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The 2016 Audubon Photography Awards

Birds

On pointe! Ballerina Misty Copeland re-creates Degas dancers in Harper's Bazaar photos

Misty Copeland has long shaken up people’s ideas of what a ballerina should look like.<p>The first black woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, Copeland now is taking on another classical role.<p>Copeland, 33, recently posed for a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot that recreates a …

Elusive wildlife caught on camera visiting watering hole in Namibia, in pictures - Telegraph

Wildlife

Is Google's model of the creative workplace the future of the office?

Companies that foster a workplace culture of creativity are likely to have happy, motivated and productive employees<p>When it comes to keeping employees happy and productive, companies such as Google lead the way. The brand is as famous for its staff perks – pool tables and bowling alleys, free food …

This 500-Year-Old Book Revolutionized How We See Cities

The very first atlas of cities shows us how little has changed about our collective obsession with cityscapes.<p>Probably more than any other physical phenomenon, cities are a reflection of the incredible complexity of the modern world. And in the mid-1500s, as modern cities began to burgeon …

What Scientists Mean When They Say 'Race' Is Not Genetic

A new paper explains why it can be dangerous to think otherwise.<p>If a team of scientists in Philadelphia and New York have their way, using race to categorize groups of people in biological and genetic research will be forever discontinued.<p>The concept of race in such research is "problematic at best …

The World's Strangest Beaches

While white-sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they're far from unusual. For those looking for a unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the experiences …

This Artist Made Adorable Illustrations For Some Of The Best Pickup Lines

You're going to want to try these.<p>Alyssa told BuzzFeed that since starting her Tumblr account, her pickup lines have just kept getting more and more off-the-wall. Her main rule is "The sillier the better."<p>For more silly pickup lines and illustrations, check out Alyssa's Tumblr and Instagram.

Releasing millions of GM mosquitoes ‘could solve zika crisis’

Releasing GM mosquitoes in Brazil has seen populations of infectious insects fall by 90 per cent<p>Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes should be released into countries affected by zika to bring the current crisis under control, scientists have claimed.<p>Thousands of babies have been born with …

Public Health

When should your genetic information trump your right to privacy?

Research on the human genome is advancing at a tremendous pace, and the cost of genetic testing is falling just as quickly. But those signs of scientific progress also raise complicated ethical issues for doctors, researchers and patients.<p>If you agree to participate in a genome research study, what …

Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind

Most people are familiar with his many famous paintings. But the real Van Gogh, the manic genius, the tortured artist, is best understood in his …

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one …

Evolutionary genetics study shows how ants conquered the world in two steps

A group of ants with mysteriously high diversity has been shown to have evolved twice, once to take over the New World of Americas, and then again to …

Anthropology

NASA Is 3-D Printing Tools In Space Like Crazy

Wrenches, and sample containers, and extruders, oh my<p>Astronauts on the ISS began printing objects on a specially-designed 3-D printer last month. They started small; the first object printed was a component of the printer itself, emblazoned with the logos of NASA and Made in Space, the company that …

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand, As Two Oddities Merge Into One

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

How Is It Possible That Galaxies Are Moving Away From Us Faster Than the Speed of Light?

According to Albert Einstein, the speed of light is an absolute constant beyond which nothing can move faster. So, how can galaxies be traveling …

Astrophysics

This is the start of the post-antibiotic era

The discovery could herald a virtual return to the Dark Ages, with doctors unable to control common germs like E. Coli, rolling back centuries of medical progress.<p>"These are extremely worryingly results," said Liu Jian-Hua, a professor at China's Southern Agricultural University and co-author of a …

E.coli

The peak of Sinatra’s power: “Every Sinatra performance was acting. His greatest performance was as himself”

Salon speaks to biographer James Kaplan about the Chairman of the Board’s second act<p>Few musicians were ever as popular, influential, complicated, or dangerous as Frank Sinatra. Between landmark albums like “Songs for Young Lovers” and “In the Wee Small Hours,” his movie acting (“From Here to …

With a single tweet, Neil deGrasse Tyson exposes how inequality plays into the U.N. Climate Summit

At the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris, the negotiating positions of various countries can be difficult to follow, particularly when it comes to the …

NASA spacecraft spots wandering object in far-off Kuiper Belt

The New Horizons mission followed up its spectacular Pluto flyby by turning its cameras into the Kuiper Belt and witnessing a small object floating across space.<p>There's something moving way out in space, and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft saw it crawling through the void. A short animation shows an …

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

It's really starting to look as if an "impossible" space propulsion technology actually works.<p>Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston …

Empowering women may be the only way Japan can solve its devastating sex problem

Shutterstock<p>Japan has a sex problem.<p>People aren't having enough sex. Consequently, Japan isn't having nearly enough kids.<p>A reported 1,008,000 babies …

Sweden

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Black-capped kingfishers, yellow-vented bulbuls and toucans of Panama feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Pet Owners Mimic Their Dogs in Adorable Look-Alike Portraits

German photographer Ines Opifanti demonstrates that dog owners are experts when it comes to imitating their furry friends. “<i>The Dog People</i> is an ongoing project where dog owners try to mimic their dogs' facial expressions,” the artist explains. “While I don't believe in the common folk wisdom …

Pets

The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Maps

Why Backyard Birds Are Getting Drunk on Fermented Berries

'Tis the hangover season for many birds—some of which are ending up in "drunk tanks."<p>If birds that feed on winter berries in the Northern Hemisphere seem to be painting the town red, it could be because they're intoxicated.<p>Alcohol forms in berries as they ferment with the first frosts, and the …

Birds

Is NASA Going To Let The Hubble Telescope Burn Up?

With no plans for future upgrades, the telescope faces a fiery end<p>Last month, six astronauts convened at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to discuss the 2009 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. As it approached its 20th birthday, the telescope was in desperate need …

Anime King Hayao Miyazaki’s Cursed Dreams

The twinkly eyed visionary behind Spirited Away expresses some non-magical feelings about making movies and suffering in the documentary The Kingdom …