Elijah Kristopher Merritt

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Big Pic: A Star's Bright Birth

Supersonic jets blow gas out of Herbig-Haro 46/47.<p>Hellooooo colorful baby star! NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly finished Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile were able to get us this stellar look inside the gas and dust surrounding Herbig-Haro 46/47. Herbig-Haro …

Telescopes

Chinese Students Hilariously Describe What They Think About Regional American Food

"Why eat that? That is not good."

Sun’s magnetic field about to flip

This reversal happens every 11 years and is tied to the sun’s cycle of activity, now near its peak. The effects of the reversal will ripple …

Earth Science

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Marvelous Giraffe Photography

There are many beloved animals in the wild, like koalas, deers and monkeys, but there's one more I'd like to show some love today: giraffe! This …

Giraffes

Marmosets Have Conversations That Sound Strikingly Human

Marmosets are fluffy, 8-inch-long monkeys native to South America. They are also very polite. New research shows that these little mammals carry on …

Monarch of the Glen

Asteroid With Six Tails Leaves Astronomers Dumbfounded

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a possibly doomed asteroid with multiple comet-like tails.<p>Weird things are afoot in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. A newly identified asteroid called P/2013 P5 is posing as a comet, with not one but six dust tails trailing …

Astronomy

'Anonymous' hacks Singapore Prime Minister's website

<b>Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's official website has been hacked by people claiming to be members of the hacking group Anonymous.</b><p>The attack comes a day after Mr Lee said he would track down the group.<p>He made the comments after a person claiming to be part of the group posted an online …

Lee Hsien Loong

Crater Burning for Over 40 Years is a "Door to Hell"

<i>Door to Hell</i> is an aptly named natural gas field in the Karakum Desert of Darweze, Turkmenistan that has been burning for over forty years. The flaming crater was originally a level surface identified by Soviet scientists in 1971 as an area rich in gas resources. Unfortunately, the ground collapsed …

Natural Gas

A 5,300-Year-Old Mummy with Keys to the Future

It’s seven a.m. on a Sunday in Bolzano, Italy, and Albert Zink just told us that we weren’t dressed appropriately. He didn’t say it, actually, but he didn’t have to. It was the look he gave. He was wearing snow shoes and ski pants, looking like he was going to the top of a mountain range. We were …

Delightful Images of Orphaned Animals Cuddling Together

What happens when two unlikely animals are placed together? No one really knows until you try the actual union. In the case of Anzac and Peggy, it is …

Wildlife

40 of the Most Powerful Photographs Captured in the Last Century

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. More than words, though, photographs can stir up countless feelings. Photojournalists are …

Photography

How to Be More Charismatic | The Art of Manliness

Are you a senior in high school running for Student Council President?<p>Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract …

Witch Head nebula

Sure, Halloween is over, but check out this witch!<p>It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to see the screaming witch’s head in this new image of nebula …

Lythronax argestes: 'King of Gore' joins T rex family tree

Discovery of Lythronax argestes pushes back story of the dinosaur group that led to Tyrannosaurus rex by 10m years<p>A newly-discovered dinosaur, which has been christened "King of gore" by the scientists who have studied it, is the oldest known member of the dinosaur group that gave rise to the …

Underwater Photographer Explores the Ocean, Takes Beautiful Photos of Assorted Marine Life

Underwater photographer Todd Bretl is passionate about exploring the ocean, capturing dramatic images of assorted marine life. His glowing portraits …

Meet SR-72, The Most Astonishing Airplane You’ll Ever See

If you’re anything of an aircraft enthusiast you’ll know all about the SR-71 spy plane–it really was the most ridiculously advanced piece of flying technology, a legend in its own lifetime. If you’re not an aircraft enthusiast, then read on because you’ll still be impressed. Now is the moment to …

Aviation

Autumn Sunrise in the Smokies

American Samoa: an unsung South Pacific paradise

American Samoa, the only inhabited US territory south of the equator, is given the occasional nod for its love of American football and McDonald's, but few people realize that these lush tropical islands hold geometrically cut mountains and blue waters that rival the beauty of Tahiti and Hawaii. …

Swimming Pools

Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut | Colossal

<p>Photo artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitally assembles surreal landscapes and portraits using largely his own …

The hybrid solar eclipse – in pictures

A rare hybrid solar eclipse has taken place, switching between a total eclipse (where the moon completely covers the sun) and an annular one (where a halo of sunlight is visible around the moon)

Journey into the Alaskan wild

Take a road trip through the US state that has long drawn those looking for riches, adventure and the purity of its mountainous landscape.<p>Half past eight on a cool, damp September morning, and the Black Bear Coffee House is already a-bustle, its mix of regulars and out-of-towners rubbing elbows at …

Hiking

Powerful Portraits of Secluded Cultures on the Brink of Extinction

Before They Pass Away is a powerful documentary series by photographer Jimmy Nelson featuring dozens of cultures around the world whose people live in seclusion and are at risk of fading away. Traveling across five continents, the English photographer manages to embrace the various cultures he has …

Papua New Guinea

Sprintbeemer by Lucky Cat Garage

The inspiration for a bike build can come from the most unlikely of sources. In the case of this most unusual BMW sprint bike, it was a vintage M&H Racemaster drag tire.<p>The tire belonged to the amiable Séb Lorentz of the Lucky Cat Garage, a familiar face on the European custom show circuit. While …

Superbikes