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Incredible gigapixel photos let you see Everest’s glaciers before they disappear Maybe you’ve thought that you’d like to see the Himalayas before you die, but you should consider whether you want to see them before they do. Global warming is putting a deadline on your bucket list. Travel is hard and expensive, though — so it’s good that the GlacierWorks project, headed up by photographer/filmmaker/mountain climber David Breashears, lets you see the glaciers of Everest and nearby mountains in stunning detail, without even getting up from the computer. Click the photo above to get to the big version on the GlacierWorks site, and then zoom way, way in — even if you’ve seen multi-gigapixel photos, you may be shocked at how much detail you can see. (I’m stunned basically every time I see one of these.) If you scan around a bit you should be able to see climbers and camps from a staggering distance.

Hurricane Sandy in Photos - In Focus Hurricane Sandy, which has already claimed over 50 lives in the Caribbean, has traveled north. It will soon bring heavy winds and floodwaters to the mid-Atlantic region, combining with other weather systems to possibly become what some are calling a historic "superstorm." Gathered here are images from Sandy's story so far, from the Caribbean to preparations along the East Coast of the United States.

Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall - In Focus Last night, Hurricane Sandy -- the largest Atlantic tropical system on record -- made landfall just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing winds up to 90 mph (150 kph), and pushing a massive storm surge onto beaches and shorelines. At least 12 deaths have been reported in the United States. These fatalities, when added to the previous toll in the Caribbean, leave Sandy responsible for more taking more than 80 lives to date. Millions across the Eastern Seaboard are now without power, and even more are struggling with rising floodwater. Sandy continues northward, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, and those affected are now assessing the damage.

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control - Network structure and the diffusion of knowledge 1. Introduction 2. The model Take a photo of a glacier — it’ll last longer Farewell, great lakes of ice and frozen rivers. Scientists used satellite images and gravity measurements to peer more closely than ever before at the torturous drip-drip-drip from the world’s glaciers. What they discovered is not really much of a surprise: Ice Age glaciers have been methodically chiseled away by the warming effects of fossil fuel burning. Images Show Impact of Sea Level Rise on Global Icons Long-term sea level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major coastal cities across the world. Here we present paired images showing how iconic locations — in London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Durban and New York — could fare under scenarios of business as usual vs. a sharp transition to clean energy. In the first image for each pair, we show projections of post-2100 sea level rise that could be locked in following 4°C (7.2°F) of warming from carbon pollution in the coming decades.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 Once again, National Geographic is holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. Beginning on September 1, the society started gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2012 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 50 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [50 photos] How Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation Editors’ note: The following is an adapted excerpt of InGenius (Harper One) by Tina Seelig. What is the sum of 5 plus 5?" "What two numbers add up to 10?" The first question has only one right answer, and the second question has an infinite number of solutions, including negative numbers and fractions. These two problems, which rely on simple addition, differ only in the way they are framed.