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Sunset in the woods in Tok, Alaska, United States.

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English : Sunset in the woods in Tok, Alaska, United States.

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'The Impact Of Wikipedia' -- how Wikipedia works, in the voices of a few of those who make it.‎

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English : 'The Impact Of Wikipedia' -- how Wikipedia works, in the voices of a few of those who make it.

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Beinn an Dòthaidh (1004m) in the morning sun. Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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English : Beinn an Dòthaidh (1004m) in the morning sun. Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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This is Wikipedia. These servers give Wikipedia to the world. Nearly half a billion people use them every single month.‎

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English : This is Wikipedia. These servers give Wikipedia to the world. Nearly half a billion people use them every single month.

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Night view of the Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia. It was built from 1837 to 1849 on the site of the estate of the Grand Princes, which had been established in the 14th century on Borovitsky Hill. The palace, 125 metres (410 ft) long and 47 metres (154 ft) tall, was formerly the tsar's Moscow residence.

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English : Night view of the Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia. It was built from 1837 to 1849 on the site of the estate of the Grand Princes, which had been established in the 14th century on Borovitsky Hill. The palace, 125 metres (410 ft) long and 47 metres (154 ft) tall, was formerly the tsar's Moscow residence.

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About a dozen cranes feed and splash in a marshy area in Lamar Valley. One bird flaps its wings and appears to chase another bird; the powerful wing beats can be heard before two birds begin to call.‎

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English : About a dozen cranes feed and splash in a marshy area in Lamar Valley. One bird flaps its wings and appears to chase another bird; the powerful wing beats can be heard before two birds begin to call.

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Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (5 January 1876 – 19 April 1967) was a German statesman who served as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 to 1963. He led his country from the ruins of World War II to a productive and prosperous nation that forged close relations with France, the United Kingdom and the United States. During his years in power, West Germany achieved democracy, stability, international respect and economic prosperity ("Wirtschaftswunder"). He was the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

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English : Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (5 January 1876 – 19 April 1967) was a German statesman who served as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 to 1963. He led his country from the ruins of World War II to a productive and prosperous nation that forged close relations with France, the United Kingdom and the United States. During his years in power, West Germany achieved democracy, stability, international respect and economic prosperity ("Wirtschaftswunder"). He was the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

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Bumblebees are social insects in the genus Bombus‎

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English : Bumblebees are social insects in the genus Bombus

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Altar of the Saint Viktor Church in Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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English : Altar of the Saint Viktor Church in Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Wiki Loves Monuments is the world's largest photo competition - to document world monuments and preserve history. All the photos shared are freely-licensed. Visit: wikilovesmonuments.org

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English : Wiki Loves Monuments is the world's largest photo competition - to document world monuments and preserve history. All the photos shared are freely-licensed. Visit: wikilovesmonuments.org

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Painting by Johannes Wilhjelm titled Skagens gamle kirke. Nat, Sand-Covered Church from 1910, Skagens Museum.

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English : Painting by Johannes Wilhjelm titled Skagens gamle kirke. Nat, Sand-Covered Church from 1910, Skagens Museum.

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Wikipedia and NASA🚀 have something in common. Play the video to know what.‎

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English : Wikipedia and NASA🚀 have something in common. Play the video to know what.

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Amphoras of the underground exhibition in the Pula Arena, an amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. This Roman edifice was constructed between 27 BC and 68 AD and is among the largest surviving Roman arenas in the world. At the same time, it is the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia and the only remaining amphitheater having all four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.

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English : Amphoras of the underground exhibition in the Pula Arena, an amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. This Roman edifice was constructed between 27 BC and 68 AD and is among the largest surviving Roman arenas in the world. At the same time, it is the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia and the only remaining amphitheater having all four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.

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Paradise shelduck (Tadorna variegata, female) portrait. Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

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English : Paradise shelduck (Tadorna variegata, female) portrait. Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

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Wikimedia Foundation Offices in San Francisco.‎

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English : Wikimedia Foundation Offices in San Francisco.

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Pilgrimage chapel St. Vitus on the Ansberg at Ebensfeld, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany

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English : Pilgrimage chapel St. Vitus on the Ansberg at Ebensfeld, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany

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President Barack Obama delivering the 2016 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on January 12, 2016.‎

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English : President Barack Obama delivering the 2016 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on January 12, 2016.

