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Coffee Cup Animals

Animals may not drink coffee every morning, but some of the tiniest creatures love spending their free time in the cups we use for our morning brew. For example, the dwarf rabbit - caused by the effects of a single dwarfing gene - fits perfectly in a normal-sized coffee cup. On a related note, did you know that the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi Muslim monasteries around Mocha in Yemen? It was here in Arabia that coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how it is now prepared. Continue reading for more.

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Brazil Skyline

Photo credit: Stephen Alvarez

Rio de Janeiro (above) is the second largest city in Brazil, the sixth largest city in the Americas and the world's thirty-fifth largest city by population. It's one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Continue reading for more.

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Video Game Urinal

SEGA may not be in the game console race anymore, but they still have some innovative tricks up their sleeve, including these ToyLet video game-based urinals. Simply put, this game measures the speed and intensity of the male player's water flow at the urinal, and lets them use that to play four video mini-games at the loo. Why would SEGA do something like this? Well, the grand idea was to show adverts after each game and charging companies, such as toilet paper manufacturers, etc., for them. Continue reading for more.

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Beautiful Iceland Waterfall

Photo credit: Valter Joannas

These look like scenes from The Hobbit films, but it's actually just Fjaorargljufur, a canyon in south east Iceland which is up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometres long, with the Fjaora river flowing through it. It's situated near the Ring Road, not far from the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. For those who get a chance to visit, be sure to bring along a GoPro HERO4 Silver (or HERO4 Black) and a DJI Phantom 2 Drone to capture brilliant 4K aerial shots of the landscape. Continue reading for more images. The canyon was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers through the rocks and palagonite over millennia

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Arctic Fox Photography

When you're a mining engineer stationed in Russia's remote north-eastern Chukotka region, there's not much you can do in your free time, other than sleep, eat, and walk around the frozen landscape. Fortunately, Ivan Kislov has a passion for photography, and loves capturing wild foxes. Other hobbies include: "hikes to inaccessible places, rafting, and observ[ing] the wildlife." Continue reading to see some more of his work.

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Shipwreck Picture

Technically speaking, a shipwreck is the remains of a ship that has wrecked, which are found either beached on land or sunken to the bottom of a body of water. Shipwrecking may be deliberate or accidental. Exposed wooden components decay quickly. Often the only wooden parts of ships that remain after a century are those that were buried in silt or sand soon after the sinking. An example of this is the Mary Rose. Steel and iron, depending on their thickness, may retain the ship's structure for decades. These photographers manage to capture a few beautiful shipwrecks that are being slowly consumed by nature. Continue reading to see them all.

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Zeus Owl Stars in Eyes

The beautiful Western Screech Owl that you see above was discovered one morning by a Southern California resident. It turned out to be blind, but with cloudy eyes that resembled a real starry night. The owl found a new permanent home at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California after a trip to the vet to make sure he was healthy. He was then named "Zeus", the Greek god of sky and thunder," due to his unique eyes. Continue reading for more images.

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Romania Picture

With its 20.1 million inhabitants, it is the seventh most populous member of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth largest city in the European Union. Romania emerged within the territories of former Roman Empire province Dacia as the principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia formed in a 1859 personal union. It gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877, and at the end of World War I, Transylvania, Bukovina and Bessarabia united with the sovereign Kingdom of Romania. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Dog Portrait

Photo credit: Alicja Zmyslowska

Let's face it, getting dogs to hold poses isn't the easiest of tasks, but pet photographer Alicja Zmyslowska from Poland has mastered the art. In the skilled hands of Zmyslowska, regular dogs are placed is beautiful outdoor settings, and used to create fantasy-like images. She focuses on each dog as an individual to showcase their individual characteristics and personalities. Some of the lenses used in these shoots include the : f/2.8L Canon 70-200mm USM telephoto, f/1.8 85mm medium telephoto and f/1.4 50mm medium telephoto lenses.Continue reading for more.

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Abandoned Homes Nature

When humans are long gone from this Earth, nature will slowly start reclaiming was has always been theirs, including all of our gadgets, cars, and even homes. The structure you see above is on Holland Island in Chesapeake Bay, which is now under water due to flooding. The island was once inhabited by watermen and farmers, but has since been abandoned. Holland Island was originally settled in the 1600s, taking its name from early colonist Daniel Holland, the original purchaser of the property from the Dorchester County Sheriff. Continue reading for more.

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