Inside London's British Museum, the glass-roofed Great Court surrounds the original Reading Room. A wall of windows gives diners at a restaurant in Woodbridge, Tasmania, stunning views of a giant oak and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. A grove of 18 "supertrees"—vertical gardens up to 164 feet tall that capture rainwater and filter exhaust—are capped with solar panels that provide energy to light up the trees at night. A showpiece of the Seattle Public Library System, a redesigned Central Library opened in 2004. Ticket agents await passengers in Terminal 2 of the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the busiest global hub in mainland China. Inlaid flowers wind across the 183,000-square-foot marble courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. At the Gardens by the Bay complex in Singapore, the Cloud Forest attraction gives visitors a look at life high in the mountains.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member.
A photograph taken at twilight captures London's City Hall aglow and the Tower Bridge drawbridge opening for river traffic.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member. At the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) a monumental spiral staircase was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. One of the world's largest Buddhist shrines, Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), is crowded with ornate, multitiered pagodas and dome-shaped stupas trimmed in gold.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member.
This building in the Bundestag parliament complex, completed in 2003, holds the parliamentary library and archives.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member. Museums, an opera house, a planetarium, an oceanarium, and more make up the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member.
The Reichstag, Germany's parliament building, was retrofitted in 1999 with a new dome that uses glass and mirrors to reflect daylight deep into the main chamber, reducing dependence on artificial lighting.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member.
Built for the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, with its record height and panoramic views, didn't do much for the critics, who called it unsightly. Made of pink and red sandstone, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) was built in Jaipur in 1799. Pisa's famous Leaning Tower casts a shadow over a wide walled area known as the Campo dei Miracoli.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member.
The distinctive roof of the Sydney Opera House is created from interlocking "shells" that form a terraced platform.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member. Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, completed in 1659, is the most important mosque for India's 120 million Muslims.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member. See photos of the top happiness hot spots around the world—Denmark, Singapore, Mexico, and San Luis Obispo, California—and discover some of the secrets of thrivers.
A tiger peers at a camera trap it triggered while hunting in the early morning in the forests of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. SingaporeThe vertiginous "infinity pool" at the Marina Bay Sands resort offers a sweeping view of Singapore, a country that's achieved success while building up instead of out.
After the disasters of March 11, tens of thousands were ordered to leave their homes in the vicinity of the damaged nuclear plant, their footprints now frozen in the mud.
The 15th-century church of Rodel on the Isle of Lewis, built for the warlike chiefs of the MacLeods, towers over the sea lochs of Scotland's Outer Hebrides. RebirthNew York, New YorkThe liveliest show in town, Times Square buzzes with reborn energy. China—As if swimming in a fantasy aquarium, a school of decorative fish hovers inside Beijing's renovated Water Cube. Street LifeIstanbul, TurkeyBy foot, rail, and automobile, people pass through Taksim Square, animating the modern hub of Istanbul.
Stars a hundred times more massive than the sun pierce the roiling haze of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Democratic Republic of the Congo—Healthy vegetation in a verdant area of South Kivu Province appears reddish when captured with infrared photography. A centuries-old supernova remnant, its rose-tinted shock wave blasting outward at more than 11 million miles an hour, hangs in the Large Magellanic Cloud like an iridescent holiday ornament. Affluent CitySeoul, South KoreaSeoul's electrifying growth, from impoverished war-torn capital in the 1950s to economic powerhouse, has turned its cityscape into a dense grid of housing and office towers. The fallow deer in the park at Knole, Kent, have looked down at the world with long-nosed lordliness since the days of King James. Singapore’s Esplanade neighborhood is home to a 15-acre (six-hectare) performing arts center, the Esplanade Mall, and two outdoor performing venues.
