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Funny Cat Logic

Despite having no idea on how to use a computer, you'll often find cats either sitting on a keyboard, or just staring at a display, in hopes of something interesting happening. That is just one example of cat logic that makes absolutely no sense. Others include: crawling into empty cardboard boxes instead of their new playset and trying to fit in spaces that are fare too narrow. Continue reading for more.

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Pluto Sunset

New Horizons managed to capture a beautiful sunset on Pluto from 11,000-miles away. On the top image, you can see Hillary Montes on the western skyline, with Norgay Montes in the central foreground and the frozen Sputnik Planum to the east. The entire image measures just 780-miles wide, and shows the complex layered haze of Pluto's atmosphere. The bottom image depicts dusk highlighted with fog - a near-surface haze cut by shadows of hills and small mountains. The image is 115-miles across. Continue reading for more fascinating photos.

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Secrets Behind Instagram

Photo credit: Chompoo Baritone via PetaPixel

Chompoo Baritone, a photographer from Bangkok, Thailand, unveiled his latest photo series showing how Instagram users often meticulously frame certain scenes to make their lives seem more exciting than reality. For example, maintaining a sirasana headstand pose isn't the easiest of yoga positions, especially when trying to make any sudden movements, so having a friend around to hold your legs is definitely a good thing, as long as the camera doesn't see. Continue reading for more.

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Cute Hamster

There are several internet famous dogs, cats, and now, hamsters. These photographers went the extra yard to show just why the internet needs more of them, especially playing mini arcade cabinets. In the wild, these small animals remain underground during the day to avoid being caught by predators, while feeding primarily on seeds, fruits, and vegetation. They have elongated cheek pouches extending to their shoulders in which they carry food back to their burrows. Continue reading for more.

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Solar System Replica

The sun, planets and moon are a common sight in science textbooks, but actually seeing this formation to scale in a real location, isn't. Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet, who are both filmmakers, decided to build the solar system to scale on the dry bed of Nevada's Black Rock Desert, starting with the Earth as the size of a marble. In the end, they need to use approximately 7 miles (11.2km) to squeeze in the orbit of the outermost planet, Neptune, and glass spheres lit by LEDs as well as GPS calculations were used to accurately map out the solar system. Continue reading for another mind-bending video about the solar system.

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F-22 Raptor Arctic

Photo credit: John Dibbs via Gizmodo

The F-22 Raptor was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Recently, photographer John Dibbs captured these surreal images of F-22 Arctic Raptor fighter jets over Alaska for Lockheed Martin's Code One magazine. "In addition, Alaska's strategic location allows the Arctic Raptors to deploy rapidly anywhere in the world. They are nine hours or less flight time to almost any location in the northern hemisphere. Further, with the renewed Russian bomber activity over the last several years, the F-22s at Elmendorf are on alert twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week," said Code One. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Lost GoPro Space

Five friends sent a GoPro to the edge of space via a weather balloon back in 2013, but unfortunately, they lost contact with the locator soon after take off, a few miles outside of Tuba City. Fast forward to this summer, a hiker in Arizona discovered a box with the names of all five friends on it 50 miles away from their original launch point. They were able to retrieve their equipment, and see just what was recorded. The most prized footage? Grand Canyon as seen from the stratosphere, approximately 98,664 feet above Earth. Continue reading for a video of another camera that was launched to the edge of space.

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Sigma Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens

Sigma's 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens may look like some weapon of war at first glance, but it's just a gigantic camera lens that will set you back a hefty $25,999. It uses SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements for superb aberration correction, while a built-in battery is used to power the zoom and autofocus functions. A super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides high image quality from the extremely large aperture. Get one here now. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview and more information.

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Pluto Up Close

"If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top - but that's what is actually there," said NASA's mission's principal investigator, Alan Stern. These new up-close photos released today show wide plains, mountains, valleys, deltas that could've formerly had moving liquids, and possibly dunes, which implies strong winds, which no one expected to find on the dwarf planet. Continue reading for more pictures, a video and additional information.

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Old Antarctica Pictures

Photo credit: Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand

A box of previously unseen photo negatives taken by the Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition photographer was discovered in a shack, perfectly preserved in a block of ice by conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. These cellulose nitrate negatives were left there when Shackleton's party became stranded on Ross Island because of blizzard damage to their ship. "It's the first example that I'm aware of, of undeveloped negatives from a century ago from the Antarctic heroic era. There's a paucity of images from that expedition," said AHT Executive Director Nigel Watson. Continue reading for more.

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