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Norway Northern Lights

Photo credit: Max R

No, the image you see above isn't of another world, just Northern Norway. This geographical region of Norway is often described as the land of the midnight sun and the land of the northern lights. Further north, halfway to the North Pole, is the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, traditionally not regarded as part of Northern Norway. Svolver (above) is located in the Lofoten archipelago on the southern coast of the island of Austvagoya, facing the open sea of the Vestfjorden to the south, and with mountains immediately to the north. Continue reading for more.

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Assassin's Creed Unity

Photo credit: Damien Hypolite

Assassin's Creed Unity may look realistic, but when in-game screenshots placed next to the real-life locations in Paris, France, the similarities are even more noticeable. Damien Hypolite has done just that, comparing the modern-day Paris side-by-side with screenshots from the game. This was accomplished by playing the game in HD with a physical map of Paris on-hand. Afterwards, he printed out the screenshots on glossy paper and biked to the real-life locations with a smartphone for the photos. Continue reading for more.

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Bolt Airplane Window

Photo credit: Skips LegDay / Reddit

One internet user aboard an Air Canada flight to Vancouver heard a noise mid-flight, and then proceeded to see a screw come loose from the propeller before it headed straight into the window pane by his seat. In Skips_LegDay's own words: "So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane." Once other passengers heard and saw what happened, they became frenzied. Fortunately, the plane landed safely. Continue reading for an up-close shot and more information.

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Hand-Carved Caverns

This may look like an alien planet, but it's just the work of artist Ra Paulette, who has spent the last decade hand-carving elaborate caverns in New Mexico. Paulette doesn't use any heavy machinery, just simple hand tools. The walls are a blend of his own unique infusion of organic-looking shapes and abstract, with interlocking patterns. These are accented by the neutral sunlight that shines in during good weather. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Roman Mosaics Turkey

Archeologists, led by Professor Kutalmış Gorkay of Ankara University, recently unearthed three giant ancient Roman mosaics in the Turkish city of Zeugma, near the border of Syria. This project was spurred on by flooding in the area, and despite part of the city now being submerged underwater, excavations continue in the hopes of uncovering more historical artifacts. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Dream Home Thailand

Steve Areen's otherworldly Thailand dome home was built in just six weeks on the modest budget of $9,000. He decided to build a dream home while visiting friend Hajjar Gibran, who offered him a spot on their mango farm to build his own dome. Believe it or not, the cost for the basic structure was under $6,000, but including finishing details and furniture, the total cost came out to $9,000. While this home was built with cement blocks and clay bricks, Areen says he's looking at property in Oregon to build another dome home, but this time, with more sustainable earthen bricks. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish.

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Tietgenkollegiet Copenhagen Dorm

Let's face it, most college dorms are designed to be affordable, and don't feature the many luxuries found back at home. Copenhagen's Tietgenkollegiet might be the exception. It's essentially beautiful circular student dormitory that was designed by Lundgaard and Tranberg. The Tietgen Residence Hall comes complete with community kitchens, workshops, cafes, music rooms, and a central activity courtyard. That's not all, students can also find bike storage, an auditorium, a roof deck, and even exposed concrete / magnesium floors inside their rooms. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Smell-O-Vision

London Heathrow's Terminal 2 has now brought "Smell-O-Vision" to life, or at least in the form of a scent globe. To celebrate the completion of this newly renovated terminal, the airport installed a 'scent globe' that releases the smell of its most fragrant destinations, intending to "take passengers on a sensory journey before even setting foot on their flights". Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Elizabeth Gadd

Photo credit: Elizabeth Gadd

Elizabeth Gadd is a completely self-taught 21-year-old photographer from Vancouver, Canada, that travels the world capturing images of herself in surreal scenes that look out of this world to say they least. She was raised in a place blessed with mountains, forests and fields, and eventually, this lead to her bringing a camera along on outdoor adventures. Gadd adds, "Everything I learned came simply from hours of experimentation, the most effective method being taking on a '365 project.' I hope when people look at my photos, they can feel what I felt while taking them." Continue reading for more photographs.

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Brazil Skyline

Photo credit: Stephen Alvarez

Rio de Janeiro (above) is the second largest city in Brazil, the sixth largest city in the Americas and the world's thirty-fifth largest city by population. It's one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Continue reading for more.

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