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London Zoo has its annual animal weigh-in. Every animal in the zoo is weighed and measured and the statistics recorded so the data can be shared with zoos across the world. The red-ruffled lemur named Cid was reluctant to step on the scale. A 7 week-old Philippine crocodile is weighed.


view London Zoo measures and weighs its animals for their yearly check-up as presented by: Telegraph Media Group

As the summer of 2014 winds down and the evenings bring a bit of chilly air, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at time spent in mid-air during recent warmer months. This recent collection shows people, animals, and machines jumping, soaring, leaping, diving, falling, and flying, momentarily free from their connection to the Earth. A Palestinian man plays with his baby on a beach in Gaza city on September 7, 2014. Lotus F1 team driver Pastor Maldonado goes off the track after colliding with Sauber driver Esteban Guitiererrez during the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Race Circuit, England, on July 6, 2014. Maikel Melero of Spain warms up prior to the fifth stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in the South African savanna of Pretoria on August 20, 2014.


view Up in the Air as presented by: The Atlantic

A collection of images released by NASA gives us a look from above and beyond earth. Amazing technology allows us to view our world in ways we could never imagine. ASA's DHC-3 Otter plane flies in Operation IceBridge-Alaska surveys of mountain glaciers in Alaska in this image released on September 18. Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic. The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground. However -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.At about 10:45 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on September 14, Hurricane Odile made landfall as a Category 3 storm near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Odile arrived with wind speeds of 110 knots (204 kilometers or 127 miles per hour). The storm tied Olivia (1967) as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the state of Baja California Sur in the satellite era.


view Images from NASA as presented by: Boston Big Picture

They trudge up well-trod cinder paths by the thousands, headlamps glowing in the dark, and then settle in, shivering, to await and cheer the sun's blazing ascent over the horizon. Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's most iconic landmark, is a group activity: Seldom is it climbed in solitude. The recent recognition of the 3,776-meter (12,388-foot) peak as a UNESCO World Heritage site has many here worried that it will draw still more people, adding to the wear and tear on the environment from the more than 300,000 who already climb the mountain each year. Safety is another concern. At least seven people died and 70 were hurt climbing Fuji in 2012, and traffic jams of climbers in the pre-dawn darkness can add to the risks, says Shomei Yokouchi, governor of Yamanashi, the area to the west. The official climbing season runs July to August, and the trek -- nine hours round trip in good weather -- is especially treacherous other times of the year.


view Mt. Fuji's Heritage status worries some as presented by: Sacramento Bee

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waved to troops marching through central Pyongyang on Monday to mark the nation's 65th birthday, but made no public comments before leaving the lavish event. Flanked by generals and senior government officials, Kim stood in a high viewing area well above and away from the sea of onlookers who cheered and held up colorful placards in unison as the troops filed passed. North Korea watchers had hoped the young leader might address the crowd to shed some light on the isolated and secretive nation's politics or diplomatic goals. The military parade in Kim Il Sung Square featured mostly reserve troops and did not include displays of the kind of heavy artillery, tanks and missiles that the North rolled out in July to commemorate the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean Peninsula in 1953. Kim made no remarks at the July parade, either.


view North Korea's leader silent at military parade as presented by: Sacramento Bee

Actor Jeff Bridges, also an amateur photographer and author, took the camera into his own hands after his Wall Street Journal photo shoot this week. In town before the premiere of his new movie, “The Giver,” based on the dystopian young adult novel about a community run by elders who have banned pain, emotion and personal choice, Mr. Bridges hooted and hollered as photographer Axel Dupeux took his portrait, then he directed a few shots himself. On set, Mr. Bridges takes his own photographs of his movies’ scenes to relax.


view Behind the Scenes at the Jeff Bridges Photo Shoot as presented by: Wall Street Journal

The annual International Air Show ILA takes place this week in Schoenefeld near Berlin. According to the organisers, 1,203 exhibitors from 40 countries will attend the aerospace trade show running until May 25, 2014. Fabrice Bregier (L), president and chief executive officer of aircraft manufacturer Airbus, hands over the mockup of a Airbus A350 plane to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the opening. A Turkish Lockheed Martin F-16 performs at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2014 in Selchow. A stand builder cleans a blade wheel of a turbine as preparation for the International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition ILA at the airport area of the future capital airport in Selchow, Germany.


view Planeporn at the International Air Show ILA Berlin as presented by: GigaPica

Beneath its design is the engineering of what is arguably the most complicated high-rise to be built in the U.S. Calculated to sway during powerful Santa Anas and absorb ground movement during severe earthquakes, it is wedded aesthetically and technically to the unique footprint of the region. Geologist Rosalind Munro of AMEC, a geotechnical consulting firm, at the Wilshire Grand tower construction site in downtown L.A. Before construction started, Munro went down a borehole eight stories deep to verify the stability of the building site. Construction workers guide a jumping wall form system into place as it is lowered into position by a crane into the core of the Wilshire Grand tower. Remote-controlled booms are used to place concrete with accuracy as workers pour the foundation for the New Wilshire Grand tower.


view The Grand plan: Building the Wilshire Grand tower as presented by: Los Angeles Times


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