A Sikh guard stands in front of the Raffles Hotel, opened in 1887 and declared a National Monument a century later. Inside the Esplanade’s sleekly designed concert hall is an orchestral platform that holds up to 120 musicians, a reverberation chamber used to alter the hall’s acoustics, and a 4,470-pipe organ. The Singapore Botanical Gardens, built in 1859 and spanning 128 acres (51 hectares), are a popular spot for locals to stroll, jog, or practice tai chi. Tourists pose to have their photograph taken with a python, with the city’s Financial District in the background. In Singapore’s Chinatown, officially named Niu Che Shui (Bullock Cart Water), visitors can buy Chinese handicrafts, clothing, and medicine.


Li Lian Xing, an herbalist at Imperial Herbal, specially prepares an herb-infused dish made for his client.
Adorned in fruit, hooks, and steel rods, a Singaporean sets off on his Thaipusam walk through the city.
A Chinese opera performer paints her face backstage at a neighborhood performance in Singapore during the Chinese New Year. Children play in the surf at East Coast Park, a popular beach complete with a driving range, tennis courts, a watersports center, and the East Coast Sailing Centre. A man is covered with yellow powder during the Holi festival, a colorful celebration commemorating the beginning of spring, in Mumbai, India.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. A farmer herds goats near a Buddhist temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma).(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The sunrise brightens colorful patterns in Washington's fertile countryside.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
A climber scales the wall of an ice cave in the French Alps.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
A Japanese maple reveals autumn colors in the Portland Japanese Garden.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. An aerial view of Tunnels Beach on the island of Kauai(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
A scuba diver explores an underwater environment as sea ice floats above in Japan's Shiretoko Peninsula.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Deer graze on fallen cherry blossom petals during a hana fubuki, or a flower snowstorm, in Japan's Nara Park.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Candles illuminate a colorful altar decorated for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Mexico.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. A ship sails through icy waters in the Arctic Ocean.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. A Buddhist monk prays by candlelight in a temple in the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma).(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Lava-formed columns surround Svartifoss, or "The Black Fall," in Iceland's Skaftafell National Park.(This photo was submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
When student engineers set out to design fuel-efficient cars, some choose to rely on high-tech tools like computer simulation, while others go back to basics, with lightweight, low-impact materials like wood and rattan. The actual road race, scheduled for early July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was cancelled this year due to heavy haze and air quality problems stemming from fires burning in neighboring Indonesia.
Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education won the design prize for its solar battery vehicle,  iTErbo III, which impressed judges with a simple and functional approach that was both economical and environmentally sound, while ensuring the safety and comfort of the driver. Universiti Sains Malaysia EVT won the eco-friendly design award for the second year running for its wooden electric car, Vagabond.
Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines won the technical innovation awards for its gasoline-powered vehicle, Aguila. Team Aguila of Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines won the technical innovation award. ITS Team 2 of Indonesia’s Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember won the Shell Helix Tribology Award for its biodiesel-powered vehicle, Sapuangin 7. Each year, students vie to design, build, and race the most fuel efficient vehicle in Shell Eco-marathon, a 29-year-old race that now encompasses three separate annual events on three continents. Team Lahutay 2 from the Philippines’ University of San Carlo, in the diesel energy category, took second place, winning $3,000. Egypt’s ASU Racing Team from Ain Shams University, in the gasoline energy category, won the third place prize of $2,000. Singapore’s iTerbo III, in the solar battery energy category, came in fourth place, winning $1,000. Ancient Rome build aqueducts to deliver fresh water to Rome which were a marvel of engineering in that the water had to flow downhill over many miles and the measurements were in fractions of an inch even through stone.
We are wasting all of the floodwater by not gathering it and moving it to dry areas generating electricity as the water flows. About the Road to Eco-marathonThis sub-section of the Great Energy Challenge Blog features the stories of high school and college students who have spent much of the past year focusing on the problem of building vehicles that use less fuel. Green lights illuminate multicolored shipping containers at the Port of Singapore Authority. A hotel infinity pool 57 stories above Singapore provides a sweeping view of the cosmopolitan republic. At Kaieteur Falls, the Potaro River cascades 741 feet—four times the length of Niagara Falls—in one drop over the sandstone ledge that separates Guyana's highlands from its sea-level rain forests. Foaming waves lap the shores of Bora-Bora as twin peaks Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu rise from an extinct volcano on the island.
