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Picture of the day: A Pinksect

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Reddit user Wolfhole took a spectacular picture of a pink katydid, also known as a bush cricket. I’m not sure exactly what species this is, but according to Twisted Sifter, it’s an Oblong-winged katydid or Amblycorypha oblongifolia. While green is by far the most common color; pink, yellow and orange colorings can occur but are far more rare. While they are not truly dangerous,

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Careless Crow Hitches a Ride on the Back of Bald Eagle

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Working as a photographer, you get to see all sorts of unusual things you otherwise wouldn’t but it’s not everyday you see a bird resting on another bird mid-flight. Phoo Chan has managed to capture just that moment, with a a crow riding atop a bald eagle. It only lasted for a few seconds, but the images are telling. Chan explained that crows

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Blink and you’ll miss it: Picture of the Week

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This amazing photo was taken by Flickr user sunrisesoup surprises an amazing moment: a hummingbird and a bee, two of the fast flying creatures, locked in a split moment when they are looking at each other. To get this shot you need an extremely fast shutter speed – 1/2000 to be more precise. The photo was taken at the Madera Canyon, at the northwestern

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What touching Fairy Holograms in mid-air looks like

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Most people would love to a holographic display in their rooms, and seriously you might not have to wait too long for this to happen.

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Check yourself (grammar wise) before you wreck yourself!

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The Grammar Police can breathe a sigh of relief as the guys over at Pop Chart Lab have put together a poster to help them fight un-grammarness everywhere.

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This is how the Moon looks under the microscope!

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The Apollo program returned 380.05 kg of lunar rocks and soil, and most of the samples are stored at the Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility. The samples of rocks, breccias, and regolith were polished into thin sections, allowing for optical geologic studies to be performed on them.

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Don’t cry over spilled milk, photograph it! Night sky photography Saturday.

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Since it’s Saturday and you folks should take it easy today, let’s take a break from the comings and goings of our busy planet and enjoy some wonderfully peaceful photographs of the night’s sky.

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National Geographic Traveler Contest Is Almost Wrapped Up – Here Are Some Amazing Entries

Photo and caption by Marja Schwartz /National Geographic Traveler Photo ContestLion cub jumping on mother’s head, Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest – but hurry up, the final submission date is 30 June! Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelerphotocontest to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo,

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Small worlds, big pictures – former winners from Nikon’s Photomicrography Competition

Magnified 30 times, this is an image of a Hydropsyche angustipennis (caddisfly) larva head made by Fabrice Parais, of DREAL de Basse-Normandie in Caen, France.

It’s been a while since these photos won the Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition in 2010, but their quality and intensity just makes me want to share them again. The competition began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Here are the winners, and all image credits

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Even More Spectacular Fungi Photos by Steve Axford

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In September 2014, we were telling you about Steve Axford’s spectacular mushroom photography. I was truly fascinated by the art and the insight he provides into this tiny and mysterious world. Most of his work is done on Australian fungus, and he says he likes to take pictures of things that are close to home. “My photography has been my avenue