My fascination with religious observances is ecumenical. I have recited my 'Allahu Akbars,' been blessed at Easter by the pope in St. Peter's Square, and recently attended a service in the South Pacific. Everywhere, I find a universal need for contemplation and self-surrender.
Elephant calf George walks in line as his mother Karishma holds his tail during an event staged for the media at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, England. George joined the herd on their daily walkabout to mark his first birthday, following training by his keepers to ensure that he can walk trunk to tail without wandering off or getting distracted by the busy zoo.
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina.
The site of the world's first nuclear detonation, code named 'Trinity,' is seen 0.016 seconds after the explosion on July 16, 1945. The effort to build a bomb during World War II, called the Manhattan Project, led by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was begun in 1941.
A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck south-central Chile early Saturday morning, killing at least 85 people, knocking down buildings, homes and hospitals, and triggering a tsunami.
The first stop on the second voyage of the HMS Beagle was at St. Jago in the Cape Verde Islands. Darwin's first journal entry was made here. Darwin's focus on the island was mainly geological, writing about the slow formation of the islands over extremely long periods of time.