Young lovers in Florence seal their affection by placing a lock inscribed with their names on a fence that surrounds a statue of the legendary goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini. They then throw the key into the Arno River to assure eternal love. The tradition has been going on for about a decade, and Florentines believe it spread by word of mouth. Photograph by Dan Lineback and submitted by Julie Lineback (UCM).
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If you've ever wondered what snowflakes truly look like, spend a few moments with these images from the Electron Microscopy Unit of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.
At the EMU, where other areas of focus include crop pathogens and livestock diseases, "studying the structure of snow is vital to several areas of science as well as to activities that affect our daily lives."
That's no doubt true. But for the rest of us, snow's structure is just beautiful. Enjoy!
It seems like just a few days ago Chicago had huge ice news, and now this. Just when we couldn’t take it anymore things started to warm up, in a massive-abandoned-warehouse-bursting-into-flames sort of way. Nearly 200 firefighters were on the scene in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood to battle the blaze and incredibly nobody was injured. Temperatures were so low during the fire that water sprayed on the building froze almost instantly leaving behind a spectacularly beautiful ice-encrusted wonderland.