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Supermoon 2014

On Sunday night, skywatchers around the world were treated to views of this year's so-called "supermoon," the largest full moon of the year. Yesterday, on August 11, the moon approached within 357,000 km (221,800 mi) of Earth, in what is scientifically known as a perigee-syzygy of the …

Perseids meteor shower and supermoon offer divine heavenly show

A dramatic supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most anticipated events on the skywatcher's calendar.<p>Given a dark, clear sky in a normal year, it is common to see more than 100 of the meteors an hour during the second week in August. But this year the Perseids …

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Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – in pictures

From a dramatic storm cloud in the US to the ‘end of the world’ in Ecuador, we take a look at the winners of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo contest, chosen from more than 18,000 entries from photographers around the world

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

The Man Who Literally Built 'Star Wars'

Set decorator Roger Christian tells us what it was like making George Lucas's dreams out of scrap metal<p><b>PLUS: The Art of Star Wars: See Exclusive Storyboards from the Original Trilogy</b><p><b>One of the most memorable elements</b> of the original <i>Star Wars</i> in 1977 wasn't the story, or characters, or even the …

Remastered 'Halo' games reportedly coming to Xbox One this year

Microsoft surprised no one when it announced earlier this week that Master Chief would be returning in fall 2015 for <i>Halo 5: Guardians</i>. But you might not have to wait that long to get a <i>Halo</i> first-person shooter on Xbox One. A remastered suite of all the primary Halo games — <i>Halo: Combat Evolved</i>, <i>Halo …

These Intergalactic Travel Posters Look Like They Were Designed By Don Draper

If you could fly to Pluto on a 1950s-era Pan Am flight, this is what the advertisements would look like.<p>How do you get average non-nerds interested in learning factoids about the solar system? If you’re celebrity astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, you host a multimillion-dollar relaunch of <i>Cosmos</i>. …

Navigations: Laisvé

It is one of the great regrets of travel: You meet someone on a journey, come to know them intimately in just a few hours, then never see them again. You promise to keep in touch, but it seldom happens. When you return home, your own life takes over, and so does theirs, and the bond begins to …

'Roll Call' trailer for The Expendables 3

Yesterday we got a batch of sixteen character posters for <b>The Expendables 3</b>, and now Lionsgate and Millennium Films has released a brand new ‘Roll …

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22 Images From NYC's Golden Age of Bridge Building

These days, we tend to think of New York's bridges as traffic obstacles. But at the turn of the last century, the bridges that sprang up in thickets …

The Devil and the Art Dealer

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich …

Best Spring Trips 2014

Travel<p>Vibrant spring blooms in the northern hemisphere and dazzling autumn displays in the southern make this the perfect season to get outside and walk, hike, or take a scenic drive. Use our editors' list of 10 best spring trip destinations as the launching pad for an active—and colorful—spring …

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100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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LEGOgrapher Tours the World in Viral 365 Project Shot on an iPhone 4S

Human photographers aren’t the only ones dragging their cameras to every corner of the globe in search of the decisive moment. As it turns out, a …

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50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Have camera, will travel: 50 Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World

Image courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL<p>You <i>could</i> go alone to New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, or wherever your wanderlust takes you, and …

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Giant knife picture tweeted by officer

Police sergeant finds huge knife in a London housing estate and posts picture of weapon online<p>A police sergeant who found a huge knife in a London housing estate has posted a picture of the terrifying weapon online.<p>Sergeant David Hunt from the Metropolitan Police tweeted the image of the …

The X-Factor: How the Fujifilm X-Series Changed a Company and an Industry

There’s a good chance you’re sick of reading about Fujifilm this week. But with the fever-pitch buzz surrounding the release of the X-T1, it’s not …

'Heini' Himmler: When Nazis Play Cute

<b>(Correction appended January 28, 2014)</b><p>Let’s be honest, there’s something about Nazis that makes them impossible to ignore. Those boots, those …

Dark side of the zoo - captive animals in black and white

Alex Teuscher photographs captive animals in black and white, producing dark, atmospheric portraits

Behind the scenes of Star Wars – in pictures

It's more than 30 years since the first Star Wars film was released. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, has shared via Twitter images of the cast letting their hair down behind the scenes

Life Through a Leica

For nearly 70 years, Art Shay kept two things by his side: The love of his life, Florence, and a camera.<p>Published Dec. 23, 2013, at 2:15 p.m.<p>Over his …

Nighttime Photos Capture the Jersey Shore Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

When you think of the Jersey Shore what are the first things that come to mind? The beach? The ocean? The amusement park rides? Summer? But there is …

Geologists identify trigger for apocalyptic 'super eruptions'

They rank among the most catastrophic natural disasters on Earth, second only in destructive power to an asteroid impact that could ensure humanity meets the same fate as the dinosaurs.<p>Super eruptions make those from normal volcanoes look like sputters of dust. They blast enough material into the …