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angelclark:

5-Year-Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces 

Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.

Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.

“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”

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did-you-kno:

The “immortal” jellyfish is a small species called the Turritopsis dohrnii that is capable of repeatedly transforming from “old” to “young,” giving it the potential to be biologically immortal. Source

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pewresearch:

Will Today’s Never-Married Adults Eventually Marry?
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globalvoices:

Academics from various universities in Thailand have deplored the action taken by the army and the government as an attack on academic freedom.

Thailand’s Military Stops University Lecture on ‘Authoritarianism’ and Detains Professors

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globalvoices:

We need to summon the will to turn this corner, the State needs to exercise its powers in a reasonable fashion and that means that the Armstrong Report must be properly considered.

Environmentalist Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh takes up a second hunger strike to protest the construction of a section of highway, but the stakes are now much higher than a simple road.

Second Hunger Strike Over Highway May Leave Trinidad & Tobago Fighting For Its Soul

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natgeoyourshot:

Spotlight: Angelo Formato, United Kingdom

In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.

Q: What’s the story behind this photo?

A: It’s just a fashion backstage moment, where the model was having a break. I like this image because I found it really elegant and natural. This photo is so special for me because it was when I had my first encounter with the fashion world in 2010. I was working as photo assistant, and in this moment I realized that fashion photography was all I wanted to do.

Q: Why do you take pictures?

A: Taking pictures is not just a job for me but it’s also a therapy that opens my mind and helps me to see things in different ways; it helps me to appreciate little things that I never noticed before.

Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?

A: I love to take pictures of people in different places—playing with the spaces and creating geometric lines, catching also the sounds, smells, and the magic of that moment. The most interesting thing comes after taking the photo, reliving the same moment once again just looking at an image.

Q: What do you want to say with your images?

A: The photographer’s purpose is to tell, to describe a moment or an emotion, and I want people to feel the same emotions I felt when I took them, see the same things my eyes have seen.

See more of Angelo’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.

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Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss, experts warn

With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

The already impoverished west African state was on the slow road to recovery after 14 years of ruinous civil war ended in 2003, following the deaths of 250,000 people.

But Information Minister Lewis Brown recently warned that the epidemic, which has left more than 1,800 dead so far this year, risks plunging Liberians back into conflict.

Many observers of the country’s latest devastating crisis, while stopping short of talk of war, worry about the heightened risk of unrest in a country stalked by death.

"We have a lot to worry about. If we have thousands or tens of thousands more deaths, that’s going to have a very destabilising effect," said Sean Casey, director of anti-Ebola operations in Liberia for the International Medical Corps (IMC).

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natgeoyourshot:

Top Shot: Birds Overhead

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Women in Bangladesh pick recyclables to sell back to the market. Photograph by Ziaul Haque.

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photojojo:

With over 7 million people packed into 400 square miles, the city of Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, and the architecture reflects it.

Australian photographer Peter Stewart traveled to Hong Kong and captured these symmetrical images of the city’s numerous high rises.

Symmetrical Photographs of Hong Kong’s Towering High Rises

via Huffington Post

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yahoonews:

Walking through the crowds - Sept. 25, 2014

Many New Yorkers don’t like the way tourists stop in the middle of sidewalks to take pictures of the city’s great landmarks. But, on the other hand, people commute each day to Manhattan and don’t see the beauty around them as they march to their cubicles.

On his way to the office today, Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovanstopped to photograph some of these locations on his way into work today.

Find more news related pictures on our photo galleries page and follow us on Tumblr.

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