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November 1 – Sun

Eckert II projection
The Eckert II projection is an equal-area pseudocylindrical map projection presented by Max Eckert-Greifendorff in 1906. In the equatorial aspect (where the equator is shown as the horizontal axis) the network of longitude and latitude lines consists solely of straight lines, and the outer boundary has the distinctive shape of an elongated hexagon.Map: Strebe, using Geocart

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November 2 – Mon

Sambisari Temple
Sambisari is a 9th-century Hindu temple located about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east of Yogyakarta, near Adisucipto International Airport. The temple was discovered in 1966, buried approximately 5 metres (16 ft) underground; it is thought to have been covered by volcanic ash from Mount Merapi. Parts of the original temple have been excavated.Photograph: Chris Woodrich

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November 3 – Tue

Maddison Elliott
Maddison Elliott (b. 1998) is an Australian swimmer. She is S8 classified, having right side cerebral palsy as a result of a neonatal stroke. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, she became the youngest Australian Paralympic medallist by winning bronze medals in the women's 400 m and 100 m freestyle S8 events. She then became the youngest Australian gold medallist when she was a member of the women's 4×100 m freestyle relay 34 points team.Photograph: John Sherwell, Australian Paralympic Committee

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November 4 – Wed

Red squirrel
The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is a species of tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus common throughout Eurasia. This arboreal, omnivorous rodent feeds on seeds, nuts, berries, young shoots, and sap.Photograph: Peter Trimming

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November 5 – Thu

The Kid
The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan. This was Chaplin's first full-length film as a director; he also wrote and produced the film, which follows a young boy who is abandoned by his mother and raised by The Tramp. It was the second-highest grossing film in 1921. Innovative in its combination of comedic and dramatic elements, The Kid has been considered one of the greatest films of the silent era.Photograph: Unknown; restoration: Chris Woodrich

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November 6 – Fri

Bastei is a jagged rock formation, formed by water erosion, towering 194 metres (636 ft) above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. It has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824, a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for visitors. This bridge was replaced in 1851 by the present Bastei Bridge (pictured here). The rock formations and vistas have inspired several artists, among them Caspar David Friedrich.Photograph: Thomas Wolf

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November 7 – Sat

L'Umbracle is a landscaped walk found in the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain. It is lined with plant species indigenous to Valencia and features 55 fixed arches and 54 floating arches that stand 18 metres (59 ft) high.Photograph: David Iliff

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November 8 – Sun

Wheat Field with Cypresses
The National Gallery's version of Wheat Field with Cypresses, one of three similar oil paintings completed by Vincent van Gogh in 1889 as part of his wheat field series. All were executed at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole mental asylum at Saint-Rémy near Arles, France, and were inspired by the view from the window at the asylum towards the Alpilles mountains.Painting: Vincent van Gogh

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November 9 – Mon

Spanish ibex
A three-month old Spanish ibex (Capra pyrenaica) in Sierra de Gredos, Spain. These ibexes are strong mountain animals characterized by their large and flexible hooves and short legs.

The two sexes of adults form separate social groups; juveniles stay with the female groups from birth until the following birth season, when they leave. Yearling males then join male groups, while females eventually return to their mothers' groups and stay several years.Photograph: J.Ligero & I.Barrios

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November 10 – Tue

Hidatsa warrior
A Hidatsa warrior in the costume of the dog dance. This drawing is one of several completed by Karl Bodmer while during his Missouri River expedition between 1832 and 1834.Illustration: Karl Bodmer; restoration: Adam Cuerden and Chris Woodrich

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November 11 – Wed

Irish World War I poster
A World War I recruitment poster released in Ireland in 1915. Ireland entered the war in August 1914 as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, which was one of the Entente Powers. At the outbreak of the war, most Irish people supported the war effort, and both nationalist and unionist leaders initially backed it. In 1916, supporters of Irish independence took the opportunity to proclaim Ireland a republic and to defend it in an armed rebellion against British rule in Dublin. Britain's intention to impose conscription in Ireland in 1918 provoked widespread resistance.

Over 200,000 Irishmen fought in the war, in several theatres. The number of Irish soldiers killed is estimated as 49,400, of whom 30,000 were serving in the British forces.Poster: Hely's Limited; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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November 12 – Thu

Klara Church
An aerial view of Klara Church, a Protestant church located in Stockholm. The current church building was constructed in the 16th century, with the tower added during a restoration in the 1880s.Photograph: Arild Vågen

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November 13 – Fri

A map of the Swedish city of Gothenburg in 1888, during a period of heavy development. In the 19th century, the city's population increased tenfold to 130,000.Map: Ludvig Simon

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November 14 – Sat

Groundscraper thrush
The groundscraper thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa) is a passerine bird of southern and eastern Africa belonging to the thrush family. Four subspecies are known of this bird, which is found in savannas, grasslands and open woodlands.Photograph: Yathin S Krishnappa

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November 15 – Sun

St Matthew's Church, Paisley
St Matthew's Church in Paisley, Scotland, is an Art Nouveau church built between 1905 and 1907. The architect, WD McLennan, designed the building and many interior furnishings, including the organ case, font and pulpit. This view of the interior is from the rear gallery and features the stained glass window by Robert Anning Bell.Photograph: Colin

