Frederik Skovning

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National Geographic Traveler photo contest 2014 - in pictures

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler photo contest has opened, inviting photographers from around the world to submit their shots. Here are some of the first entries

Employers Can Fire You For Using Marijuana, But Brandon Coats' Case Could Change Everything

<i>Brandon Coats, who is suing his former employer, Dish Network, for firing him in 2010 for using medical marijuana outside the office to treat his debilitating pain.</i><p>Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient from Colorado, was fired by Dish Network in 2010 for taking his medicine while …

What makes a ‘good’ lens? (part I)

This might seem like a very obvious question, but the moment you try to define a set of criteria to quantify ‘good’, you soon realize there’s quite a …

What makes a ‘good’ lens? (part II)

This might seem like a very obvious question, but the moment you try to define a set of criteria to quantify ‘good’, you soon realize there’s quite a …

The Abandoned 1920s Iconic Berlin Airport is Now the City's Largest Park

<i>A</i>irports can be pretty impressive spaces, but what good is it if you can’t run wild in them? Well, in Berlin, you can do just that…<p><i>Image (c) Ciaron</i> …

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Beat the Price Hike: 6 Ways to Save on D.C. Hotels in Cherry Blossom Season

<i>by Christine Wei</i><p>While the nation's capital is a popular destination all year long, there's really nothing else like the city's Cherry Blossom Festival. From March 20 to April 13 this year, Washington, D.C. will celebrate with 25 days of parades, performances, and cultural events in the heart of …

Egypt's military leaders unveil devices they claim can detect and cure Aids

Egypt's military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a "miraculous" set of devices that detect and cure Aids, hepatitis and other viruses.<p>The claim, dismissed by experts and called "shocking to scientists" by the president's science adviser, …

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<i>Update: On June 13th the Jamaican government announced plans to allow possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and to decriminalise the drug for</i> …

Manhattan, 1918 - a picture from the past

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The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors and colored Stormtrooper black and white, …

Could there be a third world war?

World Affairs editor John Simpson visits the World War 1 battlefields and asks if there could be another world war.<p>Friction between China and Japan is growing, with the US this time on the side of Tokyo, while the importance of the Middle East is diminishing.<p>Our correspondent also warns that war …

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Why do images of abandoned Japanese island Hashima haunt us?

'Many times we would enter huge art deco buildings with once-beautiful chandeliers, ornate columns and extraordinary frescoes and everything was crumbling and covered in dust and the sense that you had entered a lost world was almost overwhelming."<p>These are the words of the French photographer Yves …

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20 Up-and-Comers Most Likely to Break Out at the World Cup

The World Cup is now just a few months away and, as ever when 32 of the best footballing nations gather, new superstars are set to be born.<p>There is no stage quite like the World Cup for creating legends and that will be seen once more in Brazil this summer, with over 600 players set to attend with …

Olympic-sized failure: Journalists revolt over lousy Sochi conditions

There is no better way to guarantee bad press for your monumentally expensive Olympics effort than what Vladimir Putin has done.<p>Forget about such issues as lax security and terror threats. What Russia’s supreme leader has done is screw over the journalists.<p>The accommodations for the hordes of …

Naijiel Hale: Son of Rapper Nate Dogg and 4-Star CB Commits to Washington

Naijiel Hale, the son of late rapper/singer Nate Dogg and a 4-star recruit out of St. John Bosco High School in California, is headed to the University of Washington.<p>Initially committed to playing at the University of Arizona, Hale recently flipped to Washington after meeting with Huskies new head …

North Korea calls Japanese PM 'Asian Hitler'

North Korea repeatedly harangues Japan over its failure to atone for its 1910-45 occupation of the Korean peninsula<p>North Korea has denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "Asian Hitler" intent on amassing military power under the guise of ensuring regional stability.<p>The attack in an …

Colorado Terror Suspect Is First to Challenge Warrantless NSA Surveillance in Court

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Jamshid Muhtorov, an Uzbeki man who moved to Colorado in 2007 as a political refugee, is challenging …