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TouchingShark Photos by Todd Bretl

Todd Bretl specializes in underwater photography, and is able to capture striking photos of aquatic life big and small. His photos of sharks are particularly striking; though he rarely faces hostility from the animals, he tries not to spend too much time looking through his viewfinder and many shots are framed by educated guesses and impeccable timing. (Photo by Todd Bretl)

Todd Bretl specializes in underwater photography, and is able to capture striking photos of aquatic life big and small. His photos of sharks are particularly striking; though he rarely faces hostility from the animals, he tries not to spend too much time looking through his viewfinder and many shots are framed by educated guesses and impeccable timing. What follows are photographs taken over the past several years on trips to the Bahamas and Isla Guadalupe, an island off the coast of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. (Photo by Todd Bretl)

01 Aug 2014 12:35:00, post received 0 comments

EducativeWWI – a Century Later

Cars are parked near Place de la Concorde on March 12, 2014 in Paris, France. Inset: World War I, German airplanes at Place de la Concorde in Paris, wrecked by celebrating crowds on the day of the restoration of Alsace-Lorraine, November 18, 1918. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Cars are parked near Place de la Concorde on March 12, 2014 in Paris, France. Inset: World War I, German airplanes at Place de la Concorde in Paris, wrecked by celebrating crowds on the day of the restoration of Alsace-Lorraine, November 18, 1918. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

01 Aug 2014 12:30:00, post received 0 comments

FactLifeguarding Ladies Compete in New Jersey

The National parks department hosts the 30th annual “All-Women Lifeguard Tournament” in Sandy Hook NJ. July 30, 2014. (Photo by Anthony Causi)

The National parks department hosts the 30th annual “All-Women Lifeguard Tournament” in Sandy Hook NJ. July 30, 2014. (Photo by Anthony Causi)

01 Aug 2014 12:25:00, post received 0 comments

DisgustingGas Explosion in Southern Taiwan

Soldiers use electronic sensors to search for missing firefighters under a line of fire trucks caught in massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, August 1, 2014. A series of underground explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, killing scores of people, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said Friday. (Photo by Wally Santana/AP Photo)

Soldiers use electronic sensors to search for missing firefighters under a line of fire trucks caught in massive gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, August 1, 2014. A series of underground explosions about midnight Thursday and early Friday ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, killing scores of people, Taiwan's National Fire Agency said Friday. (Photo by Wally Santana/AP Photo)

01 Aug 2014 12:16:00, post received 0 comments

Fact“Lord of the Rings” Film Props Up for Auction

Elvish writing is seen on “Anduril”, a prop sword belonging to Aragorn, hero of “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy on July 31, 2014 in London, England. The sword, belonging to actor Sir Christopher Lee and estimated at $150,000-250,000, forms part of Bonhams “There's No Place Like Hollywood” movie memorabilia auction taking place in New York on November 24, 2014. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Elvish writing is seen on “Anduril”, a prop sword belonging to Aragorn, hero of “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy on July 31, 2014 in London, England. The sword, belonging to actor Sir Christopher Lee and estimated at $150,000-250,000, forms part of Bonhams “There's No Place Like Hollywood” movie memorabilia auction taking place in New York on November 24, 2014. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

01 Aug 2014 12:04:00, post received 0 comments

Touching2014 National Geographic Photo Contest: Winners

“A Well Earned Rest in the Sahara”. This photo of Moussa Macher, our Tuareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45-minute struggle to the top. Photo location: Summit of Tin-Merzouga, Tadrat, Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, Algeria. (Photo and caption by Evan Cole/National Geographic Photo Contest)

Merit Prize Winner: “A Well Earned Rest in the Sahara”. This photo of Moussa Macher, our Tuareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45-minute struggle to the top. It only took ten minutes of rolling, running, and jumping to get back down. The Tadrat is part of the Tassili N'Ajjer National Park World Heritage area, famous for its red sand and engravings and rock paintings of cattle, elephants, giraffes, and rhinos that lived there when the climate was milder. Photo location: Summit of Tin-Merzouga, Tadrat, Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, Algeria. (Photo and caption by Evan Cole/National Geographic Photo Contest)

01 Aug 2014 11:38:00, post received 0 comments

FactWhat 200 Calories Looks Like in Different Foods, Part 2

What 200 Calories Looks Like In Different Foods Part 2

Some foods have significantly more Calories than others but what does the difference actually look like. Each of the photographs below represents 200 Calories of the particular type of food; the images are sorted from low to high calorie density. When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of Calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult needs to consume about 2000 – 2500 Calories to maintain their weight. In other words, you have a fixed amount of Calories to “spend” each day; based on the following pictures, which would you eat?

01 Aug 2014 11:30:00, post received 0 comments

WowFantastic Realism Illustrator by Adrian Chesterman

Fantastic Realism Illustrator By Adrian Chesterman

Born in London of Scottish descent, Adrian Chesterman, British painter and illustrator, was educated at the William Harvey School in Kent. It was here that he first discovered his burning passion for the visual arts.

01 Aug 2014 10:15:00, post received 0 comments