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September 19, 2014 Permalink

Images from NASA

A collection of images released by NASA gives us a look from above and beyond earth. Amazing technology allows us to view our world in ways we could never imagine. --Leanne Burden Seidel (10 photos total)

An active region just about squarely facing Earth erupted with an X 1.6 flare (largest class) as well as a coronal mass ejection on Sept. 10. The flare lasted longer than usual and sent out a burst of radiation into space. A darker wave of material was propelled across part of the Sun's surface. Images were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. (NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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September 17, 2014 Permalink

Volcanic activity

Thousands of people today started to evacuate the area near the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines after scientists warned of an imminent eruption. Compiled here are images from volcanic activity around the globe in the last couple of months. --Lloyd Young (18 photos total)

Lava cascades flow down the slope of restive Mayon Volcano as seen from Legazpi City, Albay province, Philippines, on Sept. 17. Tens of thousands of people living near the Philippines' most active volcano began to evacuate after increased activity prompted government scientists to warn of an imminent eruption. Dozens of military trucks were dispatched to pick up the residents in the danger zones around Mayon Volcano in Albay province. An estimated 12,000 families or nearly 60,000 residents are in the danger zones that affect three cities and five towns in Albay province. (Zalrian Z. Sayat/EPA)
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September 15, 2014 Permalink

Deadly flooding in India and Pakistan

Hundreds of people have died from the worst flooding in years in India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people are left homeless, with some still stranded in submerged homes. Most people in Kashmir's largest city Srinagar were affected by this disaster. Risk of disease is now a major concern due the stagnant water that still fills the area as emergency workers continue the relief efforts. --Leanne Burden Seidel (33 photos total)

Kashmiri residents struggle to withstand sudden and strong water currents while wading through floodwaters in their efforts to move to safer places in Srinagar, India on Sept. 4. The flooding began earlier this month in Kashmir, where it has caused landslides and submerged much of the main city of Srinagar, on the Indian-administered side. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)
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September 10, 2014 Permalink

Sleepers: Part II

Whether you get enough sleep or not, here are some more sleepers who took advantage of wherever they were in the past few months to catch some shuteye. --Lloyd Young (30 photos total)

Chinese shoppers sleep on a bed in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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September 8, 2014 Permalink

Romanian Romas celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary

The Roma community in Romania celebrates the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Costesti, Romania. Thousands of Gypsies or Roma gather on a hillside after attending a religious service in a nearby monastery and celebrate the holiday by sharing food and playing traditional music until the next dawn. The feast day of the Assumption of Mary, or simply Assumption Day or St Mary’s Day, is one of the most important feasts in the Orthodox Christian calendar. --Thea Breite (11 photos total)

A vendor sells balloons as the Roma community celebrates the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Costesti, Romania, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)
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September 5, 2014 Permalink

Daily life: August 2014

A look at a selection of images depicting daily life around the world in the month of August. --Leanne Burden Seidel (23 photos total)

Nepalese women and young boy splash water on each other as they wash in a small waterfall in Naryanthan village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, August 17. (NARENDRA SHRESTHA/EPA)
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September 4, 2014 Permalink

Burning Man 2014

The Burning Man festival, with a theme of "Caravansary," wrapped up earlier this week 120 miles outside Reno, Nev., in the Black Rock Desert, its home since 1990. Some 65,000 people attended the celebration, which is billed as "an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance." --Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

The art installation Embrace burns during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on Aug. 29. People from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)
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August 27, 2014 Permalink

Tomatina 2014

Overripe tomatoes were hurled in a massive red food fight today in the town of Bunol, Spain. The La Tomatina festival -- held each year on the last Wednesday of August -- evolved from a street fight in the 1940s when a group of young men who wanted to participate in the "gigantes y cabezudos" parade used tomatoes from a vegetable stand as weapons. An estimated 22,000 people showed up this year for the food fight. --Lloyd Young (13 photos total)

Revelers take part in the annual "Tomatina" festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on Aug. 28. Some 22,000 revelers hurled 130 tons of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight known as the Tomatina. (Gabriel Gallo/AFP/Getty Images)
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August 25, 2014 Permalink

Sydney's doll hospital: 3 generations of doll repair

Sydney's Doll Hospital has worked on millions of dolls, teddy bears and other toys since it opened in 1913. "Doll surgeons" transplant fingers, toes and heads, and repair broken eye sockets. The company has been handed down from three generations of the Chapman family. --Thea Breite (16 photos total)

Limbs of dolls are shown as spare parts in a pile ready to be used in customers doll repairs at Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. Opened in 1913, Sydney's Doll Hospital has worked on millions of dolls, teddy bears and other toys. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
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August 22, 2014 Permalink

Deadly landslides hit Japan

Dozens of people, including children, were killed in Japan when destructive landslides hit Hiroshima. Triggered by torrential rains, the landslide buried people alive as they slept in their homes. The search for survivors in the mud-ravaged hillside continues as over 50 people are feared missing. --Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total)

This aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20. At least 39 people were killed and another many were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
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