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Sony World Photography Awards

Photo credit: Copyright: (c) Andrew Suryono, Indonesia, Entry, Nature and Wildlife Category, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

My Modern Met brings you a selection of majestic images from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the best photography competitions today. This Open Competition offers 10 categories ranging from Architecture and Arts and Culture to Nature and Wildlife. Above, we have "Orangutan in The Rain" (Bali, Indonesia) by photographer Andrew Suryono, and here's what he has to say about the shot: "I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment." Continue reading for more.

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Young Albert Einstein

Just about everyone has seen photographs of the theoretical physicist and philosopher of science, Albert Einstein, but here are three images from different time periods showing how he aged. With that said, one interesting event that happened during his life was that on the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. This eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. Continue reading for more rare and fascinating historical photographs.

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No Light Pollution

Photo credit: Ben Coffman Photography

Ever wonder what the night sky would look like no light pollution? Photograhper Ben Coffman has just the images for you, as he spends his time capturing the majestic and starry skies of Oregon. Based in Portland, this photographer frequently makes stops at the famed Crater Lake and other to snap these awe-inspiring, long-exposure shots showcasing the Milky Way. He says his interest in astronomy stems from..."the collision between the natural and man-made worlds. Popular postcard destinations take on a strange new meaning at night, when crowds ebb, shadows form, and the sky becomes sprinkled with stars." Above, we see the Yaquina Head Lighthouse like never before. Continue reading for more images.

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Cool Things Spotted in Clouds

Carl Sagan once hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are "hard-wired" from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being faces. This is particularly true with the clouds we see in the sky, and these five images are perfect examples. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a little girl dancing in an NYC subway station that's designed to melt your heart.

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Egyptian Army Refuse

Ethically speaking, the expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by implication the principle of compassion (meaning to love together with): Do to others what you would have them do to you In the image above, we see an Egyptian citizen embrace army soldiers after they refuse orders to fire on civilians. Continue reading for more images that show when human compassion triumphed over violence.

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Young Stephen Hawking

What you're looking at above are two photographs of a young Stephen Hawking. When Hawking was a graduate student at Cambridge, his relationship with a friend of his sister, Jane Wilde, whom he had met shortly before his diagnosis with motor neuron disease, continued to develop. The couple were engaged in October 1964, Hawking later said that the engagement gave him "something to live for," and the two were married on July 14, 1965. Continue reading for more interesting historical photographs.

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Tuna Swarm

When large swarms of tuna fish gather together, you get a bait ball. It's actually a last-ditch defensive measure adopted by small schooling fish when they are threatened by predators. However, bait balls are also conspicuous, and when schooling fish form a bait ball they can draw the attention of many other predators. As a response to the defensive capabilities of schooling fish, some predators have developed sophisticated countermeasures. This particular example was photographed by Octavio Aburto in Mexico. Continue reading for more.

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Baby Polar Bear

Remember when you saw and / or experienced snow for the first time? The same emotions apply to animals as well, ranging from shock to pure joy. This baby polar bear at the Toronto Zoo couldn't get enough of the fresh powder, and even decided to get a taste of it too. The cub was born on November 9, 2013, and was reportedly one of three male cubs born to mama polar bear Aurora that day. Continue reading for more.

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Microscope Gemstone

Photo credit: Danny J. Sanchez

Danny J. Sanchez is not only a photographer, but a gemologist specializes in macro gemstone photography. The microscope's magnification is used to highlight the tiniest details embedded in gemstones, giving them an other-worldly look. To ensure that maximum detail is retained, he photographs each gemstone up to 120 times, while altering the focus depth for each shot, and then digitally composites the images together (focus stacking). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of DJ Earworm's amazing United States of Pop 2014 mashup.

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Lips Plant

Those lips you see on the left aren't human, just the Psychotria Elatra. It's best known as the Hot Lips Plant, and got its name from the bright red bracts that resemble two luscious lips. They're found in the tropical rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Unfortunately, it has become endangered due to uncontrolled deforestation in those countries. Continue reading for more everyday things that look remarkably similar to each other.

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