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.
This year there's a good chance you'll be describing "common carriers" and gingerly trying to explain how sometimes government regulation is the answer to your Tea Partier Aunt and her enthusiastically nodding second husband when they ask you what this "net neutrality" thing is all about.
As you pack away the leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce (and there is always leftover cranberry sauce), consider the plight of Wisconsin’s cranberry growers.
If there's one day this year to follow an underwear company, today's the day.
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?
The day that Fast Company offered me a job was the same day that I found out my mother was dying. I hesitate to start this story with my own experience, but I realize that's part of the problem: We don't talk candidly about death and work.
As it did to national scorn last Thanksgiving, Walmart raised a smiley-faced middle finger to its own “associates” by asking some of them to dig deep into their low-wage pockets to give to each other.
Here is a truth most universal: Nothing makes sex more appealing than a situation where it's totally inconvenient, making Thanksgiving the ideal time for furtive and risky sexcapades. But with family obligations and creaky beds, what's a person to do? Here's our guide to sneaking around on Turkey Day.
Being in an indie band is running a never-ending, rewarding, scary, low-margin small business.
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.
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.
Israel is the lone country with Jewish symbols on its national flag, including the Star of David and a white and blue striped background representative of a traditional Jewish prayer shawl.
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”?
I’ve spent the Monday following Black Friday scrounging for sales since 2008 or so, and in that time I’ve learned a lot, so have a seat and I’ll explain everything you need to know about scoring great deals without tackling the retail mob.
Politicians have no power to enforce a breakup, but the landmark vote sends a clear message to European regulators to get tough on the net giant.
Carbs are the real culprits behind the Thanksgiving sleepies.
Despite a 20-year-old federal law requiring an annual report, most departments have refused to cooperate in divulging data on shootings.
"I’ve been in police lineups three times in my life, just being in the wrong spot. White people must talk back to the police, but guess what, it’s not a life-or-death situation. But if a black kid talks back to the cops, that is life or death."
Creator of much-loved detective Adam Dalgliesh was one of the most successful British authors of crime fiction
Paul Di Lucca has a million-dollar idea to save Christianity: open a Mickey D's in a church. Would you like that blood of Christ in BBQ or ranch?
When I see a frozen TV dinner filled with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, vegetables, and cranberry sauce, I stand in awe at how many strands of science and technology have come together.
Every day, children from the Salaheddin district of Aleppo meet at the local playground. They play war as the real one rages just a few meters away. But the graves are slowly encroaching.
Sure, it's convenient. But the growing trend of having second refrigerators is a major national energy blight — not only wasting a lot of energy, but also potentially costing you hundreds of dollars.
Cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital after he was struck In the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Without Andrea Constand, none of this happens. Bill Cosby is still America's No. 1 dad, still beloved for giving us the Huxtables and Fat Albert, still embraced in too many corners of the country for telling young black men to pull up their pants, still selling out arena after arena.
Get that table done early so you’re not in a rush right before the guests arrive, bickering with family or friends. Admire it a little, and make tweaks to serve your mood.
Protesters show up in Ferguson for a variety of reasons. Some want to cause chaos, while others want to stop it.
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.
Just like Michael Brown, comedian and commentator W. Kamau Bell is six feet four inches tall. And he knows it.
While the number of “mishandled” items, as the aviation industry describes checked luggage that disappears or is damaged on its watch, is declining, the boom in carry-on belongings left in seat-back compartments and overhead bins — think iPads — has helped keep this repository of orphaned property thriving.
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?"
The late-in-the-year blockbuster surprise confirmed the Disney machine was back and running at full power. One year later, what can we learn from its unexpected mega-success?
It's nearly twice as fast, but for some reason back-to-front remains an industry standard.
Presidents have always been "kings" to their enemies.
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.
The trouble with being a window washer is that the better you do your job, the less you have to show for it: It’s painful to do a job where only your mistakes are visible.
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're cute and fat and take real engineering to get up into the air.
The journalist and host of "Serial" talks with Taffy Brodesser-Akner about striking a balance between entertainment and journalism as she investigates a 15-year-old murder case.
When complete, the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farms will have more than 8 million modules installed. The project will cover 4,700 acres in San Luis Obispo County and will provide enough electricity equivalent to powering more than 180,000 average California households.
"I squelched that," Mitchell says. "I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.'"
This may very well be RadioShack's final holiday season. Jon, a former employee, looks back on a strange, craven, five thousand-fingered strip-mall monster from a forgotten age.
Want to know what black magic occurs when you drop your clothes off to get them dry cleaned? Never wonder again with this animated guide.
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.
When it comes to kids and swearing, there are a few things you should know. First, it’s inevitable.
The top 400 households got 16 percent of all capital gains in 2010.
A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.
The second, third and fourth installments of the "Avatar" series are still in the works. But director James Cameron has no reservations about their quality.
The specifics of how turtles are related — to one another, to other reptiles and even to dinosaurs — have been hotly debated for decades. Now, a new study on turtle evolution puts them in a newly named group "Archelosauria," with birds, crocodiles and dinosaurs.
Welcome to Pitesti. Are your palms sweating yet?
A team of turkeys lives at Brown University. These Ivy League fowl have their own dorm room, complete with roommates and beds made of straw. Every morning, they get up and run on a treadmill. All the while, their every motion is recorded.
What are Flowmaster exhaust pipes and why was Guy Fieri their spokesman? Just another one of life's great mysteries.
GoPro is developing its own line of consumer drones to expand from its core business of making wearable video cameras popular with surfers and other sports enthusiasts, according to people familiar with its plans.
Extreme cold can do weird things, like how at minus 52 celsius, this plane froze to the runway. These Siberians were desperate to get home, so they got out and unstuck the plane the old fashioned way.
There are no winners or losers in Imagination Land, which we hear is a neighborhood in London.
On a typical day in America, someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons. On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly two checks a second.
Former CBC Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi, who has been under fire for weeks for alleged serial abuse of women, will face charges in court today.
The book — one of only 230 believed to still exist — had lain undisturbed in library at Saint-Omer for 200 years.
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.
Lititz-based Sauder's, which sells the so-called "Double Yolkers," is an enormous operation.
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?