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Climbing Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower stands approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and has 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft). It is expected to open to the public in 2015. Following its topping out on 3 August 2014, the Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Russian daredevils Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov and managed to scale this building without the use of any specialized equipment. Continue reading for more.

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Cute Bear Cub

Photo credit: Nikolai Zinoviev

There's no denying that fully-grown bears are something you don't want to encounter while trekking, but stumbling upon one of their little ones, is an entirely different story - as long as their mothers aren't ready to tear you apart for photographing them. Did you know that bears by nature have far superior navigation skills to humans, as well as excellent memories, a large brain to body ratio, and also use tools in various contexts from play to hunting? Continue reading for more.

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Paris, France

Photo credit: Bertrand Monney

Paris-based filmmaker Mayeul Akpovi has been all around France and rather than film random events, he decided to create stunning hyperlapse videos of cities like Besancon, Rouen, and lots more. Above, we have his most recent Paris in Motion video. In the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading center, the home of the University of Paris, one of the most influential centers of learning in Europe; and the birthplace of the style that later became known as Gothic architecture. In the eighteenth century, it was the center stage for many important events in French history, including the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and an important center of commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still holds today. Continue reading for more.

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One Handed Daughter

Photo credit: Holly Spring Photography

Photographer Holly Spring wanted her young daughter to believe that anything is possible, even if you aren't perfect. The little one suffers from Hirschsprung's Disease (disorder of the abdomen) and has only one hand. This inspiring photo series was created to motivate her daughter in trying times, showing that life doesn't have to be filled with limitations. Continue reading for more images.

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Children Playing Around the World

Regardless of financial situation, cultural background, or even family, children always find ways to let their imaginations run wild. These children from all over the world were captured on camera by talented photographers to show just that. Above, we have two children tending to a water ox in Indonesia - photo was taken by Ipoenk Graphic. Continue reading to see more captivating images.

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Cat Outside First Time

You know that feeling of experiencing something for the first time? If so, you probably know that there are both good and bad experiences. For these cats, reactions range from everything outside is lava to plain shock and / or awesomeness. On a related note, did you know that when a cat's intake of water from all sources is inadequate, their kidneys are efficient enough to re-hydrate when they consume saltwater? That's right, their kidneys are so efficient that they can expel the salt while allowing the potable water to re-hydrate the feline in order to help it survive in times of drought. Continue reading for more.

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Baatara Gorge Waterfall

You're not looking at computer-generated scenes from an upcoming movie, but rather Baatara Gorge Waterfall, also known as "Three Bridge Chasm," in Tannourine, Lebanon. These epic cave bridges were carved out of ancient limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater. The meltwater from Mount Lebanon falls 250 meters into the chasm's depths past 160-million-year-old limestone from the Jurassic period. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Hou Weilin, a 29-year-old SWAT officer from the Chongqing Armed Police Corps, is getting married soon, but couldn't get time off for his wedding shoot due to his 24-hour on-call work schedule. So, he decided to ask the photographer to visit a SWAT training center for a non-traditional shoot. Hou put on his uniform, while the bride-to-be put on her wedding gown and veil, for a photo series both will remember for a lifetime. Continue reading for more images.

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Hair stylist Mark Bustos ventures through New York City every Sunday in search of his next client. He works at an upscale salon during the week and pays it forward once a week by offering free haircuts to the homeless. The conversation begins with: "I want to do something nice for you today." This venture began in May 2012 after a visit to family members in the Philippines when he paid the owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide haircuts to impoverished children. Since then, he's went all over, including Jamaica, Costa Rica, Los Angeles, and New York, to give free haircuts. Continue reading for more images.

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Ever wonder what a sunset looks like on Mars? If so, then look no further than the image above, captured by the Mars exploration rover Spirit from Gusev Crater. You can see a bluish glow - caused by high altitude dust scattering sunlight around to the night side of the planet - in the sky around and above the Sun. Such a glow can remain visible for up to 2-hours after sunset or before sunrise. Large amounts of dust in the atmosphere cause the reddish tint. Continue reading for more.

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