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The Most Instagrammed Places of 2016

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If you snapped a selfie at Disney World—or any other Disney theme park—this year, you’re not alone. Mickey Mouse’s playland was the most Instagrammed place for 2016. (It is the happiest place on Earth, after all.) Here are the photo app’s other most popular spots for pics.

1. DISNEY THEME PARKS // WORLDWIDE

2. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS THEME PARKS // WORLDWIDE

3. CENTRAL PARK // NEW YORK

4. TIMES SQUARE // NEW YORK

5. EIFFEL TOWER // PARIS

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6. LOUVRE MUSEUM // PARIS

7. LAS VEGAS STRIP // LAS VEGAS

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8. SANTA MONICA PIER // SANTA MONICA

9. BROOKLYN BRIDGE // NEW YORK

10. VYSTAVKA DOSTIZHENIY NARODNOGO KHOZYAYSTVA (EXHIBITION OF ACHIEVEMENTS OF NATIONAL ECONOMY) // MOSCOW

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11. SIAM PARAGON // BANGKOK

12. COLOSSEUM // ROME

13. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN // NEW YORK CITY

14. LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT // LOS ANGELES

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15. TOWER BRIDGE // LONDON

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16. BARCELONA CENTRE // BARCELONA

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17. NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL // PARIS

18. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART // NEW YORK CITY

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19. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING // NEW YORK CITY

20. NIAGARA FALLS // NEW YORK & CANADA

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[h/t: Refinery29]

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This Photo of a Single Atom Won a Science Photography Top Prize
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While you've been busy finding just the right Instagram filter for your cat, a University of Oxford graduate student has been occupied with visualizing a single atom and capturing it in a still frame. And the remarkable feat recently earned an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council photography award. Why? It was taken with a conventional camera, and the atom can be seen with the naked eye.

Take a look:

A close-up of a single atom in an ion trap
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That tiny dot in between the two parallel metal electrodes is a strontium atom suspended by electric fields in an ion trap. It’s visible because the photographer, Ph.D. candidate David Nadlinger, projected blue violet light into a vacuum chamber. The atom absorbed and reflected the light, allowing Nadlinger to snap a photo in the split instant the atom was viewable. The space between the two points is just 0.08 of an inch.

Nadlinger dubbed the image "Single Atom in an Ion Trap" and took the Council’s top award. In a statement, he expressed enthusiasm that other people are now able to see what his work in quantum computing looks like.

[h/t Newsweek]

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London Photographer Captures the Dogs of the World in Their Own Habitats
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When snapping pictures, some travel photographers prefer to focus on people walking the streets. Highlighting the local residents can help ground a place in reality, but humans aren’t the only subjects worth capturing. For his project "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs", London-based photographer Alan Schaller documents the canines that he finds in all corners of the globe.

According to My Modern Met, Schaller started out photographing people he met on his travels. The high-contrast, black-and-white look of his work has earned him widespread recognition. For his latest project, he has chosen to showcase dogs in the same style.

Schaller described dogs to My Modern Met as “consistently friendly, unpredictable, and amusing” compared to humans. When he sees a dog he wants to photograph, he will first ask the owner's permission, then bend down to the pet’s level to gain its trust. He has photographed dogs in Norway, England, India, Thailand, Turkey, and plenty of places in between, and the personalities of the dogs he captures are just as diverse as their homes. You can check out his photography below and follow Schaller on Instagram to see more of his work.

[h/t My Modern Met]

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