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Kate Moss Gold Sculpture Auctioned for $900,000

A Sotheby’s employee poses for a photograph with an 18 carat gold sculpture of Kate Moss entitled “Microcosmos (Siren)” by Marc Quinn at Sotheby’s in London October 7, 2011. The piece is estimated to sell between 500,000 – 700,000 pounds ($777,000 – 1.1 million) when it is auctioned in London on October 13. (Reuters) Continue »

Port Adelaide Celebrates with Glow Show

Images are projected onto heritage buildings in the ‘old town’ of Port Adelaide as part of The Port Festival, a biennial event showcasing art and culture from around South Australia, October 9, 2011. (Helen Vercoe / ABC)

Volcanic Eruption in Canary Islands Produces Large Sea Stains

The underwater volcanic eruptions that began on Monday are continuing off the coast of the Canary Island of El Hierro. On Tuesday, over 600 people in the southernmost town of La Restinga were evacuated from their homes. They remained out of their homes on Friday as scientists continued to assess the situation.

As the photos below show, two large green stains are now visible on the surface of Las Calmas Sea. In addition to the stains, officials at Spain’s Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN) report a strong smell of sulfur and the presence of dead fish floating on the surface. Scientists said the fish were likely killed by gas escaping from the subsea volcano.

El Hierro, which means iron in Spanish, was designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve in 2000 with 60% of its territory protected. It is currently the most volcanically active of the Canaries and has the largest number of volcanoes, including over 500 open sky cones, another 300 covered by the most recent outflows, and some 70 caves and volcanic galleries.

An aerial view shows a stained area in the sea caused by submarine eruption, on the south coast of the Canary Island of El Hierro October 13, 2011. Officials in the volcanic island of El Hierro ordered the preventive evacuation of the village of La Restinga on Tuesday, after submarine eruptions 5 km (3 miles) from the island. (REUTERS / Gobierno de Canarias) Continue »

Buying iPhones Around the World

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and his wife, Janet ride out on their Segways while Steve holds up his new Apple iPhone 4S outside the Apple store in Los Gatos, California, USA 13 October 2011. Wozniak, who ended his full-time employment with Apple in 1987 , is a shareholder, still receives checks from Apple and maintains his status as employee No. 1. Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs who recently passed away. (John G. Mabanglo / EPA) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Wild Games

A three-month-old Bengal tiger plays with a three-month-old lion cub at a zoo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The keepers at the zoo educate visitors and raise awareness of endangered animals around the world. The park’s own tiger breeding program has enjoyed success with more than 20 tigers born since 2010, including a rare white Bengal tiger, according to zoo vet Martin Martinz. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) Click image to zoom.

Architect Daniel Libeskind’s Steel Wedge Bursts Through the Redesigned Museum in Dresden

A metal wedge designed by U.S. architect Daniel Libeskind protrudes from the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany, Oct. 13. After seven years of renovations according to his plans, the new exhibition with 10,500 exhibits from 700 years of military history opens tomorrow, Oct. 14. (Matthias Hiekel / EPA) Continue »

Southern California Enjoys Unseasonably Warm Temperatures

Two paddle boarders walk their bikes at Venice Beach, California on October 13 as a mini-heat wave hit southern California. Temperatures soared 20 degrees Fahrenheit over normal highs reaching into the nineties and hundreds in the region tying record temperatures. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Continue »

World’s Largest Balloon Sculpture Created by a Single Artist

Adam Lee, balloon twisting artist, stands beneath his giant balloon sculpture hanging in the Great Wolf Lodge Lobby in Grand Mound, Wash. On Oct. 13. Lee broke the Guinness World Record for “Largest Balloon Sculpture” with nearly 3,000 balloons measuring 45 feet 2 inches wide by 22 feet 2 inches long. (Otto Greule Jr. / AP) Continue »

Alien Hunter: World’s Biggest Telescope will be Built in Chile

The European Extremely Large Telescope, also known as the alien hunter, will be the world’s largest optical telescope. Its mirror alone will be 137 feet wide, half the size of a regular football field.

The whole structure will weigh 2,800 tonnes, making it the heaviest of all telescopes as well. It will gather 13 times more light than existing earthbound telescopes and can even provide images 16 times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope’s. European astronomers took years to decide on the final design of the alien hunter telescope.

“At the end of the three-year final design study, we will know exactly how everything is going to be built, including a detailed costing,” said Catherine Cesarsky, the European Southern Observatory’s director general. “We then hope to start construction and have it ready by 2017, when we can install instruments and use it.”

The E-ELT will find its home in Chile, where Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno signed an accord with the European Southern Observatory. The Chilean government will donate 189 acres of land around the Cerro Armazones mountain. And in return, they will have 10 percent of the observing time on the huge telescope.

