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Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week - 05 Feb 2015
Our top photos from the past week.
SWISS-ENVIRONMENT/
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February 03, 2015
An artificially triggered avalanche thunders down a mountain side at the Vallee de la Sionne in Anzere...
Anzere, Switzerland
An artificially triggered avalanche thunders down a mountain side at the Vallee de la Sionne in Anzere...
An artificially triggered avalanche thunders down a mountain side at the Vallee de la Sionne in Anzere near Sion, February 3, 2015. The full-scale avalanche dynamics test site is providing scientists and engineers of the Swiss Institute of Research of Snow and Avalanches with essential data to understand and model avalanche motion, according to the Institute website. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDIA-CULTURE/
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February 01, 2015
Dancers hold their masks as they pose for pictures after taking part in the day long village festival...
Purulia, India
Dancers hold their masks as they pose for pictures after taking part in the day long village festival...
Dancers hold their masks as they pose for pictures after taking part in the day long village festival of Chhau, at Malti village in Purulia district, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal January 31, 2015. Chhau is a traditional folk dance which involves singing, dancing and drama, and is performed to celebrate the successful harvest during springtime, according to the villagers. Picture taken January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
EGYPT-JAZEERA/GRESTE-AUSTRALIA
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February 04, 2015
Australian journalist Peter Greste (C) receives a kiss from his mother Lois (L) and father Juris upon...
Brisbane, Australia
Australian journalist Peter Greste receives a kiss from his parents upon his return home at Brisbane...
Australian journalist Peter Greste (C) receives a kiss from his mother Lois (L) and father Juris upon his return home at Brisbane International Airport, early February 5, 2015. Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera journalist freed after more than a year in an Egyptian prison, arrived back in his Australian homeland on Thursday and called for the release of two colleagues still in custody. Greste was released on Sunday after 400 days in a Cairo jail and had been in Cyprus since. He had been sentenced to seven years on charges that included aiding a terrorist group in a case that had attracted widespread attention and criticism of Egypt's leadership and judiciary. REUTERS/Nathan Richter (AUSTRALIA - Tags: MEDIA TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-KOBANI
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January 30, 2015
A man walks in a street with abandoned vehicles and damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of...
KOBANI, Syria
A man walks in a street with abandoned vehicles and damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of...
A man walks in a street with abandoned vehicles and damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 30, 2015. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
NFL-SUPER/
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February 02, 2015
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated...
Glendale, UNITED STATES
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated...
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Arizona, February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/THAIPUSAM
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February 03, 2015
Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015....
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur
Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan.
Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. Devotees also fulfill vows by carrying milk-filled pots up the stairs to the cave temple. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SAFRICA-PROTEST/
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February 04, 2015
Locals react as they are shot at by a policeman (not in the picture) while looting from a shop, believed...
RANDFONTEIN, South Africa
Locals react as they are shot at by a policeman while looting from a shop during service delivery protests...
Locals react as they are shot at by a policeman (not in the picture) while looting from a shop, believed to be owned by a foreigner, during service delivery protests in Mohlakeng, west of Johannesburg February 4, 2015. Local media reported that violence broke out on Wednesday morning when locals barricaded roads and burnt tyres during a service delivery protest. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
UKRAINE-CRISIS/RUSSIA-TREASON
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January 30, 2015
Anatoly Gorlov, husband of Russian activist Svetlana Davydova, spends time with their children at their...
Vyazma, Russia
Anatoly Gorlov, husband of Russian activist Svetlana Davydova, spends time with their children at their...
Anatoly Gorlov, husband of Russian activist Svetlana Davydova, spends time with their children at their home in Vyazma, January 30, 2015. Nine months after Davydova called the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow to warn that Russian soldiers were making their way to Ukraine, an investigator with an order for her arrest showed up at her door. Her husband, Gorlov, said the investigator from the Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the Soviet KGB, detained Davydova, a mother of seven living in the western Russian city of Vyazma, on suspicion of treason. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
UKRAINE-CRISIS/
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February 05, 2015
A municipal official looks through the window of a residential block, which was damaged by a shelling...
