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Best of the Best in Photos 2014: Part 2

Philippine eagle, amazing shot!

Images from the 2nd edition of Electric Festival in Aruba in 101 photos. Over 5 days and nights, 23 DJ’s travelled to this Caribbean piece of paradise for an overload of private jets filled with silicone, epic poolparties, late night clubbing events, cruises, ADE conferences and the biggest dance festival ever seen in this part of the world. Here: http://bit.ly/1uoWnTV

The real reason Ferguson is boarding up its storefronts

In early November, as rumors spread that the grand jury decision in the case of Darren Wilson was about to be released, Ferguson began to board itself up. Nearly all stores on the small area of West Florissant Avenue that has been the hub of protest activity are boarded, save for Ferguson Burger …

Justice

It's her Ferguson -- not all black and white

Stefannie Wheat carried a yard sign all the way from her Midwestern town to the nation's capital. She visited the White House and tucked it into the guard rail.<p>"I Love Ferguson," it said.<p>It was mid-October and her beloved city turned restive after the police shooting death of black teenager Michael …

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Pure joy: a laughing boy on the street in Trastavere, Italy in 1958.

Pete Seeger and the American Soul

The folk singer, who has died at 94, had one defining feature: selflessness.<p>The singer-songwriter-folk hero Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94, always reminded me of Henry Fonda playing Tom Joad in John Steinbeck's immortal <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. Not just Fonda's character, although surely …

Taking the selfie too far?

How-To: Picking a Great Lens for Milky Way Photography

The lens is the most important factor in the image quality of a landscape astrophoto.<p>There are a number of lens traits that will determine the …

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New York City at night in the fog. Wow! Via Reddit.

Great Britain from above with some extra Northern Lights thrown in.

From Up High

How much faster is a PlayStation 4 with an SSD?

We've known for a long time that users will be able to swap out the hard drive in Sony's PlayStation 4 for another model, but what type of drive makes for the best replacement? <i>Tested</i> recently ran a side-by-side test with a trio of drives to determine which offers the best performance and value. A …

10 Tips to Motivate You out of a Photography Rut

Are all your photos starting to look the same? Break out of your photography rut and get the creative juices flowing with these 10 tips.

Can a corporation have a religion?: Hobby Lobby challenge to contraception mandate heads to Supreme Court

Justices will decide Tuesday whether to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling affirming Hobby Lobby’s “religion”<p>The owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores that plays religious music for shoppers, provides employees free "spiritual counseling" and closes down every Sunday, have been …

On Design: Searching for a More Visual News Site

When the <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> laid off its entire photo staff last year, I commented that one of the problems was the utter failure of website design to …

Environment: News & features

Environment

12 U.S. Cities That Could Use Some Love

There are towns in America that we love to hate: the weather's too cold, the politics are too strong, the football fans are too crazy, unruly and obnoxious.<p>But cast all those catty complaints to the side, and you might see an awesome city that's just dying for a bit of your forgiveness and …