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Breathtaking Iceland

Photo credit: JorunnSjofn Gudlaugsdottir

Photographer JorunnSjofn Gudlaugsdottir captured the breathtaking shot of Iceland above, and says: "Iceland is known for its big endless mossy lava fields and sometimes when driving you are totally like located on another planet." With its many volcanoes, erupting geysers, gigantic glaciers, and stunning waterfalls, we'd have to agree. This Nordic country, which lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, might be one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, but millions of photographers worldwide flock to it each year. Continue reading for more.

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Disney Geek Mom

Lane Rouch, an adorable 3-year-old from Florida, has become somewhat of a star at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, thanks to her mom and Disney fanatic mom, Jennifer. She pours her passion into amazing themed costumes using only materials found at local thrift shops. Whenever she finishes a costume, this annual passholder heads to the park with Lane, and her husband to show the characters. Continue reading to see more.

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Fly Geyser

The Fly Geyser (above) looks completely out of this world, but it's actually located on the private Fly Ranch in Hualapai Flat, about 0.3 miles (0.48 km) from State Route 34 in Washoe County, Nevada. It was accidentally created by well drilling in 1964 exploring for sources of geothermal energy. The well may not have been capped correctly, or left unplugged, but either way dissolved minerals started rising and accumulating, creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues growing. The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres). The geyser is made up of a series of different minerals, but its brilliant colors are due to thermophilic algae. Continue reading for more.

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Philae Lander Comet

The ESA's mission to land a probe on the surface of the 67P/Churyumox-Gerasimenko Comet has been a long 10-year journey, but Rosetta Spacecraft mission was a success, and it became the first-ever craft to rendezvous with a comet in August. The Philae lander also hitched a ride on the spacecraft and made a seven-hour descent toward the surface of the comet Thursday and safely landing just before midnight EST. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Life Straw being used to filter urinal water, vomit ,and much more.

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The Batman Cat

You know how sometimes random objects start appearing in the clouds? Well, the same can be said for cats, as in if you look long enough, you'll probably capture them in a certain pose or with a certain facial expressions that resembles something else. For example, the cat you see above unmistakeably resembles The Dark Knight himself, complete with pointy ears. Continue reading for more.

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Playing with Clouds

Photo credit: Markus Einspannier

Clouds are nothing new, or special, but German artist Markus Einspannier shows us how they can be manipulated if you photograph them from the right angles. Whether it be a Street Fighter-inspired Hadouken cloud or as a hot cup of espresso giving off steam, all it takes is lots of patience, the right props, and a smartphone (DSLR would be even nicer). Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bird that might've been R2-D2 in a past life.

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Larger Than Life Nature

Photo credit: Alex Wise

Getting out in nature is one activity everyone should partake in, especially when you're able to trek the forests of Black Spur, located between the towns of Healesville and Narbethong in Victoria, Australia. Other examples include photographer Jerry Patterson capturing a shot of the Milky Way through the arches of beautiful sandstone monuments for his Stargazing Through a Window series. Continue reading to see more.

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Amazing Opal

These are not from alien worlds, just opals mined here on Earth. The opal is basically a hydrated amorphous form of silica, and its water content may range from 3% - 21%. They are deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt. Australia produces 97% of the world's supply, and the internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an energetic dog teaching a baby how to bounce, or is just trying to pounce on a shadow.

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Avenue of the Baobabs

These trees may look like they are straight from Disney's upcoming live-action Jungle Book movie, but it's just Avenue of the Baobabs, which line the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. Its striking landscape draws travelers from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region. Baobab trees, up to 800 years old, known locally as renala (Malagasy for "mother of the forest"), are a legacy of the dense tropical forests that once thrived on Madagascar. Continue reading for more.

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Earth Painting

Photo credit: Twisted Sifter

Many know the European Space Agency (ESA) as an international organization with 20 Member States, established in 1975. After nearly 4-decades of research, they've managed to collect 12,000 high-resolution images of space. One notable archive is called "Observing the Earth", a collection of satellite images of our planet, including the painting-like photos above. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Blizzard's mind-blowing Overwatch project.

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