Beautifully smooth tarmac and well-kept buildings line the deserted streets Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on January 16, 2013. (Neil Melville-Kenney/Flickr)
Two U.S. graduate students design kites with sensors that can easily monitor Beijing's air quality and send data back to the people on the ground.
A view of the snow-covered countryside from a train heading to Tokyo, Japan on January 16, 2013. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)
A little girl looks at her photo on a digital camera screen in Chennai, India on January 15, 2013. (Ravages/Flickr)
Boats rest under a drooping tree in the still waters of Zhouzhuang, China on January 14, 2013. (Sharon Hahn Darlin/Flickr)
A man makes his way up the mountains in Fiji on January 11, 2013. (Jiang-Zekun/Flickr)
The setting sun casts a golden glow over open fields in Echuca, Australia on January 10, 2013. (JMillott/Flickr)
A wood lark perches on a rock with its prey between its beak in Sirudavoor, India on January 9, 2013. (VinothChandar/Flickr)
An "ObaMao" T-Shirt hangs on a clothes line in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on January 8, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is shrouded in a purple haze at twilight in Kobe, Japan on January 7, 2013. (halrain/Flickr)
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