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Photo: A new river runs through it

A deer is seen in floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, Lincoln Park, N.J. Photo: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Photo: Room for more

The smallest frog in the Old World is this pea-sized Microhyla nepenthicola. This one is an adult. Photo: Prof. Indraneil Das/ Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation

A new report released yesterday by the Public Library of Science’s online journal, PLoS Biology, estimates that the Earth is home to almost 8.8 million species, but mankind has only discovered approximately 1.9 million of them.
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Photo: Hello, Irene

Jim Abel shops for supplies at Home Depot as he prepares for the possible arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 22, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Irene is the first hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season to threaten the U.S. coast, and has already wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. It has the potential to grow into a Category 4 storm by Thursday, reaching winds up to 155 mph. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Photo: Set in stone

A peek at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall in Washington, Sunday, August 21, 2011. Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The public got its first glimpse of the MLK Memorial on Monday as it was unveiled in Washington, D.C. The memorial will be officially dedicated on Sunday, August 28, which is the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The entire $120 million memorial consists of a 30-foot statue of King emerging from stone and a 450-foot-long granite wall that is inscribed with 14 of King’s quotations from his speeches and books. It sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.

The statue has provoked some controversy over the decision to select Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin as head sculptor for the project. Some have argued that the likeness of Dr. King looks too confrontational with his arms crossed, and others have claimed that the face appears to have Asian features. The design was chosen by the the children of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King III and Bernice King, who have been reported to be very pleased with the likeness.

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Photo: Attack during prayers

Villagers clean the floor of a mosque targeted by a suicide bomber in the Pakistani tribal area of Khyber on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Thirty-four people were killed and many more wounded when the explosion occurred during morning prayers. Photo: AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad

Photo: London is burning

Cars and garbage bins set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. A chaotic wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since the 1980s. Photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Photo: Happy birthday, Mr. President

Today is President Barack Obama's 50th birthday. Here's a look back at a much younger Obama in 1990, after he was named president of The Harvard Law Review. Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Photo: Standing trial, lying down

This video image taken from Egyptian State Television shows 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak reclining on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 as his historic trial began on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. Photo: AP/Egyptian State TV

Photo: Rock the vote

With just minutes left to vote on the historic debt-limit bill in the House of Representatives on Monday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appeared to cast her vote in person, just seven months after she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in Arizona. Giffords cast her vote for the bill, which passed 269-161. Photo: AP/House Television