This week we have a fireball above Calgary, wintry weather from Saudi Arabia to New York City, Iranian speedboats destroying a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier, a Japanese polar bear caretaker robot, Chadian soldiers taking the fight to Boko Haram insurgents, a view of the Moon alongside Venus and Mars, and much more.
In Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport has been reduced from a modern transportation hub to piles of scorched rubble in less than a year of warfare.
The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, just announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted 173,444 entries from 171 countries.
Every year, thousands of scientists come to Antarctica for research. For a dozen days in January, in the middle of the chilly Antarctic summer, the Associated Press, including photographer Natacha Pisarenko, followed scientists from different fields on the frozen continent.
Earlier this month, a cease-fire agreement was signed in Minsk, Belarus, after long talks between leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France. Heavy fighting ensued right before the deadline, and sporadic violence continues even now, more than a week later.
Every year in Okayama, Japan, nearly 10,000 men take part in the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple. The men, dressed in Japanese loincloths, battle to grab a pair of lucky talismans thrown into the crowd by priests. Participants in the boisterous event are asked to prepare papers with their name, blood type and emergency contact number, and tuck them into their loincloths beforehand.
This week we have images of Beluga whales in Vladivostok, speleotherapy deep below Belarus, the Maha Shivaratri festival in India, the Chinese Lunar New Year, a partially-frozen Niagara Falls, a "Wearable Tomato" robot in Japan, and much more.
Robotic probes launched by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and others are gathering information all across the solar system. We currently have spacecraft in orbit around the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, a comet, and Saturn, and two operational rovers on Mars.
Carnival season 2015 is wrapping up, and colorful images from Europe and the Americas keep coming in. Collected here are more photos from just the past few days of Mardi Gras and Carnival festivities in New Orleans, Rio, Belgium, Panama, Germany, France, and more.
In the past month, a series of snowstorms and Arctic weather fronts have brought bone-chilling temperatures and record-setting snowfall levels to the Northeastern United States. New England has been especially hard-hit, with parts of Massachusetts and Maine recording more than 100 inches of snow this season.
Carnival season 2015 is underway across Europe and the Americas. These pre-Lent festivals, often a blend of local pagan and catholic traditions, usher out the winter and welcome in spring. The largest and most famous—the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—took place this weekend.
This week we have photos of the continued eruptions of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia, a drone interceptor designed to capture other drones, the Quebec Winter Carnival ice canoe race, an orange toxic cloud in Spain, devastating drought in Brazil, Buddhist monks at play with tigers in Thailand, the launch of a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, and much more.
In the last months of World War II, Allied bombers conducted several major bombing raids on the eastern German city of Dresden. Beginning on the night of February 13, 1945, more than 1,200 heavy bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs on the city in four successive raids.
Humans have been altering their bodies permanently for thousands of years. Tattoos, piercings, and scarification have been practiced to demonstrate tribal allegiances, to show a life history, to say a constant prayer, to give a warning, or simply to act as an amazing work of art.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, opened for entries on January 5, and will stay open until February 26. The owners and sponsors have been kind enough to share the following 10 finalists from last year's competition.