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New York prison break: Dogs pick up escapees' scent about mile from prison

<b>(CNN) —</b> Investigators are looking at surveillance video from a gas station about a mile from the New York prison where two inmates escaped over the weekend, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told CNN on Thursday night.<p>Tracking dogs picked up the scent of prisoners Richard Matt and David …

Crime

10 Ways Mad Max: Fury Road Blows Past the Last Decade of Blockbusters

Director George Miller strikes black gold with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.<p>The last ten years of summer movie seasons have been filled with great excuses to hide from 100-percent humidity, but only a few certifiably fantastic movie-going experiences. Steven Spielberg's <i>War of the Worlds</i> was up …

Movies

The 8 Most Stunning Bookstores In The World

<b>By Elizabeth Stamp for Architectural Digest.</b><p>Tour the most extraordinary bookshops across the globe, from a hidden gem on Santorini to a repurposed church in The Netherlands.<p><b>El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina</b><p><i>(photo: Wim Wiskerke/Alamy</i><p>Architect Fernando Manzone transformed a former …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Psychology

See the American Civil War in Color Photographs

Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand; at the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alexander …

War

Shark Attacks Are So Unlikely, But So Fascinating

They don't want to bite you<p>Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability--and occasional proclivity--to do just that. With so many things more likely to harm us, why do we pay such rapt attention when sharks make …

Rosario Dawson on Being a Hero, Not a Love Interest, in Netflix's Daredevil

Fresh off of Chris Rock’s hit comedy <i>Top Five</i>, Rosario Dawson is shaking up Marvel’s comic book universe in Netflix’s <i>Daredevil</i>, which premieres …

Kobani – free but in ruins

Photographer David Gill captures details from Kobani after Kurdish fighters forced Isis troops from the Syrian city

Photography

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

The 88 movies we're most excited about in 2015

Think 2014 was a good year for film? Think again. This year is shaping up to be one of the classics. Here’s what’s on our radar. (Why 88? Here’s why)<p>• What to watch this spring in the UK • Nine key Aussie releases • Week in geek on the year ahead in superhero movies • Are previews redundant?<p>Here, …

Mad Max

Why Do Women Have to Abandon Their Lives to Find Themselves?

Every now and again, a piece of literature rises to the level of a phenomenon. In order for this to happen, of course, the book or piece of writing must be more than simply popular: It must inspire a widespread adoration that's most often bred from a deep recognition of self in the work. When this …

The Paradoxical Rise Of The Viral Marriage Proposal

In an age when fewer young Americans express interest in marriage, public engagements are more prevalent than ever — and social media isn't entirely to blame.<p>Late last year, a grand romantic gesture went horribly awry. A Dutch man in a town near Utrecht hired a crane to use in a spectacular …

Relationships

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China kicks off today and runs until Feb. 25. The event, which is the world’s largest ice festival, features massive sculptures carved out of ice and ice-related activities for visitors. The festival is a huge draw for tourists despite …

China

Beautiful 3D-Rendered Glaciers Look Like Watercolor Paintings

Switzerland-based illustrator Chaotic Atmospheres creates beautiful, compelling views of icebergs in his aptly-titled series <i>Caustic Icebergs</i>. The images are digitally produced through 3D rendering software, and they showcase the illustrator's incredible talent of making computer-generated work look …

Digital Art

The Benefits of Being Cold

Year-round warmth is a modern luxury. Some scientists believe it is changing human metabolism.<p>When you first put on the ice vest, you will feel cold. Not intolerably cold, but cold enough to make you think, <i>What am I doing with my life?</i> Or, at least, as numbness spreads across your shoulders and …

National Geographic's Favorite Bird Pictures

In honor of the 115th anniversary of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, National Geographic editors searched the archives for our most compelling bird pictures.

15 Bad Weather Wedding Photos That Are Beautifully Backlit

Wedding photography has become breathtakingly beautiful, especially for those couples that don't mind getting a little wet. More and more, brides and grooms along with their daring photographers have stepped out into the snow or rain to capture stunning wedding photos. The use of natural or …

Weddings

Dubai Buildings Are So High, You Can Look Down at the Clouds

Daniel Cheong's surreal cityscape photos capture some of the world's tallest skyscrapers engulfed in fog. The photographer stakes out incredible vantage points in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to shoot the tops of ghostly gray buildings as they puncture the thick carpet of fog.<p>Because …

Skyscrapers

37 Most Incredible Photographs of The Year

Let's look back on 2014 by reviewing some of the most spectacular photographs of this year. Which photographs of incredible destinations simply took our breath away? What long exposures were so creatively done, we gasped in awe? Which underwater photos seemed simply serene? Instead of our usual …

Nature Photography