A Couple Peers Into East Germany In 1962

Couple Peers Over Berlin Wall

Erected in 1961, the Berlin Wall is just one of many examples of the physical lengths to which people will go to promote or expel an idea. Here, a young woman accompanied by her boyfriend leans over the wall to talk to her mother on the East Berlin side. The wall remained in place for nearly 30 more years, separating many families all the while.

Inside Dracula’s Castle

Located on the border of Transylvania and Wallachia in Romania is the impressive Bran Castle. Near the village of Bran and close to the city of Brasov, the fortress commands attention as…

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Mexico’s Violence Continues: 43 Innocents Go Missing

Crime scene at Iguala, Mexico.

The crime scene at Iguala, Mexico. Source: Borderland Beat

Mexico has been plagued with gang-related violence for decades, and the recent disappearance and alleged slaying of 43 student protesters proves that the bloodshed is far from over. In the Mexican city of Iguala, part of the southern Guerrero municipality, a white van carrying at least 49 student teachers from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College was found shattered and empty. Six victims were found dead on the scene with gruesome, mutilatory injuries, and another 43 (with estimates as high as 57) are still missing. Immediately following the slayings, the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, and his wife and successor to the mayoral seat, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, went into hiding.

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Baby Hummingbirds Grow Up So Fast

Like honeybees and bumblebees, hummingbirds are an integral part of the pollination process. They’re also the tiniest birds in the world, with many species weighing in at less than a penny.

Hummingbirds are native to the Americas, and can be found in Alaska, Chile, and everywhere in between. The Anna’s Hummingbird is a medium-sized (think of a ping bong ball) hummingbird. Their habitat spans Southern California and Northern Mexico, and males can be identified by their emerald colored feathers and ruby-tinged throats. The females have similar, but more subdued, coloring. They were named after Princess Anna de Belle Masséna, who is best (only) remembered for being pretty and having a hummingbird named after her.

Watch these Anna’s Hummingbirds transform from eggs to baby hummingbirds to full-fledged adults. It all takes less than a month.

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anna's hummingbird nest

Hummingbird nests are so tiny and expertly camouflaged that humans often mistake them for a knot on a tree limb. Source: The Huffington Post

anna's hummingbird nest

A female hummingbird uses soft material like moss, lichen, cotton fluffs, bits of willows, soft plant pieces, dryer lint, and leaf hairs to build her nest. She will use spider webs to glue it all together. Source: Gary Yost Photography

Nesting Anna’s Hummingbird incubation

A mother hummingbird needs to keep her nest at the perfect temperature. If it gets hotter than 96 degrees Fahrenheit, the eggs will be too hot to hatch. Source: Gary Yost Photography

Anna’s Hummingbird Nest

The eggs hatch about 16-18 days after they are laid. Source: Gary Yost Photography

Nesting Anna’s Hummingbird we’re hungry mom

When baby hummingbirds hatch they are blind and featherless. Source: Gary Yost Photography

Nesting Anna’s Hummingbird first feeding

Baby hummingbirds cannot fly, so they get all their food from Mom. Source: Gary Yost Photography

baby hummingbirds

The average hummingbird needs to eat 7 times per hour. Source: Gary Yost Photography

baby hummingbirds

Mom feeds her hatchlings by inserting her beak all the way down into her baby's mouth and regurgitating a mixture of nectar and insects. Source: Gary Yost Photography

anna's hummingbird nest

Male hummingbirds don't stick around to help raise their young. Source: Gary Yost Photography

baby hummingbirds

Baby hummingbirds double in size after only a couple of days. Source: Gary Yost Photography

baby hummingbirds

After nine days the babies have enough feathers to regulate their own body temperature. Source: Gary Yost Photography

baby hummingbirds

The baby hummingbirds start stretching their wings by gripping the floor of the nest with their feet and flapping. Source: Gary Yost Photography

baby hummingbirds

By week three the baby hummingbirds are almost ready to strike out on their own. Source: Gary Yost Photography

Nesting Anna’s Hummingbird empty nest

The baby hummingbirds have left the nest. Mom will help them out for the next few days by showing them good spots to find flowers and insects, but after that they're on their own. Source: Gary Yost Photography

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