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The science behind why we take selfies

<b>The selfie has arguably become the greatest photographic trend of our time. Why are we so interested in taking and sharing selfies and how does observing an image of yourself differ from observing a picture of someone else, asks University College London neuroscientist James Kilner.</b><p>In everyday …

Research Shows No Link Between Video Game Violence And Real-World Violence

In September, researchers at Villanova University and Rutgers University published the results of an in-depth study that suggested violent video games do not lead to increases in real-world violent behavior. Now, a pair of follow-up studies from Stetson University researcher Christopher Ferguson …

How a baby penguin droid let researchers spy on shy birds

The newest tool for biologists is the baby penguin robotic spy.<p>It's pretty darn cute, and so convincing that penguins essentially talk to it, as if it is a potential mate for their chicks.<p>Emperor penguins are notoriously shy. When researchers approach, these penguins normally back away and their …

Terminally Ill Woman Brittany Maynard Has Ended Her Own Life

Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday at her …

How to: Make Money Under 20 (App Edition)

Have you ever played Angry Birds or used Snapchat and wished you could be a mobile mogul like the billionaires behind the popular app phenomenons? I recently caught up with 23-year-old Kyle Parsons who created Skribe, a new app that is a dynamic story-telling platform, to talk to him about what the …

LeBron James, Place and the Search for Sustainable Communities

My Columbia colleague, Professor Mark Taylor, recently published a wonderful book about his home in western Massachusetts entitled, Recovering Place: Reflections on Stone Hill. It is a distinctive and remarkable volume on the importance of place, design, and meaning. The book is beautifully …

All Eyes on Sustainable Africa

Photograph Alamy Images/ Ulrich Doering<p>Whenever I want to learn something new, in another area of the world, my dad always tells me to look at the map of the selected country of choice to better understand a) what we are talking about b) where we are geographically located and c) a little bit of …

Deadly Beauty

A Portrait of the Portuguese<br>Man-of-War<p>The Portuguese man-of-war is infamous for its painful sting, but one photographer finds the beauty inside this animal's dangerous embrace.<p>BY Jane J. Lee<br>PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO Aaron Ansarov<p>The Portuguese Man-of-War<p>The vibrant hues and ethereal body of the …

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Sea Shepherd ships thwart Japanese hunt

Conservationists say they have stopped Japanese whalers from killing any humpback whales in their 10th campaign against the slaughter of the …

Rhinos Being Poached For Horns

Rhinos are being poached in South Africa.<p>“Poaching” is when people (“poachers”) illegally kill a wild animal.<p>This year so far 341 rhinos have been …

Underwater Dolphin Rescue Caught On Video

Keller Laros is a professional scuba instructor who lives in Hawaii. The shores of Kailua-Kona, on The Big Island of Hawaii, host some of the world’s …

Pro-Seal Hunt Group To Receive Funds From Newfoundland And Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador is funding an awareness campaign aimed at seal industry "misconceptions" ahead of a World Trade …

As the World Bans Seal Products Canada Must Ban the Hunt

In today's global economy, enlightened trade decisions made in one part of the world can save animals thousands of miles away.<p>Such is the case with …

A Child's Message to the President: Please Stop the Killing of Whales

Within a folder on my desk sit nineteen hand-written letters to Obama from my daughter’s first grade class. Through scrawling penmanship and …

Giraffe Killing at Copenhagen Zoo Sparks Global Outrage

A healthy male giraffe was euthanized because its genes didn't add to the diversity of the zoo population.<p>On Sunday morning, shortly after a last meal of his favorite rye bread, an otherwise healthy 18-month-old male giraffe named Marius was killed with a slaughterhouse bolt gun at the Copenhagen …

The shame of zoos

Barbara Amiel on the slums no one is talking about<p>Now that Toronto’s elephants have reached the sunny lands of California, we can turn to the basic …

'Blackfish': The Documentary That Exposes SeaWorld

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s critically acclaimed documentary <i>Blackfish</i> centers on a captive orca named Tilikum. He was torn away from his family and …

A necessary evil – the kangaroo cull

Photographers' Blog<p>« Previous Post<p>Clowns, rain and elephant droppings<p>Next Post »<p>Don’t rush for gold<p>10 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our …

WWF - What is forest conversion ?

Forest conversion<p>Soil erosion commonly appears after conversion of forests to agricultural land, sweeping away fertile soil and pesticides.<p>When …