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Picture of the day: A world inside a bottle

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Reddit user kidgalaxy discovered an impromptu terrarium inside an old bottle while he was cleaning his yard. Using only his smartphone, he managed to snap this surprisingly crisp close-up. It seems like the bottleneck is creating the illusion that you’re actually peering into another world. To make things even cooler, another reddit user Your_Post_As_A_Movie stayed true to his name and photoshopped the image as

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Picture of the day: up close with a strawberry

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  This spectacular image was taken by photographer Alexey Kljatov; he explains how he took the photo: “Focus stacking + averaging (10 groups with different focus, each group contains 8 identical shots for averaging). The problem with this shot was that strawberry is too glossy (I put white plastic bag around berry to diffuse daylight).” OK, now it’s biology time –

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The California Drought in Pictures

Before: the Green Bridge passes over Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina in 2011.  Note all the vegetation.

California is experiencing the most severe drought in the last millennium, with extreme measures being taken to preserve water, though some believe the state is already heading towards an unmitigated disaster. We’ve already discussed that in depth several times before (1, 2, 3), but we’re not going to do that here. They say an image is worth a thousand words,

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A gorgeous blue sunset on Mars

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That’s the sun setting over the rim of Gale Crater on Mars, as shot by the Curiosity Rover. Notice some differences? Well, first of all, the sun looks a lot smaller. Of course, it should look smaller considering Mars is farther away from the sun than Earth is. This way, the sun looks approximately two-thirds as big as from our own planet. Next, that’s a blue-tinted sunset, fading out in a pinkish tinge. In terms of colors, that’s more or less the exact opposite of what happens here on Earth where sunsets tend to fade from warm, ruddy colors like orange-red. This can be explained by the differences between airborne particles in the two atmospheres.

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Jorge Cervera Hauser’s Spectacular Pictures of Sea Creatures

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When Fish Say Cheese – photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser takes underwater pictures of the ocean’s inhabitants, capturing their magnificence as if it were just another day. Each image has a duality to it, looking as if it was an instantaneous shot, but at the same time, it also looks carefully staged. All his photographs are taken miles away from the

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LED hourglass lamp powered by falling sand reminds you to conserve energy

The Hourglass Lamps are powered by kinetic energy generated from the falling of sand.

Just like wristwatches in an age when everybody has a mobile phone, hourglasses today are kept out of aesthetic, and less for practical use. There’s something romantic about seeing sand crumbling piece by piece, just like the fleeting moments the hourglass keeps track off. Danielle Trofe, a designer from Brooklyn, NY, once again infused the iconic hourglass with a practical motif by fitting it with LED lights.

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Curiosity Enjoys Romantic Sunset on Mars

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Using its Mast Camera, the Curiosity Rover has snapped stunning images of a blue sunset on the Red Planet. The blue-tinted images show the Sun dipping into the horizon as blue streaks shroud the sky across the evening light.

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A sunrise literally painted in life by glowing bacteria on an agar plate

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This “drawing” might look like it was made by a kid in grade school, but make no mistake it symbolizes one of the biggest achievements in 21st century biology. This San Diego beach scene was actually drawn in an eight color palette of bacterial colonies expressing fluorescent proteins derived from GFP and the red-fluorescent coral protein dsRed. Effectively, this is a picture literally drawn with life.

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Amazing retro motivational space posters [IMAGE GALLERY]

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Here’s a great collection of retro space posters put together by some valiant bloke on imgur. It’s really amazing how far humans have traveled beyond our fragile home world, both personally or with their spacecraft contraptions. But some of us seem to forget this. With all this suffering and injustice happening in the world, it’s easy to discount humans as a plague. These artworks serve as a reminder that our species can be truly amazing, transcendental even.

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10 Remarkable Entries from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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It’s that time of the year again! The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest opened on April 7, and we already have some awesome entries; before we dive into them and admire their magnificence, you should know that you too can enter the contest using this link. Official categories include:Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. Our friends