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London, the iconic capital city of England, is the largest metropolitan area in the European Union, with an estimated population of around 14 million people. Once the most populous city in the world, London is now a hotbed of cultural and historical richness, with countless museums, galleries, libraries, and important sites. Some popular tourist stops include the British Museum, the National Gallery, Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben, Kew Gardens, Palace of Westminster, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, the historic settlement of Greenwich, and much more. Important historical religious sites include Westminster Abbey, St Margaretís Church, and St Paulís Cathedral. London is also home to the oldest underground railway network in the world, known as the London Underground. London is a major air transportation hub so getting there is a breeze. The city is also a major tourist destination, so finding a place to stay and things to do is even easier!

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Sunday, March 20 was the vernal equinox -- the first day of spring -- when the northern hemisphere of our planet begins to tilt toward the sun, bringing warmer weather to billions. Now people, plants, and animals are beginning to emerge from their winter modes -- stepping outside, blooming, and otherwise welcoming the sunshine. These photos show glimpses of the season from around the world. Orchids open in the early morning sunshine at Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley on April 12, 2011 in Wisley, England. There are 600 varieties of Orchid on display and The Glasshouse will host a meeting of the Orchid Society of Great Britain Show on April 30, 2011. A Canada goose nests in an urn as a deer keeps a watchful eye at Forest Lawn cemetery in Buffalo, New York April 8, 2011. For at least four days, the buck stood guard near the nest of the goose as she sat on her eggs inside a large urn at the cemetery, home to the remains of President Millard Fillmore and rock icon Rick James. A visitor enjoys an ice cream cone on the seafront on April 9, 2011 in Brighton, England.

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Nathan Myhrvold earned a Ph.D. in theoretical and mathematical physics at 23, helped Stephen Hawking research the quantum theory of gravitation as a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University, served as Microsoft's chief technology officer, became a billionaire, and founded an invention-generating company that now holds more than 30,000 patents, including one for an invisibility cloak and another for a laser beam that annihilates malaria-ridden mosquitoes. But that's not all he's done with his science knowledge. In March he published a six-volume, 2,400-page, 40-pound cookbook called Modernist Cuisine that attempts to catalog every science principle known (and, until now, unknown) to cooking. To research the tome, he and a team of 50 chefs, writers, and photographers spent five years conducting detailed tests, many of them involving liquid nitrogen, rotary evaporators, centrifuges, and other industrial paraphernalia. We asked Myhrvold and Wayt Gibbs, the editor-in-chief of Modernist Cuisine, to share a few favorites among the 3,200 photos in the book, along with some of the counterintuitive insights they gained along the way. Prepare to unleash your inner Frankenchef. Essential oils like those of lemon and orange, and concentrated aromatic compounds like vanilla, are to flavor what Klaxon sirens are to sound. Thanks largely to the perfume industry, a huge variety of essences are available, from allspice to wormwood. Some chefs have begun using laboratory-style distillation equipment to derive their own concentrates as well. Smoking is usually associated with sausages, ribs, and salmon, but there's no reason you can't smoke plant foods as well. With vegetables, the goal of smoking is to flavor rather than preserve, though some preservation inevitably results from the dehydration that occurs. Traditional examples of smoked vegetables include the charred, mashed eggplant in baba ghanoush and the smoked Mexican chili peppers known as chipotles. The trick is getting flavors in the smoke to condense in a film on the vegetables without heating them so much that their texture is significantly altered. New cold-smokers allow vegetables like this onion to remain at refrigerator-like temperature while smoke is piped in from a fire.A good pork roast is as sublime as it is uncommon: Its flesh is tender and juicy, its skin delicate and crisp. But how do you get that superb crackly exterior without overcooking the meat? One solution is to cook the skin and meat separately. Vacuum seal the pork in plastic and slow-cook in a water bath until the meat reaches the same temperature throughout. Meanwhile, gelatinize and fry the detached skin and sprinkle it on the loin. Here we garnish it with edible "coals" made out of stewed prunes and caramel foam.

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Protestors clash with Turkish riot police during the May Day rally in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police and protesters clashed in central Istanbul on May 1 after authorities moved to prohibit traditional Labour Day rallies at Taksim Square. Police used water cannons and tear gas against the demonstrators near Taksim Square. Witnesses reported clashes in several neighbourhoods in the area. Filipino activists and workers burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and US Uncle Sam during a protest rally marking International Labor Day outside the gate of Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, on May 1. Thousands of Filipino workers hold Labor Day protests in Manila calling on Philippines President Benigno Aquino III for an immediate wage hike due to increasing cost of living. An elderly Russian Stalinist stands in front of a column of demonstrators with a portrait of Stalin during a traditional May Day communist demonstration, in Moscow, Russia. People from around the world are marking May 1 (May Day) as International Labour Day.

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Tourists come from all over the world to view the magnificent 12 Apostles rock formation. Surrounded by white sand beach and framed with a beautiful ocean backdrop, the 12 Apostles is a picturesque scene. Formed by erosion, these towering limestone stacks are located off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park in Victoria, Australia. Though the stacks are called the 12 Apostles, there are only eight of them, and there were never more than nine. Visitors can enjoy the site from viewing areas off the road, or from the air in one of the helicopter tours given by the visitor center. Port Campbell National Park is located 3 hours and 250 km (155 miles) from Melbourne via the Princes Highway, or 5 hours via the scenic Great Ocean Road.

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We recently came across a photographer Lisans from Turkey. His grasp at taking macro shots is simply out of this world. The composition, the colors, everything is perfect! Presenting some of his awesome macro shots that weíre sure youíll love.

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The African Cup Of Nations tournament was hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea from January 21st to the 12th of February. Teh African Cup Of Nations tournament always brings with it some exciting football and colorful fans. After all the group stages it was up to the Ivory Coast, with all itís European based players, to take on outsiders Zambia. After 120 minutes of regular play and a score of 7-7 in the penalty shoot out it was up to Zambian player Sunzu to score the winning goal and give Zambia itís first ever African Cup Of Nations title. It was an emotional win, not just becasue it was their first major trophy, but also because it was won in the town of Libreville. In 1993 a plane carrying the Zambia national football team crashed in Libreville killing al 30 passengers on board and effectively leaving Zambia without a national football team. Well done Chipolopolos and we hope to see you at the 2014 World Cup.

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There are many interesting things left after World War II which can be found not in military museums but in private collections. These ones were found in the collections of Russians. This is what a bullet hole looks like on the helmet. By the way, this helmet is able to protect oneís head only when the splinter hits it at a sliding angleÖ This helmet was also found in a private collection of a Russian collector. This helmet has bullet holes too and it had been dug out of the ground which makes it cheaper than regular helmets but ensures its authenticity. The point is that Poles began to fake WWII helmets long ago (back in the 60s).

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