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Inspired in part by the great geography game GeoGuessr, I spent some time recently in Google Maps, finding the edges of their Street View image coverage. I've always been drawn to the end of the road, to the edges of where one might be allowed to travel, whether blocked by geographic features, international borders, or simply the lack of any further road. Gathered below is a virtual visit to a few of these road ends around the world -- borders, shorelines, dead ends and overlooks from New Zealand to Svalbard, from Alaska to South Africa. The Southernmost point buoy in Key West, Florida. Kun Iam Temple, Coloane, on a hilltop in Macau. Sha Tau Kok crossing, New Territories, Hong Kong. This crossing marks the entry into the Frontier Closed Area, a tightly controlled buffer zone between Hong Kong and mainland China.

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The Northern Hemisphere once more begins its tilt towards the Sun, awakening flowers, ushering in new life, and coaxing people outdoors once again. The changing of the season is easily observed in gardens, parks, zoos, farms, festivals and more. Collected here are a handful of photographs showing signs of Spring, 2010, as the final remnants of last winter start to melt away. A man reaches for a flower in a field at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California on March 29, 2010. Honey the reindeer keeps a close eye on her newly born calf at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Fairbanks, Alaska on April 1, 2010. The 17-pound male, whose name will be determined by submitted suggestions, is the first reindeer birth of the year. Nuns throw flowers during a procession in a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Sunday, April 4, 2010.

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A recent Pentagon report on the situation in Afghanistan over the past 6 months gives the impression that while things aren't necessarily getting any worse, they are far from improving. Afghan citizens, when polled, showed only limited support for their government, and a slight majority placed the blame for instability on Taliban forces. There remains a heavy reliance on international forces to provide security, training and equipment. As of March 31st, there were approximately 133,500 foreign troops on the ground in Afghanistan - 87,000 U.S. forces and 46,500 international forces. This month also saw the departure of a U.S. military presence from Afghanistan's notorious Korengal Valley, a small, isolated, patch of difficult terrain where 42 soldiers lost their lives over the past five years. NATO is calling the move a "realignment", focusing efforts on more-populated areas. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. A mortar team from the U.S. Army's Centurion Company, 2-1 Infantry Battalion, 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team fire a 60mm round from a hand-held tube outside Combat Outpost Terminator in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province. A CAT Scan shows the placement of a 14.5 millimeter high explosive incendiary round which was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army solder at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 18, 2010. The injury was sustained during an improvised ordinance device attack. Trucks carrying supplies to coalition forces burn after hundreds of people blocked a main road and set them on fire to protest what they said were civilian deaths in NATO operations in Logar province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, April 25, 2010. They gathered hours after NATO said coalition troops killed several insurgents and captured a Taliban sub-commander.

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Cecedia, better known as galls, grow on plants infected with bacteria, parasites or insect eggs. Different species' galls are highly distinctive, often providing protection or nourishment for the creature growing within. Though frequently undesirable, they've also been useful to humans, over the years: ink is traditionally made using tannic acid from oak galls. The long-abandoned gall pictured above, photographed by nutmeg66 in Theddlethorpe St. Helen, England, shows the exit routes of whatever creatures it nurtured. Neuroterus numismalis galls on a leaf, shot by Mick E. Talbot of Lincoln, U.K. Galls take many odd shapes and sizes. This gall, spotted by Johann Dréo, hangs from the branch of an oak tree in Chamadelle, France. Silk Button Spangle Galls on English Oak, caused by the gall wasp Neuroterus numismalis. Uploaded to flickr with the understated title "Too many galls", anemoneprojectors's photo was featured here at BB early last year. "Here were so many galls on this tree that I actually felt sick," anemoneprojectors wrote. "But not too sick to take a photo!"

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Antiretroviral therapy, in the past considered a miracle only available to HIV patients in the West, is no longer scarce in many of the poorest parts of the world. Pills are cheaper and easier to access, and HIV is not the same killer that once left thousands of orphaned children in sub-Saharan Africa. But Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma, remains a special case. Kept in the dark for so many decades by its reclusive ruling junta, this country of 60 million did not reap the same international aid as other needy nations. Heavy economic sanctions levied by countries such as the United States, along with virtually nonexistent government health funding, left an empty hole for medicine and services. Today, Myanmar ranks among the world's hardest places to get HIV care, and health experts warn it will take years to prop up a broken health system hobbled by decades of neglect.

