a mountain …

Striking Photographs of the Ancient Tradition of Honey Hunting in Nepal

Documentary travel photographer Andrew Newey recently went on an expedition to central Nepal, where he spent two weeks living with the Gurung tribespeople in order to document the ancient art of honey hunting. In these photos, Newey captures the risks and skills involved with this tradition, which …

Wildlife

There Are 10 Times More Fish In The Sea Than We Thought

Good news for fish. And humans who like fish.<p>There are plenty of fish in the sea, as the saying goes. But how many? New research suggests that our previous estimates of fish abundance were off by a factor of at least 10. According to a study published in February in the journal <i>Nature …

HIV gene therapy using GM cells hailed a success after trial

Radical treatment helps patients' defences against virus by replacing immune cells with genetically modified versions<p>A radical gene therapy to combat HIV using genetically modified cells that are resistant to the virus has been declared a success by scientists following the first clinical trial.<p>The …

Artist Transforms Obsolete Devices into Autonomous Drawing Machines

As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a fascinating series entitled <i>Autonomous Machines</i> that transforms analog devices into autonomous drawing machines. The objects, ranging from a tin chicken toy to a windup alarm clock to an old …

Information Architecture

South Korea's Award-Winning Endangered Species Research Center

Seoul, Korea-based Samoo Architects & Engineers (SAMOO) recently proposed a design for the National Research Center for Endangered Species that will be constructed in Yeongyang-gun, one of the cleanest environmental areas in Korea. In the winning design, the firm proposed a three-part structure …

Endangered Species

A Pelican Shows Us What It's Like To Fly

Pelicans have the life. They live by the water, fly over the ocean, and eat lots of fish. Among humans, only T.C. from <i>Magnum P.I.</i> comes close to matching them. And he's just a fictional character, played by Roger E. Mosley.<p>But what happens when a pelican needs help from humans? Say he's abandoned …

Over The Past 60 Years, A Reef Island Has Grown Out Of The Sea

It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!<p>How old are you? Are you of retirement age yet? If so, in your lifetime, an island has been reborn, sand grain by sand grain.<p>Between 1945 and 2010, a sediment deposit in the Pacific Ocean grew to become a "fully vegetated and stable island," two …

Illegal miners trapped in South Africa, 11 rescued

Emergency officials work to rescue dozens of workers trapped by debris in an abandoned mine in South Africa, with at least 11 miners escorted to safety<p>Debris trapped a group of miners who were working illegally in an abandoned mine in <b>South Africa</b>, but rescue workers cleared the mine shaft entrance …

Paramount residents not alone in pollution fight

Soon after starting work at Lincoln Elementary in Paramount nearly five years ago, second-grade teacher Lisa Lappin became alarmed by the number of teachers and students sick from cancer and other<p>illnesses.<p>Pungent, metallic odors sometimes blanketed the school, so Lappin started asking questions. …

Pollution

Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing a push to move climate change to the top of the global agenda, telling an audience in the archipelago nation of Indonesia that rising global temperatures and sea levels could threaten their "entire way of life."<p>"When I think about the array of global …

Newly Excavated 4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Pyramid Threatened by Development

The pyramid is in the news this week after overblown reports about its "discovery."<p>Decades before the great pyramids at Giza took shape, a modest stepped pyramid arose at a site now known as Edfu. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago have been studying the 4,600-year-old stone structure …

Archaeology

Twisted Dancers Become Human Sculptures on City Streets

<i>Bodies in Urban Spaces</i> is a rare and unique performance where dancers move throughout a city and organize their bodies into the nooks and crannies of public spaces. Created by Austria-based artist Cie Willi Dorner, the ephemeral series produces a visually tense relationship between people and their …

Art

Auschwitz survivors mark 69 years since liberation of Nazi death camp

Wreath is laid in ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial on International Holocaust Remembrance Day<p>A European Jewish leader condemned antisemitism as a crime on Monday as Auschwitz survivors and Israeli officials marked 69 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camp.<p>The ceremony at the …

Rare Pictures: Snow Leopards Caught in Camera Trap

Endangered big cats photographed in northern Pakistan.<p>The cat's out of the bag—or, should we say, the mountains.<p><b>Notoriously elusive snow leopards have been caught by a camera trap in northern Pakistan as part of a three-year study by scientists with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The</b> …

Wildlife