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Jellyfish in the North Atlantic - in pictures

Spectacular images of jellyfish captured by marine biologists and photographers Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith in the seas off the Orkney Islands

Dire to disappointing: the verdict on Miliband

Ed Miliband should “look in the mirror” and face the fact that he is failing to convince voters that he should be prime minister, a senior party figure has warned.<p>Brian Wilson, a minister in Tony Blair’s government, said the Labour leader’s poll ratings were “somewhere between dire and …

Potted histories: Beef Wellington

Our food history column explores the background to Britain's most beloved dishes. This week: Leah Hyslop on the military myths behind Beef Wellington.<p>You’ve got to take your hat off to the Duke of Wellington. Not only did the doughty Brit vanquish Napoleon, twice become prime minister and lend his …

Preserve Eggplants by Slow-Roasting Them in Olive Oil

A recipe for preserving eggplants by roasting them slowly in olive oil and jarring them with basil or mint<p>Love 'em or hate 'em, eggplants are one of the more abundant summer vegetables out there. During the summer, I feel like every time I go to the Greenmarket a farmer might pay me to take them …

How to Make Crudo at Home, as Shown by Chef Paul Kahan

Chicago chefs Paul Kahan and Erling Wu-Bower show how to make crudo, or Italian-style sushi, at home.<p>Paul Kahan was, by his own admission, a little out of it by the time he arrived at the <i>Bon Appétit</i> Test Kitchen. Kahan, the chef of One Off Hospitality (which includes Chicago icons Blackbird, Avec, …

Hand-Crafted Leather Camera Bags that Won’t Break the Bank

Leather messenger bag-style camera bags don’t come cheap. A cursory search on B&H Photo will reveal prices that often run in the $300+ range for …

Pangea Redrawn With Today’s Political Boundaries

Once, the earth was comprised of a supercontinent called Pangea. So what would that continent look like if it had the political boundaries of today?<p>It’s hard to imagine a time when Antarctica was a stone’s throw from the Australian Outback, or when Morocco was right across the street from New York. …

6 Freaky Things Your Body Does (Explained by Science)

The human body is a strange and mysterious place filled with gross guts and gurgling magic potions. There are all sorts of confusing or nonsensical …

Who’s afraid of the amygdala? Research blows away "fear center" myth

New revelations about your brain’s so-called “fear center” explain why it’s misleading to say “this part of the brain does x”. Maggie Koerth-Baker …

Big Pic: Sunrise Over A Dark Earth, As Seen From The ISS

Plus, some cool clouds that form only high above the Earth over polar regions<p>Here's what the land of the midnight sun actually looked like at 12:15 am local time, August 4. Astronauts in the International Space Station snapped this photo as they crossed over the Aleutian Islands. If the foreground …

FYI: What Would Happen If I Ate Nothing But Meat?

Good ol' meat and potatoes. Without the potatoes.<p>You might get scurvy, like a pirate. Cooked meat contains very little vitamin C, notes Donald Beitz, a nutritional biochemist at Iowa State University. Without the vitamin, scurvy would bring on rashes and gum disease, not to mention very bad breath. …

Astronaut recounts near-drowning on spacewalk, says he felt all alone, felt like eternity

The Italian astronaut who nearly drowned in his helmet during a spacewalk last month is sharing more details about the terrifying experience, revealing how he felt all alone and frantically tried to come up with a plan to save himself.<p>Luca Parmitano wrote in his online blog, posted Tuesday, that he …

Assyrian Wall at Foundation of Massive Iron-Age Fortifications Just Unearthed

Researchers have unearthed the remains of massive ancient fortifications that once helped protect an Assyrian harbor.<p>The fortifications were found in …

Smithsonian X-rays of spacesuits reveal the art inside the tech

The outside of an astronaut's spacesuit is so well known, it teeters on generic at this point — puffy, usually white, dotted with agency patches and a few anodized hookups. Helmets typically look like crystal clear bubbles, sitting atop the pillowy outfits. But few of us know the inner workings of …

3 Ways To Save Psychotherapy

People have been turning away from psychotherapy in favor of medication for years, despite the evidence that therapy works. Here are a few tips for improving the industry's image.<p>The subtle art of lying on a therapist's couch is in rapid decline. Psychotherapy, the traditional one-on-one weekly …

Shorter Workday Isn't The Key To Happiness, Says Bummer Of A Study

Workaholics of the world, rejoice? We'll all be just as unhappy with a shorter work week.<p>When it comes to working hours, less apparently is not more. Proponents of the six-hour workday will be saddened to hear that, as delightful as shorter days sound, decreasing work hours might not make anyone …

The LUMOback Is An Infuriating, Ingenious Posture-Saving Device That May Drive You Crazy

As a quantified-self junkie and a huge slob, I enjoy attaching all manner of electronics to my body. That’s why I was excited about the LUMOBack. It’s basically a position sensor that you strap around your waist – under your clothes – and use to measure your posture and sleeping positions. It is, …

NSA collected up to 56,000 emails not connected to terrorism a year, blames error

We can't say as though we're particularly surprised to see such numbers, but, well, at least they're finally coming to light. According to <i>The Washington Post</i>, newly declassified court documents highlight how the NSA collected up to 56,000 e-mails per year, over a three year period. The docs detail …

We start turning into our parents aged 32, according to new survey

We may have always understood it’s only a matter of time until we turn into our parents, and now we know this will happen by the time we reach 32.<p>We …

Was deregulation bad?

THIS blog has long held that airline deregulation in America was a good thing, and that the late Alfred Kahn, who deserves a good deal of the credit …

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Wacom Making Triple New Product Push for the Fall

Looks like the folks at Wacom's skunkworks have been busy. This week they've announced not one, but three new products coming out this fall, targeted …

Soviet invasion of Prague, 1968 – a picture from the past

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Answering Your Copyright Questions: What To Do If You've Been Infringed

Earlier this month we did a live webinar with Carolyn E. Wright – aka The Photo Attorney. Carolyn is a full-time attorney whose practice is aimed …

Controversy Erupts After Stolen Picture Wins Samsung Photo Contest

One of the downsides to living in an uber-connected digital world is the ease with which intellectual property can be stolen. Whichever bogus excuse …