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50 Pfennig Notgeld banknote of Flensburg (1921), the banknote depicts the plebiscite on March 14, 1920, in which it was decided that Flensburg remained part of Germany, signed "JHoltz".

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English : 50 Pfennig Notgeld banknote of Flensburg (1921), the banknote depicts the plebiscite on March 14, 1920, in which it was decided that Flensburg remained part of Germany, signed "JHoltz".

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This is a Spanish street piano with a cylinder in a pine wooden casket. The instrument can play 10 melodies, it has a steel frame, a wind-up lever and only a few of its strings broken or missing. On the right sidewall on the inside an official document is taped, most likely about the royalties or copyrights of the music the instrument contains. The paper is dated 10-12-1900. Furthermore, another paper of the manufacturer is added behind the strings, at the soundboard. The diameter of the scroll is 30 cm, the length without the gear wheel is 101 cm. The instrument has 59 hammers, their distance is 1.7. It furthermore contains 5 bells on the base side.‎

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English : This is a Spanish street piano with a cylinder in a pine wooden casket. The instrument can play 10 melodies, it has a steel frame, a wind-up lever and only a few of its strings broken or missing. On the right sidewall on the inside an official document is taped, most likely about the royalties or copyrights of the music the instrument contains. The paper is dated 10-12-1900. Furthermore, another paper of the manufacturer is added behind the strings, at the soundboard. The diameter of the scroll is 30 cm, the length without the gear wheel is 101 cm. The instrument has 59 hammers, their distance is 1.7. It furthermore contains 5 bells on the base side.

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Winged altar at the parish church Gampern, Upper Austria. Lienhart Astl, around 1490–1500.

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English : Winged altar at the parish church Gampern, Upper Austria. Lienhart Astl, around 1490–1500.

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A woman riding a horse in a desert, wearing an assault rifle.‎

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English : A woman riding a horse in a desert, wearing an assault rifle.

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Aerial view of "The Hummingbird", one of the most popular geoglyph of the Nazca Lines, which are located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. The geoglyphs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1994) are spread over a 80 km (50 mi) plateau between the towns of Nazca and Palpa and were made, according to some studies, between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.

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English : Aerial view of "The Hummingbird", one of the most popular geoglyph of the Nazca Lines, which are located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. The geoglyphs of this UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1994) are spread over a 80 km (50 mi) plateau between the towns of Nazca and Palpa and were made, according to some studies, between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.

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A flight to and around the Sierpiński octahedron showing geometrical, perspective and mathematical properties that are special.‎

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English : A flight to and around the Sierpiński octahedron showing geometrical, perspective and mathematical properties that are special.

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A man working on a glass project after removing it from a kiln in Brooklyn, New York.

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English : A man working on a glass project after removing it from a kiln in Brooklyn, New York.

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The discovery of a high-energy neutrino on Sept. 22, 2017, sent astronomers on a chase to locate its source -- a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy. Watch to learn more.‎

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English : The discovery of a high-energy neutrino on Sept. 22, 2017, sent astronomers on a chase to locate its source -- a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy. Watch to learn more.

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Quackenschloß cave near Engelhardsberg in Wiesenttal, Upper Franconia, Germany.

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English : Quackenschloß cave near Engelhardsberg in Wiesenttal, Upper Franconia, Germany.

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This time lapse film showcases the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayan mountains. The last scene you see here is the Mt. Everest peak.‎

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English : This time lapse film showcases the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayan mountains. The last scene you see here is the Mt. Everest peak.

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Pyrite (Fool's Gold)

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The Iron Horse is a 1924 American silent film directed by John Ford.‎

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English : The Iron Horse is a 1924 American silent film directed by John Ford.
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The Flapper is a 1920 American silent comedy film starring Olive Thomas. Directed by Alan Crosland, the film was the first in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle, which would become a cultural craze or fad in the 1920s.‎

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English : The Flapper is a 1920 American silent comedy film starring Olive Thomas. Directed by Alan Crosland, the film was the first in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle, which would become a cultural craze or fad in the 1920s.
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Comme des Garçons clothing on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibit in August 2017.

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English : Comme des Garçons clothing on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibit in August 2017.

