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  • Photo of the Day: Camel Thorn Trees + Sand Dune in Namibia

    No this is not a painting. No this is not graphic design. This is a photograph. Anyone who sees this photograph (taken by Frans Lanting of National Geographic) thinks it’s photoshopped. In reality, the tinted orange background is produced by a soaring dune shined by the morning sun – a backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park. If you want to take a closer look of where this photo was taken check out this 360 degree view and a panorama. 

  • Photo of the Day: NASA’s Detailed Panorama of Mars

    Although we might not set foot on Mars in the foreseeable future NASA has given us the next best thing. An extremely detailed 360 degree panorama of the red planet showing everything from fresh rover tracks to an impact crater blasted billions of years ago. The photo was assembled from 817 component images taken between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, while NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was stationed on an outcrop informally named ‘Greeley Haven’. on a segment of the rim of ancient Endeavour Crater. View The Full 23096 x 7981 pixels (width x height) Image On NASA

  • Photo of the Day: Venus Transit

    The first scientific observation of a Venus transit took place in 1639, and there have been five other transits to watch between then and now. Because of the orbital mechanics of our solar system, Venus can be seen crossing the sun’s disk from Earth in pairs of occurrences separated by eight years. There are gaps of either 105.5 or 121.5 years between one pair and the next. One transit took place in 2004, and this is the second event in the pair. The next transit won’t be seen until the year 2117 — thus, this is the last event of its kind that anyone alive today is likely to see.

  • Photo of the Day: I’ll Have Another Wins Preakness By A Nose

    I’ll Have Another overtook Bodemeister, blazing down the stretch to win the Preakness in the final strides Saturday and keep alive his hopes of winning the Triple Crown. In a race that was a virtual repeat of the Kentucky Derby finish, I’ll Have Another raced from behind to beat pace-setter Bodemeister. In the rematch, I’ll Have Another won by a neck after winning the Derby by 1½ lengths. I’ll Have Another now has a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The Belmont Stakes, the last of the Triple Crown races, is June 9.

  • Photo of the Day: New York City As Seen From Space

    One of the Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station took this nighttime photograph of much of the eastern (Atlantic) coast of the United States. Large metropolitan areas and other easily recognizable sites from the Virginia/Maryland/Washington, D.C. area spanning almost to Rhode Island are visible in the scene. Boston is just out of frame at right. Long Island and the Greater Metropolitan area of New York City are visible in the lower right quadrant. Large cities in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) are near center. Parts of two Russian vehicles parked at the orbital outpost are seen in left foreground.

  • Photo of the Day: Ora Cave, Papua New Guinea

    Ora Cave, Papua New Guinea The crash of rapids surrounds expedition leader David Gill, left, and Herb Laeger near the entrance of Ora Cave. Hot acidic waters welling up from deep underground, combined with drainage from heavy rains, have carved a maze of tunnels and chambers through New Britain’s young limestone. Photograph by Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic [source]

  • Photo of the Day: Mark Zuckerberg’s Hoodie Takes NYC By Storm

    (CNN) — Facebook has raked in billions and will make a splash when its stock hits the open market next week. So, what are folks on Wall Street concerned about? Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie, apparently. Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities, told Bloomberg that the Facebook CEO’s decision to show up for a meeting with potential investors dressed down in his trademark casual outerwear suggests that he’s too immature to run a massive corporation. “He’s actually showing investors he doesn’t care that much; he’s going to be him,” Pachter said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. “I think that’s a mark of immaturity. “I think that he has to realize he’s bringing investors in as a new constituency right now, and I think he’s got to show them the respect that they deserve because he’s asking them for their money.” If nothing else, Pachter’s take (and he still thinks Facebook is a solid investment) reinforces the inevitable culture clash that occurs when a 27-year-old titan of California’s freewheeling startup culture meets the buttoned-down world of Wall Street. It’s not a new phenomenon: Zuckerberg is known for his ever-present T-shirt and sandals, and in Facebook’s early days, he once showed up more »

  • Photo of the Day: Josh Hamilton Crushes Four Home Runs

    Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Texas won 10-3. Hamilton had four home runs on the night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton, nick-named “The Natural,” had MLB’s first 4-homer game since 2003 and the 16th of all-time. The performance was similar to his memorable home run derby at Yankee Stadium and earned him a standing ovation from the visiting Baltimore Orioles crowd. Hamilton’s 18 total bases was also an American League single-game record. During his post game interview Hamilton spoke humbly of his performance on the field but his “Beast Mode” t-shirt [see below] said it all. Additional Photos + Video Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, right, high-fives third base coach Dave Anderson as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the Rangers 10-3 win over Baltimore. Source: AP Photo | PATRICK SEMANSKY Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) is congratulated by shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE May 8, 2012; more »

  • Photo of the Day: Junior Seau’s Paddle-Out Memorial

    In Oceanside, Calif., several hundred people have taken part in a paddle-out in front of Seau’s Southern California home, to pay tribute to him. The Los Angeles Times reported that participants at Sunday’s seaside memorial included Seau’s former teammate, Drew Brees, who played quarterback for the San Diego Chargers when Seau was the star linebacker. Seau was an avid surfer who was often seen riding the waves in front of his home. Fans and well-wishers formed a circle across the water and held hands while a prayer was said for him. [Source] Click Here To See An Even Larger Full Size Image

  • Photo of the Day: Hang Gliding, North Carolina

    My friend Wes Stalls gave me a call one spring morning letting me know the winds were blowing out of the east and were soarable. This picture was taken at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, North Carolina. It is a 90-foot-tall sand dune plus smaller ones situated on a small strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Albemarle Sound. The Wright brothers took the first powered flight just five miles up the road from where this picture was taken. Wes was able to get in five or six turns before making his landing. [source]

  • Photo of the Day: May Day Protests Turn Violent

    (Reuters) – Occupy Wall Street protesters smashed windows in Seattle, were chased through New York streets by police on scooters, and clashed repeatedly with officers in Oakland on Tuesday in May Day demonstrations intended to revive their movement against economic injustice.

