Thursday, September 24, 2020
The environmental activist Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading ‘youth strike for climate’ on the ice floe hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle.
Photo by Natalie Thomas/Reuters
The unsuspecting driver had parked the car on a riverside road in Norfolk on Sunday - seemingly unaware that high spring tide would soon render the area more suitable for boats than for vehicles.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Today it’s hard to imagine a vampire without fangs. The undead have appeared in western folklore since at least the 18th century, yet most historians agree it was not until Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel Dracula that fangs became widely associated with vampires in the popular imagination—and even in Bela Lugosi’s landmark 1931 portrayal, Dracula didn’t have fangs.
While fangs began to appear on the big screen in the 1950s in Turkish and Mexican productions of Dracula, true vampire buffs say it was the 1958 British Hammer Films version, starring a sexy Christopher Lee in the title role, that popularized fangs in movies.
Fake fangs made their way to the public thanks to Halloween.
Brian Cronin, a longtime entertainment journalist, notes that the 1964 vampire mask marketed by Ben Cooper Inc., then one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of Halloween costumes, did not have fangs; by 1978 it did. In the intervening 14 years, Lee appeared in 12 vampire films—and thereafter Halloween was a veritable festival of fake chompers.
The British Wildlife Photography awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a retrospective touring outdoor exhibition. The retrospective will for the first time include all the overall winners, along with a selection of category winners and highly commended images. The competition has captured the imagination of photographers from all over the UK, who have created a unique legacy showcasing British wildlife at its best and inspired millions across the world with outstanding wildlife photography.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
The last time Bored Panda wrote about Chief, aka Oreo Cloud, he was a fluffy 9-week-old puppy.
Now, half a year later, the Chow Chow is looking more and more like the 80-pound cookies and cream lion he's destined to become.
Dubbed the 20th century’s greatest pet photographer, the late Walter Chandoha was renowned for capturing the unique personalities of furry companions. From black-and-white candid shots to those posed in the studio, Taschen’s new volume, Dogs, compiles five decades worth of capricious, curious, and playful pups.
Stephan Vanfleteren is one of Belgium’s most renowned photographers.
Among the general public, he is mainly celebrated for his penetrating black and white portraits of people from all walks of life, from artists and actors, to surfers, fishermen- and sportsmen.
The secret to what makes our conversations with some people so magnetic and telling, while others fade in passing, may be not just with whom we’re talking – but what we’re talking about.
Many of our best conversations, whether with a new acquaintance or an old friend, are about the world around us rather than ourselves. They are also often the conversations that bring us closer to each other. Columbia University psychologist Maya Rossignac-Milon calls this “making sense of the world together”. And she thinks it is the secret of good relationships.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Ginsburg became only the second woman ever to serve as a justice on the nation's highest court.
She struggled against blatant sexism throughout her career as she climbed to the pinnacle of her profession.
A lifelong advocate of gender equality, she was fond of joking that there would be enough women on the nine-seat Supreme Court "when there are nine". She did not let up in her twilight years, remaining a scathing dissenter on a conservative-tilting bench, even while her periodic health scares left liberal America on edge. Despite maintaining a modest public profile, like most top judges, Ginsburg inadvertently became not just a celebrity, but a pop-culture heroine.
She may have stood an impish 5ft, but Ginsburg will be remembered as a legal colossus.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Researchers from the University of Adelaide are working to train sniffer dogs to detect Covid in people, part of an international research effort aimed at training dogs that could be used to screen people at airports, hospitals or quarantine facilities. Early results show dogs trained in this way can identify infected individuals prior to the development of symptoms.
Whether they pull a funny face or blink at the wrong moment, capturing each individual in a flattering light can be a real challenge. But the struggle doesn’t end with people—animals can be unphotogenic, too. Take this Hong Kong-based family of Shiba Inus for example.
When Kikko, Sasha, and Momo are posing perfectly for their owner Yoko, Hina—the white pup—can’t help but act silly.