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Photographers around the world looked up to the sky this past weekend to capture the "supermoon." This is the phenomenon when the moon makes its closest approach to Earth, appearing 30 percent brighter and about 14 percent larger than a typical full moon. It occurs about once every 14 months and is technically called a perigee full moon. At 221,823 miles from Earth, the supermoon was a feast for the eyes.-Leanne Burden Seidel (24 photos total)
A cotton candy vendor walks in from of the moon during the Los Angeles Angels' baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, June 22 in Anaheim, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)    

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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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Another year has come and gone and with it hundreds of thousands of images have recorded the world's evolving history; moments in individual lives; the weather and it's affects on the planet; acts of humanity and tragedies brought by man and by nature. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the first 4 months of 2012. Parts II and III to follow this week. -- Paula Nelson ( 64 photos total)
Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben just after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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What are the fundamental functional differences between boardgames and card games? I’m not sure how important this question is from a game player’s point of view but it’s certainly important for game designers (even for video game designers).

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What are the fundamental functional differences between boardgames and card games? I’m not sure how important this question is from a game player’s point of view but it’s certainly important for game designers (even for video game designers).

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SACRED SITE
SACRED SITE: A Hindu holy man walked through a narrow alley in Varanasi, India, Thursday. Varanasi is among the world’s oldest cities, and millions of Hindu pilgrims gather annually here for prayers and ritual bathing in the river considered holiest among Hindus. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

GROUP JUMP
GROUP JUMP: Indonesian paratroopers descended after jumping off a transport plane as part of a training exercise at Sultan Iskandar Muda Military Base in Aceh Friday. Most Indonesian paratroopers must attend a jump training at least once a year, to refresh their skills. (Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA)

STANDING GUARD
STANDING GUARD: A soldier guarded Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina during his visit to San Juan Atitan. Mr. Perez Molina launched a program against poverty in one of the poorest communities in the world. (Saul Martinez/EFE/Zuma Press)

WAITING FOR THE POPE
WAITING FOR THE POPE: Cardinals arrived for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the new Sinod’s hall at the Vatican. (Evandro Inetti/Zuma Press)

GREEK DRAMA
GREEK DRAMA: Policemen rushed to detain a protester during an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens Friday. Greece appears to be closing in on a new international rescue package despite unresolved doubts among euro-zone partners about how fast it will manage to bring its debt down. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)

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More than 500 teams are currently speeding across the deserts of Argentina, Chile, and Peru, racing more than 8,300 km (5,150 mi) in the 33rd annual Dakar Rally. Competitors pit themselves against the elements, driving specialized off-road cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quadbikes through challenging terrain for two weeks. One rider, Argentine Jorge Martinez Boero, has already died this year in a crash. The 2012 Dakar Rally began in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on January 1, and racers reached the finish line in Lima, Peru, on Sunday, January 15. [41 photos]

Stefan Svitko rides his KTM during the 10th stage of the Dakar Rally 2012, from Iquique to Arica, Chile, on January 11, 2012. (Reuters/Jerome Prevot)

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PERPENDICULAR
PERPENDICULAR: Australia’s Georgia Simpson competed on the uneven bars Wednesday in London during a qualification round for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. (Steven Paston/Action Images/Zuma Press)

FLUSHED OUT
FLUSHED OUT: Demonstrators were sprayed with water as crews tried to demolish their homes in San Juan, Philippines, Wednesday. The demolition paves the way for the construction of a new city hall, shopping mall and condominiums. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

SYRIAN UNREST
SYRIAN UNREST: A woman injured amid unrest Wednesday in the neighborhood of Akrama in Homs, Syria, was treated at a hospital. A French TV cameraman in the city became the first Western journalist killed in the 10-month-old Syrian uprising. (Joseph Eid/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RESTRAINED
RESTRAINED: Police officers restrained a man holding a knife at the location where People First Party presidential candidate James Soong was due to hold a rally in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday. The country’s presidential election is Jan. 14. (Chiang Ying-ying/Associated Press)

NEW NORMAL
NEW NORMAL: A boy ran by as a girl sat on the wreckage of a helicopter and wrote Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at a camp for people who were displaced by a deadly Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. (Andres Martinez Casares/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

FRAIL STATE
FRAIL STATE: Former Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Ghulam Azam, in a wheelchair, was escorted in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday. The International Crimes Tribunal ordered him jailed as he awaits trial for allegedly instigating deadly rampages during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. (Munir uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

STACKED UP
STACKED UP: Men transported office furniture on tricycles in Beijing Wednesday. (Adrian Bradshaw/European Pressphoto Agency)

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