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10 Credible Mermaid Sightings? (+Videos)

Mermaids have been a subject of fascination for centuries. Cultures from all over the world, that had no contact with each other, have mermaids in …


Majority of climate change news stories focus on uncertainty, study finds

The uncertainties of climate change science have become a major focus of media coverage on the subject, a new study shows.<p>About eight in 10 stories on climate change and related scientific research contain some discussion of uncertainties and risk, according to a report from Oxford University. …

Arctic sea ice shrinks to sixth-lowest extent on record

Sea ice cover in the Arctic has shrunk to one of its smallest extents on record, bringing the days of an entirely ice-free Arctic during the summer a step closer.<p>The annual sea ice minimum of 5.099m sq km reached last Friday was not as extreme as last year, when the collapse of ice cover broke all …

Nation-to-nation peer pressure may be best hope for global climate deal

Next week, a body of scientists is expected to present ironclad evidence that links humanity's fossil-fuel burning and forest-clearing ways to rising temperatures, shrinking glaciers, bulging seas and ferocious bouts of weather. The evidence could nudge global policymakers to reach a grand bargain …

Rand Paul Decries Mandatory Minimum Sentences, Likens War On Drugs To Jim Crow

At a packed public hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) compared the war on drugs to the racist policies of the Jim Crow era.<p>"If I told you that one out of three African-American males is forbidden by law from voting, you might think I was talking …

China just detained a teen for having 500 retweets

As of last week, posting a message that the Chinese government deems inaccurate on social media platforms can get you three years in the slammer, provided it gets 500 retweets (or their equivalent) or 5,000 views. At least, that’s what the law said (link in Chinese). But would the new policy, part …

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How Much the House's Massive Food Stamp Cuts Might Affect Each District

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Thursday afternoon, the House will vote on (and probably pass) a proposal to significantly reduce …

Religious riots displace villagers in India

Tens of thousands of people are living in temporary shelters in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after fleeing from religious violence earlier this month. Police say more than 40 people have been killed and homes burnt during fights between Hindus and Muslims residing in neighbouring …

China sets out to name and shame the country’s worst polluters

China’s authorities seem to be taking the country’s coal pollution problems more seriously. The ministry of environmental protection this week announced the country’s first set of coal reduction quotas in northern China—close to Beijing, Tianjin, and some of the country’s most polluted …


Report: Cases Of Elderly Dementia To Nearly Triple By 2050

By the middle of the century, the number of older people suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia will nearly triple, severely straining caregiving resources, the charity Alzheimer's Disease International says in a new study released Thursday.<p>Currently, some 100 million people …

Number of children blackmailed into webcam sex acts increasing, says report

Children as young as eight are being blackmailed into performing sexual acts on webcams by abusers in increasing numbers, research by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre shows.<p>In a report published on Friday Ceop says it has uncovered a number of children self harming or, in one …

Perseid meteor shower: All you need to know

Peak mornings – August 11, 12 and 13 – are moon-free.<p><i>In honor of this weekend’s meteor shower: EarthSky’s meteor shower stuff is 15% OFF! Shop …



Audrey Hepburn’s Son: My Mother Never Thought She Was Beautiful

“She didn’t live a life secluded or behind bars; she would walk around and everybody knew her. She was part of the city. The majority of these photos are in the streets,” Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti tells *Vanity Fair’*s Laura Jacobs about the time his mother spent in Rome. To prepare for his …

15 Vintage Celebrity Passports

The jet-setting celebrity lifestyle seems so glamorous: wake up in New York one morning, fly out to London that night, and sign autographs all along …

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Japan<p>Shukongojin, 12th/14th century<p>Art Institute Chicago

Stahp getting your thumb-prints on the record, lady!

Stahp getting your thumb-prints on the record, lady!


Hieronymous Bosch Ascent of the Blessed

Frank W Benson, Summer, 1890 (source)

Frank W Benson, <i>Summer</i>, 1890 (source).

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin<p>French, 1848-1903<p>Buddha, 1898/99<p>Woodcut on long grain plank, printed in black on ivory Japanese tissue<p>Art Institute Chicago


SUBMISSION:<p>Bench By Pond<p>48" x 24"<p>acrylic on wood<p>Maxine Mintz Pottier

Goddess Bhadrakali, Gouache on

Goddess Bhadrakali, Gouache on<p>paper, c 1660-70 A.D., Basohli<p>Chandigarh, India

Dirty pattern WIP

Dirty pattern WIP

Ganesha, Stone,

Ganesha, Stone,<p>c 11th century A.D., Pinjore, Haryana<p>The Government Museum and Art Gallery<p>Chandigarh, India