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Robot Restaurant in Eastern China.

Located in Kunshan, eastern China, the restaurant relies on over a dozen machines for tasks such as greeting customers, waiting on tables and cooking basic meals. The eatery becomes the third café in the world to rely on the use of robot employees, potentially giving a glimpse into how future businesses could operate. Speaking to a local newspaper, owner Song Jugang explained that the robots cost around £4000 (≈6600 USD) (1876 KWD) – the same as the yearly pay for a human employee. There are drawbacks to using the robots which is why Mr Jugang still relies on humans, hiring a handful to work in the kitchen and cook dishes too complex for their mechanical countrparts. The futuristic machines have a limited vocabulary and take two hours to charge enough to complete a five hour shift but give an insight into how far robot technology has come.

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This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot carrying food to customers in a restaurant in Kunshan. It’s more teatime than Terminator – a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot carries food to a table of hungry customers. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)


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This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot “cooking” vegetables in a kitchen of a restaurant in Kunshan. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot, carrying food to the customers in the robot restaurant in Kunshan. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows a robot serving a family the food they ordered. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows two robots line up as they prepare to serve customers. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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This photo taken on August 13, 2014, shows three of the robots working as a team. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)

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Earth from Space. الأرض من الفضاء

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نهر الأمازون

This is the Amazon River in the heart of northern Brazil’s rainforest. Vegetation has been coloured with shades of pink – the darker the colour, the denser the vegetation. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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نهر أوكافانغو

This is the Okavango River Delta in Botswana. The purple mass in the center is Chief’s Island. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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.الغيوم تكتسح بحر الشمال

.الدنمارك تقع في الزاوية اليمين السفلي و النرويج في الأعلى

Clouds sweep across the North Sea in this image from Envistat. Denmark is on the lower right corner and Norway is in the upper center. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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صورة من شمال الصين

This photo of Northern China shows the Yellow River flowing into the Yellow Sea. Beijing and Tanjing are shaded circles in the top-center part of the photo. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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نهر الميسيسسيبي

This is the Mississippi River Delta, where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Vegetation is coloured pink and sediment is bright blue and green. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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الهضبة الوسطى في تركيا

This is a central plateau in Anatolia, Turkey. Turkey’s second-largest lake, Lake Tuz, is on the right. During the summer, the lake water recedes to reveal a thick layer of salt. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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منطقة كيمبرلي في المنطقة الغربية في أستراليا

This is Western Australia’s Kimberley Region. On the lower left are the Rowley Shoals coral reefs and on the upper-right is Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest artificial lake. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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الدائرة القطبية

This image of the Arctic Circle was taken by Envistat a month before the ESA lost contact. The Novaya Zemlya archipelago is on the left and mainland Russia is on the right. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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جبال فيرونغا في رواندا

These are the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, a dangerous chain of active volcanoes. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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نهر أوكافانغو

The Okavango River runs from Angola to Botswana. Here it marks the border between Namibia and Angola. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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صفائح جليدية في جرينلاند

These are the ice sheets of Greenland, the largest island in the world. The white dots at the bottom of the image are icebergs. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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الأراضي الزراعية جنوب شرق ولاية واشنطن

This is the rolling farmland of southeastern Washington state. The swirling patterns are created by plows. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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 الكثبان الرملية في صحراء ناميب

These are the dunes of the Namib Desert, taken by Korea’s Kompstat-2 satellite. The blue and white area is the dried riverbed of the Tsauchab river. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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البحيرات المائية في كويبيك

The Clearwater Lakes in Quebec are not actually two separate lakes, but a single body of water over two depressions, created by meteorite impacts over 200 million years ago. (Photo by The European Space Agency)

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Iceland – Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa.

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. Bláa lónið is situated approximately 13 km (8 miles) from the Keflavík International Airport and 39 km (24 miles) from the capital city of Reykjavík. That is roughly a 20 minute drive from the airport and a 40 minute drive from Reykjavík.

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The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.

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The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.

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Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower before and after bathing.

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The Blue Lagoon was used as the pit stop for the first leg of The Amazing Race 6. The Blue Lagoon was used for the thermal spa scenes in the filming of Hostel: Part II. It was also shown in the Incubus documentary Look Alive, when the band visited Iceland, as well as in the of Britain’s Next Top Model which used as photoshoot location.

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The Blue Lagoon is situated close to the world’s first renewable methanol plant, which uses Carbon Recycling International’s carbon dioxide to methanol fuel process.

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The lovely thermal waters of Iceland’s understandably famous Blue Lagoon. The geothermal power plant visible in the back supplies much of the power to Reykjavik, and of course the hot, rejuvinating waters of the Blue Lagoon itself.

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Breathtaking Images of Icelandic Volcano Rivers.

These pictures look like an artist has painted abstract patterns on canvas – but in fact they are natural rivers captured on camera. The spectacular rivers in Iceland’s central highlands and southern parts originate from glaciers, which is why the water is a milky colour. They are shallow rivers and the water spreads quickly over a flat and sandy surface, creating random and beautiful patterns. Photographer Andrey Ermolaev from Moscow, Russia, flew 500ft above the unique sight in a small plane.

(Photo by Andrey Ermolaev/Solent News)

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Lava Crashing Into the Seas of Hawaii.

Two daredevil photographers have risked their lives to become the first people to capture the explosive moment fiery lava crashes into the sea – while in the water themselves. Fearless duo Nick Selway, 28, and pal CJ Kale, 35, brave baking hot 110F (43,3C) waters to snap the amazing images – standing just feet away from scalding heat and floating lava bombs. Using a simple protective casing around their cameras, and donning just swimming shorts and flippers, they bob up and down with the water as the surf washes over their heads. (Photo by Nick Selway/CJ Kale/Caters News Agency)

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Ice Alaska – World Ice Art Championships – بطولة العالم لفن الجليد

كل عام في فيربانكس، ألاسكا، تقام بطولة العالم لفن الجليد. و هي ليست هواية جانبية لطيفة، وأشيدت باعتبارها واحدة من أكبر المسابقات والمعارض لنحت الجليد في العالم، وقد نمت بطولة العالم لفن الجليد لتكون مدتها شهر وتضم أكثر من 70 فريقا من مختلف أنحاء العالم. توجد أعمال مذهلة وهائلة في كثير من الأحيان سواء من حيث الحجم والمظهر

Every year in Fairbanks, Alaska, the World Ice Art Championships takes place, and it is no cute little side hobby. Praised as one of the world’s largest ice sculpting competitions and exhibitions, the World Ice Art Championships has grown into a month-long event featuring more than 70 teams from around the world. The works are stunning and often massive in both size and visual appeal.

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House of Mirrors.

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In the desert near Joshua Tree, California, there stands a 70-year-old homestead cabin that isn’t all there. The ethereal cabin is part of an outdoor art installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III called Lucid Homestead. To give the cabin its striking appearance, the artist replaced strips of the wall with mirrors and the windows with mirrored panels that light up at night. The building reflects the desert sun and environment around it, making it seem like an airy and transparent space.

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