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January 1 - Sun

Selfoss (waterfall)
Selfoss is a waterfall on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in the north of Iceland. The river drops over a number of waterfalls over about 30 kilometres (19 mi) before flowing into Öxarfjörður, a bay of the Arctic Sea. Since the river originates as melt water from the glacier Vatnajökull, flow varies depending on the season, the weather, and volcanic activity.Picture: Martin Falbisoner

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January 2 - Mon

Mollweide projection
The Mollweide projection is an equal-area, pseudocylindrical map projection generally used for global maps of the world or night sky. The projection was first published by mathematician and astronomer Karl Mollweide of Leipzig in 1805 but reinvented and popularized in 1857 by Jacques Babinet. The projection trades accuracy of angle and shape for accuracy of proportions in area, and as such is used where that property is needed, such as maps depicting global distributions.Map: Strebe, using Geocart

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January 3 - Tue

Paulus Moreelse
Paulus Moreelse (1571–1638) was a Dutch painter and architect. Born in Utrecht, he studied under Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt and spent some time in Italy in the late 16th century before returning to his hometown. Receiving commissions from throughout the Dutch Republic, Moreelse was mainly active painting portraits. This self-portrait, completed in c. 1635, is held at the Mauritshuis in The Hague.Painting: Paulus Moreelse

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January 4 - Wed

Feral pigeon
Feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica) are birds derived from domestic pigeons that have returned to the wild. Originally bred from the wild rock dove, which naturally inhabits sea-cliffs and mountains, these pigeons use the ledges of buildings as a substitute for sea cliffs. They have become adapted to urban life, preying on insects and scavenging. They are abundant in towns and cities throughout much of the world.Photograph: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

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January 5 - Thu

Red Hawk cheese
Red Hawk cheese is an aged triple-crème cow's milk cheese with a brine-washed rind. Its name originates from its red-orange rind, which is encouraged by the brine-wash.Photograph: Frank Schulenburg

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January 6 - Fri

Trompe-l'œil
A still life painting by Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten that depicts the backside of a painting used as a letter-rack through the artistic technique trompe-l'œil. This technique, which is translatable as deceive the eye, uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.Painting: Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten

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January 7 - Sat

Renaissance Center
The Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, as viewed from across the Detroit River. Designed by John Portman and completed in 1977, this complex initially consisted of a five-tower rosette rising from a common base; two further towers were added in 1981. The central tower, measuring 73 floors in height, is the tallest building in Michigan. Since 1996, the complex has been owned by General Motors and used as its world headquarters; the complex also houses a shopping center, hotel, restaurants, brokerage firms, and banks.Photograph: Chris Woodrich

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January 8 - Sun

Fanny Bullock Workman
Fanny Bullock Workman (1859–1925) was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer. Together with her husband, William Hunter Workman, she traveled by bicycle through Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Algeria and India; after taking up climbing in the Himalayas, she set a women's altitude record on Pinnacle Peak, reaching 23,000 feet (7,000 m). She published eight travel books, with particular focus on the lives of women in the countries she visited, and championed women's rights and women's suffrage.Photograph: Maull & Fox; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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January 9 - Mon

Toompea Castle
Toompea Castle is a castle on Toompea hill in the central part of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Though the castle is located on an ancient stronghold site in use since at least the 9th century, much of the current building was constructed in the 13th and 14th century by the Order of the Brethren of the Sword. Today the castle houses the Parliament of Estonia, which meets in a building designed by Eugen Habermann and Herbert Johanson.Photograph: Abrget47j

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January 10 - Tue

Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant
Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant, an oil painting on wood completed by the American artist Benjamin West in 1800. It depicts a scene from the Biblical Book of Joshua in which Joshua, leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses, leads them across the River Jordan. In the Biblical narrative, God (shown here as a Pillar of Cloud) parts the river at Gilgal to offer the Children of Israel safe passage into Canaan.Painting: Benjamin West

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January 11 - Wed

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton (1755 or 1757 – 1804) was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and The New York Post newspaper. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration.

