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The Lunar New Year celebrations mark fireworks in 2003, New York.

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English : The Lunar New Year celebrations mark fireworks in 2003, New York.

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Video footage recorded by Brown Boobies in flight off the coast of Nakanokamishima, an uninhabited Japanese island of the Yaeyama group.

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English : Video footage recorded by Brown Boobies in flight off the coast of Nakanokamishima, an uninhabited Japanese island of the Yaeyama group.

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These robots have had their code changed according to the principles of natural selection. After about 150 generations, this enabled them to collaborate in moving around objects larger than their size, and collecting them in a specific area of their enclosure.

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English : These robots have had their code changed according to the principles of natural selection. After about 150 generations, this enabled them to collaborate in moving around objects larger than their size, and collecting them in a specific area of their enclosure.

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Transformations élastiques is a short film produced by Segundo de Chomón in 1908.

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English : Transformations élastiques is a short film produced by Segundo de Chomón in 1908.

5

Rebuilding a Species. The sandy brown Quagga Zebra was hunted to extinction more than 100 years ago. But when scientists learned it was not a unique species but a subspecies of the Plains Zebra, the Quagga Project was started by South African Reinhold Rau to bring the animal back.

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English : Rebuilding a Species. The sandy brown Quagga Zebra was hunted to extinction more than 100 years ago. But when scientists learned it was not a unique species but a subspecies of the Plains Zebra, the Quagga Project was started by South African Reinhold Rau to bring the animal back.

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Lebanese-born Rima Fakih is the winner of the 2010 Miss USA beauty pageant. She is the first Arab American and Muslim to win the crown, and she has wide support in her adopted hometown of Dearborn, Michigan. While supporters there are cheering for her accomplishment, some have raised concerns that the pageant and provocative pictures of her, released after she won, clash with the conservative values of the Muslim faith. In an interview with VOA, Rima Fakih addressed those concerns as well as her goals as Miss USA as she heads into the Miss Universe contest this summer.

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English : Lebanese-born Rima Fakih is the winner of the 2010 Miss USA beauty pageant. She is the first Arab American and Muslim to win the crown, and she has wide support in her adopted hometown of Dearborn, Michigan. While supporters there are cheering for her accomplishment, some have raised concerns that the pageant and provocative pictures of her, released after she won, clash with the conservative values of the Muslim faith. In an interview with VOA, Rima Fakih addressed those concerns as well as her goals as Miss USA as she heads into the Miss Universe contest this summer.

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A Western Whip Snake (Hierophis viridiflavus) sunbathing beside a forest near San Vincenzo, Tuscany, Italy.

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English : A Western Whip Snake (Hierophis viridiflavus) sunbathing beside a forest near San Vincenzo, Tuscany, Italy.

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Microstructures arranged according to Origami principles and coated with living cells. Once a plate is detached from the substrate, the cells growing across neighbouring plates pull the structure of a cube together. Scale bar: 50 µm.

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English : Microstructures arranged according to Origami principles and coated with living cells. Once a plate is detached from the substrate, the cells growing across neighbouring plates pull the structure of a cube together. Scale bar: 50 µm.

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Some species of robber flies show a specific mating behaviour. A male of Dioctria atricapilla makes a special "courtship dance" in front of a female sitting in the grass of a meadow (about 15cm over ground). Filmed near Marburg, Germany.

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English : Some species of robber flies show a specific mating behaviour. A male of Dioctria atricapilla makes a special "courtship dance" in front of a female sitting in the grass of a meadow (about 15cm over ground). Filmed near Marburg, Germany.

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Evolution of weekly incidence rates of Dengue fever in Cambodia from January 2002 to December 2008.

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English : Evolution of weekly incidence rates of Dengue fever in Cambodia from January 2002 to December 2008.

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Morning rush-hour traffic on Macedonia Square in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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English : Morning rush-hour traffic on Macedonia Square in Sofia, Bulgaria.

