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Spectacularly Surreal Wonderlands by Photographer Gerald Larocque

Toronto-based photographer Gerald Larocque imagines spectacularly surreal wonderlands in his conceptual photographs. According to Larocque, his images “[address] eruptions of his unconscious and suppressed memories,” leading to gorgeous shots that look like scenes from a dream. Pale, slender young …

Photography

3 Ways To Be Happier At Work

There’s a common belief that you will be happy when you are successful, but the reverse is actually true.<p>Scott Crabtree spent 24 years climbing the ladder in the gaming and software industries, eventually leading his own engineering team at Intel. And after observing life at companies big and …

Texas oil spill blocks Houston Ship Channel, threatens wildlife

Oil spilled from a barge in Galveston Bay in Texas, blocking the busy Houston Ship Channel and threatening birds at a nearby wildlife sanctuary, officials and environmentalists said.<p>U.S. Coast Guardofficials said as much as 168,000 gallons of oil might have spilled.<p>Michael Lambert, spokesman for …

Deep freeze means rare rise in Great Lakes water levels

It looks as if there will be at least one positive from the deep freeze the Midwest endured this winter, and sportsmen, farmers, fish and the shipping industry all stand to benefit.<p>Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to rise, and it isn't just because of all the melting snow. The ice that …

Ebola virus kills more than 50 in Guinea

Previous Ebola outbreaks have been reported in Congo and Uganda, most recently in 2012<p>Samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 50 people in Guinea have tested positive for the Ebola virus, government officials have said, marking the first time an outbreak among …

New Report Reveals U.S. Fisheries Killing Thousands of Protected and Endangered Species

A new report by Oceana exposes nine U.S. fisheries that throw away half of what they catch, and kill dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and more in the …

Oil Spill Locks Down Galveston Bay

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>More than 168,000 gallons of oil leaked into Galveston Bay over the weekend after a cargo ship …

Dozens arrested as Taiwan riot police clear protesters from cabinet offices

Baton-wielding riot police cleared Taiwan's cabinet offices of scores of angry protesters opposed to a trade pact with China, escalating tensions over the island's rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland.<p>Authorities said they arrested 58 protesters and that 137 were injured, including …

US sending more troops, aircraft to hunt Ugandan warlord Kony

President Obama is committing more military resources, including aircraft and special operations forces, to the hunt for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony.<p>Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending "associated support personnel," and a "limited …

Climate Report: Warming Is a Big Risk for People

If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.<p>In fact, they will say, the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and very …

U.N. Says Ebola Is Back and Spreading Fast, Killing at Least 59 in Guinea

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to the U.N. Ebola, the nightmarish virus that causes painful, bloody deaths for almost all …

Texas oil spill harms wildlife; officials work to reopen ship channel

Authorities in Texas were hoping to partially reopen the busy Houston Ship Channel on Monday, officials said, after a significant oil spill over the weekend that is harming wildlife and the local economy.<p><b>[Updated, 5:35 p.m. March 24:</b> The shipping channel remained closed Monday night.<b>]</b><p>U.S. Coast …

Powerful spring snowstorm to slam New England

A strong spring snowstorm is expected to deliver howling winds and heavy snow to eastern New England late Tuesday and early Wednesday.<p>The projected path of the storm puts Cape Cod, Mass., and southeastern Maine at greatest risk for blizzard conditions, according to AccuWeather meteorologist …

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CIA suspends chief of Iran operations over workplace issues

WASHINGTON — The CIA's chief of Iran operations was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put a crucial division in disarray, according to current and former …

The 10 Coolest Things You Can 3-D Print Right Now

Cameras, guitars, RC aircraft and more!<p>One survey of the 3-D printing landscape will quickly show you that it's brimming with novelty items and useless junk. But don't let that overwhelm you! We sorted through the clutter to create this list of 10 projects that are both awesome and practical.<p>Don't …

Nanotechnology Printer On The Horizon

Desktop printers are advancing in revolutionary ways, from 3-D printers that could in principle help manufacture robots at home to cell-placing …

Nanotech

Supersize Me: GE Takes 3D Printing to Massive Gas Turbines

Over the last decade, engineers at GE Aviation have been experimenting with a new way to make jet engine parts. Rather than cutting, milling and …

General Electric

Panama Charges North Korean Ship's Crew

The crew of a North Korean ship carrying a clandestine cargo of Cold War-era weapons from Cuba has been charged with endangering public security by Panamanian authorities, who seized the vessel earlier this week.<p>The North Korean vessel en route from Cuba was seized as it attempted to transit the …

Why the Senate Can't Resist Dysfunctional Obstruction

The rules of Congress' upper house are different from those of any other parliamentary body -- and that's what caused this week's filibuster standoff.<p>Jose Luis Magana/Reuters<p>So let's talk about filibusters, obstruction, and the Senate in light of the 11th-hour deal on Tuesday that averted a …

Thousands evacuated from path of raging Southern California wildfire

More than 6,000 people were forced to evacuate the southern California town of Idyllwild when a wind-whipped wildfire changed direction, officials said Thursday.<p>Residents and tourists were ordered to leave some 2,200 homes and 4,100 premises including hotels, condominiums and cabins as the …

Egypt's Brotherhood promises more protests

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests again in a campaign to reverse the army's overthrow of the elected Islamist president, but it also gave a first sign of willingness to negotiate with its opponents.<p>Still stunned by the July 3 toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, his Muslim …

Tuberculosis Outbreak Shakes Wisconsin City

Looking crisp and official in his khaki-colored sheriff's department polo shirt, Steve Steinhardt says Sheboygan, Wis., is a pretty good place to be a director of emergency services.<p>"Nothing bad happens here," he says, knocking on wood. Unless, that is, you count the tuberculosis outbreak that …