27 Shocking Images Of The Israel-Gaza Conflict

July 31, 2014

Dark times have befallen the people of the Gaza Strip, a Detroit-sized area of land that is at the center of some of the most devastating, heated Israeli-Palestinian clashes in the world. While the Israel-Gaza conflict is unfortunately not a new one, recent developments have sent tensions soaring even higher than before, as Israel continues to launch airstrikes into densely packed cities and neighborhoods filled predominantly with civilians. In the past couple of weeks alone, Israeli airstrikes have hit mosques, hospitals and even schools. As fighting intensifies, the death toll continues to rise. Here are some of the most shocking pictures of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

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Israel-Gaza Conflict Strikes School

Source: NPR

Crisis in Israel

Source: Channel 4

Child Struck by Bombs

Source: Levantium

Gaza-Israel Conflict From Space

Picture of the Israel-Gaza Conflict from Space. Source: NBC News

Israeli War at Night

Source: CP24

Israel-Gaza Conflict Creates Ruins

Source: Vice

Palestinians Pray Despite Airstrikes

Source: CP24

Blood Spilled in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Source: NBC News

Airstrikes on Gaza Continue

Source: latest.today

Palestinians Mourn Gaza Airstrikes

Source: news.168

Military in Israeli-Gaza Conflict

Source: Vox

Israel-Gaza Conflict Shocks Boy

Source: CTV News

Injured Bystanders

Source: Slate

Civilians Hide in Israel-Gaza Conflict

Source: CNN

Israel-Gaza Crisis

Source: Vox

Bombing is Israel-Gaza Crisis

Source: World Review

Children in Gaza Ruins

Source: NPR

Hiding from Gaza Airstrikes

Source: AOL

Baby in Israel-Gaza Bombing

Source: BBC

Aftermath of the Israel-Gaza Crisis

Source: Teak Door

For more of a historical perspective on the conflict, be sure to watch the animated video we have posted.

5 Really Weird Things We’ve Sent Into Space

July 31, 2014

Space exploration is one of our most ambitious yet most expensive endeavors. This should go without saying, but it costs a lot to send something into space. That is why every payload carried aboard shuttles is monitored carefully. However, some of these payloads have contained a lot more than the bare essentials. As you are about to see, we have sent a lot of wacky stuff into space.

Tardigrades

Space Tardigrade

Cuter and tougher than you will ever be Source: So Faking News

Out of all the animals that have been to space, tardigrades are definitely the coolest. These teeny-tiny microscopic critters are the Toyota Hilux of the animal world – they can withstand just about anything. This places them in a category known as extremophiles – organisms that can thrive in harsh environments.

On Earth, tardigrades can survive just about anywhere. They can withstand very high and very low temperatures, extreme amounts of radiation and even live for years without water in hibernation (also why they’re called “water bears”). So it was only natural for us to wonder how they would cope in space. The answer? Fine, just fine. We found this out in 2008 when we took some aboard a shuttle and exposed them to space conditions. They survived their little adventure with no ill effects.

An Undercover Police Officer In Brooklyn, 1969

July 30, 2014

Undercover Police Brooklyn

Though present-day Brooklyn often serves as the backdrop for a number of HBO melodramas involving privileged twenty somethings navigating their rivers of trivial sorrows, it was once a place to be avoided at all costs. As explained by the back of this photograph:

“The police department in their program to crack down on muggers and sex offenders had one of their volunteers, Patrolman Wm. R. Winter of the TPF, assigned to the 78th pct, Bklyn, disguise as a tall voluptuous broad. Around 12 or 1am July 1st, while patrolman Winters was in his disguise, two men pinched the undercover man where a woman shouldn’t be pinched and the undercover man xxxxxxxxx pinched them in return. (The 2nd pinch was in the form of an arrest}. Winter is married and is the father of one child.”

Want to see more about the harsh realities of New York that you don’t get from Lena Dunham? Check out our spread on the subway in the 1980s.