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November 16 – Mon

Monticello, located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. Jefferson began construction of the plantation and its main house at age 26, and continued work for the remainder of his life, incorporating a wide variety of techniques and styles. The home and plantation were built and cultivated using slave labor. It is now owned by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which operates it as a house museum and educational institution, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.Photograph: Martin Falbisoner

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November 17 – Tue

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is a four-act play written by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, based on Conan Doyle's eponymous character. It drew material from the stories "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Final Problem", and A Study in Scarlet, pitting Holmes against Professor Moriarty and reinventing the character of Irene Adler as a new love interest named Alice Faulkner. This play introduced the phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson" and Holmes' curved pipe.Poster: Metropolitan Printing Company; restoration: nagualdesign

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November 18 – Wed

Bolinus cornutus
Bolinus cornutus is a predatory species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Muricidae. This species is common along the west coast of Africa, where it prefers moderately shallow waters. The shell of the snail is distinctively large, spiny, and club-shaped, usually pale brown or tan in colour, with an elongated and straight siphonal canal.Photograph: H. Zell

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November 19 – Thu

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things is a painting attributed to Hieronymus Bosch, completed around 1500 or later. Presented in a series of circular images: four small circles, detailing "Death of the Sinner," "Judgment", "Hell", and "Glory", surround a single large circle showing the seven deadly sins. At the center of this circle is Jesus emerging from his tomb. The painting is now held by the Museo del Prado in Madrid.Painting: Hieronymus Bosch

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November 20 – Fri

Mucous membrane
An H&E stain of a histological section taken from the gastric antrum, showing the mucosa of the stomach.Photograph: Nephron

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November 21 – Sat

Fortress of Guaita
The Fortress of Guaita in San Marino is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano. These towers are depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms of San Marino.Photograph: Max Ryazanov

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November 22 – Sun

Grant Park
Grant Park is an urban park in the Loop community area of Chicago. Covering 319 acres or 1.29 km², it includes Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Buckingham Fountain, Petrillo Music Shell, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus, as well as gardens, art work, sports, and harbor facilities.Photograph: Diego Delso

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November 23 – Mon

European hedgehog
The European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) is a species of hedgehog found in a wide range of habitat types in western Europe. It is a well-known species, and a favourite in European gardens, both for its endearing appearance and its preference for eating a range of garden pests. While populations are currently stable across much of its range, it is thought to be declining severely in Great Britain.Photograph: Michael Gäbler

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November 24 – Tue

Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (b. 1983) is the deputy ruler of Dubai. He also serves as Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated.Photograph: Rowan Farrell

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November 25 – Wed

The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak
The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak is an 1863 oil painting by the painter Albert Bierstadt. Based on sketches made during Bierstadt's travels, it shows Lander's Peak in the Wyoming Range of the Rocky Mountains, with an encampment of Native Americans in the foreground. It has been compared to, and exhibited with, The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church. Lander's Peak was an immediate critical and popular success, selling in 1865 for $25,000. It is now held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.Painting: Albert Bierstadt

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November 26 – Thu

Göttweig Abbey Library
The library of the Göttweig Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near Krems in Lower Austria. It holds more than 130,000 books and manuscripts, as well as religious engravings, coins, antiquities, and musical manuscripts.Photograph: Jorge Royan

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November 27 – Fri

Stereum hirsutum
Stereum hirsutum is a fungus typically forming multiple brackets on dead wood. It is also a plant pathogen infecting peach trees. S. hirsutum is in turn parasitised by certain other species such as the fungus Tremella aurantia. Substrates for S. hirsutum include dead limbs and trunks of both hardwoods and conifers.Photograph: Norbert Nagel

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November 28 – Sat

General Perspective projection
The General Perspective projection is a map projection used in cartography in which the Earth is depicted as viewed from a finite distance above its surface. If the view precisely faces the center of the Earth, the projection is a vertical perspective projection; otherwise, it is a tilted perspective projection. Here is shown a vertical perspective from an altitude of 35,786 km over (0°, 90°W), corresponding to a view from geostationary orbit. Due to the horizon as seen from the viewpoint position, the projection always shows less than half of the Earth's surface: in this case neither of the North and South Poles is visible.Map: Strebe, using Geocart

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November 29 – Sun

Tower of London
The Tower of London is a historic castle, founded in 1066 and located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 until 1952, but predominantly served as a royal residence. In the latter half of the 19th century, the Tower was restored to what was felt to be its medieval appearance and many post-medieval structures were cleared out. Today the Tower of London is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. Under the ceremonial charge of the Constable of the Tower, it is cared for by the charity Historic Royal Palaces and is protected as a World Heritage Site.Photograph: Bob Collowân

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November 30 – Mon

SMS Gefion
A 1902 lithograph showing SMS Gefion, an unprotected cruiser of the Imperial German Navy completed in 1895. Gefion was involved in the Battle of Taku Forts (1900) before being modernized. During World War I, Gefion served as a barracks ship. In 1920 it was sold for service as a freighter, only to be scrapped three years later.

Though Gefion was intended for service in the German colonial empire and as a fleet scout, the design was unsuccessful in both roles and soon replaced by the newer Gazelle class of light cruisers.Lithograph: Hugo Graf; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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