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Going Solar   Going Solar
Topher Donahue / Aurora Photos
Since 2008, solar panel installation has increased at a record pace in the United States. Solar energy has become an attractive alternative as traditional energy costs continue to increase. Recent surveys show that 90% of Americans support the use of solar power in everyday life.
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Get Active!   Get Active!
Various / Aurora Photos
A collection of healthy lifestyle images from Aurora!
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Space Tourists   Space Tourists
Guillaume Zuili / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
Have you ever wanted to take a quick trip into space? For a mere $200,000 you can climb aboard one of the Virgin Galactic’s tourist space flights.The program started accepting reservations in 2005 and has already lined up over 430 astronauts who will be taking part in the first round of flights. The Galactic is stationed in California’s Mojave desert and is currently making weekly test flights. Situated next to the military’s Missile Test Center, the Virgin “Spaceport” is presently under construction.
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Shooting Blind   Shooting Blind
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
Capturing an amazing moment through the lens of a camera can be a challenge for anyone. Throw in the confounding variable of not being able to see, and you have a seemingly insurmountable task. Taking this challenge head on, the organizers of "Sight of Emotion" have been teaching blind and visually impaired people around the world the skills needed to take great photos. The group seeks to change “people’s thinking with respect to human potential; regardless of physical or mental differences.”
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Inside Germany Green Energy   Inside Germany Green Energy
Robbie Shone / Aurora Photos
Imagine everyday as you wake up - showering, grabbing a cup of coffee, and stepping into a climbing harness as you leave for work. For technicians on Germany’s wind turbine farms, heights, helmets, and harnesses are just another day at the office.
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Flight For Survival   Flight For Survival
Tom Lynn / Aurora Photos
An estimated 1,400 whooping cranes existed in the United States in 1860. Due to hunting and habitat loss, the whooping cranes' total population dropped to just 15 by 1941. Soon after, groups around the country began to work together to preserve the bird. Since 2001, Operation Migration has worked to re-introduce endangered whooping cranes into eastern North America. Using ultralight aircrafts, the staff of Operation Migration teach the birds new migration paths, ultimately settling in safe and sustainable areas.
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Hurt Locker   Hurt Locker
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora
They are the few extraordinarily well trained who risk their lives. Their code name is IEDD, an acronym that stands for “improvised explosive device disposal”: they are the bomb specialists of the Italian Army, based all over Western Afghanistan. Considered among the world’s best, they use the most advanced technologies, which they are forced to update almost daily to protect against an insurgency.
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Obesity Rehab   Obesity Rehab
Andy Richter / Aurora Photos
Two teenagers decide to work hard and choose a healthier lifestyle. This is an intimate photographic exploration of their transformation. It begins with abysmal diets and low self esteem, and follows their journey creating new habits, exercising and redefining their self worth. Audio available for multimedia presentation.
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Great White Expedition   Great White Expedition
Chris Ross / Aurora Photos
Last July off the coast of Mexico an international expedition of scientists and volunteers caught and tagged 7 great white sharks. The crew took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the sharks to study migratory patterns over a 5-year period.
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Wellness   Wellness
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Exercise, relaxation and eating good food are the keys to treating your body well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Easier said than done, right? Not anymore! We've created a dynamic, motivating set of the best wellness-inspiring images out there. Jump in, your body will thank you.
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Horse Therapy in Mexico   Horse Therapy in Mexico
Chico Sanchez / Aurora Photos
A stroke left Guadalupe Pena Villareal with facial paralysis and half of her body paralyzed. All of her life she rode horses and her intuition told her that trying riding again could help her. She got up on the horse once, and then a thousand more times, each day trying movements, which at that time she couldn't do. She was ultimately able to recuperate movement, and now she uses horseback riding to help others get well.
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Tobacco   Tobacco
Rocco Rorandelli / TerraProject / Aurora Photos
When photographer Rocco Rorandelli's father was dying of lung cancer and refused to stop smoking cigarettes, Rorandelli decided he needed to learn more about the industry. He visited China and India, the first and second largest producers of tobacco in the world. These photos explore the extreme differences he found between the two country's views on tobacco; in China the industry is synonymous with prosperity and is a symbol of suburbia, while in India tobacco is equated with poverty and hardship.
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Meat Packing   Meat Packing
Kevin Moloney / Aurora Photos
At the Cargill meat packing plant in Fort Morgan, Colorado, vaccinating the cattle for e-coli is one of the many measures taken to control the harmful-to-humans pathogens that can come in the process of slaughtering. Inspectors work hard taking core samples and scanning beef trimmings to be tested for e-coli and other contaminants.
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Beyond a Spill   Beyond a Spill
James Balog / Aurora Photos
James Balog gets into the visceral heart of the gulf spill catastrophe, an epic breakdown of technology and of the human response to the breakdown. From the source, to the fisherman, to the earth, Balog illustrates the entire episode as a bitter paradox; a fight of technology versus nature.
