Soccer ball armadillo

Soccer ball armadillo

Biologist Rodrigo Cerqueira holds an armadillo, named Ana Botafogo in honor of the Brazilian dancer, at the Rio Zoo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 21, 2014. The three-banded armadillo is in danger of extinction, largely because of deforestation and hunting in its habitat in the shrub lands of northeastern Brazil. Those risks in large part are why the armadillo was chosen as the World Cup mascot. Another is that when it's frightened, it rolls up into a ball small enough to fit into one hand.

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Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil

Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil

After a long slump and a tragic accident, the entertainment company is embarking on bold new ventures. Michael Joseph Gross lifts the curtain on Cirque du Soleil’s gravity-defying aerial choreography—and weaves his way through the investigation into how an acrobat fell to her death during a live performance.

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California’s Homeless Find a Quiet Place

California’s Homeless Find a Quiet Place

Photographer Fritz Hoffmann writes: "On a recent visit to the Sacramento library, the high number of homeless patrons I saw there surprised me. Seeing them in that quiet space, consumed by traditional media, I was struck by the difference between them and most of society with its 24/7 connection to streaming digital media. I began this project to take myself out of my own patterns and habits, to change my perspective, to observe, to listen, to understand, and to share this place of quiet."

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Incredible sunset on Mars

Incredible sunset on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this sequence of views of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater. The four images shown in sequence here were taken over a span of 6 minutes, 51 seconds.

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Bird accused of working for Pakistani intelligence placed in custody 

Bird accused of working for Pakistani intelligence placed in custody 

With a wire-like object on its body and a mysterious stamped message on its tail, it's no wonder the bird had security services in a flap. A pigeon was been arrested and jailed in India on suspicion of being a 'spy' after it landed in Manwal village, around two and a half miles from the Pakistan border. It was discovered on Wednesday by a 14-year-old boy whose suspicions were aroused when he spotted a stamped message in Urdu on its tail that read…

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