A cleaning woman vacuums a red carpet as last preparations in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, prior to the arrival of US President Barack Obama to Poland, on 27 May 2011. US president Obama is on a two-day working visit to Poland. The main topics of Obama’s talks with Polish politicians are to cover economic issues, including shale gas, security and the democratisation process in Northern Africa. EPA/BARTLOMIEJ ZBOROWSKI. Click to zoom.
This man’s name is Charlie and the cat’s name is Nicolas. Charlie created value by adding Nicholas to the top of his head. They are walking together past the building in New York where former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan is held under house arrest after posting bail. Picture: AFP/GETTY
A sign is seen in a devastated neighborhood in Joplin, Mo. Wednesday, May 25, 2011. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 123 people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel/WSJ). Click to zoom.
Volcano on Onekotan Island, Russia. Click to zoom.
This photo was taken on May, 17 by European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli during his mission on Space Station. Paolo has been photographing Earth and life aboard the Station.
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Erupting steam and ash interact with clouds above Grímsvötn volcano. Photographer Jóhann Ingi Jónsson traveled within 1 kilometer of the eruption site on the evening of May 22, 2011, to get these photos. Click to zoom.
Iceland’s most active volcano, Grímsvötn, erupted on Saturday for the first time since 2004, hurling a plume of steam and ash nearly 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the sky. People living next to the glacier where the Grímsvötn volcano burst into life were most severely affected, with ash blocking out the daylight and smothering buildings and vehicles. Iceland also closed its main international airport and canceled domestic flights on Sunday, and aviation officials will be closely monitoring European airspace for the next few days. (Source: theAtlantic)
The U.S. Marshals opened an online auction of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s personal belongings on May 18, 2011. The auction will run through June 2. For two weeks, bomber buffs can outbid one another on piles of Unabomber swag: from his famed hoodie and sunglasses to the typewriter he used to write his 35,000-word manifesto – as well as pieces of the manifesto itself. Proceeds from the auction will go to the madman’s victims, the Marshals said. Credits: Handout/REUTERS/Bloomberg.
Beyond Cape Royds, Antarctica, home to the southernmost colony of penguins in the world, lies the Ross Sea, an extension of the Pacific Ocean that harbors more than one-third of the world’s Adélie penguin population and a quarter of all emperor penguins, and which may be the last remaining intact marine ecosystem on Earth. Credit: Andy Isaacson for The New York Times.
Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Doug Dunkerley, left, uses a small broom as a shield to deter the female peregrine falcon as fellow officer Beth Fife, not seen, retrieves young chicks from the falcons nest on the ledge of the 40th floor of the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning on Thursday, May 19, 2011. The peregrine falcon is listed on Pennsylvania endangered species, and the program monitoring the birds nesting has been in effect since since 2002. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River is forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two meet near Vicksburg causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood. (Scott Olson/Getty Images). Click to zoom.