The massive ice mountains of Pluto, Bastille Day in Paris, the Pan Am Games in Toronto, brush fires above Athens, Grand Prix MotoGP in Germany, celebrating a nuclear deal in Tehran, a Jaffa candy race in New Zealand, a victorious Serena Williams at Wimbledon, and much more.
Riot police officers run through fire as anti-austerity protesters throw petrol bombs, during clashes in Athens, Greece, on July 15, 2015.
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Trees grow through the windshield of a 1937 Chrysler Imperial as it sits at Old Car City, the world's largest known classic car junkyard, on July 16, 2015, in White, Georgia. Many of the cars have never moved in over 30 years and in some cases, trees now grow through them, even lifting some off the ground.
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A receptionist dinosaur robot performs at the new robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or “Weird Hotel,” in Sasebo, Japan, on July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand on wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, which is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs.
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New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body. The mountains likely formed no more than 100 million years ago—mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar system—and may still be in the process of building, says Jeff Moore of New Horizons’ Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team (GGI). That suggests the close-up region, which covers less than one percent of Pluto’s surface, may still be geologically active today. Moore and his colleagues base the youthful age estimate on the lack of craters in this scene. Like the rest of Pluto, this region would presumably have been pummeled by space debris for billions of years and would have once been heavily cratered—unless recent activity had given the region a facelift, erasing those pockmarks. “This is one of the youngest surfaces we’ve ever seen in the solar system,” says Moore. Unlike the icy moons of giant planets, Pluto cannot be heated by gravitational interactions with a much larger planetary body. Some other process must be generating the mountainous landscape. “This may cause us to rethink what powers geological activity on many other icy worlds,” says GGI deputy team leader John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, The mountains are probably composed of Pluto’s water-ice “bedrock.” Although methane and nitrogen ice covers much of the surface of Pluto, these materials are not strong enough to build the mountains. Instead, a stiffer material, most likely water-ice, created the peaks. “At Pluto’s temperatures, water-ice behaves more like rock,” said deputy GGI lead Bill McKinnon of Washington University, St. Louis. The close-up image was taken about 1.5 hours before New Horizons closest approach to Pluto, when the craft was 478,000 miles (770,000 kilometers) from the surface of the planet. The image easily resolves structures smaller than a mile across.
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A tattoo on the knuckles of a Klansman reads “Love” as he participates with members of the Nordic Order Knights and the Rebel Brigade Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, in a cross lighting ceremony on a fellow member's property in Henry County, Virginia. The Ku Klux Klan, which had about 6 million members in the 1920s, now has some 2,000 to 3,000 members nationally in about 72 chapters, or klaverns, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that monitors extremist groups. Photo taken on August 9, 2014, released on July 16. 2015.
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A man rides his mobility scooter at Pixels Wave 2015, a giant carpet of moving lights in an interactive virtual reality installation by Mexican-born experimental and multidisciplinary artist Miguel Chevalier, during the Malta International Arts Festival, at the City Gate of Valletta, Malta, on July 13, 2015.
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Serena Williams celebrates after winning her Women's Final match against Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 11, 2015.
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A rescue worker tries to remove a trapped car from a flooded river in Chongqing municipality, July 15, 2015. According to local media, more than ten vehicles fell into the river in a landslide caused by a heavy rainfall on Tuesday.
The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night from Pucon, Chile, on July 12, 2015. Villarrica, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon, is among the most active volcanoes in South America.
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Spectators watch as thousands of small round Jaffa candies race down Baldwin Street on July 17, 2015, in Dunedin, New Zealand. The residential street is the steepest in the world and hosts the annual race to raise money for charity.
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Indonesian women wait for the train that will take them to their hometowns at Pasar Senen Station in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 14, 2015. The mass exodus out of the capital and other major cities in the world's most populous Muslim country was underway as millions headed to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which will mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
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Solar-powered lights are pictured along the Hornli ridge on the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, on July 13, 2015. Zermatt celebrates the first ascent of the Matterhorn on the Hornli ridge made by Briton Edward Whymper on July 14, 1865, with six other roped team members. The red light (fourth from top) marks where four men fell to their death during the descent on the north face. All mountaineering activities were banned on July 14 on the Swiss and Italian side of the Alpine summit in remembrance of the more the 500 people who died trying to reach its summit.
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A man cools himself off during hot weather at a dam on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 13, 2015. Many cities in Pakistan are facing heat-wave conditions, with temperatures reaching 120.2 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) in some places.
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An explosion at a petrochemical plant in Rizhao, Shandong province, China, on July 16, 2015. According to Xinhua News Agency, a fire broke out after the explosion, which was caused by a liquefied hydrocarbon leak at the plant, on Thursday morning.
