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Incredible Rotary Snowplow Cuts a Path in the Snow for Trains

Incredible Rotary Snowplow Cuts a Path in the Snow for TrainsWhile it’s still summer for many of us, we can’t help but think about the upcoming cooler temperatures. This historic and impressive piece of machinery is the rotary snowplow, and it’s used for clearing train tracks after a heavy snowfall. The large, circular set of blades on its front are rotated by an engine that’s held within its frame. But although it contains an engine, the snowplow isn't a self-propelled vehicle. This means that one or more trains must follow behind to push it along the tracks as it cuts a path in the snow.

2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest Winners

2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest Winners 1. Grand Prize – The Independence Day
Marko Korošec Selected from more than 18,000 entries, a photograph of a dramatic storm cloud, taken by Marko Korošec of Sezana, Slovenia, has been chosen as the grand-prize winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Korošec has won an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska’s Inside Passage for two aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or the National Geographic Sea Bird. Shot near Julesburg, Colorado, the winning photo is titled “The Independence Day” because the spaceship-like cloud formation reminded Korosec of the 1996 movie.

Nara, The City Taken Over by Deer

 Nara, The City Taken Over by Deer
Anybody who has travelled to India must have invariably encountered cows on the streets; animals that disrupts traffic and refuse to move. Now replace cows with deer and you’ve got Nara.
Nara is the capital city of Nara Prefecture, and lies south of Kyoto, less than two hours from Tokyo by train. It is a beautiful city full of temples, shrines and ancient ruins, and home to one of the world's largest wooden buildings and one of the largest known statues of Buddha. Between 710 to 784, Nara even served as the capital of Japan. Today, this city of 370,000 has approximately 1,200 deer roaming the streets.

Amazing Miniature Worlds Constructed on Everyday Objects

Amazing Miniature Worlds Constructed on Everyday ObjectsAfter years of building traditional model railroad dioramas, Japanese artist Akihiro Morohoshi put a twist on his usual work by embedding the miniature scenes in everyday objects. In his playful works of art, tiny and quaint worlds sit atop and inside discarded Pringle chips cans, matchboxes, guitars, and candy vending machines.