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Travelling Across North Korea

1304 Travelling Across North Korea
In this June 14, 2014 photo, portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are illuminated on a building side as the sun rises over Pyongyang. The Associated Press was granted to embark on a weeklong road trip across North Korea to the country’s spiritual summit Mount Paektu. The trip was on North Korea’s terms. An AP reporter and photographer couldn’t interview ordinary people or wander off course, and government “minders” accompanied them the entire way. (Photo by David Guttenfelder/AP Photo)

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Wingsuit Daredevils

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Wingsuit flyer contestant Melissa Pemberton of the U.S. jumps off a mountain at Tianmen Mountain National Park in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province October 19, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)

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My Chemical Romance

“These beautiful shots may look like works of modern art – but they are actually close-ups of chemical reactions. The works were snapped with the help of a group of scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Anhui, China. Titled Beautiful Chemistry the project was the brainchild of Yan Liang, an associate professor at the university. Yan revealed he was fascinated by chemical reactions during his studies, so when he began working at USTC in February made a connection with two other professors. Supported by Tsinghua University Press and visual effects experts, Yan – along with the help of Professor Xiangang Tao and Dr. Wei Huang – researched which reactions may potentially look dazzling”. – Caters News

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Cobalt chloride crystals growing in a solution of sodium silicate. (Photo by Yan Liang/Caters News)

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Diwali Celebrations

1301 Diwali Celebrations
People light lamps and arrange them into a formation on the eve of Diwali in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 22, 2014. Earthen lamps were lit during a public ceremony for world peace in the city on Wednesday, organisers said. Lamps are traditionally used during Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, to decorate homes. The festival is celebrated across the country on Thursday. (Photo by Ajay Verma/Reuters)

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Freaky Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft

1300 Freaky Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft
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British artist and designer Steve Wintercroft created the innovative, eco-friendly masks that allow you to turn your 2D cardboard scraps into artistic, 3D masks. Wintercroft was inspired after he made his own mask from a heap of cardboard for a Halloween party costume. He got so many compliments on it that he decided to make other mask designs and offer them to people as a way to create their own costumes using recycled materials.

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A Disco Party in the Middle of Africa

1299 A Disco Party in the Middle of Africa

American photographer, David Pais visits Burkina Faso in West Africa every year. Once a week, the local villagers gather to drink and party together and David’s photos share this unusual cultural experience with all of us.

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Rob Greenfield Dumpster Dives to Save the World from Food Waste Fiasco

1297 Rob Greenfield Dumpster Dives to Save the World from Food Waste Fiasco

Rob Greenfield wants to come to your town, dive into your dumpster, and make a feast. Greenfield is a 28-year-old who’s made it his life’s purpose to inspire a healthy Earth, often with attention-grabbing tactics.

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Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Workshop

In time for Halloween the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, creative art studio, held the Cotton Candy Machine workshop in Brooklyn, N.Y., demonstrating techniques and tools to create intricate pumpkin art. Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, which focuses on elevating the art of pumpkin carving, were a past winner of the Food Network’s Halloween Wars. Their work has been displayed at MOMA, the Whitney Museum and Yankee Stadium. Founders Marc Evan and Chris Soria, friends since they were 12, have a history of trying to outdo each other on who can make something scarier for Halloween. The duo started carving pumpkins when they were studying illustration at the Parsons School of Design. After graduating in 2002, they started doing illustration and mural work in New York City, and worked part-time at restaurants and bars for extra income. They started carving pumpkins for their employers to use as Halloween decorations. Evans and Soria wanted to see how far they could push beyond the traditional style of pumpkin carving that had been dominant and onto a more artistic level.

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A Tara Bonethrower pumpkin created by the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 18, 2014. (Photo by Siemond Chan/Yahoo Finance)

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Stone Island AW’014’015 Tortoise Camouflage

1292 Stone Island AW014015 Tortoise Camouflage

Tortoise Camouflage is the new graphical concept that draws from a classic and noble material: the tortoise shell, with the intention of redefining the camouflage virtues.

