Trowbridge, Britain Toby Melville/Reuters
Old rusty petrol stations are seen on the outskirts of a rural village
What happens when an entire kind of technology becomes outmoded? We won't know for a while, but some day, the site of abandoned gas pumps will be as common as unplugged pay phones and cast-off VHS players. Here, three "petrol" pumps silently rust, on a road in Trowbridge, Britain, west England, a Wiltshire town a few miles from the city Bath.
—Scott Timberg, culture writer
St Austell, England Matt Cardy/Getty
Newly arrived rare Valais Blacknose lambs explore their abode at the Lost Gardens of Helicon
I've never seen cuter lambs with a more intimidating stare. Watch out, Lost Gardens.
—Jillian Kestenbaum, office manager
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Dado Ruvic/Reuters
A Turkish student cries in solidarity with the trapped citizens of war-torn Aleppo
This young woman is part of a protest in Sarajevo, Bosnia to express solidarity with the residents of Aleppo, Syria, who are being massacred by Bashar al-Assad, with support from the Russian government, as al-Assad tries to oust all rebels from the area.
The event is terrifying on its own, but made more so by the dawning realization, in America, that our president-elect Donald Trump won a narrow election with the help, witting or not, of the same Russian government that is backing this horrific violence.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
—Amanda Marcotte, politics writer
Paris, France Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
A Greenpeace demonstrator blocks the entrance to the state-owned energy company EDF headquarters
Environmentalists in Europe face a dilemma when it comes to energy production. Germany has set a course to decommission all nuclear power plants by 2022, which means the country will increasingly rely on coal and imported natural gas for electricity generation. France on the other hand is doubling down on nuclear power in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and imports from unstable regions of the world. Meanwhile, Americans love cheap fuel regardless of the source or origin.
—Michael Hardy, director of optimization