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'One in a Million': Chance Drone Pic Saves Trapped Man

Texas' Craig Williams just happened to see photo online of brother's flooded home in NC

(Newser) - A drone photo, a Twitter hashtag, and a concerned brother more than a thousand miles away all helped save a North Carolina veteran trapped in his home by Hurricane Matthew flooding. Craig Williams, who lives in Austin, Texas, was worried about his twin, Chris, who had fled Saturday night to... More »

Taking Selfies Can Improve Your Mood

Don't be so quick to judge the selfie-snappers

(Newser) - If you smile enough, and see yourself doing it, and share it with friends and family, you may actually make yourself happier, at least according to researchers at the University of California at Irvine reporting in the journal Psychology of Well-Being . The team tracked 41 college students' moods for a... More »

We've Got Our First Look at Jupiter From NASA Craft

High-resolution images to follow from Juno

(Newser) - The NASA spacecraft that entered Jupiter's orbit earlier this month has sent back its first image of the planet. Think of it as a test shot, with the better, high-resolution photos to come next month. Still, the image released by NASA shows Jupiter, its famous red spot, and three... More »

Annie Leibovitz Snaps 68 Years of Royal Wedded Bliss

Pic taken by celebrity photographer of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip released

(Newser) - Friday is Prince Philip's 95th birthday—a fitting day to see the release of the final Annie Leibovitz photo of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, with him smiling sweetly by her side. The fourth photo of the queen in the Leibovitz four-photo series, commissioned to celebrate Elizabeth's 90th... More »

Don't Even Think of Taking a Selfie in a WVa Voting Booth

It's technically illegal, and they'll (somehow) be watching

(Newser) - If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth in West Virginia: Natalie Tennant, the secretary of state there, says such selfies are forbidden, the AP reports. The Charleston Gazette-Mail points out... More »

Massive Landfill Fire in India Can Be Seen From Space

NASA pic shows how bad toxic Mumbai blaze really is

(Newser) - Residents in Mumbai are posting smog-filled photos on Twitter and dozens of schools have shut down as a fire in the Indian city's largest landfill continues to burn. In fact, the blaze (which Mashable calls a "mystery fire") in the 326-acre Deonar landfill is so big that... More »

Sloth Tries to Cross Road, Gets Save From Cop

Ecuadorian adventurer was in the wrong place at the wrong time

(Newser) - We all feel a little sluggish on Mondays, but the struggle was real for this sloth trying to cross a newly opened highway in Ecuador. Per Jalopnik , a transit cop found the creature—referred to locally as an "oso perezoso," or "lazy bear," WLS-TV notes—terrified... More »

27 People Died Taking Selfies Last Year

India and Russia are particularly plagued by this issue

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes a deep dive into the field of selfie research, and it's come up with a disturbing number: The paper says 27 people died while taking selfies in 2015, and in some countries, it's become a major headache. Nearly half of those deaths occurred in... More »

Belgians React to Raids With Twitterstorm of Cats

#BrusselsLockdown hashtag was meant to stymie terror suspects

(Newser) - Brussels may have been on lockdown Sunday , but residents' Twitter accounts weren't—and they tweeted photos of cats. As police continued anti-terror raids and their search for Paris attack suspects , including Salah Abdeslam, Belgian citizens were asked to keep their social media dark about any police activity so the... More »

Cops Release Pics of Suspect in Murder of Pastor's Wife

Husband of Amanda Blackburn says she 'didn't have an enemy in the world'

(Newser) - Indianapolis police trying to find out who murdered Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 10 have ruled out her husband, Davey, and on Friday they announced a breakthrough: a picture of the suspect . The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released two photos Monday night, captured by a neighboring home's security camera, the... More »

Mass-Media Prof Asks for 'Muscle' to Remove Journo

Mizzou activists mob photographer, cameraman, tell them to leave 'safe space'

(Newser) - A University of Missouri photojournalist on freelance assignment for ESPN found himself in a confrontation with student activists Monday as they tried to ban him from the tent city they'd set up on campus in response to recent racial strife there, the New York Times reports. A tense video... More »

Facebook Won't Yank Pics of Woman With Her Killer

Facebook memorializes profiles as they are when someone dies

(Newser) - When 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin in February 2014, Facebook froze the UK woman's profile to memorialize her, as it does with users when they die. Only Gazzard's account contains nine images of herself with Maslin—who was sentenced to life in... More »

Verdict In on Whether Lee Harvey Oswald Pic Is a Fake

3D imaging by Dartmouth scientists shows backyard photo is for real

(Newser) - For decades, conspiracy theorists have claimed the famous "backyard photo" of Lee Harvey Oswald, which shows him holding the same type of rifle used to assassinate JFK, is a fake—a claim that Oswald himself made when he was arrested. But thanks to a scientist who has studied this... More »

Photo of Baby in Syringe Heart Goes Viral

Facebook pic speaks to both struggles, joys of IVF treatments

(Newser) - A photo that depicts the struggle, pain, and (hopefully) eventual joy of IVF treatments has gone viral on social media thanks to a nationwide fertility clinic. The picture posted Oct. 5 on the Sher Institutes Facebook page shows a baby girl lying on a white backdrop, in the middle of... More »

Photographer Trying to Unravel Old Photo Mystery

Who took these 'haunting' images and why?

(Newser) - A photographer looking through a box of old photos in a Virginia thrift shop made an unexpected discovery: A set of striking images of two women at the ocean, somewhere. Meagan Abell, 24, then posted them on Facebook and launched a social media campaign— #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives —to learn everything she... More »

Flight Attendant in Hot Water Over Tarmac Photo

But others say posing in jet engine wells is a harmless tradition

(Newser) - Passengers on a recent Spirit Airlines flight out of Chicago who were disturbed by an incident on the tarmac may not want to check out the #stewsforericka hashtag on Twitter. That's because there are loads of photos of flight attendants posing for snapshots in jet engine wells—a show... More »

Wolfram's Latest IDs What's In Your Photos

At least, it tries to...

(Newser) - You probably can already identify the contents of most of your photos, but this is still fun. A new website from Stephen Wolfram, whom you may know from the search tool WolframAlpha , lets you drag and drop any photo; it will then in theory identify what's in it. Right... More »

Judge: US Must Release Military Detainee Abuse Pics

Photos show detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan

(Newser) - The US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's ruling yesterday gives the government, which has fought... More »

Cuba Trots Out New Castro Photos Amid Health Rumors

Ex-Cuban leader reportedly had meeting with student leader on Jan. 23

(Newser) - Fidel Castro is apparently spending his retirement convincing people he's alive: After his silence when the US and Cuba reopened relations spawned rumors about his failing health or even death, he belatedly penned a Jan. 26 letter , AFP reports. Now Cuban state media has released more than 20 photos... More »

Lost Pics of Che Guevara's Body Turn Up

8 B&W photos show the Cuban revolutionary's body shortly after 1967 execution

(Newser) - Marc Hutten was the AFP photographer who took pictures of Ernesto "Che" Guevara shortly after he was executed by the Bolivian army on Oct. 9, 1967. The world has already seen Hutten's rare color photos of the Cuban revolutionary's body—and now we'll get to see... More »

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