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10 photos that blew the competition away at the Siena International Photo Awards.

These images captures something astounding, magical, true, or important about the world.

These images are basically like downloading a National Geographic magazine straight to your brain.

Every year, the Siena International Photo Awards brings together some of the world's most amazing photographers. Their mission? Use the power of the photograph to encourage a greater understanding of the world’s places, populations, and people.

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Fact: NASA takes the best before-and-after photos. Here are 10 of them.

They provide a new perspective of the events that have changed the Earth.

NASA satellites continually monitor the Earth, snapping photos and sending information to researchers on the ground.

Most of the time, things seem to be more or less the same as they were the day before, but the Earth is constantly changing. Sometimes it changes through discrete events, like landslides and floods. Other times, long-term trends, such as climate change, slowly reshape the land in ways that are difficult to see.

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This Brain ‘Pacemaker’ Stops Parkinson’s Tremors In Seconds. Now Research Suggests It Could Improve Thinking Too.

Neurosurgeons think the device could one day help patients regain skills like problem-solving and multitasking.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. outside the United States Supreme Court in 2012. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

Just before Thanksgiving, Reverend Jesse Jackson announced to his supporters that he’d been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for about three years, joining the ranks of other public figures with the condition, like actor Michael J. Fox and boxer Muhammed Ali, who died after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s last year. The announcement from another famous face has renewed conversations around the afflication, which affects up to 10 million people worldwide. But researchers have been seeking ways to ease symptoms for years.

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Every Fall, Monarch Butterflies Travel An Epic 3,000 Miles — But They're A Little Late This Year

Our weird, warm autumn may be delaying one of nature's greatest migrations.

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s officially fall: Trees are turning red and orange, giant boxes of pumpkins have appeared outside every grocery store, and households are prepping for visiting relatives. Meanwhile, in the animal world, one of the greatest annual migrations is underway. Far above us, hordes of monarch butterflies are winging it south to Mexico. Or, at least, they’re supposed to be.

Image by Enrique Castro/AFP/Getty Images.

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