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2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain of Arizona and his running mate Sarah Palin take the stage at a campaign event in Lancaster, Penn. on September 9, 2008. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Newscom/File)

Sarah Palin and John McCain

GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK: A great hammerhead is seen Walker's Cay, Bahamas, where they feed in open ocean fish as well as other sharks. In its triennial conference, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, came to a close without protecting any threatened marine species. (Newscom/FILE)

CITES conference fails to protect any threatened marine species

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People fill South Street during a flash mob incident that involved thousands and closed the street to traffic from Front Street to Broad in Philadelphia in 2010. Thanks to websites like Twitter and Facebook, more and more so-called flash mobs are materializing across the globe, leaving police scrambling to keep tabs on the spontaneous assemblies. (Laurence Kesterson/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP/File)

Flash mobs

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A beetle climbs on rain-spotted clover leaf at River Forks Park in south western Oregon. (Newscom)

Beetle mania: Fascinating beetles around the world

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A honeybee visits a flower at the Mughal Gardens at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 12. The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden with pesticides. Two federal agencies along with regulators in California and Canada are scrambling to figure out what is behind this relatively recent threat. (Gurinder Osan/AP)

Disappearing honeybees

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A tractor plows a field near the steaming cooling towers of Slovakia's oldest nuclear power plant, Jaslovske Bohunice. The plant was built by a Soviet designer and was upgrated with Western technology. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Newscom/File)

Nuclear power around the world

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British Royal Marines and sailors from the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose intercept a pirate gang in the Somali basin on Oct. 14, 2010. Cyber attacks, terrorism, inter-state conflict and natural hazards are the top threats to British security, officials said, a day before a major military review due to include deep spending cuts. (Terry Sewaqrd/MoD/Crown Copyright/Reuters)

Somali pirates

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British environmentalist David de Rothschild's eco-friendly catamaran, the Plastiki, made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, prepares to embark on a transpacific voyage from San Francisco to Australia. Rothschild, a decedent of the famous English banking family, will make the journey to bring attention to sites of ecological importance that are susceptible to issues caused by climate change. (Luca Babini/PRNewsFoto/Revo/Newscom)

Voyage of the Plastiki

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The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano on April 23. Iceland's volcanic eruption was spewing far less ash on Thursday and the plume of smoke was low, but a change of wind direction meant Iceland's airports were now set to close for the first time. (Ingolfur Juliusson/Reuters)

Iceland volcano

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Argentine artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, accompanied by Greenpeace activists, throws a green substance in the Riachuelo River as part of a protest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 22. Greenpeace dyed the river green, the most polluted in the nation's capital, to mark World Water Day. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

World Water Day