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Hearing Around the World   Hearing Around the World
Andy Richter / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer, Andy Richter, worked with The Starkey Foundation, whose aim is to bring the simple miracle of hearing to the developing world. The foundation has distributed hundreds of thousands of hearing aids in Africa and Asia providing many young people with the ability to hear for the very first time.
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Spa Life   Spa Life
Matthew Wakem / Aurora Photos
From September 2008 to May 2009, Matthew Wakem and his wife Maria embarked on an 9-month personal photography project documenting high-end destination spas throughout Asia. The countries on their itinerary included India, Sri Lanka,Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia. The Wakems’ main goal was to create a visual database of Asian holistic spa treatments and premiere resorts.
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Care and Relief   Care and Relief
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
In times of trouble, health professionals, organizations, and volunteers generously provide care and give relief to restore and revitalize individuals and international communities. There humanitarian efforts draw attention to the global need for advanced aid systems and treatments for all people.
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Tipping Point   Tipping Point
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
These days it seems as though the need to simplify and begin anew is growing more and more apparent. With a continually growing population and limited resources a tipping point is inevitable. But, in the face of collapse comes new opportunities to work together to rebuild for a just and sustainable future.
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Miss Plastic Hungary 2009   Miss Plastic Hungary 2009
Gyula Sopronyi / Invision / Aurora
The first ever beauty contest for women who had plastic surgery took place in Budapest, Hungary. Hundreds of women registered to compete for the crown and the luxurious prizes. Any women who had had a beauty plastic operation on her body could enter.
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Bike to Work   Bike to Work
Woods Wheatcroft / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer, Woods Wheatcroft, set out to the streets to document people who ride their bikes to work daily. Save gas, get fit, and take a ride through our archive at Aurora Photos.
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Capturing Wind   Capturing Wind
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Clean, renewable and reliable; Wind, is an ever-growing energy resource powering millions of homes and businesses throughout the world. Harness the power of wind technology through images from Aurora Photo’s Green Collection.
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AIDS Vaccine   AIDS Vaccine
Ake Ericson / Aurora Photos
Scientists are getting closer to discovering a vaccine against HIV. Led by professor Eric Sandstrom, Swedish scientists are now testing a unique HIV vaccine in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It's a vaccine more effective against the HIV that is predominant in Africa. Preliminary studies indicate this vaccine has the potential to reduce the risk of becoming infected. Members of the police force in the capital Dar es Salaam have volunteered as test subjects. They now belong to the first generation of Tanzanians that are well informed about HIV, its causes and how to avoid the virus.
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Oil Sands   Oil Sands
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
The once pristine land of Alberta, Canada is now the site of over 150 miles of oil sand mines. Some claim that this recently tapped reserve could provide over 8 times the US capacity for oil, while others point out that the cost of prosperity has destroyed habitats, polluted air and water, and is possibly related to a rise in cancer rates in the area. Explore how the land and people are being effected by the oil sands.
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Pablo Vs. Chevron   Pablo Vs. Chevron
Ivan Kashinsky/Aurora Photos
Pablo Fajardo is the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Chevron. This is possibly the largest environmental lawsuit ever filed in the world. For twenty years Texaco was responsible for recklessly disposing of crude oil and toxic waste, which leaked into the water supply of the people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
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Guatemala Mental Hospital   Guatemala Mental Hospital
Holly Wilmeth / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer Holly Wilmeth documented the patients of Guatemala's National Hospital for Mental Health through her striking black and white images.
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Our Toxic World   Our Toxic World
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
Chemicals are all around us. Their applications endless: flame retardant clothes, air fresheners, perfumes, more vibrant colors. All this convenience comes at what cost? Aurora photographer Peter Essick examines the toll that chemicals take on our bodies and minds.
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Spa Craze   Spa Craze
Matthew Wakem / Aurora Photos
Yes, spa means more than just a massage now. The spa craze means that there are a lot of different treatments that will appeal to a lot of different people. Today, spas have become a more widely accepted recreation activity and very popular with both genders and with every age range of traveler. Check out the work of Aurora’s Matthew Wakem and his recent spa photography.
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Antarctic - What's Next?   Antarctic - What's Next?
Jim Lo Scalzo / US News / Aurora
Since 1945, the Antarctic Peninsula has experienced a warming of about 4.5F (2.5C). The annual melt season has increased by 2 to 3 weeks in just the past 20 years. The 770 square mile (1,994 km2) Larsen A ice shelf disintegrated suddenly in January 1995. Measurements from data recorders in the Southern Ocean waters around Antarctica show a 0.3F (0.17C) rise in ocean temperatures between the 1950s and the 1980s. The permanent ice cover of nine lakes on Signey Island has decreased by about 45% since the 1950s. Average summer air temperature has warmed by 1.8F (1C). More data such as this exists. What’s next?
