Stunning Photos of Curious Whales

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This massive right whale came up to wildlife photographer Brian Skerry with “great curiosity, but no aggression.”

The ocean’s whales are some of the Earth’s most massive and majestic animals, reaching sizes of up to 80 feet long and 150 tons. As the targets of centuries of whaling, they have a violent history — and are still recovering from an industry that depleted their numbers substantially. (Pics)

 

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Amazing Photos From National Geographic’s International Photography Contest 2009

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Curious gulls on Sanibel Island, Florida

National Geographic’s International Photography Contest attracts thousands of entries from photographers of all skill levels around the world every year. While this year’s entry deadline has passed, there is still time to view and vote for your favorites in the Viewer’s Choice competition. (Pics)

 

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Amazing Photos: Looking Into Reclusive North Korea

Looking Into Reclusive North Korea

North Korean soldiers walk in an early morning mist with
their rifles and spades along the North Korean-Chinese border

News stories about North Korea have been quite frequent recently, with their test launch of a rocket over Japan, withdrawal from nuclear disarmament talks coupled with a threat to restart their nuclear program, reports that their nuclear attack capabilities may be larger than previously thought – and their recent arrest and indictment of two U.S. reporters on its border with China. Even with all this attention, photographs from North Korea are still restricted and hard to come by. One way around that has been for photographers to peer inside from across the border, a pastime that has also spurred a level of curious tourism in both neighboring South Korea and China. (Pics)

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OLED Sheets Replace Conventional Lighting

OLED Sheets Replace Conventional Lighting 

With geeks all over the world testing the supremacy of technology and pushing its frontiers, simple yet useful devices are going through a major facelift. An innovation of today becomes an object of daily use in a matter of few years. This time, it’s the turn of lighting devices. General Electric Co. has come up with a machine that can prints sheets of light. The flexible sheets are coated with a layer of OLEDs and other chemicals which run 8-inch wide with a final layer of metal foil to guard the mixture. It emits a blue-white glow on having passed electric current through it.

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