Universally Cute Puppies

A photographer’s aww-inducing series of photos shows just how universally cute puppies are at six weeks old.

UK-based J Nichole Smith, who has been a professional pet photographer for ten years, snapped portraits of 25 breeds of puppies for her book Puppyhood, with the aim of showing how different – and adorable – each dog can be at the same age.

Unsurprisingly, the Seattle native told MyModernMet that the project, which took 30 days to complete, ‘may have been the single best assignment I’ve ever had!’

Documenting 'puppyhood': UK-based photographer J Nichole Smith's adorable series shows just how cute each different puppy breed is at six weeks old (Pictured: Three tiny Boxers)

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Paintings or Photographs?

They may look like photographs of luxury yachts but in fact they are life-like paintings by a British artist selling for as much as a real boat (albeit not a luxury yacht).

Jamie Medlin, who describes himself as a ‘marine artist’ lives in Cornwall and his extraordinary paintings often sell for around £100,000 ($168,000).

And it is often hard to tell that the pictures have actually been hand painted using a photographic style, which the artist says gives the works more detail and accuracy.

Mr Medlin has painted maritime art subjects for over 25 years, starting with boats from the Falmouth Working Boat fleet in Cornwall.

He studied at the Falmouth School of Art and Design before working in both London and Australia and then returning to his native Cornwall.

The main outlet for his work is Christie’s in London where he says he regularly submits to their marine art work sales.

It might look like a photograph of a super yacht but this is actually a painting created by the artist Jamie Medlin

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Lost Lincoln Funeral Procession

A photo taken in April 1865 shows a huge crowd of people standing on both sides of Broadway in New York City as a blurred image in the center, possibly of a horse-drawn hearse, commands their attention.

 

Now, a Maryland man says the photo, along with another overlooked one, is of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession less than two weeks after the leader was assassinated.

Retired federal government accountant Paul Taylor believes the photos were taken on April 24 or 25, 1865 in front of Grace Episcopal Church, which still stands today on the corner of Broadway and E. 10th St. in Manhattan.

 

A Maryland man claims this 1865 photo shows President Lincoln's funeral procession passing by Grace Episcopal Church in New York City with the horse-drawn caisson as a blur in the center

 

 

A second photograph taken the same day as the first one (above) appears to show a crowd in front of Grace Episcopal Church during Lincoln's funeral procession

 

Funeral processions were held across some American cities, including New York City, following Lincoln’s assassination as a way for citizens to pay homage to their fallen leader. read more

Father Lion Meets His Cubs

Lions may be one of the world’s deadliest predators – but this male quickly assumed the role of caring father when meeting his cubs for the first time.

The heart-warming first encounter shows six-month-old cubs Kamali, Zalika and Angalia full of youthful intrigue as they bound towards their dad hoping he wanted to play.

Despite appearing withdrawn at first, 500lb Zawadi Mungu quickly got used to his young triplets bouncing around him with their mother Neka nearby in their Predators of the Serengeti habitat in Oregon Zoo, USA.

 

And aware of his new role he was quick to ensure they knew who was boss – giving them a gentle roar if they overstepped the mark or a light pat with his paw to calm them down.

Senior keeper for the zoo’s Africa section Laura Weiner said: ‘We were confident that Zawadi would be tolerant of his cubs right away and we’re glad we were right because the cubs rushed him as soon as they saw him.

‘At first he was surprised but as time passed he grew more patient.

‘Within minutes he had female lions swarming him. I think all the attention must have been overwhelming because he quickly jumped onto a boulder to escape for a bit.’ read more

Historic Landslide

One of the largest natural landslides in recent years took place in a remote area of southeastern Alaska on February 16, when 68 million tonnes of rock and debris crashed down a mountainside leaving deposits 40 foot deep.

Large landslides in remote locations used to go unnoticed, but a new crowdsourcing approach involving a UK-based blogger, an Alaskan helicopter pilot and NASA, helped scientists pinpoint the exact location of this latest slide.

This innovative new approach is the result of the discovery last year by two Columbia University scientists that seismic data can reveal the time, force, direction, and speed of a large landslide.

