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Fabian Oefner is a photographer who dabbles in physics, if only because it produces such interesting pictures. The first series, "Millefiori," is created by "mixing ferrofluid with water color and putting it into a magnetic field." Within the field, the iron particles rearrange to form black channels, separating the water colors from the ferrofluid. Next, Oefner's "Black Hole" series shows the results of paint versus centipetal force. 

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Ever ordered something from a restaurant and then it looked nowhere near as good as the picture? That's not because they happened to photograph the best burger of the batch that day. It's because the art of "food porn" comes down to high speed cameras, heavy post-production and all that food - props. Here's a fascinating insight into production company Marmalade Studios and the secrets behind making their clients' mouths water.

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Happy Sundog! This is Maddie, a coonhound who is just exceptional at standing on things. Her low-level acrobatics have earned her a loyal following, and she currently travels around the U.S. with her head in the clouds, feet on whatever. Maddie even has a book, documenting how cool she is: Maddie on Things.

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In this photo series by Gabriele Galimberti, children from all over the world show you their favorite toys. As you can imagine, some children have many toys, and others have very few treasures to play with. It's a poignant way to look at the incredible influence of socio-economic status, even on the youngest members of society. Warning: You will probably get hit with a lot of feelings while looking at these pictures. Galimberti said of the series, "Doing this, I learnt more about the parents than I did about the kids."

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Photographer Helga Laufey Guðmundsdóttir captures Iceland in these beautiful and sometimes surprising images. I can't pronounce any of their scenic locations, but that just makes the place more mysterious!

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October 1942. "Noontime rest for an assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for a heavy bomber form the background." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

From the Office of War Information, these images of the American war effort at the onset of WWII are both sunny and serious, documenting romance, patriotism, and Paul Simon's America. It's not my fault he has the perfect song for it. What's a girl to do? Below, this series of Kodachromes is a brief bit of photojournalism dedicated to the 1940s, especially the exciting inclusion of women into the workforce, and the great fashion tips that came along.

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I know it looks like a giant pink hairball but this is actually a close up photograph of the sun, and it was taken with a webcam designed to capture license plates. Photographer Alan Friedman is just one of those people who invents ingenious ways to use everyday items. Did I mention that these images are taken from Friedman's backyard in Buffalo, New York, and not the International Space Station? Friedman gets these images by capturing objects at 120 frames per second, and then combing through to find the sharpest image. One last thing: this isn't even Friedman's day job – he designs greeting cards and takes these photographs as a hobby. Alan also gave a Ted Talk about his strange ability to capture sunlight, below.

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Ed Flores calls himself a "movement photographer." His unique style captures both the artistry and the physical exertion of dance. We spoke with him about his inspiration and technique.

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If the only thing stopping you from going scuba diving with your camera was worrying about keeping it dry, then start booking that flight to Australia. The Outex camera cover is a new project being funded on Kickstarter with considerable benefits to adventure-seeking photographers. The cover works like a dry-suit with tough and flexible material while never compromising the quality of your shot. Designed by JR deSouza.

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The work of photographer Takeshi Suga is soft, sentimental and nostalgic. Looking through his images makes me feel like I'm remembering vague recollections from a nonexistent film. His hazy photography evokes mysteries and secrets of these landscapes. The vintage-esque filters give us the effect of looking through a lens into the past. Suga's Winter Wonderland series is delicate and surreal. It takes me back to that ski trip I once took.... or did I?

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