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Killer and cure: Venom at London's Natural History Museum – in pictures

From snakes to spiders, wasps to scorpions, the Natural History Museum’s new Venom exhibition promises to unnerve and entice, as it explores one of nature’s deadliest forces and its power to both kill and cure

Zoology

Massive Rubber Band Tangles Up Runner

The stretchy projectile slowed, but didn't stop, the lead runner at indoor meet in Ireland.<p>Runners have enough to worry about in the final stretch of an 800-meter indoor track race: the lactic acid burning through their legs, the final surge from a tactical competitor, the flailing spikes from an …

Rubber Bands

Just How Much Pee Is In That Pool?

You know that sharp odor of chlorine from the swimming pool you can recall from earliest childhood? It turns out it's not just chlorine, but a potent brew of chemicals that form when chlorine meets sweat, body oils, and urine.<p>But up until now, just how much urine has been difficult to measure, says …

Swimming Pools

Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’

WASHINGTON — For a look at how sharply policy in Washington will change under the administration of Donald J. Trump, look no further than the environment.<p>Mr. Trump has called human-caused climate change a “hoax.” He has vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every …

Climate

Michelle, you're hugging the wrong president: Obama hugs George Bush at opening of African American History and Culture museum

Centuries of struggles and strife, decades of planning and pain, and years of hoping for a place that African-American history can call home, culminated as President Barack Obama officially opened the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.<p>Obama tweeted from his …

Rare golden mole caught on camera looks just like Donald Trump's hair

This golden mole is only spotted 10 times a century - he is incredibly rare.<p>From above, he looks like Donald Trump's hair - if the presidential hopeful used a lot more shine serum and conditioner.<p>The little creature is called a karrkaratul and they are found in the deserts of Australia.<p>When you …

Undocumented Valedictorian Takes Down Trump In Epic Speech

A Yale University-bound woman has just become the second high school valedictorian in Texas to reveal that she's an undocumented immigrant.<p>Larissa Martinez, who will go to Yale on a full ride this fall, chose her graduation speech at McKinney Boyd High School in Dallas to make her bold statement.<p>"I …

High School

These Eerie Portraits Capture Endangered and Extinct Animals in a Film That Is Also Vanishing

The Labrador duck, the great auk and the passenger pigeon—they are long gone, extinct for well over a century. But photographer Denis Defibaugh has …

China

25 Must-See Cherry Blossom Photos Around the World

We’ve had a few signs that winter is on its way out, but nothing says, “Spring is in the air!” like the arrival of cherry blossoms, also known as</i> …

Australia Navy Finds 2,000 Weapons on Somalia-Bound Fishing Dhow

More than 2,000 weapons including assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and mortar tubes were found hidden under nets aboard a small fishing boat bound for Somalia, American and Australian officials said Monday.<p>A team from Australian frigate HMAS Darwin discovered the cache last month …

Military

Gallery shows: Audubon and contemporary art; photography books

John James Audubon (1785-1851) is the ornithologist, naturalist, and painter whose color-plate book, <i>Birds of America</i>, is considered one of the most …

Blown-up picture of Shanghai panorama reveals naked man in hotel window

To the uninitiated, this panoramic snap of Shanghai’s waterfront is just an amazing shot of the sprawling city landscape — but on closer inspection, a shocking surprise lies in wait.<p>The mesmerizing 24.9-billion-pixel panoramic photograph has gone viral on the Internet as users zoomed in close …

Panoramic Photography

Craig Windham, anchor for two decades of NPR’s hourly newscasts, dies at 66

Craig Windham, who delivered the news for two decades as a correspondent and anchor of NPR’s hourly newscasts, the five-minute reports that punctuate the day for millions of listeners in their cars, at their desks and with earbuds in their ears, died Feb. 28 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 66.<p>His …

United States

13 Bald Eagles Found Dead at Maryland Farm

Thirteen bald eagles were found dead at a Maryland-area farm over the weekend and federal authorities are currently investigating, and offering a …

Birds

Obama's Election Year Supreme Court Choice is Not Unprecedented

At the center of Republicans' opposition to President Obama's plans to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the argument that the move has no historical precedent.<p>That's not entirely true — but the scenario is pretty rare.<p>The current situation — an opening on the high …

Joe Biden

Here's Why Ted Cruz's Face Is So Unsettling

We've already made note of the widespread contempt for Ted "Butt Sweat" Cruz among his opponents, his fellow party members, his college roommate, and probably also animals and inanimate objects. While the Texas senator's loathe-ability was once merely a widespread truism, now, thanks to <i>Psychology</i> …

Republicans

Eagle Hunter

Pictures of the day: 18 January 2016 - Telegraph

Thai beauty ad: 'Just being white, you will win'

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's hard to imagine anything more blatant than this.<p>A new Thai beauty ad claiming white skin is the key to success has unleashed a storm of criticism in Thailand, especially online, where people complain the ad perpetuates damaging, racist ideas.<p>"Just being white, you will win," says Cris …

Thailand
Weather

This woman's reaction to meeting Trump deserves to be Photoshopped

Typically we like to poke fun at Donald Trump's facial expression. Not today.<p>An enthusiastic woman at a Trump rally in Lowell, Massachusetts, on …

US moves to protect lions from big-game trophy hunters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will protect lions in Africa under the Endangered Species Act, the Obama administration announced Monday, a move that would make it harder for American big-game hunters to bring a lion head or hide into the country.<p>The effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service comes …

Wildlife
Cute
University of Pennsylvania

We tested fancy water vs. tap water. Here’s what we learned

I’ve gotten some weird mail at the office this year. First, there was a massive bouquet from a Tinder match I had neither met nor told where I work. …

Water

Brown calls for stronger gun laws in wake of San Bernardino attack

In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called for stronger federal gun laws, rebutted Republican criticism of President Obama and urged vigilance against potential terrorist activity.<p>"Ideas are being generated around the world that are coming back, a blowback that's …

Teen Bud Weisser Arrested for Trespassing at Budweiser Brewery

Nineteen-year-old Bud Weisser was arrested Thursday evening for trespassing at a brewery of uncanny similarity to his own name in downtown St. Louis, police said.<p>Officers responded to the Budweiser Brewery after reports of an altercation between the facility’s security officer and a suspect, St. …

Trespassing

New Yorker Cover Satirizes America's Obsession With Guns After Mass Shootings

The next issue of The New Yorker is taking aim at American gun culture.<p>The magazine's illustrated cover is featuring a smiling couple stocking up on firearms and grenades — tossing the items into a shopping cart as if they were on a grocery run.<p>The cover story for the Dec. 14 issue is entitled," …

Guns

Chris Christie says “hell no” to American leadership on climate change

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Mother Jones <i>and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Most Americans say the United …

Chris Christie