The rocky wonderland of Cappadocia, Turkey, is honeycombed with a network of human-created caves—living quarters, places of worship, stables, and storehouses were dug into the soft stone beginning in the fourth century A.D. Built in the 15th century, the Forbidden City was the seat of power during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Find out why the capital of Georgia is one of the most strikingly original travel destinations in Eastern Europe, if not the world.


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The galleries of the museums house works of art that include entire rooms painted by Raphael and the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member. Today it's one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member.
It forms part of the City Palace complex.This photo was taken by a Your Shot community member. Tigers can thrive in many habitats, from the frigid Himalaya to tropical mangrove swamps in India and Bangladesh. Nothing in early modern Britain, from its cities to its remotest corners, was more political than religion.
A 30-year redevelopment project turned a seedy stretch of Broadway into today's neon-lit shopping and entertainment walkway. Where Olympic swimmers used to compete, visitors now frolic in a wave pool and on elaborate water-park rides. Compensation for loss of life caused by cats outside the park gives villagers some consolation.
Schemes to restrict the area to foot traffic worry planners who fear the famous crossroads could lose its creative energy. Gas and dust from exploding stars serve as seed matter for new stars, making this one of the most active stellar nurseries in our galactic neighborhood. That's the name Steve Winter gave this youngster, cooling off in a watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park, after he slapped the automated camera trap until it stopped clicking. But Shell recently singled out five teams from the 130 registered for the competition for excellence in designing and promoting their environmentally friendly cars. The judges cited the team’s strong combination of reused materials and alternative fuel. Extensive research and partnerships with industry experts led the team to original technical solutions such as a dog clutch and multi-plate clutch combo and derailleur chain transmission. Tribology is the study of design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion, as in bearings or gears.
The Americas edition took place in Houston in April, while the Europe competition was held in May in Rotterdam. Team Rakata from Indonesia’s Institute Teknologi Bandung, in the ethanol energy category, won the top prize of $5,000 for their submission, which impressed the judges with its thoroughly researched rundown urban CO2 emission sources and their detailed ideas and recommendations how to reduce them in future. They are participants in Shell* Eco-marathon, a competition on three continents to design, build, and drive the most fuel-efficient car. Green Lake, which for most of the year is no more than six feet deep, expands with the inflow of snowmelt, swallowing part of the park that surrounds it: trees, hiking trails, benches, bridges, and all.
More than 3,000 multinational companies have offices on this tropical island at the entrance to the Strait of Malacca.Dazzling lights and performances fill the vibrant island of Singapore.
An overseas territory of France, Bora-Bora is in the Leeward group of French Polynesia's Society Islands in the Pacific Ocean.Stunning water and vibrant culture surround Bora-Bora. Some dislike the theme park commercialism of the redo, but almost all applaud that the streets are alive with a city's valued resource—people. The grandeur of this aristocratic style seeped into every corner of King James's England—and into the language used by the translators of his Bible. The vehicle’s chassis was made from wood sourced from non-virgin forests, and was designed to be 95 percent recyclable. The design was executed with driver ergonomics and sustainability in mind, using a lightweight indigenous material, rattan, for the cockpit, backseat and footrest.
Shell Eco-marathon judges said ITS Team 2 stood out with its understanding of how lubricant selection impacts vehicle performance, quantifying this with computer-aided simulations to determine friction and fuel economy, and adjusting design elements to consider tribology impacts. If ancient civilizations all over the world could create marvels of hydro engineering with much more primitive tools, what is stopping us? It was an age in which social hierarchy was considered a reflection of the divine order of the universe. I would propose that this falls into the province of national defense, with the obvious advantage of being pre disaster relief. On the day I felt the worst, and shivered in the snow and wind, I took my favorite photographs of the trip.



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