Beth Moon’s stunning images capture the power and mystery of the world’s remaining ancient trees. These hoary forest sentinels are among the oldest living things on the planet and it is desperately important that we do all in our power to ensure their survival. Let the next generations know the wonder of such trees in life and not only from photograpshs of things long gone. Beth’s portraits will surely inspire many to help those working to save these magnificent trees.
The 89th Academy Awards show was certainly one for the books. After it was all said and done, front-runner "La La Land" won 6 out of its 14 total nominations including best actress and best director. But the most shocking moment of the night went to "Moonlight," which won best picture, after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced. "This is not a joke," a producer from "La La Land" said while standing on stage, correcting the big error. Then, the cast and crew of "Moonlight" eventually took the stage and accepted the award. In addition to the best picture win, "Moonlight's" Mahershala Ali took home his first Oscar for best actor in a supporting role and the film's writers Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won for best adapted screenplay. "Fences'" Viola Davis also took home her first Oscar for best supporting actress and got an enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd.
For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. NASA and the Belgian-led research team announced the news Wednesday. This cluster of planets is 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. They circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three planets are in the so-called habitable zone, where water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep.
The United States has debated immigration since the country's founding, and the Statue of Liberty—a potent symbol for immigrants—is often invoked as an argument for why we should usher in those who seek safety and opportunity with open arms. A little-known fact about Lady Liberty adds an intriguing twist to today's debate about refugees from the Muslim world: according to the Smithsonian Institute the statue itself was originally intended to represent a female Egyptian peasant as a Colossus of Rhodes for the Industrial Age. That might be surprising to people more familiar with the statue’s French roots than its Arab ones.