October 29, 2013 |
High in the mountains of northeastern Australia, scientists have discovered three intriguing animals that are brand new to science, and you can see all three of them in the photo gallery above. They include the bizarre-looking leaf-tailed gecko ( Saltuarius eximius ) with its giant eyes and broad leaf-shaped tail; the golden shade skink ( Saproscincus saltus ), which resembles a short snake with legs; and an elegant little frog ( Cophixalus petrophilus ) that spends most of its life in the cool moist cracks between the black granite boulders strewn across the top of the mountain range.
September 7, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian did a sky-high fashion shoot with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld while she was pregnant, and now there's photographic proof of the weirdly beautiful merger. The reality star bared her baby bump in several spreads shot by the designer-photographer in CR Magazine's fall/winter issue . Kardashian, 32, who gave birth to baby girl North West on June 15, is decked out in haute couture from Comme de Garçons, Celine, Chanel and Ralph Lauren among others. "OMG the COVER of Carine Roitfeld's crfashionbook #issue3!
August 13, 2013 |
A strange and elaborate stone villa perched atop an apartment building in Beijing has caught the attention of authorities there who have ordered the structure be torn down. Dubbed "the most outrageous illegal structure" by local media, the sprawling fortress resembles the top portion of a mountain peak, complete with trees, shrubbery and piles of rocks, that just happens to be fused onto the roof of a 26-story apartment complex. It has been seized upon by the Chinese public and media as yet another example of the willingness of the country's uber-wealthy to flout rules and usually get away with it. The owner, a businessman in the traditional Chinese medicine industry, spent six years building the 8,600-square-foot villa despite complaints by neighbors who said it was causing problems with the building's pipe system and structural integrity, according to the Associated Press.
July 12, 2013 |
Those of us who have been paying attention to the sun this year have been a little ... disappointed. 2013 was supposed to be the year of solar maximum -- the peak of an 11-year cycle when the number of sunspots that mar the sun's surface is at its highest. These sunspots, which are actually cool areas on the sun's surface caused by intense magnetic activity, are the sites of spectacular solar flares and CMEs, or coronal mass ejections, which can send billions of tons of solar material hurtling into space.
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July 10, 2013 |
Last month, as they ate lunch outside a fancy London restaurant, world famous art collector Charles Saatchi physically roughed up his wife, the TV chef Nigella Lawson. Unaware that a paparazzo was snapping away , Saatchi squeezed Lawson's windpipe four times and shoved his finger up her nostril. Lawson, teary and fearful, dabbed at her eyes. Saatchi stalked out and got in their car, as she followed, sobbing. Tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic went crazy. "Arti Choke," blared the inimitable New York Post.
June 22, 2013 |
Ryan Mathys spent weeks prospecting. He drove up and down the little avenue in Solana Beach, taking notes and knocking on doors. He scoured public records. He blanketed the seaside neighborhood in northern San Diego County with inquiries. All the detective work had a dollars-and-cents purpose: to find homes the owners would be willing to sell. Southern California housing prices are rising sharply, and there's a shortage of houses available for sale. So agents like Mathys are resorting to reconnaissance and back-channel networks to find homes that haven't yet hit the market.