Garrett Strachan Banks

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Smithsonian Magazine's 2013 Photo Contest

The editors of <i>Smithsonian magazine</i> have just announced the 60 finalists in their 11th annual photo contest. They've kindly allowed me to share several of these images here, including some great shots from each of the competition's six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, …

The seven most awkward, hilarious moments from Barack Obama’s interview with Zach Galifianakis

You have to hand it to Barack Obama: The man knows how laugh at himself.<p>And hopefully the American public will be laughing at the president's appearance on the Web comedy series Between Two Ferns, hosted by Zach Galifianakis.<p>One of the website Funny or Die's most popular recurring series, <i>Between</i> …

Spy agencies try to curb watchdogs’ ties to each other

Federal intelligence officials are warning their watchdogs against talking too much to each other, even as spies themselves increasingly team up on top-secret surveillance.<p>A 2013 letter obtained by The Globe under Access to Information laws reveals the frictions between Canada's spies and those who …

Does Android dream of profit?

To understand both the massive popularity and limited profitability of the world's most widely adopted operating system, consider the biggest piece of news from last month's Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry's biggest trade show: A $25 (U.S.) smartphone.<p>Mozilla, the maker of the popular …

The Elegant Secrets Of Flying Snakes

Flying snakes are mysterious. How do they soar? Without wings or other helpful appendages, how do they glide from tree to tree?<p>A team of American scientists, including Lorena Barba of George Washington University and Jake Socha of Virginia Tech, has been studying the small flying snake – about a …

Castor is 6 stars in one

Castor is one of 2 bright stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins. It appears as a single star, but it’s actually a multiple star system.<p>Castor …

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