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The Surrealist Cube House as Mountain Retreat

1162 The Surrealist Cube House as Mountain Retreat

Responding to an international competition to design a lodge to be situated in Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains, Czech architectural firm Atelier 8000 has designed the disorienting geometric construction that you see above.

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North American Wife Carrying Championship

1160 North American Wife Carrying Championship
Eventual winners Jesse Wall carries Christina Arsenault through the water pit while competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine October 11, 2014. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

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Scuffles as Protest Opponents Try to Tear Down Hong Kong Barricades

1158 Scuffles as Protest Opponents Try to Tear Down Hong Kong Barricades
Pro-democracy protesters reinforce a barricade outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 13, 2014. Hong Kong police on Monday removed some barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in the Chinese-controlled city, but said protesters could remain on the streets they have occupied for the past two weeks. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

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International Cannabis Association Convention in New York

1156 International Cannabis Association Convention in New York
Cartridges of cannabidiol (CBD)-rich hemp oil for medical use are displayed during the International Cannabis Association Convention in New York, October 12, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”

1154 Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
People view “Sweet Kitty” by Osamu Watanabe at the “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” museum exhibit in honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California October 10, 2014. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 3

1152 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 3
Comic Con attendee Jenni Mostflogged poses as Red Sun Wonder Woman during the 2014 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 2

1150 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 2
General Atmosphere at 2014 Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 1

1148 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 1
Katie Fang, dressed as a Vocaloid character, looks at her phone near costumed attendees inside New York’s Comic-Con convention, October 9, 2014. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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UK Army Photographic Competition

1146 UK Army Photographic Competition
This stirring collection of photos which offer a glimpse behind the scenes of army life have all been selected as winners in an annual competition. The remarkable pictures in the Army Photographic Competition show Britain’s soldiers at work and play. They have been taken by amateur and professional soldier cameramen and include images from operations in Afghanistan, air shows and sporting events. The winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters in Andover in Hampshire. Here: “Fireball Flyers” by Corporal Jamie Peters which won Best Overall Image as voted for by the public; Army Photographic Competition, Britain, October 8, 2014. (Photo by Jamie Peters/MoD/Geoff Robinson Photography/REX Features)

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Camping Luca Vuerich by Giovanni Pesamosca

1144 Camping Luca Vuerich by Giovanni Pesamosca

Italian architect Giovanni Pesamosca’s work is reaching scenic new heights. His cabin is perched on the edge of Foronon Buinz in Italy’s Julian Alps. The pre fabricated structure was placed at the spectacular location in memory of deceased climber Luka Vuerich, and is now providing free accommodation complete with jaw dropping panoramic views for up to nine people… the intrepid kind willing to make a long trek to 8303 feet (2531 meters) above sea level.

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3D-printed Statue Selfies

“The advent of digital cameras and smartphones killed the traditional mall portrait studio, but 3-D printing has sparked a new trend. Overloaded with digital photos, statues may be moving in to fulfill our desire for portraits that stand out. The typical 3-D-printed statue is printed in full color in a material known as “sandstone” – really, gypsum powder. It’s glued together by color ink ejected from a head similar to the one found in an inkjet printer. The statues range from three to eight inches tall. The technology allows for a lot of variation in materials. IMakr offered chocolate statues for Easter. For 99 pounds, you got a box with six small chocolate likenesses of yourself.

Big businesses are getting into 3-D statuary as well, with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at the forefront. In July, at a newly opened Sam’s Club in Montgomery, Illinois, and another outside Fort Worth, Tex., 3-D printers scanned shoppers’ faces and placed resin printouts of their heads on action figure-sized bodies of one of three Marvel characters. Wal-Mart’s British unit, ASDA, starting testing a service in November that lets customers buy 8-inch figurines of themselves for 60 pounds, or $100. The studio is now permanent in one store, and it’s been so popular that the company is considering rolling it out to other locations. “It’s become the new family portrait”, said ASDA spokesman Russell Craig.

A Staples store in New York scans people’s faces and puts them on NBA and Star Trek figurines. The goal of the pilot program is to get small businesses to use Staples Inc. for 3-D scanning and printing jobs, just like they’ve provided those services for paper. One example of what that might look like: A bakery that wants to use statues of the bride and groom as wedding cake toppers would need a printer that cost $60,000 or so, plus the expertise to use it. Staples wants to do that job for them, for $70. Before that can happen, small businesses like bakeries have to learn about the possibilities of 3-D printing”. – Peter Svensson via The Associated Press

1143 3D printed Statue Selfies
In this August 14, 2014 photo, a plastic bust statue of Kevin Micelli, center, and his family, made by a 3-D scanner and printer, sits on a shelf inside Micelli’s coffee shop in New York. Micelli purchased the 3-D scanning and printing services at the Cubo toy store next door to his shop. With the old studio portrait supplanted by the selfie, 3-D scanning services provide a new reason for people to go to a store and stand stock-still in front of a camera. (Photo by Julie Jacobson/AP Photo)

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October 4-11: The Week in Protests

1141 October 4 11: The Week in Protests
Hundreds of messages are stuck on the wall of the Legislative Counsel building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. (Xaume Ollleros/Afp/Getty Images)

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Ebola Kills

1140 Ebola Kills
Juan Manuel Parra, a doctor who treated Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos who contracted Ebola, looks out of an open window of the isolation ward as another person occupying an adjacent room looks on, at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital. (Andrea Comas/Reuters)

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Photo of the Day: Eiffel Tower Renovation

1139 Photo of the Day: Eiffel Tower Renovation
A bottom view of the new 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, October 6, 2014. The first floor of the iconic landmark was renovated and reopened. (Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA)

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“Long Ma” – the French Mechanical Installation

1138 “Long Ma”   the French Mechanical Installation
A mechanical installation named “Long Ma” is operated at a rehearsal of the Long Ma performance in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing October 10, 2014. “Long Ma”, a 17-meter (56-ft) long and 15-meter (49-ft) tall mechanized dragon sculpture, and “The Spider”, a 5.7-meter (19-ft) tall and 6-meter (20-ft) wide machine, are operated by French performance art company La Machine. The structures are operated by an automatic control system and electronic equipment. The performance, which combines Chinese culture and French art, will be held next week in Beijing in honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, an organiser of the event said. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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