25 Devastating Images Of Nepal Post-Earthquake

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Devastation after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits Nepal. Aside from the human cost, cultural artifacts from antiquity are also damaged. Source: CNN

A massive earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on April 25th, leaving over 5,000 dead and potentially hundreds more trapped under rubble, according to current estimates. Towns at the epicenter of the quake have experienced a 90% loss of buildings and infrastructure in the Kathmandu district of Nepal alone. Highly dependent on tourism and agriculture for its economic development, Nepal will likely experience massive long- and short-term losses in the wake of this natural disaster.

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What’s Happening To Monarch Butterfly Migration?

The monarch butterfly is the long-distance runner–or in this case, flier–of the insect world. No other butterflies migrate as far as the monarch of North America, which flies up to three thousand miles each year. Millions of these butterflies will fly from Mexico to Canada this spring, though populations in Florida don’t travel. Come autumn, they’ll return to overwintering sites in Mexico.

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25 Fun Penguin Facts In Honor Of World Penguin Day

Whether they’re using icebergs as a slip and slide or hovering over their chicks to provide warmth, penguins are one of the most adorable bird species around. They are also one of the most fascinating.

In honor of World Penguin Day, we’ve rounded up these 25 penguin facts you probably didn’t know. So put aside all of your preconceived notions about penguins—we know you’ve watched at least one of the many penguin movies out these days—and see what makes these birds so interesting.

Can’t get enough of the penguins? Check out these hilarious penguin bloopers:

What We Love This Week, Volume CXIX

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U.S. soldiers take pictures of President Barack Obama in Seoul, South Korea. Source: The Atlantic In Focus

Our Screen-Obsessed World

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A Guarani Nandeva tribe member stands guard in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil Source: The Atlantic In Focus

Ever heard of nomophobia? Even if you haven’t come across the name, chances are you already know what it is. The ailment, or fear of being without one’s smartphone, affects a sizable chunk of sampled populations, and its consequences are just beginning to be studied. What we do know is that the advent of smartphones is not one whose effects can be seen in just the technological sphere; it has dramatic implications for the way we experience the world and our daily lives. From protests in Hong Kong to fashion runways to the bedroom (in one recent study one in ten participants admitted to having used their phone during sex), the smartphone has managed to embed itself into the most mundane and unanticipated spaces. Check out this series at The Atlantic In Focus to learn more.

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A penitent called “Morion” checks his phone in the central Philippines Source: The Atlantic In Focus

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