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The World’s Best Aerial Photography: Top 20 Drone Photos of the Year

Drones have brought an extraordinary revolution in photography and shown here are the best images captured in 2017.

Drone photography is changing the way we view the world. The opportunity to see the world from above gives us a metamorphic experience where a circus suddenly looks like a box of sweets, a leafless tree transforms into a spider web, or a desert turns into a pastel painting. We rarely get the chance to turn our perspective upside down but the aerial photographers deliver us a whole feast of colors, texture and outstanding beauty we can never appreciate from down here.

The Dronestagram community is the perfect site online to see such artistic shots of landscapes. It probably holds the largest collection of aerial photos submitted by drone lovers worldwide. The site allows both professional and hobby photographers to share their captures in one place so others can see their works and get inspiration from them.

Drones are slowly taking over the world of photography and it is very easy to know why.

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The days of DSLR camera photography is slowly passing by. While this flying equipment was initially utilized in a few selected industries like filmmaking or the military, the availability of more affordable and easy-to-use drones made conventionalists switch to aerial photography. In fact, drone makers are already equipping their products with top-quality cameras that can compete with DSLRs. What makes these cameras pretty special, though, is the bird’s eye perspective that makes landscapes look larger and longer without the need of building higher platforms. Also, their ability to have a closer look on the ground than a helicopter has been dubbed “revolutionary.”

This kind of adorable shot can never be possible with a DSLR or even the best smart phone camera, but with drones, it is.

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Below are 2017’s top 20 drone images that have just been announced by the community.

#1. Unique friendships are formed where the sand meets the water.

#2. You will also see the beauty of diligence from another perspective.

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#3. The large polar bear Nanuk crossing between two pieces of sea glacier in Inuktitut.

#4. The rare moment you can swim with a whale on the same sea.

#5. The peace you get from living in isolation when the water rises.

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#6. The stairway to a new paradise can never be too long.

#7. How can a hidden world be this wonderful?

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#8. That perfect moment you crossed Route 66.

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#9. A ride through the amazing combination of nature and human’s work.

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#10. The salt fields of Bac Lieu looking like snow ball pastries lined on pans.

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#11. If you just look closely, the family is sailing on a lake rather than a cracked mud surface.

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#12. The scenic Tropical Island Beach of Dominican Republic.

#13. Beautiful picture of marigold harvest season.

#14. Escaping insanity to find serenity.

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#15. Iceland’s Gullfos Waterfalls boasting its double cascade.

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#16. Dubai skyscrapers from a different view.

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#17. Portuguese surfer braving the cold of February.

#18. Dawn captured from the Mercury Tower.

#19. Hippopotamus in Serengeti National Park.

Source: Yannick68
#20. We would all love to live in this Sveti Stefan Hotel in Montenegro.

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6 Everyday Items You Didn’t Know Were Made of Dead Animals

You will be surprised (and unnerved!) by the fact that you frequently use or encounter these items.

We all know that there are certain products made of animals, such as milk, butter, and burgers. However, there are those that we are completely unaware of – the ones we thought were merely a result of commercialized process whatsoever. To put it simply, we had no idea that they were also made of animals.

Elite Readers has compiled a list of everyday things that people thought were not made of dead animals. Some of these items, in one way or another, may actually come as a surprise. Check out the list below and let us know which one is your favorite.

#6. Tattoo Ink

Whether or not you like a tattoo, it seems common knowledge that a tattoo ink is made of something but animals. In reality, though, it contains some charred bones of – wait for it – dead animals. And believe it or not, it is the reason why it has crisp. Add to this the fact that animal fat is even being used as an ink stabilizer, with gelatin extracted from animal hooves is used as a binding agent. Surprise, surprise!...

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Atheists Are More Intelligent Than the Religious, According to Study

New paper supports past studies that suggest the same.

A new research paper supports numerous studies from the past decades that suggest religious people have lower intelligence than those who do not believe in God. A meta-analysis by University of Rochester found "a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity" in 53 out of 63 studies.

Authors Edward Dutton and Dimitri van der Linden call their theory the Intelligence-Mismatch Association Model, and it aims to explain the negative correlation between religiosity and intelligence. In their paper, published in Evolutionary Psychology Science, the researchers argue that religion is an "evolved domain" or also called an instinct.

According the researchers, religious people, on average, are less intelligent than atheists because faith is considered an instinct...

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...and smart individuals are better at rising above their instincts.

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Amazing Survival Tactics Made Frozen Alligators Survive the Winter Blast

They hate the freezing cold as much as we do.

Most creatures, human or not, will surely perish in extreme frozen conditions. Case in point, you would definitely NOT expect alligators to survive being frozen in a icy pond. Surprisingly, however, these alligators in Shalotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina did. They avoided being frozen to death, thanks to awesome survival tactics.

A video showed these alligators with their snouts sticking out of the frozen pound. They look dead at first glance, but according to the park's manager, they were actually alive and well.

A cold front surrounding most of the Eastern U.S. last week cause the pond to a deep freeze.

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Park general manager George Howard said:...

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