The Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche carteri), at 2.55 kg (5.6 lb) in weight, 76 cm (30 in) in length, and 2 m (6.6 ft) across the wings, is the smallest of the mollymawks. These birds are found on several islands in the Indian Ocean.Photo: JJ Harrison
Fumihiko Maki (b. 1928) is a Japanese architect who received the 1993 Pritzker Prize for his work. He often explores the use of new materials, and fuses the cultures of East and West.Photo: Jean-Baptiste Labrune
A true-color image of Io, one of the moons of Jupiter, taken by the Galileo spacecraft. The dark spot just left of the center is the erupting volcano Prometheus. The whitish plains on either side of it are coated with volcanically deposited sulfur dioxide frost, whereas the yellower regions contain a higher proportion of sulfur.Photo: NASA
Delias eucharis (known as the Common Jezebel) is a pierid butterfly found in many areas of South and Southeast Asia. Males, such as the one pictured, can be differentiated by their narrower black edging to the veins and the postdiscal transverse bands on the wings.Photo: Jkadavoor
SN 1006 was a supernova that was widely seen on Earth beginning in the year 1006. It occurred 7,200 light years away. It was, in terms of apparent magnitude, the brightest stellar event in recorded history. The supernova's remnant, pictured here, was not identified until 1965.Photo: NASA
The bashi-bazouk were irregular soldiers of the Ottoman army who could originate from any part of the empire. Known for such a lack of discipline that they were sometimes forcibly disarmed and worked for plunder, they were formally abandoned by the end of the 19th century.
This painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, now held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was produced after he visited Asia Minor in 1868. According to the museum, "Gérôme's virtuosic treatment of textures provides a sumptuous counterpoint to the figure’s dignified bearing".
The Hooded Plover(Thinornis rubricollis) is a species of bird endemic to southern Australia and Tasmania. It was described in 1789. There are two subspecies, neither of which (as of 2011) is known from a population of more than 5,000 individuals.Photo: JJ Harrison
A beekeeper is a person who keeps honey bees. Reasons may vary, from the production of commodities, to the assistance of the pollination of various plants, to an interest in bees and beekeeping. Here, a German beekeeper is holding a hive while wearing protective gear.Photo: Michael Gäbler
Mike Godwin (b. 1956) is an American attorney and author active in internet law. In 1990 he formulated Godwin's law, which states "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."Photo: Lane Hartwell
The fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) is a European salamander species with a long lifespan. These nocturnal animals generally eat various insects, spiders, earthworms and slugs, but they also occasionally eat newts and young frogs.Photo: Archaeodontosaurus
The Striated Heron (Butorides striata) is a small heron. When hunting, the species stands still at the water's edge and waits to ambush its prey. It sometimes uses bait, dropping a feather or leaf carefully on the water surface and picking fish that come to investigate.Photo: JJ Harrison