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Dakar Rally

January 30th 2009 05:49
The Dakar Rally is an annual off-road automobile race, organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris in France to Dakar in Senegal, but due to political instability in Africa, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America, the first time the race took place outside of Europe and Africa. The race is open to amateur and professional entries. Amateurs typically make up about eighty percent of the participants.

Despite its name it is an off-road endurance race, called a rally-raid rather than a conventional rally the terrain the competitors traverse is much tougher and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than the modified sedans used in rallies. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks and erg among others. The distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800900 kilometres (500560 mi) per day.

Below are some photos from the 2009 Dakar Rally iin South America. Provided by The Big Picture,

Dakar Rally 2009 - Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen during the 8th stage of the Dakar 2009, between Valparaiso and La Serena, Chile. Carlos Sainz won the stage and kept the lead in the race.

Hummer. Dakar Rally south America
Robbyn Gordon of the US in his Hummer during the 8th stage of the Dakar 2009, between Valparaiso and La Serena, Chile on January 11, 2009.

Cars for the Dakar Rally
A general view of the Dakar encampment on a rest day during the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 in Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009.

Dakar Rally. Motorbike water crossing
KTM rider Luc Pagnon of France crosses a stream during the 3rd stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 between Puerto Madryn and Ingeneiro Jacobacci, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

Dakar Rally. Sand Dunes
Robby Gordon of the US catches some air in his Hummer during the sixth stage of the 2009 Dakar rally between San Rafael and Mendoza, Argentina, on January 8, 2009.

*This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article for Dakar Rally.

Chicago 2055

January 28th 2009 01:57

One possibility of what the city of Chicago could look like in the year 2055.

Future city of Chicago 2055
Click on the image to open a larger version.

Chicago City 2055 matte painting concept for a sound of thunder director Peter Hyams

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Best Animal Photos

January 26th 2009 01:32
As chosen by, these are some of the best animal pictures from the site. The entire top 10 can be viewed here.

Best Wired animal photographs - boy and dog on couch
Hercules and Pal

Alpaca - Best pictures
Mucho the Alpaca

dog in the light. Best animal photos
Seeking Warmth

best animal pictures - Lemurs
Not So Leaping Lemurs

best cute kitten picture
Meg in the Cup

Gadgets Throughout History

January 23rd 2009 04:34
We all enjoy the convenience of modern technology, however sometimes it can be interesting to take a look back through time and trace how our modern gadgets developed. Thanks to the Chicago Tribune, here are various pieces of technology that once upon a time were cutting edge.

Development of modern DVDs
DVD lineage - Even before there was a VCR in every home, new home entertainment mediums were being created. Here, Ken Ingram, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Magnavox, demonstrates a video disc player in September 1979.

Video Phone. Historic gadgets
Earl Dell Jr., 4, was excited about the experience of using one of the very first picture phones in December 1972. The phone was on display at the Museum of Science and Industry, touted as phone of the future.

Early video game history - Atari
The online poker industry may owe some props to Atari, which was one of the pioneers of video gaming, especially with games like black jack. Here, Dave Gardner, 14, demonstrates Atari black jack in June 1980, at a gaming convention in Chicago.

Early mobile phones in the 1980s
n just four short years, the cell phone went from fitting into a brief case to fitting into a chassis the size of a brick. Here, Chicago businessman Ed Lang conducts business out and about in August 1989.

Early home computer PCs
The cost of setting up a home computer in 1983 was, from left: printer $499, cassette recorder $59, central processing unit $1,000, modem $149 and graphics printer $995.


Light Paintings

January 21st 2009 04:15
Light Graffiti or Light Painting where a light source is used to create a picture is an art that has been practiced since the early days of photography. Light Graffiti Photography is normally taken at night or in a darkened room. A light source will usually be moved to create the images, sometimes however the camera can be moved instead.
Today's post features some beautiful examples of this art form, more can be seen at here.

Light Graffiti
Light Graffiti by Lightmark

Light Painting
Light Painting by Toby Keller

Light Photography
Sax A Phone by Eran Hakim

Snakes on a Pain by El Endemoniau

Light Pictures
Light Painting by rafoto


Historic Boxing Pictures

January 19th 2009 01:25
Thanks to the Chicago Tribune, here are some classic photos from the early days of modern boxing.

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World's Largest Cat

January 16th 2009 11:13
The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger (not to be confused with a tigon). It is the largest of all cats in existence today. The mix of genes in this way causes gigantism. Tigons with a male tiger and female lion are not as large in size.

Here are some pictures of one of the largest Ligers alive - Hercules and his trainer

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Lenticular Clouds

January 14th 2009 06:01
Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction.
Lenticular Clouds over mountains

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The Milky Way

January 12th 2009 01:33
The Milky Way, sometimes called simply the Galaxy, is the galaxy in which our Solar System is located. While very significant to us, it is actually only one of billions of galaxies in the observable universe.

The Milky Way galaxy, as viewed from the Earth appears as a hazy band of white light in the night sky originating from stars and other material that lie within the galaxy

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A Picture Tells A Thousand Words

January 9th 2009 09:45
If a picture tells a thousand words, can a thousand words make a picture?
Apparently the answer is yes!

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Noah's Ark

January 7th 2009 09:32
As reported on the BBC Dutchman Johan Huibers is building a working replica of Noah's Ark as a testament to his Christian faith. Johan's Ark is a fifth of the size of Noah's and will carry farmyard animals.
Noah's Ark replica Netherlands

Mr Huibers, who plans to open the vessel as a religious monument and zoo, hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands

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Satellite Repair In Space

January 5th 2009 13:39
Today's image from NASA shows an astronaught perfomring a spacewalk to carry out repairs on a satellite. Planet Earth can be seen in the background. Click on the image to open a larger and more spectacular version.

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Beautiful Frost

January 2nd 2009 10:55
Frost is formed when surfaces are chilled below the dew point of the surrounding air. There are many different kinds of frost such as radiation frost on plants or window frost. It is also capable of causing massive environmental and economic damage. However, in the right circumstances frost can form into beautiful and abstract pieces of art as seen in these images. Thanks to Environmental Graffiti for these.

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