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31 Stunning 1860s-Style Portraits of the Stars at Sundance

Tintypes, specifically, painstakingly shot by ace photographer Victoria Will at Sundance<p>Tintypes, specifically, painstakingly shot by ace photographer Victoria Will at Sundance<p><i>UPDATE: Victoria Will's photos have officially won an award. Congratulations, Victoria!</i><i>For a little backstory on Victoria's</i> …

Sundance

Photog Captures the Elegant Movements of Dancers in Stunning Long Exposure Series

Former ballet dancer and professional photographer Jesús Chapa-Malacara has two great passions in life: yep, you guessed right, they’re dance and …

Bird Gets Ahold of Egg Camera, Captures Great Aerial Footage of Penguin Colony

The filmmakers behind a BBC nature show got more than they bargained for when they came up with the idea of encasing a video camera in a fake egg to …

Russian Mother Takes Magical Portraits of Her Two Boys and their Animal Friends

Russian photographer Elena Shumilova only got into photography in early 2012, when she acquired her first camera. But if you were to look through her …

Black and White Animal Portraits in Breathtaking Detail

Lukas Holas is a photographer and graphic designer from Frydlant, Czech Republic. In a series on Behance entitled, <i>Portraits of Animals</i>, Holas …

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

Astronomy

Why do jellyfish sting?

You're swimming in the sea, and all of a sudden a jellyfish appears from nowhere and stings you. Why did they do it?<p>Jellyfish use their sting to capture prey and act as a defence mechanism. When their tentacles encounter a human or other sort of prey they reach out and fire out harpoon-like …

Nature

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Photographer Captures Astonishing Images of Southern Right Whales

Justin Hofman's stunning photographs of southern right whales showcase their beauty and gentleness—and their enormity.

Surprising "Lake" Bigger Than West Virginia Found Inside Greenland Ice

Scientists say the unlikely liquid water may hold clues to the effects of global warming.<p>A vast aquifer "lake" lies trapped under southeastern Greenland, scientists report, based on ice core results. The finding may help reveal a changing climate's effects on the world's massive, but shrinking, ice …

Dogs Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field

Wildlife<p>A German wirehaired pointer walking on a field. Photograph by Juniors Bildarchiv, Alamy<p><b>Dogs don’t need a compass: Your best friend can sense Earth’s magnetic field, say researchers who report that dogs preferentially align themselves facing north or south to do their business.</b><p>Dogs are well …

Surprise! Scientists Find That Starfish Eyes Actually See, at Least a Little

After decades of wondering what starfish use their eyes for, scientists see some light.<p><i>Update, February 7, 2018: This story has been updated with information on the 2018 study on deep-sea starfish in the Arctic.</i><p>Starfish have eyes—one on the end of each of their arms—but what they do with them was …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #58

Wildlife<p>Please help us continue our work by donating to the Wild Bird Trust: <b>http://www.wildbirdtrust.com/donations/</b><p>Go to the new Wild Bird Trust website to learn more about our research and conservation projects in Africa.<p>Your wild bird photographs can now be submitted at:<p>www.wildbirdtrust.com/top25<p>…

Lions Approach Extinction in West Africa

New study paints dire picture and outlines conservation needs.<p>Lions may soon disappear entirely from West Africa unless conservation efforts improve, a new study predicts.<p>The study, published January 8 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>, presents "sobering results" of a survey that …

Pictures: Fish Light Up in Neon Colors

Camouflaged fish light up in neon hues when hit with blue light.<p><b>Coral reefs are full of flamboyantly colored creatures. But a new study finds that even the more subtly hued camouflaged species hiding in nooks and crannies have their gaudy side. You just have to know how to look at them.</b><p><b>Some 180</b> …

Death Threats Seen Over Rhino Hunt Auction

A Dallas Safari Club auction promoting conservation is raising strong protests from animal activists.<p>The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction a chance for one hunter to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia. Animal advocates are expressing anger at the weekend auction, and a few have …

DNA Discovery Reveals Surprising Dolphin Origins

Mating between two distinct dolphin species created the clymene dolphin, a genetics study shows.<p>A well-known dolphin species, the clymene dolphin, arose from mating between two separate and distinct dolphin species, report genetics researchers.<p>Also known as the "short-snouted spinner dolphin," the …

Reflections in Milford Sound

"Natures Art" ice encased St. Joseph, Michigan Lighthouse

Foggy Atmosphere

Shadows Come Alive in Stunning Black and White Scenes by Guy Cohen

Using strong, dramatic contrasts between light and shadow, 24-year-old photographer Guy Cohen redefines expectations in his ongoing collection of black and white images. In each composition, the Jerusalem-based student photographer plays with perception and rearranges ways of seeing the …

Photography

Point and lick: surreal wildlife - in pictures

Swiss photographer John Wilhelm combines his passion for photography with a strong dose of imagination to create fantastical images in which animals achieve incredible feats

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

How the Western Black Rhino Went Extinct

Oh what a difference a century makes. At the beginning of the 20th century, an estimated one million black rhinoceroses from four different …

'Forest Giraffe' Now Endangered: Okapi Populations Drop 50 Percent in 18 Years

Better late than never? This week the International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources, which publishes the IUCN Red List of threatened …

Earliest Evidence of Cat Domestication Found in China

There has been much debate about how cats went from hunting in the wild to a much-loved pet. That is because we know little about their …

Pets