Donetsk, Ukraine
A municipal official looks through the window of a residential block damaged by yesterday's shelling...
A municipal official looks through the window of a residential block, which was damaged by a shelling on Wednesday according to locals, in Donetsk February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
TAIWAN-AIRPLANE/
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February 04, 2015
Rescuers pull a passenger out of the TransAsia Airways plane which crash landed in a river in New Taipei...
NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan
Rescuers pull a passenger out of the TransAsia Airways plane which crash landed in a river in New Taipei...
Rescuers pull a passenger out of the TransAsia Airways plane which crash landed in a river in New Taipei City, February 4, 2015. At least two people were killed when a Taiwanese TransAsia plane carrying 58 people crashed landed in a Taipei river on Wednesday, the Taiwan government said. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-WEATHER/STORM
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February 01, 2015
Two men walk past the Crown Fountain in blizzard conditions in Chicago, Illinois February 1, 2015. ...
Chicago, UNITED STATES
Two men walk past the Crown Fountain in blizzard conditions in Chicago
Two men walk past the Crown Fountain in blizzard conditions in Chicago, Illinois February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SOCCER-NATIONS/
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February 05, 2015
Riot police shield Ghana's John Boye (21) and team mates from objects thrown by Equatorial Guinea fans...
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Riot police shield Ghana's John Boye and team mates from objects thrown by Equatorial Guinea fans at...
Riot police shield Ghana's John Boye (21) and team mates from objects thrown by Equatorial Guinea fans at the end of the first half of the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final soccer match in Malabo February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EQUATORIAL GUINEA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
TENNIS-OPEN/
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February 01, 2015
Serena Williams of the U.S. poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the women's singles...
Melbourne, Australia
Serena Williams of the U.S. poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the women's singles...
Serena Williams of the U.S. poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the women's singles final match at the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament during a photo call at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
HAITI-STRIKE/FUEL
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February 02, 2015
People pass a burning barricade during protests in Croix des Bouquets on the outskirts of Port au Prince...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
People pass a burning barricade during protests in Croix des Bouquets on the outskirts of Port au Prince...
People pass a burning barricade during protests in Croix des Bouquets on the outskirts of Port au Prince February 2, 2015. Traffic was minimal in the normally clogged streets of Haiti's capital on Monday, after a key minibus drivers union called a two-day general strike to protest high fuel prices. In an effort to avoid the strike, the government announced lower fuel prices on Friday, with gasoline dropping to 200 gourdes ($4.30) per gallon from 215 ($4.62), and diesel down to 167 ($3.59) from 177 ($3.80) gourdes. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares (HAITI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN-ODDLY/
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February 01, 2015
A competitor crawls beneath barbed wire during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England February...
Perton, United Kingdom
A competitor crawls beneath barbed wire during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England
A competitor crawls beneath barbed wire during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England February 1, 2015. The annual event to raise cash for charity challenges thousands of international competitors in a cross country run followed by an assault course consisting of obstacles including water, fire and tunnels. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ
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February 03, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH
Kurdish peshmerga forces look at bones in a mass...
SINJAR, Iraq
Kurdish peshmerga forces look at bones in a mass grave on the outskirts of Sinjar
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH
Kurdish peshmerga forces look at bones in a mass grave on the outskirts of the town of Sinjar, February 3, 2015. Police said the mass grave contained remains from 25 people belonging to the minority Yazidi sect, apparent victims of killings by Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Ari Jalal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-PENNSYLVANIA/WINGS
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January 30, 2015
Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti competes in the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia,...
Philadelphia, UNITED STATES
Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti competes in the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia,...
Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti competes in the 23rd annual Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 30, 2015. The professional competitive eater from Chicago downed 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, narrowly edging out his nearest rival and shattering the record of 363 wings set a year earlier. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SWISS-WEATHER/
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February 05, 2015
The lights of a car are seen through a gust of wind on a secondary road in Lussy near Lausanne February...
LUSSY, Switzerland
The lights of a car are seen through a gust of wind on a secondary road in Lussy near Lausanne
The lights of a car are seen through a gust of wind on a secondary road in Lussy near Lausanne February 5, 2015. Traffic in the West part of Switzerland was disrupted by heavy wind creating drifts on roads. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MYANMAR-DAILYLIFE/
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February 01, 2015
A boy sleeps in a hammock while his mother works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Yangon February...
Yangon, Myanmar
A boy sleeps in a hammock while his mother works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Yangon
A boy sleeps in a hammock while his mother works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Yangon February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-NEWYORK/TRAIN
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February 04, 2015
The vehicle that was struck by a commuter train is lifted from the tracks in Mount Pleasant, near Valhalla,...
New York, UNITED STATES
The vehicle that was struck by a commuter train is lifted from the tracks in Mount Pleasant, near Valhalla,...
The vehicle that was struck by a commuter train is lifted from the tracks in Mount Pleasant, near Valhalla, New York, February 4, 2015. Federal investigators said on Wednesday they were evaluating the "adequacy" of emergency exits and strength of cars on a commuter train that collided with an SUV a day earlier, killing six people. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT)
SOCCER-FIFA/CANDIDATES
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February 04, 2015
A boy reacts after getting an autograph from former Portugal forward Luis Figo (back R) during a Figo...
Guangzhou, China
A boy reacts after getting an autograph from former Portugal forward Figo during a Figo Football Academy...
A boy reacts after getting an autograph from former Portugal forward Luis Figo (back R) during a Figo Football Academy training session in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou February 4, 2015. FIFA have confirmed that incumbent Sepp Blatter, Figo, Dutch FA president Michael van Praag and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan have bid to stand for president.
REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
UKRAINE-CRISIS/
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February 02, 2015
A serviceman from the battalion "Aydar" waves a Ukrainian flag during a protest against the disbanding...
Kiev, Ukraine
A serviceman from the battalion "Aydar" waves a Ukrainian flag during a protest in front of Ukraine's...
A serviceman from the battalion "Aydar" waves a Ukrainian flag during a protest against the disbanding of the battalion, in front of Ukraine's Defence Ministry in Kiev February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko (UKRAINE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT)
ITALY-WEATHER/
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February 01, 2015
People walk on the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water and on the first...
Venice, Italy
People walk on the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water and on the first...
People walk on the flooded St. Mark's Square during a period of seasonal high water and on the first day of carnival, in Venice February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: TRAVEL ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SUDAN-VIOLENCE/
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February 04, 2015
A girl removes belongings from a donkey after it fell onto its side upon arrival at the Zamzam IDP camp...
El-Fashir, Sudan
A girl removes belongings from a donkey after it fell onto its side upon arrival at the Zamzam IDP camp...
A girl removes belongings from a donkey after it fell onto its side upon arrival at the Zamzam IDP camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), near El Fasher in North Darfur February 4, 2015. Thousands have fled areas in east Jebel Marra and north of Tawilla due to clashes between government forces and armed opposition groups, according to local media. REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah (SUDAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
UKRAINE-CRISIS/CASUALTIES
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February 02, 2015
A woman reacts as she looks at the debris inside a flat at a residential block damaged by recent shelling...
Yenakieve, Ukraine
A woman reacts as she looks at the debris inside a flat at a residential block damaged by recent shelling...