Unlike earthquakes, which release bursts of energy for a few seconds, landslides create sustained seismic readings that can last many minutes.

 

One of the largest natural landslides in recent years took place in a remote area of southeastern Alaska on February 16, when 68 million tonnes of rock and debris crashed down a mountainside leaving deposits 40 foot deep
One of the largest natural landslides in recent years took place in a remote area of southeastern Alaska on February 16, when 68 million tonnes of rock and debris crashed down a mountainside leaving deposits 40 foot deep read more

Best View of Jupiter

British stargazers will be treated to their best view of Jupiter for many years to come next month as the largest planet in the solar system sweeps into prime position in the night sky.

From March 1, Jupiter and its four major moons should be clearly visible from anywhere in Britain high in the south as soon as it gets dark using just a pair of binoculars.

The planet, which is over 1100 times the size of Earth, will be some 435 million miles from Earth and won’t be at such a high point in the sky again until 2026.

Gas giant: Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will be at its highest point in the sky for years to come from the start of next month
Gas giant: Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will be at its highest point in the sky for years to come from the start of next month

 

To celebrate, a series of viewing events has been planned across the country as part of National Astronomy Week, which runs between March 1-8. read more

Midwest Snow Rolls

These bizarre forms look as if they were delicately sculpted by hand – but in fact, they are the work of blustery winds across the Midwest.

‘Snow rollers’ have started sweeping into yards and fields throughout Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania thanks to the right balance of light snow, firm winds and cold temperatures.

The strange sculptures have since become a hit on Twitter and Facebook as residents across the country have shared photographs of the wispy forms and the fields where they’ve found them.

They are usually not tightly-packed enough to be picked up, but some images on Twitter show people have succeeded in taking them inside, in a bid to preserve their shapes.

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Snow sculptures: Snow rollers dot a field near Oil City in Pennsylvania thanks to the perfect combination of sticky, light snow, strong winds and cold temperatures

Snow sculptures: Snow rollers dot a field near Oil City in Pennsylvania thanks to the perfect combination of sticky, light snow, strong winds and cold temperatures
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Stunning: Jackie Lynn captured this snow roller in Ohio, left, which shows the levels of snow. Twitter user Kevin Cleary pulled over to get a shot of another, right read more

3,000-Year-Old Inscription Found

A small fragment of ancient pottery researchers believe shows the first wine label could prove that the reigns of King Solomon and King David actually occurred.

The 10th century BC ‘Ophel Inscription’ was unearthed last year, and scientists were initially baffled by the bizarre language that was inscribed on the remains of a jug.

A new translation reveals the contents of a jar was ‘lousy’ plonk intended for slaves – and sheds new light on society at the time.

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The label dates from second half of the 10th Century BC and was discovered in the Ophel area of Jerusalem, south of Temple Mount

The label dates from second half of the 10th Century BC and was discovered in the Ophel area of Jerusalem, south of Temple Mount

 

The word on the pitcher reads 'yayin' or wine and he believes it should read 'in the year [¿ ]M, wine, part, m[¿]' in a form of ancient Hebrew, according to professor Galil

The word on the pitcher reads ‘yayin’ or wine and he believes it should read ‘in the year [¿ ]M, wine, part, m[¿]’ in a form of ancient Hebrew, according to professor Galil read more

Monster Waves

 

They have traveled the world for the chance to ride the monster waves that roll into a California bay some winters – and the world’s best surfers weren’t left disappointed on Friday.

Forecasters had predicted that weather and swell conditions could create wave faces of more than 40ft, giving competitors just 48 hours’ notice that the contest was on.

The Half Moon Bay event, near San Francisco, is famed for its monster waves, and conditions are so perilous that only 24 world-renowned surfers were invited to take part.

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Swell: Peter Mell, who won last year's event, catches a wave in the first round of the Mavericks Invitational surf competition

Swell: Peter Mell, who won last year’s event, catches a wave in the first round of the Mavericks Invitational surf competition

 

Thrill: Ryan Seelback tackles one of Half Moon Bay's famous waves

Thrill: Ryan Seelback tackles one of Half Moon Bay’s famous waves read more