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Is a Suspended Death Sentence Enough for a Chinese ‘Gutter Oil’ Dealer?

“Gutter oil” is one of the most revolting substances in the culinary pantheon. It sprang from the ingenuity of Chinese entrepreneurs, who fished out …

Ancient Chinese cat bones shake up domestication theory

A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines became the tame pets we know today.<p>Scientists believe it was the cat's appetite that led to domestication. Grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents, which in turn …

How feds use one “seed” and 3 “hops” to spy on nearly everyone

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>The U.S. government has tried to reassure critics of its massive phone surveillance program …

Visually Dramatic Series of Vertical Panoramic Shots of Churches

Richard Silver achieves the absolutely sublime in his spectacular pictures of churches that show entrance to altar all in one sweeping image. Just as …

Landscape Photography

Lightgazing | Japan’s best illumination spots of 2013

Illumination. It’s an odd word to hear in a sentence, made only odder as a seeming tourist destination. But In Japan, especially around this time of …

Verizon quietly unleashes its LTE monster, tripling 4G capacity in major cities

Advertisement<p>41 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / V&A Steamworks<p>We’ve already logged a few sightings of Verizon’s powerful new LTE network in New York and …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color

Iran is a notoriously closed society, so this was an unusual milestone: It was recently the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based magazine <i>FSHN</i>.<p>Iranian-Canadian photographer Afra Pourdad took photos of model Shabnam Molavi posing in public spaces — in bazaars, on …