A woman reacts as she looks at the debris inside a flat at a residential block damaged by recent shelling in Yenakieve town, northeast from Donetsk, February 2, 2015. Separatist rockets streaked across hills in eastern Ukraine on Monday as rebels pounded the positions of Ukrainian government troops holding a strategic rail town while both sides pressed ahead with mobilising more forces for combat. The outskirts of Yenakieve and Vuhlegirsk, both on the main highway to Debaltseve, were under heavy artillery fire as rebel multiple rocket launchers and artillery pummelled the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
NFL-SUPER/
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February 02, 2015
Katy Perry performs during the halftime show at the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the Seattle...
Glendale, UNITED STATES
Katy Perry performs during the halftime show at the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the Seattle...
Katy Perry performs during the halftime show at the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona, February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
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January 31, 2015
Children run from a turkey owned by Mohamed Badr al-Din that guards his collection of vintage cars from...
Aleppo, Syria
Children run from a turkey owned by Mohamed Badr al-Din that guards his collection of vintage cars from...
Children run from a turkey owned by Mohamed Badr al-Din that guards his collection of vintage cars from passerbys, in the al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2015. The 66-year-old collector nicknamed Abu Omar inherited the hobby from his father and has a large collection of vintage cars, some of which he says belonged to former Syrian officials and were used in several movies and shows. Before the unrest, Abu Omar planned to open a museum to display his cars, which are guarded from pedestrians by a turkey that he owns. He hopes that the turmoil in the country will end so that he can pursue his hobby and repair his cars, which are heavily damaged from shelling. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KASHMIR-RELIGION/
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February 01, 2015
Kashmiri Muslim women raise their arms in prayers upon seeing a relic of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani,...
Srinagar, India
Kashmiri Muslim women raise their arms in prayers upon seeing a relic of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani,...
Kashmiri Muslim women raise their arms in prayers upon seeing a relic of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, a Sufi saint, on his death anniversary outside his shrine in Srinagar, February 1, 2015. Thousands of Kashmiri Sufi Muslims gathered on Sunday at the shrine of Jeelani, also known as Shah-e-Baghdad (King of Baghdad), on his 875th death anniversary to offer special prayers. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN-RELIGION/
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February 03, 2015
Believers dressed as "diablos" (devils), enter a church to attend a face-washing ceremony of the statue...
Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain
Believers dressed as devils enter a church for a face-washing ceremony of the statue of their village's...
Believers dressed as "diablos" (devils), enter a church to attend a face-washing ceremony of the statue of their village's patron saint San Blas (Saint Blaise) in Almonacid del Marquesado, central Spain, during the "Endiablada" festival, February 2, 2015. In the "Endiablada", an undated traditional festival in honour of the Candelaria Virgin and San Blas, believers are dressed in colourful costumes, wear a mitre with lead cowbells tied to their waists that ring as they wander around the village and in front of saints' statues during their processions. Picture taken February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN-DISASTER/
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February 02, 2015
Emergency services work at the scene of a bus accident on the Kingsway in central London February 2,...
London, United Kingdom
Emergency services work at the scene of a bus accident on the Kingsway in central London
Emergency services work at the scene of a bus accident on the Kingsway in central London February 2, 2015. A number 91 double-decker bus had its roof ripped off after hitting a tree, causing injury to passengers and passers-by, local media reported. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls (BRITAIN - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
RUSSIA-SCIENCE/
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February 04, 2015
Ivan Timofeenko, co-founder of the "Newton Park" interactive museum of science, demonstrates the so-called...
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Ivan Timofeenko, co-founder of the "Newton Park" interactive museum of science, demonstrates the so-called...
Ivan Timofeenko, co-founder of the "Newton Park" interactive museum of science, demonstrates the so-called Mirror Box, which produces various combinations of reflections creating volumetric geometric figures, during preparations for a performance for school children dedicated to the Russian Day of Science at the Museum Centre in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, February 4, 2015. A group of young engineers, scientists and researchers, who specialize in chemistry, applied mathematics and physics, founded an interactive museum of science to conduct experiments aimed at the popularization of the exact sciences for pupils and their parents. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY EDUCATION SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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