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They keep things out or enclose them within. They're symbols of power, and a means of control. They're canvases for art, backdrops for street theater, and placards for political messages. They're just waiting for when nobody's looking to receive graffiti. Walls of all kinds demarcate our lives. -- Lane Turner (41 photos total).
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Workers clean the curtain wall of the 40-story National Bank of Economic Social Development in Rio de Janeiro on December 12, 2012. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)     

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In today’s pictures, a tennis player rips off his shirt in celebration in Rome, Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clash in the West Bank, traffic police officers practice emergency techniques in Bangkok, and more.

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For four days, I met parents of girls who had gone missing. Every story was different, every story was equally sad.

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April 22 will mark Earth Day worldwide, an event now in its 42nd year and observed in 175 countries. The original grass-roots environmental action helped spur the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act in the United States. Gathered here are images of our planet's environment, efforts to utilize renewable alternative sources of energy, and the effects of different forms of pollution. -- Lane Turner and Leanne Burden Seidel (35 photos total)
A ladybug in flight spreads its wings as it flutters from grass blade to grass blade at Rooks Park in Walla Walla, Wash. on April 2, 2012. (Jeff Horner/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/Associated Press)

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Google Art Project

Google just announced that its Art Project is expanding to cover a more diverse range of mediums. The project aims to bring art to the masses by way of high resolution photography. As apposed to featuring only paintings, the site now contains sculpture, Brazlian street art, and rock art from 151 locations over 40 countries.

When the project first launched last february, it featured 1,000 images from only 17 museums, and that figure is already up to 30,000. Google Art utilizes technology borne from Street View to enable users to take a virtual walk around select museums, and has expanded the program to now cover a total of 46 locations. "Museum View" now includes venues ranging from the White House to the Museum of Islamic art in Qatar,...

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