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Turn Your iPhone into a Laser Measuring Device

Just plug it into the headphone jack and you can measure pretty much anything.<p>Here's one way to make your iPhone more useful: Lasers. Simply plug the iPin Spatial Ruler into your iPhone, download the app, you have your own laser measuring device.<p>iPin's first product was a laser pointer that plugs …

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Pictures: Light Paths Reveal Water Currents

Violet-backed Starling

Description:<p>The Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), also known as the Plum-coloured Starling or Amethyst Starling, is a relatively …

Antarctic's Ice Shelves Melting From the Bottom Up

Ice shelves lose more mass where the ice meets the sea than previously thought.<p><b>Antarctica's ice shelves are losing it.</b><p><b>Conventional wisdom holds that ice shelves—the seaward extension of glaciers on land—lose most of their mass by shedding icebergs. But new research finds that there's another</b> …

Rare Meteor Shower May Grace Skies This Week

Tuesday's sky show may be on par with the best annual meteor showers.<p><b>Skywatchers are crossing their fingers that, early this Tuesday morning, they may witness a brief outburst of a dormant meteor shower that has not been seen in over eight decades.</b><p>If astronomers' predictions hold true, the Gamma …

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June 2013

Switzerland's Pointe de l'Au mountains are captured in this shot taken from the top of a chairlift. (Photo by Florin Biscu) See more of our editors' picks from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest: http://on.natgeo.com/18WnI3K

Great Barrier Reef: Through the Lens of David Doubilet

Reef may be added to list of endangered World Heritage sites.<p><b>Underwater photographer David Doubilet made his first trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef in 1979. Since then, he's returned 11 times to the 1,400-mile-long (2,254-kilometer-long) kingdom of coral off the Queensland coast.</b><p>In light of …