Construction will begin in early 2012 and the target year for operation is in 2018. The revolutionary telescope is designed to see the deepest parts of the universe and provide clear images of planets, stars and other galaxies.

This architectural concept drawing of ESO’s planned European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) shows the world’s largest planned optical telescope gazing heavenwards. Slated to begin operations early in the next decade, the E-ELT will tackle the biggest scientific challenges of our time. (IBITImes/Swinburne Astronomy Production) Continue »

Apple iPhone 4S Goes on Sale Worldwide

Apple Inc’s latest iPhone 4S sales in stores began in Japan, Australia, France, UK, Germany, Canada and the United States on Friday, with fans snapping up the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs’ lifetime. Many fans bought the phone as a tribute to the former Apple boss, Reuters reports.

Hundreds of fans queued around city blocks in Tokyo to be the first to get their hands on the iPhone 4S, which looks similar to the previous iPhone 4 but has a better camera, faster processor and well-received voice activated software. (IBITimes)

A man wearing a mask of Apple founder Steve Jobs stands in a line to buy an iPhone 4S in front of an Apple Store in Tokyo October 14, 2011. (Reuters) Continue »

Paradise for the Chickens: Heritage Hen Farms in Boynton Beach

If only you knew just how hard Svetlana and Marty Simon — and their few hundred chickens — worked for each egg they harvest, you’d never look at breakfast the same way.

The Boynton Beach farmers are up at 4 a.m. to feed the animals at their Heritage Hen Farms, change their water, chase the goats to the pasture, clean out the coops, collect eggs, find rogue egg layers, scrub the duck tubs, check the bees, check the fences. Then they go to their day jobs, only to return later for more farm work.

“To produce nutritious food like this takes so much labor,” Svetlana says.

Yes, but it’s paradise for the chickens. The Heritage hens (and geese and ducks and guinea hens and one lone turkey named Thomas) live a truly free-range lifestyle. (Photos by Libby Volgyes)

A sign welcomes visitors to the coop, where families can see firsthand where the eggs come from. Continue »

Discover Lunar-Like Landscape on Earth in Italy

If you’re the kind of person who absolutely loves the idea of actually visiting the Moon or are crazy about walking about on its surface, you might be in luck. You could just be able to experience all of that without actually leaving the comfort of planet Earth!

The Crete Senesi (Siennese clay) area, located in the Italian province of Tuscany, which lies south of Siena, consists of an untouched natural landscape of hills and woods. Some 2.5 million years ago, the Crete Senesi region is said to have been covered by the Pliocene sea and clay. The distinctive grey color of the clay sediments left behind is said to give a distinctively “lunar” appearance to the landscape. (REUTERS/Max Rossi) Continue »

Photo of the Day: On the Edge

A man films video of water that overran a dam caused by heavy rains in Cuilapa, Guatemala. Rains will likely continue during the next few days as a low-pressure system hovers over southeastern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Big Airplane

Employees lift an oil painting called “Big Airplane” created by artist He Dan as they prepare for an exhibition at an art gallery in Xi’an, Shaanxi province October 13, 2011. The artist wanted to express that, as transportation vehicles become bigger and bigger so do people’s fears towards them, according to an organiser of the exhibition. (REUTERS/Rooney Chen)

Bhutan Royal Wedding: Dragon King Marries Commoner

Bhutan had its very own royal wedding on Thursday, as the nation’s “Dragon King” married an educated commoner 10 years his junior. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, and his new bride, Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, were joined by thousands of royal enthusiasts, as the ceremony took place at a Himalayan monastic fortress.

The king and queen, draped in traditional attire that included a raven’s head and a silk-embroidered crown, also sipped on a chalice of ambrosia that symbolized eternal life, according to Reuters. The ceremony, which included dance performances, baby elephants and a procession of singers, aired live on national television for Bhutan’s 700,000 people.

Pema, who is the daughter of an airline pilot, is educated just like her new husband. The young queen studied subjects including English and economics at the prestigious Lawrence School Sanawar in India before pursuing her college degree at Regents College in London, where she focused on International Relations, Psychology and Art History.

The king has a degree in Foreign Service Programme and International Relations from Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. “I am happy. I have been waiting quite some time . . . she is a wonderful human being, intelligent. Her and I share one big thing in common – love and passion for art,” Wangchuck told reporters following the ceremony.

The royal couple first announced their engagement on May 20, during the opening of the seventh session of parliament.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his new bride, Queen Jetsun Pema pose for pictures at the Punkaha Dzong in Bhutan’s ancient capital Punakha October 13, 2011. (REUTERS / Adrees Latif) Continue »