Burger King in Japan goes black

The black burgers, one a Kuro Pearl at 480 yen, has black buns and cheese smoked with bamboo charcoal and black sauce made of squid ink. The other, the Kuro Diamond at 690 yen, comes also with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise.

The burgers are available from September 19 through early November in Burger King restaurants throughout Japan. (Getty Images)

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Crews battle California wildfires

Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 in the small town of Weed while another Northern California blaze east of Sacramento was threatening more than 2,000 homes as it burned out of control, officials said.

The new figures from Weed brought a marked increase from the initial estimate that a total of 150 structures had been destroyed or damaged in the blaze that began Monday and rapidly swept across the town. Four firefighters lost their homes.

In the fire east of Sacramento, a total of 2,500 firefighters were now taking on the blaze that was threatening 2,003 homes and another 1,505 smaller structures, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. (AP)

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Photographs in the waves

One talented photographer has managed to capture these jaw-dropping images that show off the beauty of the surf and the art hidden in the waves. Kenji Croman has a deep passion for bodyboarding and photography and was inspired to combine the two after growing up in Hawaii.

He uses a fisheye camera to snap amazing tropical scenes from inside the huge waves — using the water as a natural frame for the spectacular surf shots. Kenji first got into underwater photography when he struggled to explain to his family and friends the amazing waves he witnessed while swimming and boarding in the ocean. (Caters News)

Photography by Kenji Croman

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(Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI-RCC14-41a)
Hubble helps find smallest known galaxy containing a supermassive black hole
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.
The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is inside one of the densest galaxies known to date — the M60-UCD1 dwarf galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th of our galaxy’s diameter.
If you lived inside this dwarf galaxy, the night sky would dazzle with at least 1 million stars visible to the naked eye. Our nighttime sky as seen from Earth’s surface shows 4,000 stars.
-Felicia Chou, NASA High-res

(Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI-RCC14-41a)

Hubble helps find smallest known galaxy containing a supermassive black hole

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place — a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known.

The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is inside one of the densest galaxies known to date — the M60-UCD1 dwarf galaxy that crams 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years, which is only 1/500th of our galaxy’s diameter.

If you lived inside this dwarf galaxy, the night sky would dazzle with at least 1 million stars visible to the naked eye. Our nighttime sky as seen from Earth’s surface shows 4,000 stars.

-Felicia Chou, NASA

Photos of the day - September 17, 2014

An unfinished clay idol of Goddess Durga decorates a huge art installation as a makeshift ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Calcutta, lava cascades flow down the slope of restive Mayon Volcano as seen from Legazpi City, Philippines and Pope Francis waves to the faithful in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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360 degrees views of abandoned buildings in Europe

These are the stunning 360 degree images of Europe’s abandoned buildings that will get your head in a spin. Sven Fennema, 33, captured the incredible shots, which include a forgotten villa and casino in northern Italy and abandoned churches in Poland.

The photographer, from Krefeld, near Dusseldorf, then transformed the stunning landmarks into eye-catching panoramic images. His images also include a panoramic view of a hotel ballroom belonging to an abandoned sanatorium in Germany and an old wintercircus in Belgium.

He said: “360 degree panoramas are dear to my heart because I am able to invite visitors to follow me interactively on one of my trips and to see where my works are created. “It is not possible to show these panoramic views as pictures in the classical way, because an interactive view is impossible.

Photography by Sven Fennema

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Photos of the day - September 16, 2014

A Syrian refugee child eats inside his family’s tent at an informal settlement in Deir al-Ahmar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon ––A Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane flies over burnt houses following a fire near Manila’s international airport, in Pasay city, Philippines –– A bakery employee places a ‘question mark’ cupcake between a Scottish Saltire cake (L) and a Union cupcake (R) at a bakery in Edinburgh, Scotland ––Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington –– The body of Tatiana Medvedeva, killed in an attack on a bus, is seen covered by a jacket in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine… are just a few of the photos of the day for September 16, 2014.

(Photos by REUTERS/Alia Haju, EPA/Francis R. Malasig, EPA/Andy Rain, AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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Photos of the day - September 15, 2014

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by ISIL, near Mosul, Iraq –– A stranded dog stands on the rooftop of a collapsed house in an inundated neighborhood in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir –– Cavalry horses and their riders are exposed to smoke as members of the Dutch cavalry undergo a stress test at the beach in Scheveningen, the Netherlands –– A family from San Jose, California,  cover themselves with pillows as they sit on the concrete stairs in the service area of a resort  after the designated area for shelter was destroyed by winds in Los Cabos, Mexico –– Pakistani Army soldier distributes food bags in flooded areas in Shujabad, on the outskirts of Multan, Pakistan… are just a few of the photos of the day for September 15, 2014.

(Photos by REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah, AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri, EPA/Bas Czerwinski, AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, EPA/Omer Saleem)

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