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The Bloody Toll of Congo's Elephant Wars | GQ

In Garamba National Park, in Democratic Republic of Congo, 13 park rangers have been killed in the past three years, and 256 elephants have been taken for their tusks—and these days, the poachers often arrive in uniform, with an arsenal of weapons to match.<p><b>Fifteen shots felled</b> the elephant. It was …

Wildlife

Used Cars Full Of Used Electronics Set Sail For Nigeria

Lower-income countries get a lot of old stuff from the U.S. and Europe. Used cars and buses and trucks, for instance, roll onto ships to be resold at their destination.<p>But you'd be surprised at what might be inside these vehicles. Two photocopiers plus two TVs can typically fit in a car. A bus …

United Nations

Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram

Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling? By Symeon Brown<p>The original Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, was a rogue trader convicted of fraudulently selling worthless penny stocks to naive …

Social Media

29 of the most surreal landscapes on the planet

Some are land formations molded over thousands of years by Mother Nature, while others are man-made creations that have altered the earth in strange ways.<p>From the bubbling lava lakes of Ethiopia, to a lake that has been nestled in the desert for 2,000 years, here are 29 landscapes that are so …

National Parks

'X-Files': 7 revelations from Chris Carter

We got a flashlight, ducked under crime scene tape and trekked into a dark rainy forest to meet <i>The X-Files</i> creator Chris Carter, where he gave us a …

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

eCommerce

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Physiology

The Inverted Architecture and Gravity-Defying Worlds of Cinta Vidal | Colossal

<p>In her latest series of paintings, Barcelona-based artist and illustrator Cinta Vidal Agulló defies gravity and architectural conventions to create …

Art

Lindsay Adler: Bending the Line Between Fashion and Fine Art

On International Women’s Day, I considered the role women occupy in photography. Inspired by the women I profiled, I wanted to share more. In this …

Fashion Photography

A Time-Lapse of the World’s Largest Salt Flat, Where the Earth Reflects the Sky

Time-lapse photographer Enrique Pacheco shot this beautiful time-lapse at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, the world’s largest salt flat. The …

These Time-Lapses Show How Beauty Retouching is Done for High-End Campaigns

Want to see how the world’s biggest fashion and beauty magazines retouch their photos? Here’s a set of time-lapse videos that show many hours of …

Everything You Need to Know About Flying Virgin Galactic

More than 700 people have paid up to $250,000 for a ride on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Can he guarantee a safe landing?<p><b>I. The Unthinkable</b><p>Commercial passenger service to space is a difficult proposition. To succeed, it has to contend with the pull of gravity, violent rocket-propelled …

Space Travel

America's Happiest and Saddest States Are Mirror Images

The polling outfit Gallup and a company called Healthways have released state-by-state results of a survey into what they call "well-being," which, …

Natural Gas

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.<p>An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …

On the 'Grapes of Wrath' Trail, the Dust Bowl Still Resonates

Retracing the route Steinbeck described in his classic novel 75 years ago, a family finds parallels between today and the 'Dirty Thirties.' This is the first of three parts.<p><b>"The highway became their home and movement their medium of expression. Little by little they settled into the new life." —The</b> …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images Of The Year

We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure<p>Each week at <i>Popular Science</i>, the staff scours the web for the most amazing images from the realms of science and technology. We liked this year's weekly gallery images so much that we compiled our favorite visualizations, …

To Sua Ocean Trench Is Your New Happy Place In Samoa

We've seen some amazing secret beaches in our day, but nothing quite blows the mind like a giant aquamarine swimming hole on a Samoan volcanic island.<p>... Right?<p>To Sua Ocean Trench -- whose name literally means "big hole" -- is a 98-foot-deep hole on the Samoan island of Upolu. Intrepid adventurers …

Comfortable high heels in six easy steps

Flat shoes not your thing? Want a bit of height for a special occasion? Then you need some genuinely comfortable high heels, a style holy grail that the Guardian’s fashion editor has finally tracked down<p>Whoever said you had to suffer to be beautiful had not discovered Sargossa. We put this label in …

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

Exclusive: Inside The Other Bergdahl Negotiations

A private $10 million cash ransom deal was in the works before the five Gitmo prisoners were handed over.<p>While the U.S. government was negotiating with Taliban representatives on the controversial prisoner swap that set Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl free, Bergdahl's family opened up a separate channel to the …

North Korean Elections: Kim Jong Un Wins 100% Of Vote

Kim Jong Un has been unanimously re-elected to North Korea's parliament – via a ballot that featured his name only.<p>The North Korean leader was …

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments | Colossal

<p>Barcelona-based Penique Productions is an artist collective founded in 2007 that creates transformative installations in public spaces. To do this …

Students get crafty to break into business using Etsy

The rise of online shopping has made the dream of starting a business a reality for young entrepreneurs.<p>Opening a lemonade stand is for amateurs.<p>"I have teenage daughters, and one has a friend who makes bracelets and sells them on Etsy," said Frank Rimalovski, executive director of the New York …

Gloppy blobfish wins ugliest endangered animal

The public has voted, and the sad-faced blobfish has been declared the ugliest endangered animal on the planet.<p>Some have said the gelatinous deep-sea dweller that can grow up to 12 inches long resembles a mini-Jabba the Hutt. We think it also looks like a gloppy version of the comic strip character …

Warm water under Antarctic glacier spurs astonishing rate of melting

Researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School deployed multiple, unique sensors through 1,640 feet (500 meters) of solid ice to determine how quickly warm water was melting Antarctica's massive Pine Island Glacier from beneath.<p>A two-month-long expedition to one of the most remote sites on the …

Global Warming

Balloonist Attempts Record Flight Across the Atlantic

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