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SoftBank's human-like robot named Pepper acts as a concierge at an entrance of Mizuho Financial Group's Mizuho Bank branch in Tokyo, Japan, on July 17, 2015.
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A motorcycle modified to run on rails sits inside a tunnel connected to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary that was used by drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to escape in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, on July 15, 2015. U.S. law enforcement officials met with agents of the Mexican attorney general's office this week to share information related to Guzman’s escape from prison and coordinate efforts to apprehend him, a Mexican government official said on Wednesday.
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Soldiers hang on a rope attached to a Mi-17 helicopter during a joint Bulgarian and US Air Forces military exercise called “Thracian Summer 2015” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on July 16, 2015.
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Iranian women flash a heart sign during celebrations in northern Tehran on July 14, 2015, after Iran's nuclear negotiating team struck a deal with world powers in Vienna. Iranians poured onto the streets of Tehran after the Ramadan fast ended at sundown Tuesday to celebrate the historic nuclear deal.
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Indonesian Muslim men play a game of bola api, or “fire football,” ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations on July 16, 2015, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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Shepherd Nuno Miguel, 34, holds a lamb as he herds his flock to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal, on June 28, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of long-haired mastiffs start early in the morning as the animals—often decorated with traditional woolen balls on their horns—are herded up steep, narrow paths.
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Switzerland's performance “Let's Move Together” at the Gymnaestrada’s Midnight Sun Special at the Olympic stadium in Helsinki, Finland, on July 15, 2015.
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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi competes to finish third in the German Grand Prix MotoGP at the Sachsenring circuit in the town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany, on July 12, 2015.
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Tong Jieping, a 44-year-old mentally disabled patient, is chained by his foot inside his room in Qunxing Village in Anhui Province, China, on July 14, 2015. Tong was diagnosed as mentally ill when he was in his 20s. His parents, both in their 70s, could not afford the medical treatments, so they had to lock him up in chains to prevent him from running away, according to Tong's family.
A silk moth that has hatched out of its cocoon at the Campoverde cooperative in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, on June 4, 2015. Despite having wings, the adult moth cannot fly. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region, nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000-year-old silk industry.
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An firefighting helicopter flies over smoke billowing over Athens, Greece, on July 17, 2015, as firemen battled a brush fire in northeastern Athens and another wildfire in the southern Peloponnese peninsula that prompted the evacuation of five villages.
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Robbie Taylor, left, stares at the swollen creek that destroyed the trailer he shares with his girlfriend, Markita Trent, right, after deadly flooding in Flat Gap, Kentucky, on July 14, 2015. Flash floods in northern Johnson County outside of Paintsville destroyed homes and vehicles, and residents were reported missing a day after the floods.
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A demonstrator wearing a fox mask holds a smoke canister during an anti-fox-hunting protest in London on July 14, 2015. The British government on Tuesday said it had postponed a controversial vote on relaxing a ban on fox hunting, after facing defeat at the hands of Scottish nationalists who planned to use it as a warning that they should not be ignored.
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A group of riders cycle past a sunflower field during the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Muret to Rodez, France, on July 17, 2015.
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People wave Confederate flags outside the hotel where President Barack Obama was staying the night in Oklahoma City on July 15, 2015. Obama was traveling in Oklahoma to visit the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution.
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Debris spills onto the sidewalk and road from a building that collapsed at Fulton Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn on July 14, 2015, in New York. The fire department says several people suffered minor injuries.
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Fireworks light the skies above the Eiffel Tower in the French capital city of Paris on July 14, 2015, as part of France's annual Bastille Day celebrations.
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A tricycle rides over raccoon dog furs laid out at a fur market in Chongfu county, Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China, on July 14, 2015.
A Nigerian Muslim family takes a selfie portrait before Eid al-Fitr prayer, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 17, 2015.
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Venezuela competes in the track cycling Women's Team Pursuit Qualification on Day 6 of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games on July 16, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.
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A boy carries a dog after a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold-mining camps in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios on July 14, 2015. Peruvian police razed dozens of illegal gold-mining camps at the edge of an Amazonian nature reserve this week, part of a renewed bid to halt the spread of wildcatting in a remote rainforest region. The stings at the edge of the Tambopata National Reserve were the first in the southeastern region of Madre de Dios since a crackdown let up in December. Production from wildcat miners in the region, who sell their ore up the supply chain, made up about 10 percent of national production before President Ollanta Humala launched the harshest crackdown yet on illegal gold mining last year.