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‘Come to the flashing lights’: finding a lost autistic child in a city of 8 million

In the search for Avonte Oquendo, police are going beyond conventional methods<p>"Hi Avonte, it's mom. Come to the flashing lights Avonte."<p>That was the message many New York pedestrians could hear blaring from NYPD vans in recent days, as one part of a mammoth effort to track down 14-year-old Avonte …

'Yeti lives': Abominable Snowman is 'part polar bear and still roams the Himalayas'

Research by an University of Oxford scientist has found a genetic match between an ancient polar bear and samples said to come from the Yeti - suggesting the creature known as the Abominable Snowman is still living in the Himalayas<p>The Abominable Snowman in pictures<p>It is one of the world’s most …

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Elon Musk just started building a real 'Iron Man' laboratory

The SpaceX founder plans to unveil gesture-based system next week<p>SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first <i>Iron Man</i> film, and both …

Germany tries 92-year-old for Nazi war crime

A 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS has gone on trial in Germany for the murder of a resistance fighter in 1944.<p>Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is a German national, entered the Hagen state courtroom using a walker on Monday. Despite his age, Bruins was found medically fit to stand …

US intelligence on Syria gas attack 'unconvincing', says Russia

Western intelligence reports about Syrian use of chemical weapons that have been seen by the Russian government are “completely unconvincing,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.<p>Mr Lavrov said that evidence recently provided by the United States, Britain, and France showing regime …

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US 'spied on Brazil and Mexico presidents'

Brazil has demanded answers from the White House after it emerged that America’s National Security Agency had spied on President Dilma Rousseff and her counterpart in Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.<p>Classified documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden showed the US monitored phones, emails and …

Packing For The Apocalypse And Other Amazing Images From This Week

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” deferred

King’s speech holds lasting power in part because the American present is still so separate and still so unequal<p>It is the age of Barack, the age of Trayvon; a time for imagining post-racial transcendence, a time for recognizing obdurate injustice. As we mark the fiftieth anniversary of the March on …

Decades of failures: Why the CIA keeps blowing it

Every failure has been rewarded with more money — and weakened America’s standing around the world<p>President Clinton gilded the lily when he said that Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., was a product of that desperate New York district Hell’s Kitchen. The senator had grown up at least partly in the …

An Intimate Look at the March on Washington

Fifty years ago, photographer Leonard Freed captured the spirit of the protest through the faces in the crowd.<p>The anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is most often memorialized as the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, his famous words …

3 Ways to Improve Your Images With Composition

Along with lighting, subject, perspective, composition is one of the fundamental tools to creating better images. It’s one of the easier ones to …

How To Draw Out Your Worst Fears

A few years ago, Julie Elman, an associate professor at Ohio University, was stuck in a creative rut. As a design educator and illustrator, most of her work was done on the computer. She wanted to begin a tangible project — remember those? — but didn't really know where to start.<p>Then she realized …