Hamilton emphasized strong central government and successfully argued that the implied powers of the Constitution provided the legal authority to fund the national debt. In the early 19th century, Hamilton conducted legal and business activities in New York City, and was active in ending the international slave trade. He was killed during a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr, after the latter took umbrage at Hamilton's campaigning against him in the New York gubernatorial election.Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restoration: Andrew Shiva

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January 12 - Thu

Oecophylla smaragdina
Oecophylla smaragdina is a species of arboreal ant found in Asia and Australia. Ants of this species make nests made of leaves stitched together using the silk produced by their larvae.Photograph: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

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January 13 - Fri

View from the Artist's Window
View from the Artist's Window is a painting from 1825 by the Danish Romantic landscape and architecture painter Martinus Rørbye. The painting is considered a highlight of Danish Golden Age art; it incorporates themes and symbols that resonated with its audience. It is presently held in the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen.Painting: Martinus Rørbye

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January 14 - Sat

Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets
Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets is an 1872 oil painting by Édouard Manet. It depicts fellow painter Berthe Morisot dressed in black mourning dress, with a barely visible bouquet of violets. The painting is in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.Painting: Édouard Manet

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January 15 - Sun

Taj Mahal
A view of the Taj Mahal from the south, featuring the Charbagh garden. The mausoleum complex also includes subsidiary tombs, waterworks infrastructure, the small town of Taj Ganji, and a "moonlight garden". Its origins and architecture have been extensively documented, covering both the circumstances of its commission and the cultural and historical influence of the Islamic Mughal Empire in India.Photograph: Yann; edit: Jim Carter

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January 16 - Mon

Taurus–Littrow
A panoramic view of Taurus–Littrow taken in December 1972, during the Apollo 17 lunar mission. This lunar valley is located on the near side of the Moon, along a ring of mountains on the southeastern edge of Mare Serenitatis. Toward the right, geologist-astronaut Harrison Schmitt prepares to take a sample. Data collected on Apollo 17 show that the valley is composed primarily of feldspar-rich breccia in the large massifs surrounding the valley and basalt underlying the valley floor, covered by an unconsolidated layer of regolith, or mixed materials, formed by various geologic events.Photograph: Eugene Cernan

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January 17 - Tue

Cypresses at Cagnes by Henri-Edmond Cross
Cypresses at Cagnes, an oil painting on canvas by the French neo-impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross. Cross (1856–1910) played an important role in shaping the second phase of the Neo-Impressionist movement. His later works, using broad, blocky brushstrokes with small areas of exposed bare canvas between the strokes, have been cited as precursors to Fauvism and Cubism.Painting: Henri-Edmond Cross

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January 18 - Wed

Bathsheba
Bathsheba is a figure from the Hebrew Bible. She is most known for the story in which she was summoned by King David, who had seen her bathing, seduced her, and impregnated her. As Bathsheba was already married to a soldier named Uriah, David attempted to recall Uriah so he would re-consummate his marriage. When this attempt failed, David arranged for Uriah to be killed in battle so that he could marry Bathsheba. Though the child of this union died in infancy, Bathsheba later bore David's heir, Solomon.

This 1654 painting by Willem Drost, titled Bathsheba Holding King David's Letter, is one of numerous paintings depicting the story of Bathsheba. It is contemporaneous with Rembrandt's Bathsheba at Her Bath, which likewise depicts the nude subject holding a letter from David.Painting: Willem Drost

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January 19 - Thu

Petra Martić
Petra Martić (b. 1991) is a tennis player from Split, Croatia. Beginning her career as a junior in 2006, Martić turned professional in 2008. She reached a career high of World No. 42 in 2012 in women's singles.Photograph: David Iliff

