Eric Lipps, 52, waits in line to enter the NYCHires Job Fair in New York on December 9, 2009. U.S. employers cut 85,000 jobs in December, confounding expectations that the labor market was finally stabilizing and piling pressure on President Barack Obama to spur job growth
Portraits of Crab Nebula, the most famous supernova remnant, captured in visible, infrared and x-ray wavelengths, left to right, and projected on screens in Monument Valley, Utah, beneath a star-filled sky. Telescopes of the next decade will reveal our universe in unimaginable ways.
Joe is an alpha male macaque at the Medical Research Council's breeding center in the United Kingdom. Joe, whose sole purpose is his highly productive mating capability, will spend his life in captivity and his offspring will be killed in medical experiments.
Schoolchildren pick cotton in Zhetisay, Kazakhstan. The area was sparsely populated before the Soviet Union government began building towns in order to launch its massive cotton industry, which now spans all the countries in Central Asia. Water being funneled away from the Syr Darya River to irrigate the fields is one of the reasons for the Aral Sea's depletion.
Tiger Woods flips clubs in midair with his caddy, Steve Williams, during practice at the 2009 World Golf Championships' Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. It was Woods' first tournament since having reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Tim Clark of South Africa would defeat Woods in the second round. Geoff Ogilvy of Australia was ultimately the winner.
Third-grader Devin Bryson, 8, and kindergartener Elizabeth Bryson, 6, both students at Matsuyama Elementary School, shout in support of teachers at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California, on Friday March 13, 2009. Public school teachers gathered outside the Capitol after school hours—to protest the estimated 25,000 preliminary layoffs of teachers, librarians and other staff statewide due to cuts in education funding. Many demonstrators dressed in pink to call attention to the pink slips.
Seven-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong prepares for his comeback to competitive cycling on a training ride in Austin, Texas, September 6, 2008.
The number of dusky seaside sparrows, found mainly on Florida's Merritt Island, declined from some 3,000 pairs to none when the salt marsh they inhabited was sprayed with DDT and taken over for use by NASA. The bird shown here is the very last dusky. It died in 1987 and is buried in a bottle of alcohol at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
In the Tajikistan village of Akjar, the irrigation canal is the only source of water. Plumbing shut down after the Soviet Union collapsed, so the village relies on dirty water for survival.
Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of US Airways jetliner that safely landed on the Hudson River after birds knocked out both of its engines, January 15, 2009.