Monday, August 31, 2015

Game of Towers

Sometimes called the “Paris of the east,” the city of Hangzhou in eastern China rose to its reputation with an appropriate set piece—a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Geovien So waited for the golden hour to capture a shot of the famous silhouette while, in the foreground, local residents play a postwork game of basketball.

So’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.

from National Geographic

Slower melting ice cream in pipeline, thanks to new ingredient

Plastic in 99 percent of seabirds by 2050

Short sleepers are four times more likely to catch a cold

Human body has gone through four stages of evolution

Nocturnal, compass-guided insects have a sense for turbulence too

Gene leads to nearsightedness when kids read

Gaming computers offer huge, untapped energy savings potential

We've all got a blind spot, but it can be shrunk

DNA-guided 3-D printing of human tissue is unveiled

Scientists 'squeeze' light one particle at a time

Dinosaur: Tail as old as time -- researchers trace ankylosaur's tail evolution

Why does running make us happy?

Western Wildfire Smoke Has Drifted Over the Atlantic

Discovered: Tiny drops of 'perfect' fluid that existed in the early universe

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Peeking Kirkjufell

Located on the coast of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland, Kirkjufell, which means “church mountain,” is said to be the most photographed mountain in the country. It’s a challenging climb to the top—but worth the extraordinary view when you get there.

from National Geographic

New 'Tissue Velcro' could help repair damaged hearts

Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tide Is High

“Pay attention,” Fran Virues Avila was told by the diver seen here. “My jump will be worthy of observing.” Avila visits La Caleta Beach in Cádiz, Spain, every year to see people take the plunge when the tide is high. Perhaps this particular diver trains during the year or has natural athletic abilities, Avila ponders. In any case, he writes, the result did not disappoint, displaying “a mixture [of] freedom and courage.”

from National Geographic

Increasingly severe disturbances weaken world's temperate forests

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Skin and Bones

Having succumbed to the forces of man or nature, an Arabian oryx leaves behind its skull and well-weathered horns. The “fascinating” remains were captured by Mario Cardenas in Al Gharbia, a region in the western United Arab Emirates. The camel and riders head in the direction of the annual camel festival in Madinat Zayed.

from National Geographic

Astrophysicist find supermassive black holes in quasar nearest Earth

Soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into valuable products

Songbird habitat affects reproduction, survival

Imaging techniques set new standard for super-resolution in live cells

Evidence suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model

New fossil skulls reveal insights about penguin brain evolution

Interstellar seeds could create oases of life

High protein foods boost cardiovascular health, as much as quitting smoking or getting exercise

Pigments, organelles persist in fossil feathers: Shed light on original coloration of long-lost animals

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Corrals the Supply of Fresh Fruit

Discovering dust-obscured active galaxies as they grow

Astronomers unravel the history of galaxies for the first time

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rising Up

The famed water-bound willows of Glenorchy, New Zealand, rise from Lake Wakatipu on the country’s South Island. Paul Reiffer, who photographed the scene at sunrise, calls winter “a special time in New Zealand.”

Reiffer’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

from National Geographic

Firstborn women more likely to be overweight/obese as adults than second-born sisters

Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability

Capturing cancer: 3-D model of solid tumors explains cancer evolution

Mechanism behind 'strange' earthquakes discovered

Methanotrophs: Could bacteria help protect our environment?

Antimatter catches a wave

Embryonic stem cells controlled with light

Something to crow about: New Caledonian crows show strong evidence of social learning

Earth's mineralogy unique in the cosmos

Millions of plastic particles exist in cosmetic products

Even cockatoos draw conclusions

Earth's extremes point the way to extraterrestrial life

Fossil remains of Old World lizard discovered in the New World overturn long-held hypothesis of lizard evolution