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This visualization shows the age of the Arctic sea ice between 1984 and 2019. Younger sea ice, or first-year ice, is shown in a dark shade of blue while the ice that is four years old or older is shown as white. The animation shows the seasonal variability of the ice, growing in the Arctic winter and melting in the summer. In addition, this also shows the changes from year to year.‎

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English : This visualization shows the age of the Arctic sea ice between 1984 and 2019. Younger sea ice, or first-year ice, is shown in a dark shade of blue while the ice that is four years old or older is shown as white. The animation shows the seasonal variability of the ice, growing in the Arctic winter and melting in the summer. In addition, this also shows the changes from year to year.

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Early morning balloon flight over the West Bank in Luxor in Egypt.

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Veritas RS at the Nürburgring (exit Brünnchen), during the 2007 Oldtimer Festival of the DAMC 05.

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English : Veritas RS at the Nürburgring (exit Brünnchen), during the 2007 Oldtimer Festival of the DAMC 05.

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Deep Elm Blues in a rockabilly version of the traditional blues recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1956 or 1957

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English : Deep Elm Blues in a rockabilly version of the traditional blues recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1956 or 1957

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3D CT reconstruction of a Crus fracture (specifically a fracture of the Distal tibia)‎

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English : 3D CT reconstruction of a Crus fracture (specifically a fracture of the Distal tibia)

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View of the Salar de Uyuni, the surrounding mountains and giant cactuses (Echinopsis atacamensis) in Incahuasi island, Daniel Campos Province, Potosí Department, southwest Bolivia, not far from the crest of the Andes. This salt flat is, with a surface of 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi), the world's largest.

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English : View of the Salar de Uyuni, the surrounding mountains and giant cactuses (Echinopsis atacamensis) in Incahuasi island, Daniel Campos Province, Potosí Department, southwest Bolivia, not far from the crest of the Andes. This salt flat is, with a surface of 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi), the world's largest.

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English : Video animation of Notre Dame de Paris on fire

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Juvenile Ugandan defassa waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa) in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. National Resistance Movement Liberation Day in Uganda is celebrated on 26 January.

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English : Juvenile Ugandan defassa waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa) in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. National Resistance Movement Liberation Day in Uganda is celebrated on 26 January.

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Newton's Balls is a device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy using a series of swinging spheres.‎

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English : Newton's Balls is a device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy using a series of swinging spheres.

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Death Mills is a 1945 American film showing German concentration camps and victims of Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka, Belsen, Buchenwald, and other camps. Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.‎

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English : Death Mills is a 1945 American film showing German concentration camps and victims of Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka, Belsen, Buchenwald, and other camps. Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.
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Forest road from the train platform Desenka to the settlement Slavne. Ukraine, Vinnytsia oblast, Vinnytsia rajon

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English : Forest road from the train platform Desenka to the settlement Slavne. Ukraine, Vinnytsia oblast, Vinnytsia rajon

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A rendered visualization of the Frontal bone using data from Anatomography.‎

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English : A rendered visualization of the Frontal bone using data from Anatomography.

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Indonesian actress Aminah Cendrakasih, who acted in more than a hundred feature films, in the late 1950s. Today is her birthday. Photo by Tati Photo Studio.

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English : Indonesian actress Aminah Cendrakasih, who acted in more than a hundred feature films, in the late 1950s. Today is her birthday. Photo by Tati Photo Studio.

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Visible satellite image of Hurricane Earl on August 3, 2016, while the storm was achieving its peak intensity and making landfall in Belize heading towards Guatemala and Mexico.‎

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English : Visible satellite image of Hurricane Earl on August 3, 2016, while the storm was achieving its peak intensity and making landfall in Belize heading towards Guatemala and Mexico.

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Cityscape of Seattle just after sunset, seen from the skyscraper Columbia Center at 701 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington, USA.

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English : Cityscape of Seattle just after sunset, seen from the skyscraper Columbia Center at 701 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington, USA.

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This 1920 record is the first commercial recording of blues music by an African-American singer: "Crazy Blues" was composed by Perry Bradford for Mamie Smith, and sold a million copies in its first year.‎

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English : This 1920 record is the first commercial recording of blues music by an African-American singer: "Crazy Blues" was composed by Perry Bradford for Mamie Smith, and sold a million copies in its first year.