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40 Trees in 1: The Tree with 40 Kinds of Fruit

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This tree is a little peculiar to look at. It’s because this isn’t an ordinary tree, one might argue that it’s actually closer to 40 trees all wrapped up into one. Indeed, when this tree is in full bloom (as shown in the picture), you can find about 40 different types of fruit on its branches, from peaches to plumbs, ... Read More »

The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal

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Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan captured this remarkable macro shot of a hummingbird while visiting Bosque De Paz Nature Reserve in Costa Rica. In case you were wondering: Yes, that is Morgan’s reflection in the hummingbird’s eye. Morgan tells io9 the key to capturing this photograph was patience: My main method of taking the pictures was patience. I used a canon 100mm ... Read More »

Is the world economy booming until it hurts?

Are the storm clouds gathering over London's overheated house prices? Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

A growing concern that overheated asset and equity prices could cause another crash is a good thing … and a bad thing In recent months, concern has intensified among the world’s financial experts and news media that overheated asset markets – real estate, equities, and long-term bonds – could lead to a major correction and another economic crisis. The general ... Read More »

How Cultures Around The World Think About Parenting 

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What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain — and beyond. The crisis of American parenting, as anyone who has looked at the parenting section of a bookstore can attest, is that nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. Yet despite this lack of confidence and apparent absence ... Read More »

These aerial drone photographs are pretty amazing

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Remote controlled drones are becoming far more commonplace, with parks around the world getting used to the whirring of these miniature flying robots. Even Amazon is even considering using them to do short distance deliveries. People have started using this relatively new technology to revolutionise aerial photography with truly amazing results. Eric Dupin has even set up a website called Dronestagram where budding ... Read More »

Flood of lawsuits to follow wave of illegal immigrants?

June 25, 2014: A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Just since October, the Border Patrols Rio Grande Valley sector has made more than 194,000 arrests, nearly triple that of any other sector. (AP/Eric Gay)

Illegal immigrants pouring across the border could trigger a wave of lawsuits flooding the U.S. court system for years and costing taxpayers millions, according to legal experts. The American Civil Liberties Union has already sued the federal government to ensure that each of the 60,000-plus unaccompanied children who have come across the border since November gets taxpayer-funded representation at deportation ... Read More »

Behold The Marvel Of Nature That Is A Cloudbow

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Better known as an iridescent cloud, a cloudbow is just what it sounds like: A cloud full of rainbows. Photographer and astronomer Oleg Bartunov captured this shot of a rare bank of iridescent clouds rising above Thamserku mountain in the Himalayas — and then was able to capture several more views just before the phenomenon dissipated. So what causes this ... Read More »

Pope Francis Meets Abuse Victims, Begs Forgiveness for Church

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OME – Pope Francis begged forgiveness for the Church on Monday and cited the need for “reparation” as he met with victims who had suffered at the hands of Roman Catholic priests. The pontiff invited six victims of abuse from Ireland, Germany and Britain to attend an early-morning private Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence next to St. ... Read More »