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March 1 - Tue

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Russell Falls, Tasmania

The lower curtain of Russell Falls, a waterfall on the eastern boundary of Mount Field National Park, in Tasmania, Australia, 100 metres (330 ft) downstream from Horseshoe Falls. Accessible by a paved walking track, the falls are a popular tourist attraction.

Photo: JJ Harrison
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March 2 - Wed

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Mounted police

Four mounted police officers of the Victoria Police in Victoria, Australia, during a peaceful protest at Hazelwood Power Station. The officers and horses are equipped with riot gear to protect them from any indirect projectiles or attempted assaults, as well as reflective tape to aid visibility. Mounted police are often employed in crowd control because of their mobile mass and height advantage.

Photo: Mriya
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March 3 - Thu

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Spider eyes

The head of a female Clynotis severus species of jumping spider. The eyes of a spider are called simple eyes (as opposed to compound eyes) because in each eye, a single lens collects and focuses light onto the retina. In this spider, the two largest eyes in the middle are the most acute. The remainder on the sides and on the top of its head are "secondary eyes".

Photo: JJ Harrison
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March 4 - Fri

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Mariano Rivera

Panamanian baseball pitcher Mariano Rivera has spent his entire 16-year Major League Baseball career with the New York Yankees. An 11-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Rivera has accumulated 559 saves, the second-most in MLB history, and he holds Major League postseason records for saves and earned run average, among other records.

Photo: Keith Allison
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March 5 - Sat

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White coral fungus

A specimen of white coral fungus (Ramariopsis kunzei), a species of coral fungus found in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The fruit body is white to whitish-yellow in color and grows typically up to 8 cm (3.1 in) tall and 6 cm (2.4 in) wide. Older specimens may have a pinkish tinge. Although it is edible, the odor and taste are not distinctive.

Photo: Kaldari
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March 6 - Sun

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Valletta, Malta

A panoramic view of Valletta, the capital of Malta, as seen from Senglea across the Grand Harbour. The city is named after Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitaller who successfully defended the island from an Ottoman invasion in 1565. The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

Photo: Myriam Thyes
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March 7 - Mon

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Whistling Kite

The Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) is a medium-sized diurnal raptor found throughout Australia, New Caledonia and New Guinea. It ranges in size from 50 to 60 cm (20 to 24 in), with a wingspan between 123 and 146 cm (48 and 57 in). Males and females appear similar, with pale buff on the head, breast and tail, with browner wings and black flight feathers, but females are generally larger. It is named for its loud whistling call, which it gives in flight, while perched, and even while in the nest.

Photo: Fir0002
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March 8 - Tue

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Under the Horse Chestnut Tree

Under the Horse Chestnut Tree (1898), a drypoint and aquatint print by Mary Cassatt, an American painter and printmaker who lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children, on which her reputation is largely based. In recognition of her contributions to the arts, France awarded her the Légion d'honneur in 1904, but she never had as much success in her homeland, having been overshadowed by her brother, railroad magnate Alexander Cassatt.

Restoration: Lise Broer
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March 9 - Wed

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Phaneroptera sp. katydid

A female Phaneroptera sp. of katydid (or bush-cricket) from the subfamily Phaneropterinae, which contains some of the largest winged katydid species. Like the grasshoppers they physically resemble, they feed on plants, but they live solitary lives and do not swarm like grasshoppers do, and as such are not considered to be pests.

Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim
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March 10 - Thu

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Princess of Wales conservatory, Kew Gardens

The Princess of Wales conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens located in the borough of Richmond upon Thames in South London. The building was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in commemoration of Princess Augusta's efforts to expand the garden in the 18th century. Of the buildings constructed during this time, only a few remain, including a ten-storey pagoda.

Photo: David Iliff
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March 11 - Fri

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Westertoren, Amsterdam

The 85 m (279 ft) tall Westertoren is the tallest church tower in Amsterdam. Part of the Westerkerk ("western church"), it was designed in the Renaissance style by Hendrick de Keyser and is topped by a replica of the Imperial Crown of Austria of Maximilian I. The Westerkerk is located close to the Anne Frank House where diarist Anne Frank and others hid for two years during World War II, and is mentioned frequently in her diary.

