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A captive Huon or Matschie’s tree kangaroo  (Dendrolagus matschiei), National Botanic Gardens, Port Moresby. Despite  a body designed to hop along the ground, many species in New Guinea  have evolved to live in the forest canopy, where there are rich pickings  of food
New Guinea’s newly discovered species - in pictures
Photographs of New Guinea’s incredible range of previously unknown species
#news #animals #guinea #africa

Steampunk culture goes full speed ahead. Fans of the Victorian-influenced movement have an eye for antiquarian style and do-it-yourself ingenuity.
Photo: Members of The League of S.T.E.A.M. (Supernatural and Troublesome Ectoplasmic Apparition Management). Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
#news #steampunk #music #culture #life #lifestyle #trends #youth

A behind-the-scenes look at the planned Legoland Malaysia.
Photo: Lego models of the storefronts along Jalan Wong Ah Fook, one of the busiest roads in the city of Johor Bahru, planned for Legoland Malaysia. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
#news #legos #legoland #malaysia

Is this the skeleton of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”?
Photo: A skeleton recently unearthed in Italy that could be the remains of the model for “Mona Lisa.” Credit: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti / European Pressphoto Agency
#news #photos #art #da vinci #mona lisa
Japan Defense Agency                               Photo Credit: Kyodo News/AP Photo
A Japanese soldier is tested for radiation exposure at J-Village, a soccer training complex now serving as an operation base for those battling Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, northeastern Japan in this April 12, 2011 photo released by the Japan Defense Agency via Kyodo News. The sports complex is about about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. 
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#news #japan #nuclear #suicide #kyodo #fukushima
Terror in Abyei
The first interviews with fleeing residents of this Sudanese border town make one thing clear: the regime in Khartoum knows exactly what it is doing.
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#news #sudan #oil #war #civil war #life #khartoum #abyei

Manhattanhenge Rises This Monday!: Gothamist
New Yorker’s favorite urban phenomenon is almost upon us—the first date for Manhattanhenge 2011 is happening this Monday. And it’s the perfect excuse to head into the abyss of Manhattan this Memorial Day weekend!
The visually stunning event occurs twice a year, when the sun sets in perfect alignment with Manhattan’s street grid—it will fully illuminate every single cross-street for the last 15 minutes of daylight. It will take place on Monday at 8:17 p.m. according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. There will also be a half-sun effect on Tuesday at 8:25 p.m. The second date this year will take place on Monday, July 11 at 8:25 p.m., and there will be a half-sun on Tuesday July 12 at 8:25 p.m.
NY Daily News photographer John Taggert, gave some tips for Manhattanhenge enthusiasts who want to capture the event: “[Manhattanhenge] passes by very quickly, so you’ll want to set a high aperture of about 11, a shutter speed of 1/2500 of a second, and shoot the sun from an overpass…the sun is moving quickly; you have to keep shooting until it’s perfectly centered between the buildings.”
For newcomers to the event, he suggests you position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible, while making sure when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Ideal streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, and 57th.

The  chief Raoni cries when he learns that brazilian president Dilma  released the beginning of construction of the hydroelectric plant of  Belo Monte, even after tens of thousands of letters and emails addressed  to her and which were ignored as the more than 600,000 signatures. That  is, the death sentence of the peoples of Great Bend of the Xingu river  is enacted. Belo Monte will inundate at least 400,000 hectares of  forest, an area bigger than the Panama Canal, thus expelling 40,000  indigenous and local populations and destroying habitat valuable for  many species - all to produce electricity at a high social, economic and  environmental cost, which could easily be generated with greater  investments in energy efficiency.
It was brought to my attention that there is a petition we all can sign to help support these indigenous people and the Amazon. Please take a second to check it out below or comparable petitions that are available. Thank you.
#news #indigenous

Sana’a, Yemen. Friday, May 20th.  Her face reads “Forgive us, he  will not leave.” AP Photo/Hani Mohammed. via.
#news #yemen #girls #photos

At least two tornadoes touched down near Chico in Northern California on Wednesday, causing some damage to structures but no injuries.
Photo: Scene in Butte County as tornado hit. Credit: Trenton Workman / For Fox 40
#tornadoes #chicago #california #photo #news