12

Flight over devastated Munich in 1945.

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English : Flight over devastated Munich in 1945.

13

Common House Martin chicks (Delichon urbicum) are fed by their parents at the nest.

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English : Common House Martin chicks (Delichon urbicum) are fed by their parents at the nest.

14

Motion tracking of two pianist's fingers playing the same piece (slow motion, no sound).

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English : Motion tracking of two pianist's fingers playing the same piece (slow motion, no sound).

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Kiwi (Apteryx australis) feeding in fern near Mason Bay, Rakiura (Stewart Island) New Zealand.

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English : Kiwi (Apteryx australis) feeding in fern near Mason Bay, Rakiura (Stewart Island) New Zealand.

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What is open access to the scientific literature about? A video special of PhD Comics on the occasion of Open Access Week 2012, featuring phylogeneticist Jonathan Eisen and SPARC's Nick Shockey.

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English : What is open access to the scientific literature about? A video special of PhD Comics on the occasion of Open Access Week 2012, featuring phylogeneticist Jonathan Eisen and SPARC's Nick Shockey.

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Puffed grain machine in Haikou, Hainan, China.

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English : Puffed grain machine in Haikou, Hainan, China.

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A social network of mice (yellow dots) moving around between their nest boxes (grey empty circles).

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English : A social network of mice (yellow dots) moving around between their nest boxes (grey empty circles).

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The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's) shot at Edison's Black Maria in 1894.

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English : The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's) shot at Edison's Black Maria in 1894.

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Hispella testacea in copula. Hispella testacea (syn. Dicladispa testacea) is a Mediterranean species belonging to subfamily Cassidinae of the leaf beetles.

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English : Hispella testacea in copula. Hispella testacea (syn. Dicladispa testacea) is a Mediterranean species belonging to subfamily Cassidinae of the leaf beetles.

21

Boa constrictor swallowing rabbit.

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English : Boa constrictor swallowing rabbit.

22

Missile Milestone - First Polaris Firing By Submerged U-Boat, Universal International Newsreel, 21 July 1960. Polaris missile loaded from truck to sub at Cape Canaveral, missile hatches opened on USS George Washington, missile fired on 20 July 1960, 1100 miles to its target, then 2nd missile fired.

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English : Missile Milestone - First Polaris Firing By Submerged U-Boat, Universal International Newsreel, 21 July 1960. Polaris missile loaded from truck to sub at Cape Canaveral, missile hatches opened on USS George Washington, missile fired on 20 July 1960, 1100 miles to its target, then 2nd missile fired.

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3D render video of a snooker break-off shot

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English : 3D render video of a snooker break-off shot

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The round-mouthed snail (Pomatias elegans) is a terrestrial gastropod mollusk in the family Pomatiidae. This species is very common in Southern Europe.

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English : The round-mouthed snail (Pomatias elegans) is a terrestrial gastropod mollusk in the family Pomatiidae. This species is very common in Southern Europe.

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A clip from Tears of Steel, a 12-minute live-action/CGI short film released by the Blender Foundation on September 26th, 2012.

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English : A clip from Tears of Steel, a 12-minute live-action/CGI short film released by the Blender Foundation on September 26th, 2012.

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Song of the 17-year cicada Magicicada cassini .

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English : Song of the 17-year cicada Magicicada cassini .

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A grass bug (Capsus ater) ovipositing into a blade of grass.

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English : A grass bug (Capsus ater) ovipositing into a blade of grass.

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A Haematococcus pluvialis cell filled with astaxanthin (red).

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English : A Haematococcus pluvialis cell filled with astaxanthin (red).

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Sertão Santana, rua da prefeitura. (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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English : Sertão Santana, rua da prefeitura. (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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Water droplets rolling down an inclined plane with a superhydrophobically coated surface.

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English : Water droplets rolling down an inclined plane with a superhydrophobically coated surface.


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