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Helmand province is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the southwest region of the country. The Helmand River flows through the mainly desert region, providing water for irrigation. Much of the fighting between NATO and Taliban forces is taking place in this province and Helmand is said to be a Taliban stronghold. Associated Press photojournalist Kevin Frayer recently sent out a group of stark black-and-white aerial images that show the rugged, inhospitable terrain of the province. Frayer made the images while flying in a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment. In this aerial photo taken Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, U.S. Marines drive in military vehicles as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment near Marjah in the volatile Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan. In this aerial photo taken Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, a NATO military re-supply convoy kicks up dust in the desert as seen from a medevac helicopter of the U.S. Army's Task Force Shadow "Dust Off". In this aerial photo taken Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, an Afghan shepherd directs his sheep through an opening in a mud wall.

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Cody Wilson, a University of Texas law student, shows the first completely 3D-printed handgun, which he calls "The Liberator," at his home in Austin on Friday May 10, 2013. Cody Wilson relaxes at his Austin home with the first completely 3D-printed handgun. Photos by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman

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From Indonesia come two flavors. Jeden z nich doceniany i serwowany jest glównie w lokalnych restauracjach. One of them appreciated and is mainly served in local restaurants. Drugi, to rozpoznawany i niezwykle ceniony na calym swiecie produkt. Second, it is recognized and highly valued throughout the world product. Burgery z miesa kobry nie sa daniem szczególnie wykwintnym, ale znajduja swoich amatorów wsród turystów i ludnosci lokalnej. Burgers from the meat dish cobras are not particularly refined, but their fans are among the tourists and the local population. Zbierane dziko zyjace kobry sa przenoszone do rzezni, gdzie zabija sie je przez odciecie glowy. Gathered wild cobras are transferred to the slaughterhouse, where they kill them by decapitation. Nastepnie z ciala weza zdejmowana jest skóra a otrzymane mieso jest czyszczone i ciete na drobniejsze paski. Then the body of the snake skin is removed and the resulting meat is cleaned and cut into smaller strips. Ze zmielonego i doprawionego miesa formuje sie burgery, które w wygladzie przypominaja te znane na calym swiecie. And seasoned with ground meat formed into burgers, which look similar to those known throughout the world. Drugi z przysmaków przeznaczony jest dla konsumentów o bardziej wyrafinowanym guscie kulinarnym i znacznie zasobniejszym portfelu. The second of delicacies is designed for consumers with more sophisticated culinary tastes, and much zasobniejszym wallet. Kopi luwak, bo o niej mowa, to najdrozsza kawa na swiecie. Kopi luwak, because of her question, the most expensive coffee in the world. Jej kilogram kosztuje okolo tysiaca euro. Her kilogram costs a thousand euros. Wynika to z faktu, ze swiatowe zbiory/produkcja tego gatunku kawy wynosza zaledwie 300-400 kg rocznie. This follows from the fact that the world harvest / production of this species of coffee are only 300-400 kg per year. Jak powstaje kopi luwak? How to make a copy of luwak? Owocami kawowca karmione sa cywety ( Paradoxurus hermaphroditus ), w których zoladkach trawiony jest miazsz owoców, ale nie samo ziarno. Cherry fruits are fed civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), in which the stomach is digested pulp of fruit, but not the same grain. Po nadtrawieniu przez enzymy trawienne i lekkim sfermentowaniu przez bakterie produkujace kwas mlekowy, ziarno kawy przechodzi przez przewód pokarmowy cywety i jest wydalane. After nadtrawieniu by digestive enzymes and a slight fermented by bacteria producing lactic acid, coffee bean passes through the digestive tract and is excreted civet. Wydobyte z odchodów ziarna kawy, dzieki takiej obróbce, nabywaja niepowtarzalnego aromatu. Extracted from the faeces of coffee beans, with such treatment, they acquire a unique flavor. Z uwagi na swoje zdolnosci, cywety czesto padaja lupem klusowników, którzy wykorzystuja je do „produkcji” kopi luwak. Due to their capacity, civet often fell prey to poachers, who use them for the "production" copy luwak.

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