The best scientific photography 2013

All those who argue that science - it's boring, just have not seen these stunning photographs taken by different photographers from around the world. Throughout 2013 there have been many scientific discoveries, unexplained phenomena and simply amazing moments, which are reflected in the photo.

Scientists, professional photographers, and even ordinary people managed to capture the extraordinary events that open our eyes to the world and reminds us how exciting and incredible science can be. Taken by Rolf Maederom thunderstorm over the Grand Canyon.

Tidal waves in the Chinese province of Zhejiang

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In September, tourists photographed tidal waves caused by the worst typhoon in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. The storm claimed the lives of two people in the Philippines, and the number of victims in Taiwan reached 9 people.

Photographer captures extraordinary "humanity" animals

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British photographer Tim Fletch created a series of photos titled "More Than Human", which reflected the emotions of animals wildlife close-up, including this stunning picture of wet tiger.

"Suicidal" Antarctic journey reached the first stage

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In January Ranulph Fiennes and his team of 5 people set sail to conquer the Antarctic continent during the winter months (it should be noted, before him such attempts, no one has made). In this photo the ship reached the first polar ice floes - large chunks of floating ice that move into one solid mass.

This colorful corn - not fake!

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This year's corn «Glass Gem» became available to the general public. This painted a rainbow of colors corn is now available on the Internet through Native Seeds / Search - a non-profit environmental organization.

Giant telescope will be able to make the most accurate pictures of the night sky

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Giant Magellan Telescope boasts its resolution 10 times greater than the capacity of the space telescope "Hubble". In the photo until an artistic visualization, but the actual telescope is expected to be launched in the north of Chile in 2010.

Aurora in the morning in the Arctic

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This spectacular light show created by the rapid motion of charged particles from the Sun, who are faced with Earth's magnetic field at both poles.

Photographer Nick Brandt captures these stone statues on Lake Natron in Tanzania

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In the pictures animals are more like stone statues, in fact, in this phenomenon is due to the high content of soda and salt in a lake.

Walk through Peru showed the danger fraught climate change

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Journalist Justin Catanoso, a biology professor Miles Silmon and his team made a trip through the Manu National Park, to see for all the wonders of the rainforest of Peru. After climbing to 13,000 feet above sea level, they began their journey above the clouds.

Amazing composite image shows us what it looks like the sun during a total solar eclipse

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In this photo taken in November during a solar eclipse, you can see the sun set behind the moon. Also, you can see the outflow of the solar corona - charged particles emanating from the surface of the sun, which can be seen during an eclipse, when the real mass of the star dimmed.

The Chicago Fire have turned the fire into ice

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Jan. 23 fire brigade fought the raging fire in a warehouse in Chicago. But because of the extremely low air temperatures, warehouse turned into ice castle.

Mount Etna produces perfect smoke rings

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The eruption at the volcano Etna this year changed the form of its crater, which is why from a volcano out perfect smoke rings.

Geyser Strokkur in Iceland erupts every 4-8 minutes, releasing a stream of water 130 feet tall

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This is because the hot magma under the earth heats up the water until steam is not eject it from the hole in the ground.

In May, scientists for the first time managed to take a picture of the hydrogen chemical bond

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That expense of these bonds are formed double chains of DNA molecules and the water acquires its unique properties.

Incredible pictures of wildlife from the competition National Geographic Traveler

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Cafes in Cusco in Peru has become a favorite place of wild parrots who come here to eat seeds and fruits, left for them. Photographer Adam Lihtzayn took a picture of this curious baby looking out of the sheet to be considered as a photographer. Apparently amused him a strange man with the camera, because Parrot allowing the photographer to get closer to the camera is able to shed light on his beautiful feathers.

Finally, scientists have found the real purpose of sleep

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Researchers discovered sleep tubule (shown in blue) formed by reducing the neurons, which allows you to clear the brain from unnecessary information during sleep.

These massive mirror will provide people with the Norwegian city of sunlight

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Giant mirrors mounted on the hillside, called to bear sunlight town Rjukan throughout the winter. Being in the shadow of the mountains, the city does not receive direct sunlight during the period from September to March. Mirrors Adjust so that, following the sun, they reflect the light down on the city.

Best ever created a 3-D map of the Milky Way

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With the help of two blocks of data from the European Space Observatory (ESO), the researchers were able to design the most accurate to date, 3-D map of the Milky Way.

Scientists have discovered a new species of mammals that live in Ecuador

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Olinguito - exactly call this fascinating carnivorous animal, found in North and South America. A relative of the raccoon, Olinguito extremely nice.

Chinese beaches turned green due to the flowering smelly "sea lettuce»

Record algal blooms "Entomorfa prorostayuschego" filled the Chinese Shandong beaches. And although they are not toxic to people, other marine life seaweed collected most of the oxygen than cause great harm to the ecosystem.

Chinese could be seen even from space

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This satellite image shows how urgent is the problem of smog for the country. Air pollution in some parts of China exceeds 40 times the established norms of the World Health Organization.

Astrophotographer Bill Snyder was able to film «The Cygnus Wall», the most active star-forming region in the constellation Cygnus

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Snyder took this picture during the 18 hours in the observatory Heavens Mirror in the Sierra Nevada. To achieve high-quality images, for his work, he used a telescope Planewave 17. «The Cygnus Wall» is one of the highest concentrations of star formation. It is located about 1,800 light years from Earth.

The most spectacular photos from the life of wildlife

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Photographer of the US watching a female jaguar tried to attack the male near the river in Brazil, captured the moment on film.

Photographer Sergey Gorshkov witnessed the eruption of a volcano "Flat Tolbachik»

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The volcano erupted 1 time for 36 years. Photo was among the winners of the competition Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2013.

This aerial beauty Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

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The park consists of Cascade lakes, which change color from green and blue to gray. The lake was formed from the natural dams that are filled with water.

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