Photo: Massimo Catarinella
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March 12 - Sat

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Canberra

A stitched panoramic view of Canberra, the capital city of Australia, as seen from the top of Black Mountain Tower. Among the many landmarks visible are (left-to-right) Mount Ainslie, Canberra International Airport (in the distance near the horizon), Australian National University (slightly below the city centre), and Lake Burley Griffin (centre-right).

Photo: JJ Harrison
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March 13 - Sun

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Western Tridentbush

The flower of a Micrantheum serpentinum (Western Tridentbush), a species of woody shrub or small tree endemic to Tasmania. The plant typically grows up to 3 m (9.8 ft) tall. It has small, thin leaves with pointed ends, and small yellow-green flowers. The oval-shaped fruit is yellow-brown in colour, roughly 3 mm (0.1 in) long, and ripens in mid-summer.

Photo: JJ Harrison
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March 14 - Mon

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Eugene Cernan on the moon

American astronaut Eugene Cernan (born March 14, 1934), shown here on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission, the last time any human has set foot on it. In that final lunar landing mission, launched December 7, 1972, Cernan became "the last man on the moon" since he was the last to re-enter the Apollo Lunar Module during its third and final extra-vehicular activity. Prior to this, Cernan had also gone into space twice on the Gemini 9A and Apollo 10 missions.

Photo: Harrison Schmitt
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March 15 - Tue

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Trafalgar Square

A 360° panorama of Trafalgar Square, located in Central London, England. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. The square is a popular tourist attraction, and is used as a location for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year's Eve in London.

Photo: David Iliff
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March 16 - Wed

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Aerial bombing of Barcelona

During the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona came under aerial bombardment for three days beginning March 16, 1938, from the Italian Aviazione Legionaria, causing more than 3,000 deaths. These attacks were at the request of General Francisco Franco as retribution against the resolutely Republican Catalan population.

Photo: Aviazione Legionaria
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March 17 - Thu

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Australian Pelican

An Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) in flight. This species of pelican can be found on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant to New Zealand. At about 1.7 m (5.6 ft) in length and with a wingspan of about 2.4 m (7.9 ft), it is medium-sized by pelican standards, but has the largest beak of any bird; the largest one on record was 49 cm (19 in) long. Widespread throughout its large range, the Australian Pelican is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Photo: Fir0002
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March 18 - Fri

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New York City Subway map

A transit map of the New York City Subway, one of the oldest and most extensive public transportation systems in the world. Operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, it has 468 stations in operation on 209 mi (337 km) of routes, with 842 miles (1,355 km) of track. It is the busiest rapid transit rail system by annual ridership in the Western Hemisphere, and fifth busiest in the world. Its stations are located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Staten Island has its own rail line which is not part of the system, but is included in the map as well.

Map: CountZ
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March 19 - Sat

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Bembix sp. sand wasp

A sand wasp (Bembix sp.) digging its nest in sand, which is typically a short, simple burrow, with a single enlarged chamber at the bottom which is stocked with prey items for the developing wasp larva. Sand wasps are predators on various groups of insects, with flies being the most common.

Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim
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March 20 - Sun

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Blue milk mushroom

A broken cap of a blue milk mushroom (Lactarius indigo), turned so that gills are clearly visible. The common name refers to the milky latex that exudes when the mushroom tissue is cut or broken. A widely distributed species, it grows naturally in eastern North America, East Asia, and Central America. It is an edible mushroom, and is sold in rural markets in Mexico, Guatemala, and China.

Photo: Dan Molter
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March 21 - Mon

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Kostas Martakis

Kostas Martakis is a Greek singer most known for his participation in a talent show called Dream Show aired by Alpha TV in 2006, and his participation in the Greek national final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. He released his debut album Anatropi and numerous singles through Sony BMG Greece, with whom he was originally signed. In 2009, he signed with Universal Music Greece and then released his second album Pio Konta in November 2009.

