Amaurie Ramirez

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Could Chernobyl Wolves Be Spreading Mutations?

Animals<p>A new study raises the possibility that Chernobyl's wolves could spread radiation-caused mutations to other European wolf populations.<p>Wild animals have free range around northern Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, which spread radiation …

Wildlife

This video of a Greenland glacier fracturing is a close, scary look at sea level rise

The video captures a 4.5 mile section of ice breaking off of Greenland’s Helheim glacier<p>In just 30 minutes at the end of June, four-and-a-half miles of icebergs fractured off of Greenland’s Helheim glacier in an icy churn. Researchers managed to catch it on camera, and they’ve released a sped-up …

Antarctica

I went on a magical trip through Iceland — here's what you should know before you go

Katie Lockhart<p><b>Renting a car is the best way to see the country</b>• <b><br>Watch out for hidden speed cameras, they can lead to big fines</b>• <b><br>Visit the lesser-known</b> …

European Travel

Meet the Man With the Keys to the Vatican

Travel<p>Every morning Gianni Crea unlocks the doors to history.<p>Gianni Crea is intimately familiar with the contours of history. Almost every morning for the past six years, he’s opened the doors to the Vatican Museums. He’s experienced the stillness of the Sistine Chapel at dawn, studied the shadows …

Museums

The Largest Crystals Ever Discovered Are At Risk Of Decay

The mine of Naica, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, was opened in 1828 to mine for lead, zinc and silver ore. In 1910, a natural cave in the mine was discovered, which was later named Cueva de las Espadas, the Cave of Swords. The name derives from three-feet large, blade-like gypsum crystals …

Earth Science

A story of love in the air between two passengers has gone viral

Maybe ‘love’ might be a little presumptuous at this early stage but the story of two strangers who met on a flight and formed a possible romantic connection reads like a modern-day fairytale.<p>The story is set on a flight to Dallas. It began when passenger Rosey Blair asked a stranger to swap seats …

Relationships

Headless Pompeii Victim Wasn't Crushed to Death, After All

A surprising new discovery reveals the truth about what really happened to an unfortunate man in 79 A.D.<p>He was an unlucky person in an ill-fated place: A man whose head was seemingly crushed by a massive boulder as he fled Pompeii during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Now, his head has …

Archaeology

The best iOS 12 features that Apple didn’t talk about onstage

Autofill for SMS two-factor codes is just one of them<p>Apple never gets around to addressing every new addition or change that it’s making to iOS during the WWDC keynote; there’s just not enough time. Sometimes the company will list a whole bunch of them on a big slide after software VP Craig …

iOS

Incredible Photos Show Rivers Of Lava Flowing Through Neighborhoods In Hawaii

The fast-moving lava flowed through residential areas and tropical forests before cascading off the coast into the ocean.<p>Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been putting on a fiery show on the Big Island — and it’s been heating up in recent days.<p>The activity started more than two weeks ago, when fissures …

The first photo from NASA's planet-hunting TESS satellite is full of so many stars

A new NASA telescope, sailing toward its assigned orbit, took a moment to look around before it starts its ultimate mission: searching the galaxy for …

An Asteroid The Size Of The Statue Of Liberty Will Graze Past Us On May 15 — And You Can Watch It Live

2010 WC9, dubbed the 'lost' asteroid, will whiz past Earth at half the lunar distance.<p>A big asteroid is due to dart past Earth on Tuesday, coming at …

Bean there, done that: a global tour of coffee enclaves

From the humble bean to that lovingly-poured, expertly-frothed cup ‘o joe, coffee has made quite a journey from its homeland of Ethiopia to become a global essential and social custom. We are living in a golden age of coffee with ecological farming practices and speciality roasts percolating the …

Coffee

This Russian Artist Drew Countries As People And They're Totally Badass

Each country is illustrated as a kind of sci-fi/fantasy hero.

Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 28 years of mind-blowing space pictures

NASA astronauts Steven Smith and John Grunsfeld perform a spacewalk during a December 1999 mission of the space shuttle Discovery to service the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>Hubble flew into orbit on April 24, 1990, aboard Discovery. The first major optical telescope to be placed in space, Hubble has …

Cosmology

7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day

Our understanding of Earth — and how we’re changing it — just keeps expanding.<p>Earth Day turned 48 on Sunday, April 22, and Google celebrated it with a Google Doodle of conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, who nudged us in a video to “do our part for this beautiful planet.”<p>When Sen. Gaylord Nelson …

Hurricane Maria

Why You Should Go to Namibia Now

Travel<p>Pack your bags for this stunning African destination before everyone else does.<p>A land abounds with silty, ochre-colored sand dunes, ample opportunities for wildlife watching, and lines of rugged mountaintops jutting through the country—Namibia is often called “Land of the Brave,” a nod to its …

Southern Africa

Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought. Here’s why that’s scary.

Greenland’s ice could raise seas by 20 feet.<p>Our planet is warming and its cryosphere — Earth’s frozen regions — is melting. This we know.<p>The Arctic, in particular, is warming at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And this winter, the sheet of Arctic sea ice that grows and shrinks in an …

Global Warming

Adobe releases 'massive update' to Camera Profiles in ACR and Lightroom

Earlier today, Adobe launched a major update to Camera Profiles (now known as just "Profiles") in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Lightroom Classic CC, …

Tutorials

An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtaking

Snow-covered icebergs dominate the scene near the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost part of the icy south polar region. Between the …

How Much Should Photographers Charge In 2016?

I write an annual article to help photographers with one of the toughest parts of their job: pricing their work. In the 2016 version, I’m going to …

Landscape Photography

Oldest message in a bottle found on Australian beach

<b>(CNN) —</b> A woman from Australia has found the world's oldest known message in a bottle nearly 132 years after it was thrown into the sea, experts say.<p>Tonya Illman discovered the bottle half-buried in the sand on a beach in Western Australia, just north of Wedge Island, 180 kilometers (112 miles) …

Western Australia

Why Is California's Big Sur Glowing Blue?

Tiny luminous phytoplankton emit a dim, blue glow that can only be captured with long-exposure photography.<p>George Krieger was worked up. His father had been hospitalized with a stroke the week before, so Krieger wanted to get out and shoot some photos in an attempt to relax. When he went out around …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Photographer Breaks New Ground Underwater

There’s something ethereal about everything underwater. Adventure photographer Daniel Woods knows this well. He also knows the unique challenges that …

Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides

<i>(This story published Wednesday afternoon, was updated Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.)</i><p>While the Eastern United States simmered in some of its warmest February weather ever recorded Tuesday and Wednesday, the Arctic is also stewing in temperatures more than 45 degrees above normal. This …

Global Warming

Here’s How to Capture Sharp Long-Exposure Photos with Tips from a Pro Travel Shooter (VIDEO)

Long-exposure photography at night can be very challenging, especially if you want to capture sharp images. And while we all know that using a tripod …

What will it take to go to Venus?

Undeterred by funding woes, scientists are scraping together ideas to tackle heat, pressure and acidity challenges of landing on Venus.

SpaceX reveals why Falcon Heavy’s center booster crashed into the ocean

Last week’s launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy was incredible for so many reasons, not least of which was Elon Musk’s extremely low expectations for the …

4 Post-Processing Mistakes Made by Beginners

Everyone goes through stages in photography. We start making snap shots, move up to making more thoughtful images, and then we start thinking about …

These beautiful, terrifying maps show how hot we'll get in 2090

It’s easy to be apathetic about rising global temperatures, but difficult when you imagine your own future backyard.<p>There are lots of terrible things about climate change. Birds will go extinct. Bits of Florida will be swallowed up by the sea. Coffee will taste worse. But let’s be honest: we are a …