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Why Some Live Longer   Why Some Live Longer
David McLain / Aurora Photos
None of the centenarians smoke, but all of them eat a diet consisting mainly of fruit and vegetables, share a strong emphasis on the family, and are are deeply invested in their communities. Experts tell us it is possible to view the behaviors of the world's longest lived people as a kind of ala carte menu from which a person can choose their favorite habits from each culture and incorporate them into their lives accordingly. These mall habits and lifestyle choices can add or subtract a significant number of healthy years to one's life. The choice is up to you. Click "text" bellow on the thumbnail to read more...
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On Borrowed Time   On Borrowed Time
Katja Heinemann / Aurora
For the first time in the history of the AIDS, HIV-positive children are growing up to become teenagers. But a cure for the disease has yet to be found, and infected children have to cope with toxic, often experimental medical regimens and a budding consciousness of sexuality and the conflicts with the knowledge of their affliction.
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Carbon Cycle Disturbed   Carbon Cycle Disturbed
Peter Essick / Aurora Photos
The natural carbon cycle works when plants take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and replace oxygen. Since the burning of fossil fuels, humans have been adding excess carbon into the atmosphere which was locked up in coal and oil deposits. This excess is causing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise and warm the earth like a greenhouse.
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Global Warming   Global Warming
Peter Essick / Aurora
Global warming has been called the most important issue in science today. The data shows that humans are causing the planet to warm by burning fossil fuels. If the warming continues and the computer models are accurate, millions of people and whole ecosystems could be adversly affected. Peter Essick travelled to many remote locations around the world to document the changes scientists are beginning to observe. Aurora has a complete collection of all the major components of this important issue.
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Introducing Marc Steinmetz   Introducing Marc Steinmetz
Marc Steinmetz /Aurora
Hamburg-based photographer, Marc Steinmetz leads his field in science and technology photography. He is a story teller, as well as a fantastic illustrator of concepts and ideas. However, he lives in constant fear. As he puts it, "The nagging fear of not being good enough constantly drives me to improve on my work. ”
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Fat Camp   Fat Camp
Katja Heinemann/Aurora
The latest statistics show that as many as 30 percent of children aged 6-19 in the U.S. are overweight. Obesity puts them at increased risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes and emotional problems in adolescence and adulthood. Some parents are trying to find a solution by sending their children to "Fat Camp" for the summer. Weight loss camps are usually advertised as a "fitness camps", but many campers call it "fat camp". A main goal of these camos is to raise the child's self-esteem through social interactions with others who share many of the same characteristics
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The Morpho   The Morpho
Russell Gordon/Aurora

Several varieties of the Morpho Butterfly which ranges from southern Mexico to central Argentina. Considered by some to be the symbol of the Neo-Tropics it's beauty is elusive and hypnotic.
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Nuclear Waste   Nuclear Waste
Peter Essick/Aurora
World Press Photo: 1st Prize Stories Science & Technology
A wide and in depth look at the legacy of the United State's Atomic and Nuclear programs - Clean up, Disposal and Storage. More situations availab
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Aurora in Space   Aurora in Space
From JFK's historic pronouncement to the Space Shuttle and beyond.
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Alzheimers   Alzheimers
Peter Granser/Aurora
An intimate portrait of a devasting disease from the German Agency laif.

Photographer Peter Granser has won an award. View details
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Sleep Deprivation   Sleep Deprivation
Adrian Mueller / Aurora Photos
Many laboratories worldwide conduct sleep research and studies on sleep deprivation. These studies are conducted with paid volunteer test subjects and help to understand the basis of certain diseases as well as the effects on performance of sleep deprived individuals, such as airline pilots and astronauts.
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New Wellness Stock Photos   New Wellness Stock Photos

A selection of wellness stock.
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Generation @   Generation @
Walter Schmitz / Gruppe28 / Aurora
The western world embarks on what we tend to call The @ Generation. What will this group of citizens miss and what will gain? Here are some images of who they are.
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Drug Tourism in Peru   Drug Tourism in Peru
Andrew Lichtenstein / Aurora
The shamans of Amazonia have used Ayahuasca, Salvia divinorum, for thousands of years to heal physical, emotional, and psychological conditions. Today western tourists visit isolated regions of South America to experience the powerful hallucinogenic, as well as its therapeutic affects.
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Liver Transplant   Liver Transplant
Chris Anderson / Aurora
Aurora photographer Chris Anderson documents a liver transplant at the N.Y.U. Medical Center. More than 17,000 people are on the waiting list for liver transplants in the United States.
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Nature's Medicine   Nature's Medicine
Lynn Johnson/Aurora
When illness strikes, millions of us turn to nature's medicine cabinet for relief. Join Lynn Johnson as she explores how healing plants, human touch, meditation and a holistic approach to health can maintain the body,
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Silent Company   Silent Company
Randy Olson/Aurora
Aurora photographer Randy Olson has documented the life of the Whitmans, a family in which four members all tested positive for HIV. This is their story, and albeit an undeniably tragic one, on a deeper level it is te
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Feeding the Planet   Feeding the Planet
Robb Kendrick/Aurora
Will we continue to produce enough food to feed thebillions living on this planet?
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