Incredible Shadow Art Created From Junk

Amazing Events in pictures

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Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill presents a miniature diya (lamp) balanced on his thumb in Amritsar on the eve of Diwali

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German artist Frank Bolter floats a paper boat called To The World's End. The origami paper boat which was folded at Canary Wharf was then sailed on the nearby Thames as part of the Drift10 biennial art exhibition

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Fan Sijia, an obese two-year-old girl who weighs as much as adult woman, plays with a neighbourhood boy who is about the same age as her in Taocun town, Shanxi province, China. She was born in January 2008 and now weighs 45 kilograms

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Lego model of a frog dissection created by Dave Kaleta, a kindergarten teacher from Chicago. He created the anatomically correct specimen as part of a competition in which he was just given the brief 'Legoanatomy'. He said: "I had a couple of different ideas that involved Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson, but that was already taken by another competitor, so decided that dissecting a frog was a more universal experience that lots of people could relate to"...

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...It took Dave seven hours to build the frog over three days. He says "I went up to the science department to see if they had a model I could look at, but they didn't, so I culled image reference from online. I have no idea how many pieces are included, but it's probably between 1000-2000"

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Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy completes two aerial loops using just his custom-made jet-propelled wingsuit. Rossy, 51, launched himself from a hot air balloon at an altitude of 7,874 feet (2,400 metres) near Lake Geneva. Then he fired up the jets on his new, smaller and sleeker, wingsuit to perform the loopings before landing safely with a parachute

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A scale model of St Paul's Cathedral made out of used train tickets is pictured on the Millennium Bridge in London. Artist Robert Bradford created models of several British landmarks (Blackpool Tower, St Paul's and Edinburgh Castle) using a total of 115,000 used train tickets, representing the 115,000 cheap advance ticketssold each day

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High wire artist Freddy Nock walks on a hire wire between a castle and a church in Thun, Switzerland

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A view from a domestic flight from Denpasar to Yogyakarta that was subsequently diverted to Surabaya airport shows a plume of gas and ash billowing some 10 km (six miles) high from the Mount Merapi volcano. Indonesia's most active volcano Merapi, located in Central Java province, is a sacred landmark in Javanese culture whose name translates as "Mountain of Fire" 

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People ride a motorcycle while volcanic ash falls in Magelang, Indonesia, as Mount Merapi erupts

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Tom Cruise performs a stunt at the 2,717 feet tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for his new movie Mission Impossible 4. The stunt is thought to involve Tom jumping over another actor during a chase around the exterior of the huge building. The scene was being filmed at the Observation Deck level which is 124 floors up. A helicopter just ten feet away from the building was used by the film crew to get close to the action

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A 102-year-old pensioner from Xiaoshan in eastern China's Zhejiang Province is in such good shape that he is able to do push-ups using only one hand. Shi Xiaochun used to be a postman in the town. Shi's life is quite disciplined. "My father loves meat, fruit and tea. He never touched cigarettes or alcohol," his daughter said. Each day Shi continues to trains himself at home, practising a set of Tai Chi-like exercises that he created himself

Creative Art of Mixing Technology with Nature

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The russian contortionist

At the age of four Zlata discovered she had an amazing talent - and she has been bending over backwards ever since to make the most of it.

The Russian-born former gymnast, 24, is one of the world's most extreme contortionists.

At 5ft 9ins and weighing just eight and a half stone, Zlata spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world.

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Keeping chilled: Zlata, 24, holds on to her feet inside a fridge. The contortionist has been performing her unique act for 10 years

In one of her favourite acts she bends herself backwards at a perfect 90 degree angle - virtually cutting herself in half so the back of her hands touch her heels.

And she thinks nothing of casually pulling her legs up behind her and hooking them over her shoulders to land on the floor beside her hands.

She can even squeeze herself into boxes just 50cms squared.

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Heels over head: A former gymnast, Zlata said she gave up the sport after she was picked on by other girls at school

Zlata said: 'Doing these poses just feels very natural to me. Sometimes it can get a bit uncomfortable if I have to hold a pose for a long time in photo shoots.

'But I think that's like anyone who sits down for a long time - their muscles get stiff.

'I don't really diet but I have to train very hard to keep my muscles in shape and to be as flexible as possible.'

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Sitting pretty: Zlata has a rare condition which means her tendons are extremely pliable, allowing her to adopt painful-looking positions for lengthy periods of time

Zlata has a rare condition that makes all her tendons extremely pliable, allowing her to adopt seemingly back-breaking positions.

But Zlata, who now lives in Germany, wasn't always applauded for her contortionist ability.

She first started experimenting with her talent after her pre-school teacher asked her to create a bridge - where you stand on your hands and feet with your back arched - and she outshone her classmates.

She admits other girls her age were jealous of her and would pick on her at school.

'In Russia being flexible is a very good thing to be because everyone is really into gymnastics,' she explained.

'Some of the other girls didn't like how good I was.'

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Flexible: The contortionist can bend herself at a perfect 90 degree angle

Zlata turned her back on gymnastics and joined an after school circus instead where she learnt the art of contortionism.

She added: 'As soon as I started doing it I was addicted and I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
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