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 7, Part 2

2182 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 7, Part 2
“Grassland Fog”. This photo was taken in September 2014 while travelling to Inner Mongolia. I was very lucky to see this unusual Advection fog in one early morning. I was told this only happen few times a year. Photo location: Inner Mongolia, China. (Photo and caption by Libby Zhang/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 7, Part 1

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“Powder Color”. Personal project to explore the power of the color powder on face. Photo location: Montréal. (Photo and caption by Christopher Dormoy/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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Students Celebrate Raisin Monday at St Andrew’s University

1288 Students Celebrate Raisin Monday at St Andrews University

Students from St Andrew’s University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the “academic family” on October 20, 2014, in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the “raisin weekend” which is held in the university’s Lower College Lawn, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin. (Photos by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Petr Pavlensky: a Naked Protest Against the Kremlin

Pavlensky was born in 1984 in Saint Petersburg. Became renowned for his political action in support of a Russian punk group «p*ssy Riot». On July 23 of 2012 the artist came to Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg with his mouth sewn up with a coarse thread, holding a banner reading: “Action of p*ssy Riot was a replica of the famous action of Jesus Christ (Matthew.21:12–13)”. The police called an ambulance, which took Pavlensky for a psychiatric examination, but the psychiatrist declared him sane and released shortly after the incident. Later, Pavlensky made an additional comment about his action: “By suturing my mouth in front of the Kazan Cathedral, I wanted to show position of the artist in contemporary Russia: a ban on publicity. I am sickened by intimidation of society, mass paranoia, which manifestations I see everywhere”.

On May 3, 2013 Pavlensky held a political protest action against repressive policies of the government. His art performance was called Carcass. Artist’s assistants brought him naked and wrapped in a multilayered cocoon of barbed wire to the main entrance of the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg. The artist remained silent laying still in a half-bent position inside the cocoon and did not react to the actions of others, until he was released by the police with the help of the garden clippers. In her interview to Radio Liberty, Pavlensky’s colleague Oksana Shalygina mentioned that a metaphor of the action had its immediate realization in the reality: as soon as the barbed wire was cut off, and the artist was freed from it, “the same exact wire wrapped him back in as police, ambulance and numerous field investigators”.

On November 10 of 2013, while sitting naked on the stone pavement in front of the Lenin’s Mausoleum on the Red Square, Moscow, Pavlensky hammered a large nail through his scrotum affixing it to the stone pavement. His action coincides with the annual Russian Police Day. When the police arrived, they covered him with a blanket and later arrested him. “A naked artist, looking at his testicles nailed to the cobblestone is a metaphor of apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of Russian society”, declared Pavlensky in his statement to the media.

On 19 October 2014 Pavlensky cut his ear while sitting naked on the roof of the infamous Serbsky Center in protest against political abuse of psychiatry in Russia.

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Artist Pyotr Pavlensky sits on the wall enclosing the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry after he cut off a part of his earlobe during his protest action titled “Segregation” in Moscow October 19, 2014. Pavlensky protested against the usage of forensic psychiatry for politically motivated purposes. He cut off his earlobe to demonstrate how authorities could “cut off” an unwanted individual from society by using psychiatric and medical diagnosis to forcefully send a person to a penitentiary hospital, according to Pavlensky. (Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters)

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Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights

Diwali also known as Deepavali and the “Festival of Lights”, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After puja (prayers), fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Diwali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

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A potter carries a basket filled with clay money boxes at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi October 16, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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“The Signs of Life” Project by Daniel Zakharov

1280 The Signs of Life Project by Daniel Zakharov

“It all began with two porcelain parakeets on the windowsill of the house next door. Every time I passed by I would look at them. Just couldn’t help gazing. I got even more intrigued when I noticed that there were days when the parakeets would be looking out of the window, and there were days when they’d be facing the room. What makes these two so special for their owner, thought I, they must mean a lot to her, otherwise why would she display them in her window for everyone to see? Who lives in that room, what story could she tell? I couldn’t figure out what the birds were trying to tell me, my imagination was drawing its own pictures, but one thing was clear to me: the birds belonged to an old lady. The game with the unknown thrilled me.

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