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Take a Virtual Hike Through the Great Outdoors With These Stunning Nature Photos

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If you've spent the summer lounging on your couch, the stunning nature photos below—spotted by Boing Boing and curated by German photography community EyeEm as part of an ongoing photo competition—might inspire you to ditch the comforts of air conditioning for the great outdoors.

For its fourth annual photo awards contest (which it has billed as the world’s largest), EyeEm enlisted a panel of judges to sift through nearly 600,000 entries and choose 100 finalists. These moderators used EyeEm's phone app—which employs AI software to suggest the top photos from the user's camera roll—to select 20 prize-worthy images from each of the contest's five categories: street photography, portraiture, photojournalism, architecture, and the outdoors.

EyeEm announced the top contenders in late July 2017. In mid-September, these photographs will be exhibited at the 2017 EyeEm Photography Festival & Awards in Berlin, where officials will announce category winners and name a Photographer of the Year.

Until then, you can take a virtual hike through some of the world's most stunning natural attractions by checking out the finalists for the outdoors category below:

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
André Dogbey, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Anthony Castro, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Guiga Pirá, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Iván Ferrero, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Justin Edward Okoye, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Linus Strandholm, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Marc Leppin, courtesy of EyeEm

 German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Masaki Sato, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Färber, courtesy of EyeEm


Michael Lynch, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Moeller, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Michael Schauer, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Nils Leithold, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Patrick Lee Yong Choon, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Simon, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Stefano Rulli, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Xiao Han, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
肖益成, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Zane Jēkabsone, courtesy of EyeEm

German photography community EyeEm has announced 100 finalists for their 2017 photo contest, including 20 shots of the great outdoors.
Zhang Yang, courtesy of EyeEm

[h/t Boing Boing]

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Mind-Bending New Images of Jupiter From Juno's Latest Flyby
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NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran // CC NC SA

NASA’s Juno spacecraft left Earth in August 2011, and has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, completing its eighth close flyby in late October. While flying beneath the dense cloud cover that obscures the solar system’s largest planet, it captured some incredible close-up views of the gas giant, as Newsweek reports.

With the JunoCam community, the public can alert NASA to points of interest and help direct the Juno mission. Citizen scientists have processed the raw, black-and-white images Juno beams back to Earth to highlight particular atmospheric features, collage multiple images, and enhance colors, releasing the edited color images before the space agency has a chance to. A whole new batch just emerged from the latest flyby, and they're well worth a look. Take a peek at a few below, and see more at the JunoCam website.

A swirl appears on Jupiter's surface.
NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Shawn Handran // Public Domain

A partial view of Jupiter
NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Shawn Handran // Public Domain

A close-up view of Jupiter's surface
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran // CC NC SA

A view of Jupiter's surface
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran // CC NC SA

[h/t Newsweek]

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Stones, Bones, and Wrecks
Satellite Images Show Mysterious Nan Madol Ruins From a Brand-New Perspective

The ancient complex of Nan Madol on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia has fascinated visitors for centuries. Now, thanks to satellite technology, researchers have captured the ruins from a perspective that's rarely seen.

As Yahoo 7 reports, the new aerial footage debuted on an episode of the Science Channel series What on Earth? In the recent installment, experts discussed Nan Madol, a chain of intricate, human-made islands that is sometimes called the "Venice of the Pacific" and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Nan Madol means "spaces between," a reference to the network of canals connecting the ruins.

The 100-odd blocky stone structures were built atop coral reefs in a lagoon off a remote island in the western Pacific Ocean. The walls of the artificial islands can reach up to 25 feet tall and are 17 feet thick in some parts. In total, the rocks that make up the site weigh nearly 827,000 tons. Archaeologists believe that portions of the city have been there for more than 1000 years, and that the site once served as the ceremonial, political, and residential hub for the native Saudeleur people. Little is known about how its builders were able to move such massive amounts of stone without levers, pulleys, or metal. 

Today, the Micronesian island of Pohnpei is home to 36,000 people, and even among locals, the landmark is notorious. Legends of spirits haunting the area have earned it the nickname "Ghost City." The ruins give off such an eerie vibe that H.P. Lovecraft used them as inspiration for the home of Cthulhu in a short story.

[h/t Yahoo 7]

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