August 22, 2014
From Meghalaya: The Wettest Place on Earth, one of 18 photos. In a scene played out every weekday morning, students of the RCLP School in Nongsohphan Village, Meghalaya, India, cross a bridge grown from the roots of a rubber tree. In the relentless damp of Meghalaya’s jungles, wooden structures rot away too quickly to be practical. For centuries the Khasi people have instead used the trainable roots of rubber trees to “grow” bridges over the region’s rivers. (© Amos Chapple)

From Meghalaya: The Wettest Place on Earth, one of 18 photos. In a scene played out every weekday morning, students of the RCLP School in Nongsohphan Village, Meghalaya, India, cross a bridge grown from the roots of a rubber tree. In the relentless damp of Meghalaya’s jungles, wooden structures rot away too quickly to be practical. For centuries the Khasi people have instead used the trainable roots of rubber trees to “grow” bridges over the region’s rivers. (© Amos Chapple)

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August 20, 2014
From First Flight with the Wright Brothers, one of 18 photos. Wilbur Wright pilots a full-size glider down the steep slope of Big Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. This model was the third iteration of the Wright brothers’ early gliders, equipped with wings that would warp to steer, a rear vertical rudder, and a forward elevator. (Library of Congress)

From First Flight with the Wright Brothers, one of 18 photos. Wilbur Wright pilots a full-size glider down the steep slope of Big Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. This model was the third iteration of the Wright brothers’ early gliders, equipped with wings that would warp to steer, a rear vertical rudder, and a forward elevator. (Library of Congress)

August 11, 2014
From Supermoon 2014, one of 21 photos. A full moon dubbed “supermoon”, rises over the Dolomiti mountains in Levico Terme near Trento in north of Italy on August 10, 2014. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

From Supermoon 2014, one of 21 photos. A full moon dubbed “supermoon”, rises over the Dolomiti mountains in Levico Terme near Trento in north of Italy on August 10, 2014. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

August 5, 2014
From Surfing Alaska’s Bore Tide, one of 21 photos. A surfer rides the bore tide on Turnagain Arm near Anchorage, Alaska, on July 12, 2014. Alaska’s famous bore tide occurs in a spot southeast of Anchorage, in the lower arm of Cook Inlet called Turnagain Arm, where wave heights can reach 6-10 feet tall and move at 10-15 mph. The water temperature stays around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

From Surfing Alaska’s Bore Tide, one of 21 photos. A surfer rides the bore tide on Turnagain Arm near Anchorage, Alaska, on July 12, 2014. Alaska’s famous bore tide occurs in a spot southeast of Anchorage, in the lower arm of Cook Inlet called Turnagain Arm, where wave heights can reach 6-10 feet tall and move at 10-15 mph. The water temperature stays around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

July 30, 2014
From Hollywood Streets, 1979-1983, one of 29 photos. Punk rock photographer and Hollywood denizen Rooh Steif on the bus in Hollywood. (© Matt Sweeney)

From Hollywood Streets, 1979-1983, one of 29 photos. Punk rock photographer and Hollywood denizen Rooh Steif on the bus in Hollywood. (© Matt Sweeney)

July 29, 2014
From Scenes From 21st-Century China, one of 36 photos. A resident walks along a railway track surrounded by trees on both sides, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on June 15, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer)

From Scenes From 21st-Century China, one of 36 photos. A resident walks along a railway track surrounded by trees on both sides, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on June 15, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer)

July 28, 2014
From Eid al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2014, one of 38 photos. Here, people ride in Bumper cars during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park in London, England, on July 28, 2014. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

From Eid al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2014, one of 38 photos. Here, people ride in Bumper cars during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park in London, England, on July 28, 2014. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

June 26, 2014
From NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft and Space Launch System, one of 35 photos. Three 300-pound main parachutes gently lower a mockup Orion capsule to the ground during a test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, on December 20, 2012. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is NASA’s next manned spacecraft, currently in development, with an unmanned orbital test flight scheduled for December 2014. (NASA)

From NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft and Space Launch System, one of 35 photos. Three 300-pound main parachutes gently lower a mockup Orion capsule to the ground during a test at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, on December 20, 2012. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is NASA’s next manned spacecraft, currently in development, with an unmanned orbital test flight scheduled for December 2014. (NASA)

June 24, 2014
From 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II, one of 28 photos. Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii. The most extreme place we put our kayakers to paddle to date. (© Alexandre Socci/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

From 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II, one of 28 photos. Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii. The most extreme place we put our kayakers to paddle to date. (© Alexandre Socci/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

May 21, 2014
From Viewing the Earth From Space, one of 28 photos. One of the Expedition 39 crew members aboard the International Space Station used a 14mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph this pre-winter storm located just off the coast of southwestern Australia on March 29, 2014. A solar array panel on the orbital outpost is in the left side of the frame. (NASA)

From Viewing the Earth From Space, one of 28 photos. One of the Expedition 39 crew members aboard the International Space Station used a 14mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph this pre-winter storm located just off the coast of southwestern Australia on March 29, 2014. A solar array panel on the orbital outpost is in the left side of the frame. (NASA)

May 15, 2014
From Cats Dressed as People, 100 Years Ago, one of 15 photos. The Aviator. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress)

From Cats Dressed as People, 100 Years Ago, one of 15 photos. The Aviator. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress)

May 8, 2014
From Truth or Consequences Spaceport, one of 19 photos. Spaceport America’s Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building, photographed near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on May 1, 2014. The world’s first purpose-built commercial space base and soon-to-be site of the first space flights with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is situated near the town of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. The inaugural flight into suborbital space should happen later this year and the first astronauts, who have made reservations and paid $250,000 for the flight, should follow a month later. While it’s not clear what the economic impact will be, many agree that Spaceport America should inject new energy into the town. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

From Truth or Consequences Spaceport, one of 19 photos. Spaceport America’s Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building, photographed near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on May 1, 2014. The world’s first purpose-built commercial space base and soon-to-be site of the first space flights with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is situated near the town of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. The inaugural flight into suborbital space should happen later this year and the first astronauts, who have made reservations and paid $250,000 for the flight, should follow a month later. While it’s not clear what the economic impact will be, many agree that Spaceport America should inject new energy into the town. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)

May 1, 2014
From Upside Down Houses, one of 15 photos. Laborers work at an upside-down house under construction in Fengjing Ancient Town, Jinshan District, south of Shanghai, China, on March 17, 2014. Workers are putting the final touches on this eccentric tourist attraction built at the “China Folk Painting Village”. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

From Upside Down Houses, one of 15 photos. Laborers work at an upside-down house under construction in Fengjing Ancient Town, Jinshan District, south of Shanghai, China, on March 17, 2014. Workers are putting the final touches on this eccentric tourist attraction built at the “China Folk Painting Village”. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

April 25, 2014
From 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 30 photos. Mirror Wave. The Wave at the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument (Arizona/Utah), after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day. (© Nicholas Roemmelt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

From 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 30 photos. Mirror Wave. The Wave at the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument (Arizona/Utah), after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day. (© Nicholas Roemmelt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

April 21, 2014
From The Easter Rocket War of Vrontados, one of 26 photos. Rockets fly over bell tower of Agios Markos church during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios on April 26, 2008. Two rival parishes of Vrontados village fire thousands of rockets every Easter Saturday aiming at the opposing church’s bell tower in a centuries-old tradition. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis)

From The Easter Rocket War of Vrontados, one of 26 photos. Rockets fly over bell tower of Agios Markos church during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios on April 26, 2008. Two rival parishes of Vrontados village fire thousands of rockets every Easter Saturday aiming at the opposing church’s bell tower in a centuries-old tradition. (Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis)