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The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark is a nonsense poem by the English writer Lewis Carroll, telling the story of ten characters who cross the ocean to hunt a mysterious creature known as the Snark. The poem was published in 1876 with illustrations by Henry Holiday. This is the eighth plate from Holiday's illustrations, accompanying "Fit the Sixth: The Barrister's Dream". The Barrister, one of the crew members, sleeps and dreams of witnessing the trial of a pig accused of deserting its sty. The Snark is depicted in the foreground, acting as the defence barrister and dressed in robe and wig – the nearest to an illustration of the creature in the set. The Barrister is ultimately woken by the Bellman's bell ringing in his ear, as seen in the bottom left.

Illustration credit: Henry Holiday; restored by Adam Cuerden

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Élie Metchnikoff

Élie Metchnikoff (15 May 1845 – 15 July 1916) was a Russian and French zoologist of Romanian noble ancestry and Ukrainian Jewish origin, best known for his pioneering research on immunology, for which he was jointly awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Ehrlich. Metchnikoff developed a theory that ageing is caused by toxic bacteria in the gut and that consumption of lactic acid could prolong life. Supporters of life extension celebrate 15 May as Metchnikoff Day. This photograph of Metchnikoff working in a laboratory was taken in 1913.

Photograph credit: Agence Rol; restored by Adam Cuerden

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Government House, Baku

The Government House of Baku is a government building housing various state ministries of Azerbaijan. Construction took place between 1936 and 1952 and led to the formation of Lenin Square (later renamed to Azadliq Square) seen here. In 1955, a monument to Vladimir Lenin was installed in front of the building, but this was removed in 1990 during the Azerbaijani independence movement in the aftermath of bloody Black January. A large Azerbaijan flag now flies where Lenin's statue once stood.

Photograph credit: Diego Delso

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Altolamprologus compressiceps

Altolamprologus compressiceps is a species of fish in the family Cichlidae, endemic to the shallow rocky areas of Lake Tanganyika. The lake holds at least 250 species of cichlid fish, including species yet to be described. Almost all (98 percent) of Tanganyika cichlid species are endemic to the lake, and it is thus an important biological resource for the study of speciation in evolution. A. compressiceps is categorized as a least-concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This fish was photographed at the Karlsruhe Zoo in Germany.

Photograph credit: H. Zell

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Caroline Spencer

Caroline Spencer (1861–1928) was an American physician and suffragist who campaigned vigorously for women's rights, both in her home state of Colorado and on the national level. Between 1917 and 1919, she was one of many women who became known as the Silent Sentinels, as they stood in front of the White House and carried pickets and banners for their cause. Although it was not illegal to picket, she was arrested on three occasions and imprisoned twice.

Photograph credit: Edmonston, Washington, D.C.; restored by Adam Cuerden

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Supermarine Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber, and trainer, and it continued to be used in these roles until the 1950s. This poster was produced between 1942 and 1945 by the Office of War Information.

Poster credit: Office of War Information

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Heteractis magnifica

Heteractis magnifica, commonly known as the magnificent sea anemone, is a large species with a widespread distribution in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific. The pink anemonefish, seen here among the sea anemone's tentacles, is one of a number of species of small fish which use it as a host, finding safety from predators among the stinging tentacles.

Photograph credit: Nick Hobgood

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Lucy Arbell

Lucy Arbell (8 June 1878 – 21 May 1947) was a French mezzo-soprano whose operatic career was mainly centred in Paris and who was particularly associated with the composer Jules Massenet. She created the roles of Queen Amahelli in Massenet's opera Bacchus, inspired by Greek mythology, in which the gods appear in human form in ancient India to attempt to persuade the people away from the pervading Buddhist influence. This photograph, taken by the French photographer Nadar, depicts Arbell in the role of Queen Amahelli for the 1909 premiere of Bacchus at the Palais Garnier in Paris.

Photograph credit: Nadar; restored by Adam Cuerden

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Topographic map of Mars

This is a high-resolution topographic map of the surface of Mars, colored according to elevation, based on research led by Maria Zuber and David Smith on data collected by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, an instrument on board the NASA space probe Mars Global Surveyor. North is at the top of the main map, accompanied by two insets for the northern and southern polar regions. Highlands (red and orange) dominate the southern hemisphere of Mars, while lowlands (blue) predominate in the north – a feature known as the Martian dichotomy. Notable large surface features visible on the map include Olympus Mons (the highest mountain on Mars) and the volcanoes of Tharsis in the west, the Valles Marineris to the east of Tharsis, and the Hellas basin in the southern hemisphere.

Map credit: NASA/JPL/USGS; edited by WolfmanSF

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Eastern spinebill

The eastern spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) is a species of honeyeater found in south-eastern Australia in forests, woodland and gardens. It is around 6 in (15 cm) long and has a distinctive black, white and chestnut plumage, a red eye and a long downcurved bill. It supplements its diet of nectar with small insects and other invertebrates. This male spinebill was photographed at the Mogo Campground, New South Wales.

Photograph credit: John Harrison

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