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Saturn Rings

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Saturn's rings are the most extensive planetary ring system of any planet in the Solar System. They consist of countless small particles, ranging in size from micrometres to metres, that orbit about the planet. The ring particles are made almost entirely of water ice, with a trace component of rocky material. There is still no consensus as to their mechanism of formation; some features of the rings suggest a relatively recent origin, but theoretical models indicate they are likely to have formed early in the Solar System's history. Today, NASA has released the most detailed pictures yet of the rings of Saturn. Continue reading to see more.

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Incredible Photo Restoration

Photo credit: Tetyana Dyachenko via Peta Pixel

Digital artist and professional photo retoucher Tetyana Dyachenko takes on restorations of vintage photos that are terribly damaged, with many in a condition that appear to be beyond any kind of fix. Creases, tears, missing sections and discolorations are all fixed, giving new life into the once damaged images. Continue reading to see more.

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Oymyakon Coldest Place on Earth

Photo credit: Amos Chapple via Bored Panda

With an extreme subarctic climate, Oymyakon is known as one of the candidates for the Northern Pole of Cold, the other being the town of Verkhoyansk. The ground there is permanently frozen (continuous permafrost). In 1924 a temperature of −71.2°C was recorded, and is currently the lowest temperature ever recorded in a habitat center. There is a communist-era sign in Oymyakon that recalls this event. On February 6, 1933, a temperature of −67.8°C was recorded at Oymyakon's weather station. Only Antarctica has recorded lower official temperatures (the lowest being -89.2 °C), recorded at Vostok Station on July 21, 1983. During World War II, an airfield was built here for the Alaska-Siberian (ALSIB) air route used to ferry American Lend-Lease aircraft to the Eastern Front. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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UV Light Flower

Photo credit: Craig Burrows

Photographer Craig Burrows didn't digitally enhance these glowing flora, but instead used ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence to capture them. This photographic process basically employs high-intensity ultraviolet light to produce other-worldly pictures of plant-life. Each photo is set against a black backdrop to really bring out the glimmering petals, neon leaves, and stems. They are illuminated with a filtered 365nm LED light. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Popcorn Slow Motion

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Just about everything looks cooler in super slow motion, especially so if shot in 4K, including a popcorn kernel exploding. This video, shot by Warped Perception using a Phantom v2512 (the "World's Fastest Digital Ultrahigh-Speed Camera" maxes out at 30,000fp. It's so detailed that you can see the kernel squirm right before it recoils into a delicious seam. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a massive alligator spotted at the Florida Nature Center.

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Ghost in Picture

Photo credit: Imgur via Daily Mail

Reddit user "MeTarzanYouJane" tried taking pictures of a full moon, but accidentally captured a mysterious ghoulish figure while in burst mode. This isn't a lens artifact the uploader says, as the figure casts a shadow. "The time frame between the two photos was approximately 2 seconds. What interested me is neither of these family members have heard of photo shop; much less used it. This was taken in the front yard of a house they had recently purchased and hadn't even completely moved into," adds the user. Continue reading to see the two individual images and for more information.

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Giant Panda Selfie

Photo credit: Pandas International via Bored Panda

This giant panda staying at the Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu, China absolutely loves cameras, and these photographs prove it. Yes, guests here are actually allowed to sit next to these furry animals and interact with them, resulting in some interesting images. The Dujiangyan Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was founded in 2011, specializing in re-introducing the bears into the wild. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Icy Light Pillars

Timothy Joseph Elzinga, located in Northern Ontario, gazed out his window last Friday night and noticed some strange lights after being awoken by his 2-year-old son at 1:30 am. So, he stepped outside and for a closer look before realizing it had nothing to do with the Northern Lights, but is rather a natural phenomenon known as light pillars. These are caused by light reflecting off ice crystals in the sky. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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FLIR Duo

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Need thermal imaging for your drone? The FLIR Duo is exactly what you need. No larger than most action cameras, this device offers 1080p recording and real-time control over camera functions via iOS or Android devices. It also features both analog and digital HDMI live video outputs, along with radiometric temperature measurements as well as thermal, visible, or combined viewing formats. You can use the free FLIR Tools software package that comes with each purchase to capture still images. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an algorithm that renders video game light in real-time.

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Diablo Marriage Proposal

Alvin Lau (a Crusader) and Alexis Loo (a Demon Hunter) were playing Diablo III when they first started chatting, and eventually, their virtual online friendship became a reality., The two married last year, and decided upon a geeky Diablo-themed cosplay photo shoot, complete with costumes and props. Mezame took care of photography, while the Neo Tokyo Project created the weapons and props.Continue reading for more pictures.

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