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Macro Tutorial: How to Get Great Shots of Insects in the Field that Look like Studio Photographs (VIDEO)

Whether you’re photographing exotic beetles in the rainforests of Ecuador like entomologist Phil Torres, or shooting more common insects in your …

Ten expert tips for successful macro photography

Thomas Shahan's tips for successful macro photography<p>Thomas Shahan is a macro photographer and artist from Tulsa Oklahoma who specializes in …

Sanctuaries across US prepare for influx of lab chimpanzees

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — A Dora the Explorer-themed banner, paper plates full of fruit and a bevy of troll dolls make up the decorations at a special …

Portraits of Cats Shaking Themselves Clean

Want to know how to capture a wacky portrait of your cat? Shoot a photo while they’re shaking themselves clean (or dry). That’s what photographer …

Pets

9/11 Survivor Tree seeds to inspire resilience in areas visited by tragedy

Seedlings grown from a tree that survived being crushed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center will be sent to the people of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and Joplin, Missouri, to mark recent catastrophes in those places and – in the first international donation of offspring from the tree – …

The Bacteria That Turn Amoebas Into Farmers

Most people think of bacteria as germs, signs of filth, or unwanted bringers of disease. Slowly, that view is changing. It is now abundantly clear that the bacteria that live on the bodies of other creatures help their hosts by digesting food, providing nutrients, protecting against disease, …

Cats may not be as much of a threat to wildlife as previously thought

Cats may be city slickers that rarely venture out into the wilderness, a new study suggests.<p>Feral cats tend to roam in urban and suburban parks and yards, but they rarely set their paws down in wilder green spaces, according to the study. This is good news for wildlife, especially birds, in more …

Stephen Colbert roars back: Donald Trump evisceration suggests GOP clown car in for a world of hurt

Afraid we were in trouble without Stewart and Colbert’s truth-telling? A brilliant Trump takedown shows otherwise<p>For those of us who worried about our ability to make it through a presidential campaign without Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, there is good news: Colbert still has his edge.<p>Colbert …

The 50 best burger joints in America, ranked

Our friends at Foursquare dug through their troves of user data to compile the list. Because the site now allows users to save and favorite venues they love, Foursquare was able to track down which burgers diners are raving about most across America.<p>To create this list, Foursquare included the …

Colorado man first in US to contract plague from a dog, study says

When a man in Colorado contracted the plague from his two-year-old pit bull terrier and spread it to four other people last summer, the resulting outbreak was the largest in 88 years – and the first known dog-to-human transmission of the disease, according to a new study released by the US Centers …

Environmental Health

These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Forgotten Bacon, Steaks and Turkey: Photos of livestock breeds on the Livestock Conservancy's Conservation Priority List.<p>The Steller's sea cow, the passenger pigeon and the New Zealand moa all went extinct because people developed a taste for their meat.<p>But other animals are going their way …

This Octopus Was Trained by Sony to Take Pictures of Aquarium Visitors

Octopuses are known to be very intelligent creatures, but one octopus over in New Zealand has one upped its peers by becoming the world’s first …

He, She Or Hen? Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun

The official dictionary of the Swedish language is getting a fresh infusion of 13,000 new words, editors of the Swedish Academy have announced.<p>Among the additions is a gender-neutral pronoun. Instead of just he <i>(han)</i> and she <i>(hon),</i> there will now be <i>hen</i> as well.<p>The Guardian says: "The pronoun is used …

Chimps learn each other's grunts, but is it language?

Chimpanzees can learn a new sound for a common object, suggesting that the ability to acquire the building blocks of language may be more ancient than humans, according to a new study.<p>When a band of captive chimpanzees was transferred from the Netherlands to Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo in 2010, they …

A Stunning Number Of Things I Use Everyday Are Made By Slaves

But Apple's tactics aren't an anomaly. At least 27 million people across the globe are enslaved. Earlier this year, I learned 43 of them work for me, making products most of us use daily.<p>In collaboration with the US State Department, Made In A Free World, a company dedicated to raising awareness …

If ISIS Had Committed the 11 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook, Congress Would Have Declared War.

There's a reason why Americans make the pristine delineation between "radical Islamic terror" and "just another crazy person" intent on killing innocent people, or any of the other massive threats to our wellbeing (suicide, drunk driving, etc.) that are quickly glossed over by the majority of …

You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

Every year, around about this time, thousands of European robins escape the oncoming harsh Scandinavian winter and head south to the warmer Mediterranean coasts. How they find their way unerringly on this 2,000-mile journey is one of the true wonders of the natural world. For unlike many other …

Ebola and the Fear That Makes Us Stupid

Who says that ordinary Americans can't make a difference? Last week, a few hundred frightened, insular people in Oklahoma City got millions of Africans scratching their heads on just how stupid Americans can be.<p>The story may have been tucked into page 10 of your newspaper or newsfeed but I saw it …

Kids, sex and red meat make reptiles die young

An international study of 1,014 reptiles species suggests if a snake or lizard wants to live longer, it should refrain from copulating at a young age …

New drone photos show killer whales’ beautiful choreography

Scientists from the US government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), working with a team from the Vancouver Aquarium, have for the first time used drones to photograph killer whales—and the results are stunning.<p>The remote-controlled hexacopter, mounted with a high-resolution …

Killer Whales

Mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered

A previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new nerve cells after a stroke has been discovered at Lund University and Karolinska …

Captive Orcas Can Learn How to Speak Dolphin, Researchers Say

Captive orcas who live with dolphins are capable of imitating their sounds, joining an exclusive list of species that are capable of modifying their …

Animals

A tale of two books: Why is Amazon giving special treatment to Paul Ryan?

The multinational retailer gives special treatment to Paul Ryan’s book — while it downgrades a Koch brothers bio<p>Buried in a New York Times story today about the latest chapter in Amazon’s pricing dispute with the publisher Hachette is this curious nugget: The retailer appears to be giving special …

Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right

Should he have switched hands? Dropped the cup? Not drank the coffee? Declared war on coffee growers? Any way, the right woulda whacked him.<p>Since his …

WD Announces the Ultimate On-Location Hard Drive with WiFi and an SD Slot Built Right In

It’s not often a portable hard drive catches our eye, but the newest offering from Western Digital feels like it was built specifically for …

Thousands of Americans surrendering their passports due to be hit by huge hike in government fees

Large tax bills faced by Americans who have not lived in their country for years are forcing US citizens to renounce their nationality - but only at a cost<p>Americans who are abandoning their citizenship in droves are due to be charged five times more to surrender their passport under government …

Turkey's protests fuelled by leader's quest to restore Islam

Some say the nationwide protests that rocked Turkey's government the past two weeks were only about a grove of sycamore trees in the middle of the country's biggest city, a trifling issue for a local planning board to work out. But to the country's unapologetic Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, …

There is only one major news site that both pro-Israelis and pro-Palestinians read

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>One reason the views on the latest Israel-Hamas conflict are so polarized is that people on each side of the opinion divide get their news from different places. Few things illustrate this as well as the map above, compiled by Gilad Lotan, the chief data scientist at …

Israel