  • Photo of the Day: Ryan Braun Launches Three Home Runs

    SAN DIEGO— Petco Park caved in to Ryan Braun. Braun had his first three-homer game and added a two-run triple to tie his career high with six RBIs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night. “It’s definitely special,” Braun said. “It’s an extremely challenging game we play. You’re going to deal with a lot of failure, a lot of adversity, and when you have a special night like that you try to enjoy it and it’s that much more fun and enjoyable when your team wins the game. It was definitely a pretty cool night.” The reigning NL MVP became the first player to hit three home runs in a game at spacious Petco Park since it opened in 2004. It came several days after the Padres said they are studying bringing in the fences at the downtown ballpark to make it more fair. “It was just one night,” Braun said. “There’s no doubt this is one of the more challenging if not the most challenging place to hit home runs in the league. I think for fans, you want to see offense. Offense is exciting when teams are scoring runs. more »

  • Photo of the Day: 1 WTC Passes Empire State Building As NYC’s Tallest

    This April 27, 2012, photo shows the Empire State Building, left, and One World Trade Center, right, in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, April 30, as workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet, just high enough to peak over the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Photo of the Day: President Obama Gets Roasted By Jimmy Kimmel

    US President Barack Obama high-fives television host Jimmy Kimmel, right, alongside Caren Bohan, center, of Reuters, President of the White House Correspondents Association during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., April 28. The annual event, which brings together President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities, news media personalities and Washington correspondents, featured comedian Jimmy Kimmel as the host.

  • Photo of the Day: Floating Bear

    A 200-pound male that wildlife officials estimate is 3 to 5 years old — was tranquilized Thursday morning after a 2-1/2 hour romp around the dorms. The bear was roaming near the Bear Creek student apartments. The bear scuttled 15 feet up a tree, and, a little after 10 a.m. officials shot two darts at the bear to tranquilize it. The decision was made because of the bear’s proximity to the dorms and U.S. 36, said Ryan Huff, a spokesman for the CU Police Department. After a short wait, the bear fell out of the tree and onto pads that had been placed on the ground. The bear landed on its back. “It was really a perfect landing,” Huff said. Photographer Andy Duann of the student newspaper CU Independent caught an image of the bear in midair, seemingly hovering above the mat. The bear has been tagged and was to be relocated to the foothills west of Boulder, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. [Source: Mercury News]

  • Photo of the Day: Meteor Over California

    This image provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a meteor over Reno Nevada Sunday April 22, 2012. The former space rock-turned-flaming-meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere around 8 a.m. PDT. Reports of the fireball have come in from as far north as Sacramento, Calif. and as far east as North Las Vegas, Nev. Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., estimates the object was about the size of a minivan, weighed in at around 154,300 pounds (70 metric tons) and at the time of disintegration released energy equivalent to a 5-kiloton explosion. (AP Photo/Lisa Warren, NASA/JPL)

  • Photo of the Day: Qualifying For The London Olympics Like A Boss

    Wei Ning of China won the women’s skeet for her eighth World Cup triumph. Wei, the 2003 world champion and Athens Olympic silver medalist, came from behind to outshoot Danka Bartekova (pictured) of Slovakia, a two-time World Cup winner. Bartekova put the pressure on Wei in the final with a perfect 25 hits from 25 targets, but Wei held her nerve after missing her 14th target to hit everything else and tie to force a shootoff. Wei won when she hit both of her targets and Bartekova missed one. Two-time Olympic champ Kimberly Rhode of the United States also won a shootoff to claim the bronze, beating Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand 4-3. Source | Source

  • Photo of the Day: US Air Force “Elephant Walk”

    In 1944, the U.S. 4th Fighter Wing played a key roll in knocking the German Luftwaffe from the sky and opening up the heart of Germany to deadly U.S. bombing campaigns. D-Day, of course, was the beginning of the end for Hitler’s Third Reich and to commemorate the occasion the 4th Fighter Wing lined up 70 F-15E Strike Eagles in a procession called an “Elephant Walk” at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina yesterday. The planes then went on a “Turkey Shoot” training mission, destroying more than 1,000 targets on bombing ranges across the state. Source: BusinessInsider

  • Photo of the Day: Pale Blue Dot

    The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles) from Earth, as part of the solar system Family Portrait series of images. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a tiny dot (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space. The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of Carl Sagan.

  • Photo Of The Day: Jamie Moyer Goes Through His Delivery

    On Tuesday 49-year-old Jamie Moyer turned in the best pitching performance of the year for the Rockies letting up only 6 hits and 0 earned runs over 7 innings and in the process became the oldest pitcher to win a game in Major League Baseball history. On Sunday Moyer starts for the Rockies against Milwaukee with hopes of breaking his own record.  Today’s Photo of the Day features Moyer as he goes through his delivery during Tuesday night’s historic win.

 
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