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January 20 - Fri

Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee (1807–1870) was an American general known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. Lee was a top graduate of the United States Military Academy and an exceptional officer and military engineer in the United States Army for 32 years. When Virginia seceded from the Union in April 1861, Lee followed his home state. After a year as senior military adviser to President Jefferson Davis, Lee took command of the main field army in 1862 and soon emerged as a shrewd tactician and battlefield commander. After the war, Lee supported President Andrew Johnson's program of Reconstruction and intersectional friendship.Photograph: Levin Corbin Handy; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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January 21 - Sat

Bassac Abbey
Bassac Abbey is an 11th-century Catholic abbey in Bassac, Charente, in the Ancient Diocese of Saintes style. It was largely reconstructed under Guillaume de Vibrac, Abbot from 1247 to 1286.Photograph: JLPC

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January 22 - Sun

3DO Interactive Multiplayer
The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer is a home video game console platform developed by The 3DO Company. Conceived by entrepreneur and Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, the 3DO was not a console manufactured by the company itself, but a series of specifications, originally designed by Dave Needle and R. J. Mical of New Technologies Group, that could be licensed by third parties. Despite a highly promoted launch and a host of cutting-edge technologies, it was discontinued in late 1996, three years after its first release.Photograph: Evan-Amos

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January 23 - Mon

The Gulf Stream
The Gulf Stream is an 1899 oil painting by Winslow Homer. It shows a black man in a small rudderless fishing boat struggling against the waves of the sea, and was the artist's last statement on a theme that had interested him for more than a decade. The painting is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.Painting: Winslow Homer

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January 24 - Tue

Hydnellum ferrugineum
Hydnellum ferrugineum is a species of tooth fungus in the family Bankeraceae. The fungus fruits on the ground singly or in clusters in conifer forest, usually in poor or sandy soil. Fruit bodies are somewhat top-shaped, measuring 3–10 cm (1–4 in) in diameter.Photograph: Myrabella

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January 25 - Wed

Sumela Monastery
The Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the Maçka district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. Nestled in a steep cliff at an altitude of about 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) facing the Altındere valley, it is a site of great historical and cultural significance, as well as a major tourist attraction within Altındere National Park.Photograph: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

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January 26 - Thu

Elizabeth Smith-Stanley, Countess of Derby
Elizabeth Smith-Stanley, Countess of Derby (1753–1797) was the eldest daughter of the 6th Duke of Hamilton; she married the 12th Earl of Derby in 1774. Popular among society, she became involved in a scandal when she engaged in a very public affair with the 3rd Duke of Dorset. She eventually separated from her husband, becoming effectively exiled from society, especially after it was learned that she would not be marrying the Duke. Lady Derby moved abroad, only returning once her husband attracted embarrassing press attention for his relationship with the actress Elizabeth Farren, whom he married soon after Lady Derby's death.Painting: George Romney

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January 27 - Fri

Horsehead Nebula
An infrared photograph of the Horsehead Nebula, a dark nebula in the constellation of Orion. Located approximately 1,500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse's head when viewed from Earth.Photograph: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

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January 28 - Sat

Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace, the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. Located in southern India, the kingdom is traditionally believed to have been founded in 1399 as a vassal state to the Vijayanagara Empire before becoming independent in the 16th century.Photograph: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

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January 29 - Sun

Young Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees
Young Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees is an 1821 painting by the American portrait artist Charles Bird King (1785–1862) of Plains Indian chiefs who among many others traveled to Washington to meet with the president to negotiate their territorial rights with the government.Painting: Charles Bird King

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January 30 - Mon

Detroit International Riverfront
A panoramic view of the Detroit International Riverfront, a tourist attraction and landmark of Detroit, Michigan. The area encompasses a marina, a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high-rise residential areas along with Cobo Center, Joe Louis Arena, and the only international wildlife preserve in North America.Photograph: Chris Woodrich

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January 31 - Tue

Elliðaey
The island Elliðaey in Breiðafjörður, a large shallow bay in the west of Iceland. It separates the region of the Westfjords from the south of the country. The northern tip of the bay was formed about 15 million years ago, whereas the southern end at Snæfellsnes was formed less than half that time ago.Photograph: Heinrich Pniok

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