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2017 21 11 18:12 UTC
Picture of the day
Giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) female composite.jpg
Female Giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) smashing a tilapia against a post to break its spine on Lake Naivasha, Kenya. To celebrate World Fisheries Day.  
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Horse hoof, after technique of vinylite and corrosion, which allows for the visualization of the vascular architecture of the body. This specimen is on display at the University of São Paulo Museum of Veterinary Anatomy.

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English : Horse hoof, after technique of vinylite and corrosion, which allows for the visualization of the vascular architecture of the body. This specimen is on display at the University of São Paulo Museum of Veterinary Anatomy.

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Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a springbok carcass, Etosha National Park, Namibia

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English : Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) feeding on a springbok carcass, Etosha National Park, Namibia

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Southeast transept of Saint Karl Borromaeus church at Vienna Central Cemetery

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English : Southeast transept of Saint Karl Borromaeus church at Vienna Central Cemetery

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Diesel locomotive ChME3-5947 in Vinnitsa railway station. This locomotive was manufactured in November, 1987.

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English : Diesel locomotive ChME3-5947 in Vinnitsa railway station. This locomotive was manufactured in November, 1987.

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Main hall of Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. It is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.

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English : Main hall of Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. It is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Papilio polytes, Common Mormon, is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. Here the female is in the form stichius, mimicking unpalatable Pachliopta aristolochiae.

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English : Papilio polytes, Common Mormon, is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. Here the female is in the form stichius, mimicking unpalatable Pachliopta aristolochiae.

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Bottom view of an iwan in the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. The mosque, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest still standing buildings in Iran and it has been continuously changing its architecture since it was erected in 771 until the 20th century.

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English : Bottom view of an iwan in the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. The mosque, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the oldest still standing buildings in Iran and it has been continuously changing its architecture since it was erected in 771 until the 20th century.

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Male saffron finch (Sicalis flaveola) from the Pantanal in Brazil. The town of Saffron Walden got its name because the saffron crocus became an important crop in the 16th Century.

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English : Male saffron finch (Sicalis flaveola) from the Pantanal in Brazil. The town of Saffron Walden got its name because the saffron crocus became an important crop in the 16th Century.

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Weathered tree in the game reserve, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Weathered tree in the game reserve, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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A twin-engine civil helicopter Eurocopter EC135 in flight.

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English : A twin-engine civil helicopter Eurocopter EC135 in flight.

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Hypogeum of the Amphitheatre of El Jem, an archeological site in the city of El Djem, Tunisia. At both sides of this tunnel are located the cells where the beasts for the games were kept. The amphitheatre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, was built around 238 AD, when the modern Tunisia belonged to the Roman province of Africa. It is the third biggest amphiteatre and one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world with capacity for 35,000 spectators within 148 metres (486 ft) and 122 metres (400 ft) long axes and unique in Africa.

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English : Hypogeum of the Amphitheatre of El Jem, an archeological site in the city of El Djem, Tunisia. At both sides of this tunnel are located the cells where the beasts for the games were kept. The amphitheatre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, was built around 238 AD, when the modern Tunisia belonged to the Roman province of Africa. It is the third biggest amphiteatre and one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world with capacity for 35,000 spectators within 148 metres (486 ft) and 122 metres (400 ft) long axes and unique in Africa.

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Swiss made needle files by Glardon/Vallorbe. Set consisting of 6 files, all 140 mm in length and Swiss cut 0.

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English : Swiss made needle files by Glardon/Vallorbe. Set consisting of 6 files, all 140 mm in length and Swiss cut 0.

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The Earth straddling the limb of the Moon, as seen from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter above Compton crater. The center of the Earth in this view is 4.04°N, 12.44°W, just off the coast of Liberia. The large tan area in the upper right is the Sahara desert, with Saudi Arabia just beyond. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left.

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English : The Earth straddling the limb of the Moon, as seen from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter above Compton crater. The center of the Earth in this view is 4.04°N, 12.44°W, just off the coast of Liberia. The large tan area in the upper right is the Sahara desert, with Saudi Arabia just beyond. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left.

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Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, built in 1974, at the Oldtimer Grand Prix of the AvD 2011 at the Nürburgring, Germany, just before the Mercedes-Arena.

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English : Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, built in 1974, at the Oldtimer Grand Prix of the AvD 2011 at the Nürburgring, Germany, just before the Mercedes-Arena.

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Agriocnemis pieris, White Dartlet, belongs to Agriocnemis genus of small damselflies (commonly known as Wisps or Dartlets) in Coenagrionidae's subfamily Agriocnemidinae.

