A Drone Captures Haunting Footage From Chernobyl

Nearly 20 years have passed since the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The city has since been abandoned, and yet it retains a shell of a place that once was: where memories were forged, where families lived, and where life was possible. It also presents a stark reminder of how quickly all of that can be taken away.

As photographer Danny Cooke said, “there was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.”

What We Love This Week, Volume C

Best Photojournalism Panoramic NYC

A panoramic photo–composed of 567 images–from the top of One World Trade Center in New York. Source: Time Lightbox

TIME Features Its Picks For The Year’s Best Photojournalism

Best Photojournalism Refugee Camp

A Syrian boy carries his bread rations at a Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
Source: Time Lightbox

From the civil war in the Central African Republic to the bloating Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, to the escalating crisis in Ukraine, there has–as is the case every year–been no shortage of photojournalism material in 2014. Time photojournalists have scoured the globe to bring these stories home to readers, journeying all the way from Afghanistan to Brazil to Japan to Gaza. The photos they have produced raise more questions than answers, but that’s exactly what a powerful photograph should do. Be sure to check out the rest of the series at Time Lightbox.

Best Photojournalism Afghan Women

Afghan women at a rally for presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul.
Source: Time Lightbox

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What Exactly Is In Your Favorite Holiday Drinks?

We often talk about the holidays being a time to be generous, but sometimes that self-directed generosity (re: purchasing a large, cream-covered “coffee” monstrosity sprinkled with seasonal coloring) only amounts to bloating, general discomfort and a late-night WebMD search on diabetes symptoms. The people at Buzzfeed have cut through the whipped cream to let you know just what you’re ingesting when you take the first sip of your favorite holiday drink. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Rarest Animals On Earth

Rarest Animals Sloth Up Close

Source: Wikipedia

So what is the rarest animal on the planet? Actually, that is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. Accurately determining the number of animals in a particular species is not a walk in the park since most don’t really participate in censuses. Some animals are so rare that they might already be extinct and we just don’t know it yet. Others are extinct in the wild and can only be found in captivity. But from what we know, the four creatures featured below are as rare as prime rib.

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth

Sloth Fish

Source: List Crown

The sloth is already one of the most adorable creatures on Earth, but to be honest, it’s not really much of a survivor. You put it in any kind of dangerous situation and it is likely to perform poorly. Therefore, it shouldn’t be that surprising to find out that the pygmy three-toed sloth is critically endangered.

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