The Kowloon Walled City was a singular Hong Kong phenomenon: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong's safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, the Canadian photographer Greg Girard spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but in this gallery you will get a little peek how life was in Kowloon. Thanks to Greg Girard.

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With the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 the black box is again a hot topic. This box with sounds and voices must give an answer in the investigation of the cause why the plane plunged into an Apine mountainside, killing all 150 on board. A horrible answer in this case, because it was the intention of the 28 year-old German Andreas Günter Lubitz to destroy the plane. In this gallery the development of flight recorder or 'black boxes' since the 1950s.

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Two days ago a Germanwings airplane was reported missing over the French Alps.
Mere hours later it was reported as crashed into those Alps. There was very little hope for the 150 people on board.
The big question was What happened? Did something mechanical fail, did the pilots make an error? The data recordings found on the black box gave us a quick and very disturbing answer.
As it turns out the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had locked himself in the cockpit when the pilot went for a toilet break, and steered the plane, carrying amongst others 16 students and two teachers from a school in Germany, straight into a mountain side.
Some would call it suicide, but we'll just call it murder.

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A timelapse video is a great way to explore a certain part of the globe in a relatively short period of time.
I've visited the Basque country in Spain several times, but I've always stayed in the towns such as Pamplona, Bilbao and San Sebastian.
This timelapse shows me the countryside is 100% going to be on my explore list next time I'm in the area.

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A care center looks after pet dogs while their owners are away at work.

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Iowa, with its endless farm fields and quiet towns, is gearing up for its four-yearly starring role in the U.S. presidential elections. Once again the state will become the focus of the nation as the long and sometimes quirky process of electing the next U.S. president begins. Even though the Iowa caucus is still 11 months away, potential candidates have already starting to visit the Midwestern state. Jim Young’s pictures give us a glimpse into the state known as America’s Heartland.

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