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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured stunning views of Earth from space. That is, when they’re not busy making repairs to the station, researching 3-D printing in space, or playing soccer. They take many of those photos when the Earth is draped in the darkness of night. Those nighttime photos often reveal the vast differences in shapes, sizes, and brightness of urban areas on the planet. Can you guess which of the American cities pictured at night is which? Note: all images have been oriented with north to the top.


view The Earth From Space: Guess the U.S. City at Night as presented by: Wall Street Journal

Last month, a group of street artists converged on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres for a festival of art and awareness. Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a public art project created by Pangea Seed, an organization dedicated to protecting sharks, sea life and our oceans. One of Pangea Seed’s primary means of sending their messages is through “ARTivism”—a strategy of combining art and activism. Sea walls is a beautiful example of this, bringing together artists from all over the world to make art with a message about ocean conservation. At Isla Mujeres, 15 artists from around the world created 14 large murals that explore the beauty of the sea, the creatures that inhabit it, and our complicated relationship with them.


view Street artists strive to save the sharks with public murals as presented by: Treehugger

The King Fire started about five days ago, in a California canyon 60 miles east of Sacramento, and has since burned an estimated 70,000 acres of steep forested terrain. The wildfire is one of nearly a dozen major blazes being fought across the state right now, driven in part by the ongoing severe drought conditions. The King Fire continues to grow (as of now, it is only 5 percent contained) and has prompted the evacuation of 2,000 residents so far. Firefighters plan to strengthen their control lines and protect as many of the 1,600 nearby homes as they can over the coming days.


view California's King Fire as presented by: The Atlantic

The Ebola outbreak has killed over 2000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February, making it the largest and deadliest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). West African states lack the resources to battle the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola and deep cultural suspicions about the disease remain a big obstacle to halting its spread, ministers said on Wednesday. If nothing is done to halt the outbreak and help struggling nations, the disease might spread to a larger area and claim even more lives.


view Fighting The Deadly Ebola Virus as presented by: Totally Cool Pix

London Zoo has its annual animal weigh-in. Every animal in the zoo is weighed and measured and the statistics recorded so the data can be shared with zoos across the world. The red-ruffled lemur named Cid was reluctant to step on the scale. A 7 week-old Philippine crocodile is weighed.


view London Zoo measures and weighs its animals for their yearly check-up as presented by: Telegraph Media Group

As the summer of 2014 winds down and the evenings bring a bit of chilly air, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at time spent in mid-air during recent warmer months. This recent collection shows people, animals, and machines jumping, soaring, leaping, diving, falling, and flying, momentarily free from their connection to the Earth. A Palestinian man plays with his baby on a beach in Gaza city on September 7, 2014. Lotus F1 team driver Pastor Maldonado goes off the track after colliding with Sauber driver Esteban Guitiererrez during the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Race Circuit, England, on July 6, 2014. Maikel Melero of Spain warms up prior to the fifth stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in the South African savanna of Pretoria on August 20, 2014.


view Up in the Air as presented by: The Atlantic

A collection of images released by NASA gives us a look from above and beyond earth. Amazing technology allows us to view our world in ways we could never imagine. ASA's DHC-3 Otter plane flies in Operation IceBridge-Alaska surveys of mountain glaciers in Alaska in this image released on September 18. Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic. The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground. However -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.At about 10:45 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on September 14, Hurricane Odile made landfall as a Category 3 storm near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Odile arrived with wind speeds of 110 knots (204 kilometers or 127 miles per hour). The storm tied Olivia (1967) as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the state of Baja California Sur in the satellite era.


view Images from NASA as presented by: Boston Big Picture

They trudge up well-trod cinder paths by the thousands, headlamps glowing in the dark, and then settle in, shivering, to await and cheer the sun's blazing ascent over the horizon. Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's most iconic landmark, is a group activity: Seldom is it climbed in solitude. The recent recognition of the 3,776-meter (12,388-foot) peak as a UNESCO World Heritage site has many here worried that it will draw still more people, adding to the wear and tear on the environment from the more than 300,000 who already climb the mountain each year. Safety is another concern. At least seven people died and 70 were hurt climbing Fuji in 2012, and traffic jams of climbers in the pre-dawn darkness can add to the risks, says Shomei Yokouchi, governor of Yamanashi, the area to the west. The official climbing season runs July to August, and the trek -- nine hours round trip in good weather -- is especially treacherous other times of the year.


view Mt. Fuji's Heritage status worries some as presented by: Sacramento Bee


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