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Meet the farmer who found happiness in an ancestral way of life

<b>French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon has shunned modern techniques such as machinery and pesticides, choosing the manual subsistence farming methods once followed by his peasant ancestors.</b><p>Reuters photographer Stephane Mahe spent seven days with Jean-Bernard and his partner Laurence in Riec-sur-Belon, a …

New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings

<b>Researchers in the US have used a new scanning technique to discover a painting underneath one of Pablo Picasso's great works of art, the Crouching Woman (La Misereuse Accroupie).</b><p>Underneath the oil painting is a landscape of Barcelona which, it turns out, Picasso used as the basis of his …

'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

<b>It’s been dubbed "the loneliest tree on the planet" because of its remote location, but the Sitka spruce might represent something quite profound about the age in which we live.</b><p>The tree, sited on Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean, records in its wood a clear radioactive trace from the A-bomb …

DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

<b>DNA analysis is giving clues to how the vampire bat can survive on blood alone.</b><p>The bat can drink up to half its weight in blood a day unlike other relatives, which dine on fruit, nectar or insects.<p>Blood is low in nutrients and can harbour deadly viruses.<p>Vampire bats have key differences in genes …

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Preview of Walt Disney Showcase #1: Donald Duck

IDW launches its new series <b>Walt Disney Showcase #1</b> this week, putting the spotlight on Donald Duck! Check out a preview of the issue here…<p><i>It’s an</i> …

Walt Disney Company

Week in pictures: 27 January - 2 February 2018

<b>Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.</b><p>A rare lunar event called the "super blue blood Moon" is seen behind the pier in Santa Monica, California. This red glow is produced by the same effect that gives us red sunsets. Sunlight skims through the …

Coping with life after a daughter's disappearance

<b>In the remote north of Vietnam, girls are disappearing. These girls, some as young as 13, are victims of bride trafficking, having been kidnapped and taken to China to be sold into marriage.</b><p>According to child rights organisation Plan International, this type of forced marriage has been growing …

Elon Musk's huge Falcon Heavy rocket set for launch

<b>Elon Musk is attempting to fly the world's most powerful rocket with his own sports car on the top.</b><p>The US entrepreneur's Falcon Heavy launcher is designed to have twice the lifting capacity of any other vehicle.<p>But because of the historic high failure rate of maiden flights, only a dummy payload is …

A short history of Life: Afghanistan's lost magazine

<b>Bright, busy and colourful, newly digitised pages of Zhvandun magazine - Life, in English - reveal the aspirations of Afghanistan's elite during decades of political and social change.</b><p>It rolled off presses through most of the second half of the 20th Century, mixing articles on global affairs, …

Flat Earther reveals the real reason NASA is lying to us that the Earth is round

This week, The Flat Earth International Conference took place in North Carolina – attracting a swarm of people who genuinely believe the Earth is …

Flat Earth Society

Top 25 Landscape Photographers of 2017

One of my goals here at CaptureLandscapes is to keep you inspired to go out creating compelling images. Part of that journey involves highlighting …

Photography

Why Is It So Cold Right Now? Blame the Winter Dipole

It's a climate change phenomenon.<p>On Thursday evening, President Trump got on Twitter to mock all the countries attempting to prevent global warming, …

Global Warming

Liu Yifei gets starring role in Mulan, as tide turns against 'whitewashing'

A Chinese actor will play the title role in a live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan, a move seen as a victory for Asian actors in Hollywood after repeated controversies over “whitewashing”.<p>Liu Yifei, who also uses the name Crystal Liu, was picked to star in the film after a worldwide search that …

China

This Massive Underground City is Filled With Wine

Take a drive through the largest wine cellar in the entire world.<p>Hiding beneath the surface of a secluded section of Europe, a massive underground city exists with miles of tunnels filled with wine. Every “street” carries the name of a certain grape like Pinot or Cabernet Sauvignon. Visitors slowly …

Wine Cellars

Wild boar meat leaves New Zealand family paralysed after suspected botulism poisoning

Three members of a family in New Zealand remain “unresponsive” in hospital and could face paralysis or tremors for life after suspected food poisoning from a wild boar they shot on a hunting trip.<p>Subi Babu and her husband Shibu Kochummen, and his mother Alekutty Daniel, were found by paramedics …

Public Health

Pictures of the Week 11.16.17

20 meteor shower photos that’ll inspire you to shoot the Leonids

The Leonids meteor shower is one of the most spectacular celestial events visible to the naked eye. The shower peaks Friday, Nov. 17—a perfect …

Leonids

Katy Perry banned from China as Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show continues to crumble

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai is disintegrating faster than a cheap lace thong.<p>Katy Perry, who was set to perform, has now been …

Fashion Shows

50 Great Black And White Photographs From The Masters Of Photography – Part 6

Here is the <b>Part 6</b> of amazing black and white photos from masters. Please check our previous articles here:• Great Black and White Photos – Part1 <br>• Great …

How to See the 2017 Leonid Meteor Shower

A darkened moon will create ideal viewing conditions for this annual sky show, famous for its epic meteor storms.<p>Sky-watchers are getting set for a celestial lion to roar, as the annual Leonid meteor shower kicks into high gear later this week.<p>Viewing conditions should be near ideal during the …

Astronomy

Photos of a Paradise Island, Frozen in Time

The Island of Mozambique was spared from the ravages of modern development during the 20th century.<p>In the sun-drenched waters of the Indian Ocean, a small coral island sits at the mouth of Mossuril Bay, where the waves melt seamlessly into the sky.<p><i>Ilha de Moçambique</i>, or the Island of Mozambique, …

York University

Justice League Is a Big, Ugly Mess

DC follows the triumph of Wonder Woman with a bust.<p>Doing high school and college theater, I got used to a certain kind of pitying, deflecting, post-performance compliment—“the lighting was so good;” “what an <i>interesting</i> script;” “what fun costumes.” These little deceptive kindnesses told me all I …

A mysterious 'hole' larger than Maryland has reappeared in Antarctica after 42 years

A mysterious hole larger than Maryland has reappeared in the middle of Antarctica after 42 years. Scientists aren't sure how it got there.<p>This isn't the first time it's appeared.<p>The hole is a type of polynya. Polynyas are regions of open water surrounded by sea ice. But the Weddell Polynya is …

Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold And Silver Is Ending Up in Sewers in Switzerland

One man's waste...?<p>We've all flushed something down the toilet we wish we hadn't, but apparently there's more of a goldmine down there than you might …

Pollution

Body clock scientists win Nobel Prize

<b>Three scientists who unravelled how our bodies tell time have won the 2017 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.</b><p>The body clock - or circadian rhythm - is the reason we want to sleep at night, but it also drives huge changes in behaviour and body function.<p>The US scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael …

The first round of National Geographic competition

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has opened and is already attracting stunning entries before it closes on 17 November.

'I want to get rid of my Polish accent'

Kasha moved to the UK from Poland 27 years ago, but recently started to feel some people are hostile towards her because of the way she speaks.<p>She's decided she wants to get rid of her accent.<p><i>Kasha's story is featured in</i> Accents Speak Louder Than Words, <i>one of 12 short films commissioned for</i> Listen …

'Instant' blood test for heart attacks

<b>A blood test that could rule out a heart attack in under 20 minutes should be used routinely, say UK researchers.</b><p>A team from King's College London have tested it on patients and say the cMyC test could be rolled out on the NHS within five years.<p>They claim it would save the health service millions …