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An artist impression of W2246-0526, a single galaxy glowing in infrared light as intensely as 350 trillion suns. It is so violently turbulent that it may eventually jettison its entire supply of star-forming gas, according to new observations with ALMA.
A performer takes part in an unveiling of a billboard against fracking in central London, UK, on Monday
“Pillars of Creation”, a cluster of young, massive stars in a small region of the Eagle Nebula or M16, which was taken by Hubble to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the telescope. The Hubble telescope revisited the famous pillars, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view of the three giant columns of cold gas bathed in the ultraviolet light
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Demonstrators protest in the Brisbane CBD over climate change, uranium mining, coal seam gas fracking and traditional land rights ahead of the Group of 20 leaders’ summit, which starts on Saturday
A Palestinian demonstrator throws a gas cannister using a slingshot during clashes with Israeli security personnel in the village of Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday
Rescue personnel survey the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Friday. The explosion, caused by a gas leak, killed 22 people, injured 270 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air
President Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia. An eleventh-hour agreement was made to import gas to China.
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A burrowing owl stands next to its burrow near pump jacks in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom.
A woman walks past a graffiti covered caravan at a protest camp set up close to the entrance of the IGas exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss, near Manchester, northern England. Britain may be a prime location for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference in London.
Smoke rises from the chimney of a gas-fired power station after sunset on Monday in the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.
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Michelin tyre employees, mostly from the Joue-les-Tours plant, run away from tear gas spread by security member as try to pull out the grid of the company headquarters where an extraordinary commitee is taking place on Wednesday in Clermont-Ferrand, central France.
Indonesian activists carry plastic canisters with “No to increased fuel” written on them during a protest in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Riot police use pepper gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the cutting down of trees in the centre of Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Traditional dancers perform ahead of the arrival of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The trip is the first official visit for the prime minister to the Pacific Island Nation and the first since former prime minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007. The three-day visit will include trips to a local market and primary school as well as tours of the Exxon Mobil liquefied natural gas plant and the Bomana war cemetery.
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Burning cars are pictured in a highway in Ecatepec near Mexico city, on Tuesday. A gas tanker exploded in a Mexico City suburb on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and damaging several homes and cars
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes near the West Bank village of Deir Jarir on Friday
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A policewoman and paramedic wrap a thermo foil round a woman injured by a powerful gas blast on Monday in Prague’s historic centre. The blast injured up to 20 people, four seriously, rescuers said, adding that it was possible some people were buried in the rubble.
Survival International demonstrators wear gas masks as they protest outside the Peruvian embassy in London. Protests also took place in San Francisco, Berlin, Madrid and Paris, calling for an end to the expansion of the Camisea gas project in Peru’s Amazon rainforest.