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APOD: A Retreating Thunderstorm at Sunset (2013 Aug 28) Image Credit & Copyright: Alan Dyer (The Amazing Sky) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130828.html Explanation: What type of cloud is that? This retreating cumulonimbus cloud, more commonly called a thundercloud, is somewhat unusual as it contains the unusual bumpiness of a mammatus cloud on the near end, while simultaneously producing falling rain on the far end. Taken in mid-June in southern Alberta, Canada, the cloud is moving to the east, into the distance, as the sun sets in the west, behind the camera. In the above image, graphic sunset colors cross the sky to give the already photogenic cloud striking orange and pink hues. A darkening blue sky covers the background. Further in the distance, a rising, waxing, gibbous moon is visible on the far right. http://amazingsky.net/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130828 #APOD

Special Features - Who Should Be The Next Batman?

<i>Anghus Houvouras looks at the reported contenders for the next Dark Knight in Warner Bros.’ Superman and Batman movie…</i><p>Since the announcement last …

Hero or villain? Victim or culprit? Patriot or traitor? Bradley Manning, the American army private who stole and then leaked a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been called all of these things. On July 30th, a military judge found him guilty of violating the Espionage Act, but cleared him of having aided the enemy http://econ.st/13wFepZ

Targeted adverts - based on web browsing history - have become established online http://bbc.in/17fmOw8 But are advertisers starting to pinpoint our habits and interests in our offline life too? Facial recognition cameras are already being fitted to billboard screens so that advertising companies can monitor the sort of people viewing adverts at each location.

Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Admit it. You love cheap clothes. And you don't care about child slave labour

Until three years ago I did not believe in magic. But that was before I began investigating how western brands perform a conjuring routine that makes …

The mystery of monogamy: scientists claim to have the answer

As an enduring mystery of the human condition, it has been praised and damned in equal measure. It is a bridge over the abyss of isolation but can be …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

The Creatures of Kenya’s Forgotten Loima Hills

<i>Yvonne de Jong is a National Geographic grantee working with team member Thomas Butynski to track down what may be Africa’s least understood large animal, the Desert Warthog.</i><p>——-<p>Turkana is Kenya’s most remote district. Located west of Lake Turkana in the north-west corner of the country, Turkana …

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Tourists Snap Photos of Cougar Stalking Them in Lake Louise - Vagabondish

They only realized afterward that the cougar had been following them the whole time. A couple hiking near Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada had a close …

Scientists catch an X-ray eclipse of a planet where it rains glass http://bit.ly/18KfDiJ