PICTURE POWER

As a new photo editor at National Geographic, I was eager to learn more about the photographers we work with, many of whom I haven’t met in person. In honor of Thanksgiving, I asked ten of them to share an image that they were especially thankful for having taken — one that had perhaps changed the way they thought about something, or had a large impact on the trajectory of their career.

THE TOWERING INFERNO OF TEXAS

Fifteen years after the horrific collapse that killed 12 students at Texas A&M, the Aggies are again building — and setting ablaze — a monstrous conflagration. Which begs only one question: Why?

I AM IAN

When you talk about teen dramas — as often as I do — you have to be a little thankful for 90210’s contributions to the genre. I decided to show my appreciation by watching all six of the original series’ Thanksgiving episodes. Thanks to FX, I’d seen the entire show over a decade ago, but other than knowing the characters and their relationships, I was watching these episodes with fresh eyes.

AXE HANDLE STRIKES

Among all the qualities required to command a ship and its crew, undoubtedly the most important is an officer's ability in hand-to-hand combat. You don't know where you'll be, or what you'll be doing, when your phaser gets knocked out of your hand and goes skidding across the floor. Or when diplomatic discussions and love-making with an alien race will fall through, and you'll have to fist fight for your life.

SHOULD'VE JUST FOLLOWED GRAYS ALMANAC

We have been waiting for 2015 since 1989, when "Back to the Future Part II" revealed to the world great expectations of our future. With 2015 just a month away, anticipation for a new year is at an all time high. In under a year will we have hoverboards? Canisters of fruit that can be called down from a ceiling? Houses that say, “Welcome home Jennifer”?

CUE 'FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE'

Pilots across the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation’s skies to remotely controlled aircraft.

RELENTLESS RUMOR

Alex Jones is no stranger to conspiracy theories, obviously, but here's a really good one that doesn't come from him — rather, it's about him: Have you perhaps heard that he is actually legendary Texas comedian Bill Hicks, who allegedly died in 1994, but who was actually "recruited by the CIA to become the controlled opposition by the mainstream media" who was "continuously fed approved intelligence by his CIA handlers?"

NOT EVERYONE IS A FACEBOOK INTERN

Vandita Sharma writes code for a company that turns old radiators into high-tech heating devices. Gaurav Chhabra develops software that lets computers identify objects on camera. Paul Dariye is designing an app for a startup that helps nonprofits raise money. The three engineers are paid $11 an hour or less by New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering.

GRAPHIC

A Cleveland police officer fatally shot Tamir Rice immediately after leaving his moving patrol car while his partner stayed at the wheel, surveillance video shows. The video showed Wednesday by police captures the Saturday afternoon shooting at a West Side recreation center in which 12-year-old Rice was shot.

THEY ALSO DON'T WEAR OUT AS FAST

One myth about snow tires is that they’re only good on snow or ice. Wrong. Even where the roads are dry, you’ll benefit from a rubber compound that’s optimized for freezing temps. Thinking of them as “snow tires” just perpetuates the myth.

DON'T HATE THE GUY IN BUSINESS CLASS

One of passengers’ biggest frustrations with air travel is the complex, cryptic, and seemingly unfair pricing systems, which create a high variability in what different customers pay for the same service. Why can’t the airlines just charge one single, simple fare for each flight and treat everyone on that flight the same? Wouldn’t we all be better off? Probably not.

1. BRIBE PEOPLE 2. ? 3. PROFIT

Clinkle, a well-funded startup run by Lucas Duplan, the Prince Joffrey of mobile payments, recently revealed its $30 million idea. After rounds of layoffs and many setbacks, young Duplan has bestowed the world with... a debit card. Not sold? Well how about if Clinkle gives you $20 from its Treat Bot vending machine?