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English : Agriocnemis pieris, White Dartlet, belongs to Agriocnemis genus of small damselflies (commonly known as Wisps or Dartlets) in Coenagrionidae's subfamily Agriocnemidinae.

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The Kinkaku-ji, or temple of the Golden Pavillion, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Kyoto, Japan, as seen during Koyo, the autumnal season of colorful leaves.

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English : The Kinkaku-ji, or temple of the Golden Pavillion, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Kyoto, Japan, as seen during Koyo, the autumnal season of colorful leaves.

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Frontal view of the Central University Library of Bucharest and Carol I statue, Bucharest, Romania. The Central University Library was founded in 1895, 31 years after the foundation of the University of Bucharest, as the Carol I Library of the University Foundation. The building, designed by French architect Paul Gottereau, was completed in 1893 and opened on 14 March 1895. The volume collection has grown steadily from 3,400 volumes in 1899 to over 2 million in 1970.

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English : Frontal view of the Central University Library of Bucharest and Carol I statue, Bucharest, Romania. The Central University Library was founded in 1895, 31 years after the foundation of the University of Bucharest, as the Carol I Library of the University Foundation. The building, designed by French architect Paul Gottereau, was completed in 1893 and opened on 14 March 1895. The volume collection has grown steadily from 3,400 volumes in 1899 to over 2 million in 1970.

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The Water Palace in Jaipur, India

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English : The Water Palace in Jaipur, India

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The Oceania-class cruise ship MS Marina docked in Sète, Hérault, France.

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English : The Oceania-class cruise ship MS Marina docked in Sète, Hérault, France.

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A view from the observation deck at the top station of the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The Duquesne Incline is one of two surviving inclines in Pittsburgh, the other being the Monongahela Incline.

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English : A view from the observation deck at the top station of the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The Duquesne Incline is one of two surviving inclines in Pittsburgh, the other being the Monongahela Incline.

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Female Giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) smashing a tilapia against a post to break its spine on Lake Naivasha, Kenya. To celebrate World Fisheries Day.

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English : Female Giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) smashing a tilapia against a post to break its spine on Lake Naivasha, Kenya. To celebrate World Fisheries Day.

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Inui-yagura Turret, guarding the outer moat of Osaka Castle and the skyline of Osaka Business Park, Osaka, Japan.

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English : Inui-yagura Turret, guarding the outer moat of Osaka Castle and the skyline of Osaka Business Park, Osaka, Japan.

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A high purity (99.999 %) rhenium single crystal made by the floating zone process, an ebeam remelted (99.995 %) rhenium bar and as well as a high purity (99.99 % = 4N) 1 cm3 rhenium cube for comparison.

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English : A high purity (99.999 %) rhenium single crystal made by the floating zone process, an ebeam remelted (99.995 %) rhenium bar and as well as a high purity (99.99 % = 4N) 1 cm3 rhenium cube for comparison.

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An immature male bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), the smallest bird in the world - it weighs only 1.6 grams. It is endemic to Cuba. Today is the first anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, President of Cuba for over 31 years.

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English : An immature male bee hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae), the smallest bird in the world - it weighs only 1.6 grams. It is endemic to Cuba. Today is the first anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, President of Cuba for over 31 years.

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The Berca Mud Volcanoes are a geological and botanical reservation located close to Berca in Buzău County, Romania. The phenomenon is caused due to gases that erupt from 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) deep towards the surface, through the underground layers of clay and water, they push up underground salty water and mud, so that they overflow through the mouths of the volcanoes, while the gas emerges as bubbles as you can see in the image.

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English : The Berca Mud Volcanoes are a geological and botanical reservation located close to Berca in Buzău County, Romania. The phenomenon is caused due to gases that erupt from 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) deep towards the surface, through the underground layers of clay and water, they push up underground salty water and mud, so that they overflow through the mouths of the volcanoes, while the gas emerges as bubbles as you can see in the image.

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A concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. In this picture, the rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover's arm.

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English : A concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. In this picture, the rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover's arm.

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Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an independent Buddhist temple.

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English : Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an independent Buddhist temple.

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A Sukhoi Superjet 100 (RA-97004) of Alenia Aermacchi flying off the coast of Italy near Turin.

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English : A Sukhoi Superjet 100 (RA-97004) of Alenia Aermacchi flying off the coast of Italy near Turin.

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Vanessa indica, Indian Red Admiral, is a butterfly found in the higher altitude regions of India. Males commonly imbibe mineralised moisture from damp ground, and also visit dung or decomposing fallen fruit.

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English : Vanessa indica, Indian Red Admiral, is a butterfly found in the higher altitude regions of India. Males commonly imbibe mineralised moisture from damp ground, and also visit dung or decomposing fallen fruit.

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