Frans Bonné

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10 Tips for Doing an Underwater Photo Shoot

My brain is officially underwater. Photographically, that is.<p>I see everything in terms of underwater. A friend shows me the gorgeous wedding dress …

Lockheed Skunkworks Eyes A New U-2

Will it find what America is looking for?<p>Lockheed Martin’s U-2 spy plane is perhaps the most successful surveillance aircraft ever built. First flown on August 4th, 1955, the covert high-flyer has remained in service for 60 years. It starred in a couple of major Cold War crises. In 1960, a U-2 …

This Hyperlapse Tour of Los Angeles Was Shot Over Two Years

Hyperlapse artist Vadim Tereshchenko spent the past two years working on an ambitious project that showcases the beauty of Los Angeles. The fruit of …

Los Angeles

Photographer Captures Her Daughter’s Connection to the Sea in Graceful Underwater Portraits

Bahamas-based underwater photographer Elena Kalis and her daughter Sacha Kalis have a deep connection with the water. Elena has been an underwater …

Ozone hole layer remains size of North America, Nasa data shows

Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010, 2012 and 2013, but scientists say recovery is on track<p>The Antarctic ozone hole, which was expected to reduce in size swiftly when manmade chlorine emissions were outlawed 27 years ago, is stubbornly remaining the size of …

Virgin Galactic space plane's re-entry system activated early, say investigators

Photograph: Kenneth Brown/Reuters<p>A combination of photos show Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo as it detached from the jet aeroplane that carried it aloft and then broke …

Tracking a Serial Killer: Could Ebola Mutate to Become More Deadly?

Why we need to terminate Ebola 2014 before the virus learns too much about us.<p>Forty years ago, Ebola was just the name of a river. It was a small waterway of no particularly sinister character that flowed through northern Zaire, not far from the village hospital where the first known outbreak of a …

Dark matter may have been detected – streaming from the sun’s core

An unusual signal picked up by a European space observatory could be the first direct detection of dark matter particles, astronomers say.<p>The findings are tentative and could take several years to check, but if confirmed they would represent a dramatic advance in scientists’ understanding of the …

5 Tips For Creating Stunning Cityscapes

Cityscapes have a uniquely vibrant feel to them which is unlike any other form of photography. If shot correctly, they can captivate an audience. …

Native Americans: Portraits From a Century Ago

In the early 1900s, Seattle-based photographer Edward S. Curtis embarked on a project of epic scale, to travel the western United States and document the lives of Native Americans still untouched by Western society. Curtis secured funding from J.P. Morgan, and visited more than 80 tribes over the …

Solved: Mystery of Moving Stones in Death Valley

So-called sailing stones in California’s Death Valley National Park have perplexed tourists and scientists alike for their apparent ability to move …

National Parks

How to follow the eruptions of volcanoes in Iceland and Papua New Guinea

Two minutes past midnight this morning, after weeks of rattling Iceland with hundreds of earthquakes, the volcano Bárðarbunga finally erupted. Magma breached the surface in a lava field in Holuhraun, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported, in what’s called a “fissure eruption,” seeping …

Papua New Guinea

Real Life Story of Friends Who Discovered a Beautiful Message in a Bottle

These days, finding a message in a bottle seems like something out of a storybook. But this heartwarming tale is a real life experience that took place just recently along the shores of California. While some friends were fishing, they came upon a glass bottle that had washed up on the sand. Upon …

Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

Globally, there are thousands of nuclear weapons hidden away and ready to go, just awaiting the right electrical signal. They are, writes investigative reporter Eric Schlosser, a collective death wish — barely suppressed. Every one is an accident waiting to happen, a potential act of mass murder, …

Edge of a Volcano

Photographer Denis Budkov has made a series of images of great beauty during an expedition to the volcanic complex Plosky Tolbatchik. Located in the …

Before-and-After Photo Series Shows How Dramatically Lighting Affects Portraits

It’s not news that lighting makes or breaks an image, particularly portraits. But in <i>Perception Is Reality</i> by photographer Sebastian Petrovski, we get …

Photo du Jour: Youth, Waterfalls and Roman Candles

Passing from their twenties to their thirties, Bryan Derballa and his friends treasure moments of liberation in the looming face of responsibility in</i> …

Japanese Photographer Creates Surreal Scenes of Anonymous Girls

For his series <i>Assembly</i>, Japanese photographer Osamu Yokonami captures scenes of young girls on a backdrop of stunning landscapes. Faces hidden and …

A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened up at the ‘End of the World’ in Siberia — and It’s Left Scientists Baffled

A helicopter spotted a large mysterious hole in Siberia Tuesday — and it’s left scientists largely perplexed thus far.<p><i>— Scroll down for video —</i><p>A massive hole has opened up at the “end of the world” and baffled scientists. (Image source: Screen grab via YouTube)<p>The massive hole, about 260 feet wide, …

Love or lust? The eyes tell all

Where someone’s gaze falls could indicate almost instantly whether attraction is based on feelings of love or of lust.<p>Scientists say if the gaze is …

University of Chicago

Rogue Geoengineering Project May Have Increased Salmon Numbers

The salmon population in an area dosed with iron has doubled.<p>California businessman Russ George made headlines in 2012 when he, in cooperation with a group from a Native Canadian community, dumped more than 100 tons of iron sulfate into the Pacific, some 200 miles off shore. The iron then triggered …

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Apollo 11 Mission's 45th Anniversary Reminds Us To Never Stop Taking Small Steps

Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, crew members of Apollo 11 made history when they walked on the moon.<p>"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered as he became the first human to set foot on the surface of the moon at 10:56 p.m. EDT. …

People with high IQs really DO see the world differently: Researchers find they process sensory information differently

• Experts found that a high IQ brain was better able to block out larger or more irrelevant images when focussing on a small moving object<br>• But …

Scientists Probe Depths of Mysterious Hole in Siberia

That mysterious crater deep in Siberia will soon be a bit less mysterious; a team of scientists just completed their first survey of the giant hole in northern Yamal — Siberian for "the end of the world." Conspiracy theorists who thought bombs or UFOs might be involved will be disappointed to hear …

Black Holes May Explode Into 'White Holes' And Pour All Their Matter Into Space, Physicists Say

Black holes might end their lives by transforming into their exact opposite — 'white holes' that explosively pour all the material they ever swallowed into space, say two physicists. The suggestion, based on a speculative quantum theory of gravity, could solve a long-standing conundrum about …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

The Truth About Global Warming

Do you believe that global warming is a real threat? If so, can you explain why? If not, can you explain why not? Most people have an opinion on the first question, but I've found that relatively few can answer the followups. In other words, most Americans have opinions of global warming based on …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …