Rivers, lakes, volcanoes and even human development on Earth can take on an abstract aesthetic when viewed from space. Since 1972, NASA’s Landsat 8 satellites have kept a visual record of the planet’s changing landscape, showing how our coastlines, continents, and islands have been altered over the years, both through natural and human impact. Capturing nearly 700 images every day, Landsat images offer a unique perspective on the Earth and its geological features, which can appear strikingly beautiful. The unexpected patterns and vivid colors featured in Landsat photography could just have easily sprung from the easel of a great artist. Here’s a look at our planet as seen from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites
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Happy Chinese New Year! Each year, the holiday, also known as the Lunar New Year, begins on the first full moon between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This year, that day fell on Saturday, Jan. 28. And with each turning year, comes the association of a new animal in the Chinese zodiac. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, and millions around the globe turned out to celebrate the occasion this past weekend. So, in honor of the Lunar New Year, here’s a brief explanation of the Chinese zodiac, as well as what your zodiac sign is and what that means to you.
Fireworks, champagne, and well-meaning resolutions are traditional ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the United States and elsewhere. But when it comes to welcoming the new year, many other countries have their own peculiar (and — let’s face it — a little weird) way of doing things. Some people throw bread, others burn scarecrows, and still others fist fight for good luck. Here are 25 of the most unusual New Year’s traditions from across the world.
2016 is nearly over, and it has been quite a year like no other. Over the past 12 months, we have witnessed the birth of sporting heroes in the Olympics, the devastating culmination of five years of civil war in Syria, Brexit and an unprecedented Presidential election. As we approach 2017, we thought we’d take a look back at the year through the eyes of photographers around the world, and the breathtaking work they’ve produced.
On Wednesday Forbes magazine released its annual list of the world’s most powerful and influential people for 2016, with Russian President Vladimir Putin taking the number one spot for the fourth consecutive year. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies 74 people – one for every 100 million on the planet – whose actions have the most impact across the world. Here are the top 30 most powerful people in the world, according to Forbes’ list.
This Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of Japan’s on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack unified American in a way seldom seen since, yet it also thrusted the nation into entering World War II—the deadliest war in modern history that resulted in the death of at least 60 million people across the globe, and nearly 419,000 Americans. In commemoration of Pearl Harbor’s 75th anniversary, a host of solemn tributes befitting to the historic tragedy that claimed over 2,400 Americans will be taking place in Honolulu, beginning Dec. 1 and continuing through Dec. 11.
With winter approaching fast, it is time to think about where you will spend your winter holiday this year. These days, when traveling is so easy and affordable, you have almost unlimited choices of destinations for your winter holiday. And if you are not sure what might be the best option for you, keep on reading because this post will help you decide where to go this winter. From isolated tropical islands to freezing cities located north of the Arctic Circle, here are 25 Unique Places to Spend Your Winter Holiday.
A chartered plane carrying a first-division Brazilian soccer team to a historic game slammed into a Colombian hillside Monday night, killing 76 of the 81 people aboard, many of whom were players, coaches and invited guests of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro died Friday night at age 90. Even in death, Castro’s impact remains controversial, which was reflected by the widely mixed reactions expressed by countless political figures and celebrities across the globe following the news of his passing, with responses ranging from grief to jubilation. Here are how several politicians, world leaders, Cuban-Americans, and Hollywood celebrities reacted to Castro’s death.
Last month, Mastercard released its Global Destination Cities Index, which provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world. Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study, now in its seventh year, predicts which countries will be the most visited in 2016. From the AsiaPacific region to Europe to the Middle East and Africa, here are the 20 cities set to see the most visitors this year.
It’s official: Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. Against all odds, polls, and projections, the GOP candidate beat out Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton Tuesday night in a stunning upset, effectively ending one of the most contentious and unpredictable presidential elections in modern political history.
September 2016 will go down in history as a month that hit a major global warming milestone ― and one we may never recover from. At a time of year when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value for September has failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm) for the… View Article