Photo: Universal Music Greece
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March 22 - Tue

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La Giralda

The Giralda is a 104.5 m (343 ft) tall bell tower for the Seville Cathedral in Seville, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a minaret in 1198, when Seville was ruled by the Almohad Caliphate. After the city was taken by the Christians in the Reconquista, the city's mosque was converted to a church. The upper third of the structure was completed during the Spanish Renaissance.

Photo: David Iliff
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March 23 - Wed

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Zhou Maoshu Appreciating Lotuses

Zhou Maoshu Appreciating Lotuses, a designated National Treasure of Japan, is a 15th century painting mounted as a hanging scroll by Kanō Masanobu that depicts the 11th century Confucian scholar Zhou Maoshu in a boat floating on a lake with lotuses. Kanō was the chief painter of the Ashikaga shogunate and is generally considered the founder of the Kanō school of painting, which would become the dominant style of painting until the Meiji period.

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March 24 - Thu

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Joseph Priestley caricature

A 1790 caricature of British natural philosopher and theologian Joseph Priestley. He is depicted preaching from atop a pile of his own works, in a pulpit made from a barrel inscribed "FANATICISM", to Charles James Fox seated in a box pew. Fox asks, "Pray, Doctor is there such a thing as a Devil?" Priestley responds "No", as the devil himself announces, "If you had eyes behind, you'd know better my dear Doctor". The cartoon is a satire on the efforts of Fox to get the Test and Corporation Acts repealed.

Etching: William Dent; Restoration: Lise Broer
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March 25 - Fri

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Reference ranges for blood tests

A chart of reference ranges for blood tests sorted by mass and molarity. Reference ranges are sets of values used by a health professional to interpret a set of medical test results from blood samples. Each set of values is usually defined as the set of values within which 95% of the normal population would fall.

Image: Mikael Häggström
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March 26 - Sat

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Eastern Yellow Robin

The Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) is an easily observed species of Australasian robin found in coastal and sub-coastal eastern Australia. The Eastern Yellow Robin occupies a wide range of habitats, most often in damper places or near water. Like all Australian Robins, it is not closely related to either the European Robin or the American Robin.

Photo: Fir0002
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March 27 - Sun

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Fort Mason, San Francisco

A panoramic view of Fort Mason Center, part of the Fort Mason complex in San Francisco, California, US, with Russian Hill in the background (behind the sailboat). Fort Mason served as a U.S. Army post for more than 100 years, initially as a coastal defense site and subsequently as a military port facility until 1965. It is currently registered as a National Historic Landmark district.

Photo: Mila Zinkova
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March 28 - Mon

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Homoneura sp. fly

Lauxaniidae (Homoneura sp. pictured) is a family of flies, consisting of around 1,800 species distributed worldwide. Individuals are generally small (less than 5 mm or 0.20 in long) with large compound eyes and often brightly coloured. The majority of species are found in the tropical regions of Asia and the Americas, but species are also found in more temperate regions.

Photo: Fir0002
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March 29 - Tue

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Helitack

A Bell 212 Twin Huey carrying a helicopter bucket, a specialized bucket suspended on a cable to deliver water for helitack operations, which is aerial firefighting using helicopters. Helitack crews are used to attack a wildfire and gain early control of it, especially when inaccessibility would make it difficult or impossible for ground crews to respond in the same amount of time.

Photo: Mila Zinkova
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March 30 - Wed

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Men's sandals

A pair of men's sandals, an open type of outdoor footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer's foot by straps or thongs passing over the instep and generally, but not always, around the ankle, leaving most or all of the foot exposed. People may choose to wear sandals for several reasons, including comfort in warm weather and as a fashion choice.

Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim
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March 31 - Thu

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower as seen from the Champ de Mars. At 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, the tower, an iron lattice tower, is the tallest building in Paris, the most-visited paid monument in the world, as well as one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, it was built as an entrance arch for the 1889 Exposition Universelle and has since become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France.

Photo: Benh Lieu Song
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