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Seoul Sparkles At Night

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It’s truly a “miracle” that Seoul, South Korea looks the way it does today: following the destruction brought on by the Korean War, the “Miracle on the Han River” catapulted the country and sprawling capital city into its present status as a global economic powerhouse.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXVI

Sailboat Sand Water Ripples

“Between Land and Sea” by Abrar Mohsin, taken in Dubai. Image Source: National Geographic

Surreally Beautiful: National Geographic’s Best Photos Of The Month

Dolphins Swimming Turquoise Purple

“Poster Dolphins” by Erika Hart, taken off Makua Beach, Hawaii. Image Source: National Geographic

As always, National Geographic photography speaks for itself. Well, except when the photographer’s story of getting the shot is almost as interesting as the shot itself. And the stories behind National Geographic’s best photos of the month are no exception. Like when Elliot Ross braved the 100-degree temperatures of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument, then lost his spot of shade to some tourists who beat him to it, only to find that the tourists’ cars and gear made for the perfect photo. Or when Hideki Mizuta found a hill in Lithuania absolutely covered in thousands of crosses, put there as a show of resistance to foreign oppression, then happened to catch a sole little girl running through his frame. For more of the stories–and, of course, the photos–visit National Geographic.

White Sand Car Sky

“White Hot” by Elliot Ross, taken at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Image Source: National Geographic

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Street Animation Offers A Stunning Take On The Beginning And End Of Life

Science gives us a pretty good idea of how life begins, but how might that translate to art? Utilizing buildings, streets and waterways, BLU offers one such translation in the above video, “Big Bang Big Boom.” You’ll want to watch this one through ’til the end: the videographers offer a pretty chilling vision of how life as we know it might end.

Human Echolocation: How The Blind Can “See,” And How We’re Holding Them Back

Human Echolocation Cane Shoes

Image Source: Enhanced Vision

Think back to when you were very young and someone first explained blindness to you. If you were me, it was a menopausal primary school teacher telling you to stand up and close your eyes. “That is what it is to be blind,” she said, fanning herself. “Your eyes don’t work, so you can’t see anything. I want you to think about how much harder your life would be if you were blind.”

Wow! Indeed, we all thought and, deciding we would much rather see than not, popped our eyes back open.

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