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Twelve Syria hospitals hit by airstrikes as Russian jets bombard country

Thirty-five patients and doctors killed in recent weeks as bombs destroy access to life-saving treatment in Syria, warns Doctors Without Borders (MSF)<p>Airstrikes in northern Syria have hit 12 medical facilities in recent weeks, forcing hospitals to close and deepening the country’s refugee …

Disney explains why its 3D animation looks so realistic

Have you watched 3D-animated Disney flicks like <i>Big Hero 6</i> and wondered how some of its scenes manage to look surprisingly realistic? Today's your lucky day: Disney has posted a top-level explanation of how its image rendering engine, Hyperion, works its movie magic. The software revolves around …

How I Stay Happily Married To A Man With Anxiety

<i>By Cecily Kellogg</i><p>A few weeks ago, as I went through the mail, my heart dropped to my feet. I received a letter from the IRS. It wasn't anything critical but I still considered hiding the letter from my husband.<p>Showing him a letter from the IRS would cause a spiral of anxiety. I had work to do and I …

Skyfall

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...<p>Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in …

Imperial College London

A Better Way to Dispense Butter, Whether at the Stove or the Table

The Butter Boss is like Chapstick for the chapped lips that are your toast or frying pan<p>You know when you see a new product design and think "Wow …

On a brother’s suicide: ‘I wish I had never told him to go to counseling’

<i>After reading about suicides at the College of William and Mary — there have been four student deaths this year and eight since 2010, all of them hitting hard at the small, close-knit school — an alumna, Cassie Smith-Christmas, was moved to write about her own experiences. A response from William</i> …

Mental Health

It’s Time for a Conversation

Head trainer Teri Turner Bolton looks out at two young adult male dolphins, Hector and Han, whose beaks, or rostra, are poking above the water as they eagerly await a command. The bottlenose dolphins at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS), a resort and research institution on an island …

Press me! The buttons that lie to you

Does it help to push the buttons on pedestrian crossings, train doors and thermostats? Often the answer is “no”, as Chris Baraniuk discovers.<p>The tube pulls in to a busy station along the London Underground’s Central Line. It is early evening on a Thursday. A gaggle of commuters assembles inside and …

Psychology

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding has been my mother's cure-all since I was a child. Skinned your knee, have some pudding. Menstrual cramps, try some chocolate pudding. Going through a break-up, here, have some pudding. It was the confectionery version of penicillin. Though it may not have solved all my problems, …

Dessert

National Geographic Travel

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

How Kim Jong Il Kidnapped a Director, Made a Godzilla Knockoff, and Created a Cult Hit

The North Korean dictator wanted a blockbuster; in a weird way, he got it.<p>Only those who know about the Spectacle theater enter the Spectacle theater. Tucked off bustling Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a building that might look abandoned to the untrained eye, it’s the home for the …

Kim Jong-Il

Magnificent Photos of Pigeons in Flight by David Stephenson

To many people, pigeons are a commonplace bird viewed more or less as part of an urban park landscape. But to photojournalist David Stephenson, they are graceful, intriguing, and the subject of his new series <i>Homing Pigeon Collection</i>. A lifelong pigeon enthusiast, Stephenson has been raising the …

Photojournalism

At 15, Daniela Shia-Sevilla’s writing has already wowed the literary community

She would say later that she was so nervous, she felt she didn’t belong there, that one singular thought resounded in her mind when she first stepped into the room: <i>I’m just a kid.</i><p>The Folger Shakespeare Library was crowded with the well-heeled literati, writers and thinkers and philanthropists in …

Literature

Mental illness made the Germanwings co-pilot a victim along with his passengers

What are we to make of<p>Andreas Lubitzpiloting a Germanwings airplane into the side of a mountain? There is an unhelpful tautology, meant to be explanatory, that arises at times like this. How could someone have done something this evil? Because they were evil. Or: How could someone have done …

LGBTQI

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Has the Most Ferocious Lawyer in America Defending Him

Judy Clarke, the publicity-shy anti-death-penalty attorney, has defended the Unabomber, Susan Smith, and Jared Loughner, and successfully spared them capital punishment. Mark Bowden provides an in-depth portrait of her startling career.<p>We do not often think of a defense lawyer as someone who wars …

Boston Marathon Bombing

Syrian girl's 'surrender' to photographer caught in heartbreaking image

A little girl stands in a refugee camp, hands raised in surrender, a look of fear on her face.<p>The photo of four-year-old Hudea has quickly become a …

Photography

Volunteer Photographers Capture Heartbreakingly Beautiful Portraits to Help Parents Cope with the Loss of a Newborn

While the birth of a child is a wonderful cause for celebration for most, some parents' joy may turn into heartbreak upon learning that they only have days or even hours left to love and cherish a baby born with a terminal illness. <i>Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep</i> is a nonprofit organization that aims to …

Grieving

AirAsia Plane Missing With 162 Aboard

An AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from Indonesia to Singapore vanished early Sunday, and initial search-and-rescue efforts failed to locate the …

Airplanes

The Colour of Pomegranates: a chance to savour a poetic masterpiece

A digitally restored version of Armenian director Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 ‘cinematic Holy Grail’ is set to dazzle the London film festival 2014 this week<p>When Martin Scorsese introduced his Film Foundation’s newly restored version of The Colour of Pomegranates at the Toronto film festival in …

For Google shuttle drivers, it’s a grueling ride

For Brandon Barlow, life as a Google bus driver was one endless cycle of traffic and exhaust.<p>He left home before dawn and arrived home late, after long hours spent shuttling Google employees back and forth on Highway 101. And Barlow wasn’t paid for the hours he had to wait around near Google …

San Francisco

Hell in the Hot Zone

As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the …

Whither the Breadfruit?

By James McWilliams August 1, 2014<p><i>Whither the breadfruit?</i><p>Marguerite Girvin Gillin, <i>Breadfruit</i>, ca. 1884<p>There’s such a thing as the Breadfruit Institute, and there should be. Researchers consider the species a “NUS”—“neglected and underutilized species.” But Ian Cole, the Breadfruit Institute’s …

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

Kinetic Sculpture Replicates a Bird Flapping Its Wings Using Popsicle Sticks

Design student Joyce Lin replicated a bird flapping its wings using simple machines and materials. The kinetic sculpture is entitled <i>Study in Bird Motion</i> and is made with popsicle sticks and mylar that resembles feathers. It's activated by a hand crank, which sets the entire thing in motion and …

Art

The Slums Of Liberia Spring To Life In These Animated GIFs

François Beaurain explores life in the capitol of Liberia through a series of beautiful GIFs.<p>What makes an animated GIF so compelling isn’t just that it’s an image in motion; it’s that it’s cyclical. It loops, and anything caught within it becomes like a gear. In a way, what makes a GIF so …

GIF Animations

Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks

<b>A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.</b><p>The art experiments were produced in 1985 by Warhol under commission from Commodore - creator of the Amiga computer.<p>Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of …

Andy Warhol