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NASA Releases Sharpest Ever Moon Map

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) science team has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the Moon ever created. Though the Moon is the Earth’s closest neighbor, yet knowledge of its morphology is still limited. “Due to the limitations of previous missions, a global map of the Moon’s topography at high resolution has not existed until now,” said NASA while releasing the map.

LRO’s Wide Angle Camera and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument will help scientists portray the shape of the entire Moon at high resolution accurately.

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5 Rare Wild Cats Caught on Camera in Indonesian Forest

The photo of the golden cat (catopuma temmincki) was captured using camera traps in Bukit Tigapuluh, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The WWF survey captured on camera the Sumatran tiger, clouded leopard, marble cat, golden cat, and leopard cat. All of the wild cats were found in an unprotected forest corridor between the Bukit Tigapuluh forest landscape and the Rimbang Baling Wildlife sanctuary in Riau Province. The area is threatened by encroachment and forest clearance for industrial plantations. (WWF / Reuters) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Giant Decorated Christmas Tree

A giant decorated Christmas tree is seen on the ground floor of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, November 17. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Dog

An abandoned dog sits on a concrete pipe in a flooded area of Bangkok, Thailand, November 16. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters) Click image to zoom.

‘Vanishing Artist’ Makes Another (Dis)Appearance

Artist Liu Bolin demonstrates an art installation by blending in with vegetables displayed on the shelves at a supermarket in Beijing, China, on November 10. Liu, also known as the ‘Vanishing Artist’, started practising being “invisible” by means of optical illusions more than six years ago. (China Daily via Reuters) Continue »

Hundreds of Submerged Vehicles at Flooded Honda Factory in Thailand

Submerged vehicles are seen at the Honda factory in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, on November 14. (Damir Sagolj / Reuters) Continue »

Tiny Critter Becomes a Big Wheel

An extreme close-up of a type of rotifer known as Floscularia ringens has won first prize in the 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, which showcases photos and movies of life science subjects. The image was the top selection out of more than 2,000 entries in this year’s contest — and it earned the photographer, Charles Krebs, $5,000 worth of Olympus imaging equipment.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011

Models Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima make a heart sign while celebrating after presenting creations during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Ready to Start

The Russian Soyuz TMA-22 space ship, attached to its Soyuz-FG rocket booster, sits on the pad before its launch from the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Mikhail Metzel/Pool/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Tiger and Turtle

‘Tiger and Turtle,’ which looks like a roller coaster, is illuminated in Duisburg, Germany. The sculpture was designed by Heike Mutter und Ulrich Genth. Creators of the two million euro project say ‘The roller coaster stands for acceleration and high speed of a tiger but the visitor has to explore it step by step like a turtle.’ 40 visitors at a time can enjoy the views from 85 meters over the Ruhr region via 249 steps, but the loops are inaccessible. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press) Continue »

Inside Fukushima Daiichi: First Tour of Wrecked Nuclear Plant Since Disaster

Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Co. and journalists look out from bus windows as workers pass by in a van inside the grounds of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, November 12, 2011. Conditions at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, devastated by a tsunami in March, were slowly improving to the point where a “cold shutdown” would be possible as planned, officials said on Saturday during a tour of the facility. The nuclear reactor buildings were still surrounded by crumpled trucks, twisted metal fences, and large, dented water tanks. Smaller office buildings around the reactors were left as they were abandoned on March 11, when the tsunami hit. (REUTERS/David Guttenfelder/Poo) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Taking the Test

More than a thousand students took mid-term examinations on the playground of Sihuang Middle School Thursday in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Zuma Press)

Photo of the Day: Panda Po Plays with Mother

Panda Po plays with its mother, Hua Zui Ba, bottom, while its twin panda brother De De relaxes inside their enclosure at the Madrid Zoo & Aquarium in Spain. (Sergio Perez/Reuters) Click image to zoom.

Sarasota Chalk Festival 2011: Best International Artwork

The Sarasota Chalk Festival, an annual international street art exhibit and competition in Sarasota, Fla., closed on Nov. 7, 2011 after a week of events, and this year, latecomers were in for an unwelcome surprise. For the first time ever, Sarasota officials were spraying down the sidewalks the day after the 2011 festival, erasing the hundreds of chalk traditional, mosaic and 3D artworks created by artists from around the world.

Juandres Vera, of Mexico, finishes his submission for the 3D Pavement Art category at the 2011 Sarasota international Chalk Festival. Continue »

Photo of the Day: Vanishing Artist

A woman laughs as she pushes a cart past “Vanishing Artist” Liu Bolin, right, during a demonstration of his technique that allows him to blend in with the vegetables on the shelves at a supermarket in Beijing. (China Daily via Reuters) Click image to zoom.