1. The tiny Russian village where everyone’s a tightrope walker

    The tradition began more than a century ago as a way to impress the ladies, according to legend

     

  2. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most moving images, an astronaut peeks out from a spaceship, a collie keeps watch, and more

     

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  4. Reconstructing nature

    A new book highlights architects who create whimsical and often practical structures from natural elements

     

  5. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most eye-catching images, lightning streaks the sky, tourists eat with the fishes, and more

     

  6. Back to school, in any way possible

    Around the world, children creep along cliffs, paddle across swollen rivers, and navigate debris on their way to and from the classroom

     

  7. These real-life Rosie the Riveters changed the face of labor

    Vintage photos from the Library of Congress capture a time when the country ran on womanpower

     

  8. The peculiar, old-school charm of pachinko

    Japan’s version of pinball has long been a mainstay. But it is struggling to lure new, technology-inundated fans.

     

  9. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most striking images, workers wash the Great Clock’s face, pups celebrate Mass, and more

     

  10. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most stirring images, children ride horseback through downtown Los Angeles, synchronized swimmers give a fierce performance, and more

     

  11. The surprising journey of a Panama hat, from field to head

    A New York photographer traces the creation of an iconic topper

     

  12. The week’s best photojournalism

    In some of the week’s most moving images, women string together flowers, a boy takes comfort in a kitten, and more

     

  13. Orphaned children and the abandoned dogs they love

    In Bangladesh, an Australian photographer finds a tight-knit, motley family