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Ki Gompa

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"This picture was taken when I visited the Buddhist Monastery of Ki. Ki is a tiny village in the middle of the Himalayas, and next to it is Ki Gompa (Ki Monastery). I lived with the monks for about a week, and this picture reflects the peaceful, almost heavenly atmosphere that characterizes this place. The Monastery is almost 4,000 meters high, and I had to climb almost 500 meters more to get this panorama. This place is a touch of heaven. (Photo and caption by Natalia Luzuriaga)"

Gif: This Japanese Train Goes Over 300mph

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The Central Japan Railway Company is in the midst of an 8-day testing period for its maglev (magnetically levitated) train, which can travel at speeds up to 311mph. Japan's bullet trains currently run at about 200mph. The first trial run which included 100 passengers on board operated between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki in the Yamanashi Prefecture. The 42.8 km trip whizzed by as the train travelled at speeds of up to 500 kilometres per hour. If all goes as planned, the maglev trains will be operational 2027, providing a 40-minute trip between Nagoya and Tokyo (normally 80 minutes).
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Street art in the Park.

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Street art in the Park.

Bento Box Art by artist Micky Araben

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Bento Box Art by artist Micky Araben. More pics after more.
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Gif: Supercell near Booker, Texas

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Supercell near Booker, Texas

"Best in Show" ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of the breeds in the US.

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"Best in Show" from David McCandless' fascinating new book Knowledge is Beautiful, ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of the breeds in the US.
The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.
The result: Border Collies, according to McCandless, are the finest dog breed in existence. Labs, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers, while not at the very top, are other popular dogs (at the top right of the chart) that he rates highly.
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When Panorama Photography Goes Wrong

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These Panorama Photography Accidents made me laugh, 2 legged horses, floating dogs, human centipede-esque babies, and stretched out limbs. More images after more.
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Bed

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A cool bed. Haha.

Sci-Fi Characters, Elizabethan Style

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Elizabethan Sci-Fi Character by Sacha Goldberger. More images after more.
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Gif: sea.

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sea

Picture of day: tornado

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Tornado on sea.

Size Comparisons for Landing on a Comet

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Today, the European Space Agency successfully landed a probe on a comet moving at 80,000 miles per hour.  That’s an extraordinary achievement. What the scientists and engineers operating the Philae lander have accomplished is unprecedented.  It can be hard to grasp the significance of this feat. The 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet is tiny.  How small is it? Christopher Becke, a high school physics teacher in Williamsburg, Virginia, created several illustrations to demonstrate. He laid photos of the comet over New York City, Washington, and the Rock of Gibraltar, as well as next to space craft from Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly.
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Common Myth Conceptions: 52 of the World’s Most Contagious Falsehoods

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52 of world's most contagious falsehoods.

Picture of day: flower

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Picture of day: Amazing image of the Earth and the Moon taken outside lunar orbit

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China's National Space Agency has released this stunning image of the Earth and the Moon from an extraordinary vantage point. Taken by China's Chang'e 5 spacecraft.