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ON STRIKE ON STRIKE: An ill boy lay on a bench at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, where a health-care workers’ strike has brought operations almost to a halt. Public hospitals face a potentially devastating worker shortage after the government said Thursday it had fired 25,000 strikers. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

LOOKING BACK LOOKING BACK: A man looked for his photographs at a collection center Friday in Sendai, Japan, for items found after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. A year later, more than 250,000 photographs and personal belongings on display for owners to recover. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

COTTON TRADE COTTON TRADE: A trader checked containers of cotton in Kadi, India, Friday. India partially lifted a ban on cotton exports just days after imposing it, after opposition from the agriculture minister and officials in cotton-growing states, who argued the ban would hurt farmers. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

PURIM NAP PURIM NAP: An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man slept on a bench in a synagogue in Jerusalem during celebrations for Purim, a holiday marking the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as told in the Book of Esther. Many religious Jews drink openly during the holiday. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency)

ALLERGIC REACTIONS ALLERGIC REACTIONS: Vaishnavi Borde, age 9, received treatment at a hospital in Mumbai after having an allergic reaction to the colored powder traditionally thrown during the Holi festival. A teenage boy died and hundreds have been hospitalized in Mumbai; contaminated paint is suspected. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

CARGO PLANE CRASH CARGO PLANE CRASH: A man stood next to the wreckage of a cargo aircraft that crashed in the village of Plan de Cedro, Honduras, Thursday. The pilot and co-pilot, the only people on board, were killed in the crash, according to the local media. (Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)

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One of the biggest solar flares so far this year unleashed a strong geomagnetic storm Thursday that painted night skies with the shimmering hues of the Northern Lights. The wavering aurora light is caused by the electromagnetic interplay between the speeding particles of a coronal mass ejection from the sun and the Earth’s magnetic field. These solar flares are expected to increase in the months ahead as the sun ramps up to its solar maximum, which is expected to peak in late 2013.

Truckers left the paths of their tail lights below the bright night sky as they drove along the ice road on Prosperous Lake near Yellowknife, North West Territories on Thursday. (Bill Braden, The Canadian Press/Associated Press)

The Northern Lights were visible near Fáskrúðsfjörður on the east coast of Iceland, left, and near Yellowknife, North West Territories, right. (Jonina Oskardottir/Associated Press, left; Bill Braden, The Canadian Press/Associated Press, right)

The aurora borealis near Yellowknife, North West Territories. (Bill Braden, The Canadian Press/Associated Press)

The sky glowed over power lines at mile 9 on the Old Glenn Highway near Butte, Alaska. (Oscar Edwin Avellaneda/Reuters)

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As a follow-up to my photo collection published in The Atlantic's January 2012 issue (and online), I put out a call for reader photographs with the theme of "America at Work." The response was fantastic. People sent in images from Guam to Massachusetts, and from Florida to California. The photos depict a wide range of jobs, giving a glimpse of what it means to be employed in 21st century America. Many, many thanks to the contributing photographers, and to those who helped spread the word. Both the images and captions come from the photographers. [37 photos]

Workers at Gardiner Farms in Bakersfield, California shake hands on August 31, 2011. Behind them, an almond harvest is separated and loaded into trucks. (© Matt Johnson)

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gregg writes "According to this article, a new game called NetworKing, developed at NASA's Ames Research Center, 'lets players build fast and efficient communication networks by first setting up command stations around the world and then linking them to orbiting satellites and space telescopes. Resources are earned throughout the game as players continue to acquire more clients.' The game is available for play through an internet browser, and also has downloadable versions for Windows and OS X."

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