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Brazilian Carnival 2014

127 Brazilian Carnival 2014
Women wearing body paint dance at the “Rua do Mercado” band Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, February 27. The women said they were topless to defend the right of women to be topless on Rio’s beaches, as they joined one of many parades before the official start of Carnival on February 28. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)

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Animals

Florida’s Friendly Manatees Photographed By Alexander Mustard

126 Floridas Friendly Manatees Photographed By Alexander Mustard
Snorkellers approach an adult manatee at Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida. You might imagine that coming face to face with one of these enormous underwater mammals would cause some concern. However, the likelihood is that the rotund creature just wants you to scratch its belly while it floats around happily, as world-renowned underwater photographer Alex Mustard discovered. (Photo by Alexander Mustard/Barcroft Media)

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Art

Epic Сats By Alexandr Zavala

124 Epic Сats By Alexandr Zavala
Painter Alexander Zavala residing in Gelendzhik, painted in the style of a historical series of paintings about animalism epic cats.

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Photos

Moon Photography By Adrian Limani

120 Moon Photography By Adrian Limani
They were taken by Adrian Limani, 21, who got his brother to leap for the sake of his art a few weeks ago in Raince, Serbia.

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Nature

Northern Lights Over The Europe

119 Northern Lights Over The Europe
The northern lights as they are commonly known at Embleton Bay in Northumberland, on February 27, 2014. (Photo by Tom White/PA Wire)

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Photos

Couple Poses With Gas Masks For Their Wedding Photos To Protest Heavy Pollution In China

116 Couple Poses With Gas Masks For Their Wedding Photos To Protest Heavy Pollution In China
A couple of Chinese newlyweds decided to take their wedding photos in a dark and striking direction to protest their country’s out-of-control pollution. The two lovebirds took their wedding photos wearing gas masks to shield themselves from Beijing’s clouds of toxic smog.

The smog in Beijing is now so thick that it is blocking sunlight despite recent announced closures or production cuts at 147 of the city’s industrial plants. He Dongxian from China Agricultural University’s College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, has even compared its effects to that of a nuclear winter.

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Nature

Cosmic Speculation Garden

114 Cosmic Speculation Garden
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a 30-acre private garden in Jencks’ own home in Portrack House, near Dumfries, Scotland. Inspired by the contemplative tradition of Japanese zen gardens, Persian paradise gardens, and French renaissance gardens, Charles Jencks and his late wife Maggie built the garden to explore the fundamental principles of the universe in their ultimate search for meaning. Enormous spiraling mounds rising several stories high portray the ‘science of complexity.’ The Universe Cascade is a series of steps ascending from a large pond which signifies the unfolding of the universe across billions of years.

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Art

Huge Billboard Made Of 5,000 Bananas Appears in Clapham

A giant billboard made from over 5,000 bananas has appeared on Clapham Common.

112 Huge Billboard Made Of 5,000 Bananas Appears in Clapham
A giant billboard made from over 5,000 bananas

The billboard is part of a campaign by the Fairtrade Foundation calling on Government to put an end to supermarket price wars, which it says are driving down the price of bananas and trapping many of the farmers and workers who grow them in poverty.

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Vehicles

300ft-Long ‘Airship’ Unveiled In Britain Is The World’s Longest Aircraft

110 300ft Long Airship Unveiled In Britain Is The Worlds Longest Aircraft
Undated handout photo issued by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd of the world’s largest aircraft known as the HAV304 – part plane, part airship and part helicopter – which has been unveiled in the UK in all its 300ft (91m) long glory. The giant aircraft has been displayed at Cardington in Bedfordshire in the only hangar big enough to accommodate the 113ft (34m) wide and 85ft (26m) high monster. Created by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd and first flown in the USA, the ultra-green HAV304 project has just received a £2.5 million grant from the UK Government. See PA story AIR Airship. (Photo by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd/PA Wire)

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Photos

The Surfing Trooper

13 The Surfing Trooper
The Surfing Trooper is taking a vacation from the Empire to surf around our world. Last time he was seen in the waves of Morocco but what will be his next destination? Have you seen him?

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Art

Open-Air Exhibition Of ‘Pandas’ Kicks Off In Taipei

12 Open Air Exhibition Of Pandas Kicks Off In Taipei
Papier mache pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, are seen displayed outside the Taipei City Hall as part of an exhibition called “Pandas on Tour”, February 28, 2014. According to local media, the event was launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) first in Paris in 2008. Approximately 1,600 panda sculptures were displayed in the exhibition to remind people of the similar number of giant pandas still living in the wild and call on people’s protection of endangered species. (Photo by Patrick Lin/Reuters)

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Style

Nina Agdal – “Carl’s Jr.” Bikini Photoshoot

1272 Nina Agdal – “Carl’s Jr.” Bikini Photoshoot
Promotional stills from the new Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s ad featuring Nina Agdal. (February 2013)

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Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

“The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spanish: Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife) is held each February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the largest of the Canary Islands, and attracts people from all over the world. It is considered the second-most popular and internationally-known carnival, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Partially for this reason, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The festivities on the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife start on the Friday before Carnival with an opening parade, which reaches its height during the night when thousands of people in fancy dresses dance until the early hours of the next day. The party continues night after night until Ash Wednesday. That day, people of Santa Cruz de Tenerife celebrate the “entierro de la sardina” (burial of the sardine), and with this event the carnival is officially over. However, the party starts up again the following weekend, known as the weekend of the piñata.

The festival has two parts: the official Carnival, and the Carnival on the street. The official carnival has more than a hundred groups, including murgas, comparsas, rondallas and other musical groups. The street carnival is more loosely organized, and comprises the people celebrating on the streets. Thousands of people come each day to the streets to participate, most of whom wear a disguise in accordance with Carnival tradition”. – Wikipedia

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Nominee Amanda Perdomo (L) prepares at backstage for her performance before she was elected as Queen of the 2013 Santa Cruz carnival on February 26, 2014 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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Nature

Chinese Pollution Affecting Japan and South Korea

1268 Chinese Pollution Affecting Japan and South Korea
Buildings in the western Japanese city of Osaka, some 2,250 kilometers (1,400 miles) southeast of Beijing, are shrouded in dense smog Wednesday, February 26, 2014 a day after parts of northern China suffered a sixth straight day of severe pollution. The readings of particulate matter known as PM2.5, a key measure of pollution reached 104 micrograms per cubic meter in Osaka in the morning. The World Health Organization considers 25 micrograms a safe level. (Photo by AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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Beijing Pants Run

1267 Beijing Pants Run
This picture taken on February 23, 2014 shows participants wearing dresses running half-naked in the annual 3.5 km Undie Run held in the Olympic Forest Park smog-covered Beijing. Some 200 participants took part in this event, many of them with gas masks, as dangerous smog blighted swathes of northern China in recent days. (Photo by AFP Photo/STR)

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