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Best Underwater Pictures: Winners of 2013 Amateur Contest

A seal in a kelp forest and lionfish on the hunt are among winning pictures of the University of Miami's annual underwater-photography contest.

Pt 2: Female reverence at a Buddhist temple in China

Blurring the line between sacred and profane, Shaxi locals prostrate before a one-of-a-kind replica of the female reproductive organ, praying for a smooth childbirth.


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Pictures: Light Paths Reveal Water Currents

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Pt 3: Monkeying around in China

The Baoxiang Temple, near the old caravan town of Shaxi, has been welcoming visitors for more than 100 years. The catch? Visitors are expected to help feed the clan of golden monkeys.


Antarctic's Ice Shelves Melting From the Bottom Up

Ice shelves lose more mass where the ice meets the sea than previously thought.<p><b>Antarctica's ice shelves are losing it.</b><p><b>Conventional wisdom holds that ice shelves—the seaward extension of glaciers on land—lose most of their mass by shedding icebergs. But new research finds that there's another</b> …

The ultimate Ireland road trip, in pictures

FOR ME, the real Ireland is on the back roads. That’s the green isle I envision when I close my eyes, winding around its rocky coastline on tiny …


Bamboo Forest, Japan