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Satellite Launching This Wednesday Will Provide First Public High-Res Images Of Earth: VIDEO

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Look to the skies on August 13th and you may spot the launch of a new, high-tech satellite that will blow your mind - or send your Big Brother paranoia into overdrive. The Worldview-3 from DigitalGlobe will become the first satellite to provide public high-resolution photos of our planet, right down to the numbers on your mailbox and the grass on your lawn. Google and Microsoft, DigitalGlobe customers, will be your best bets for the high-res imagery, so look for Google Maps to upgrade in the near future.

Gizmodo reports:

Walter Scott, founder and CTO of DigitalGlobe, explains some of the satellite's other applications that are more than just skin deep:

'The Worldview-3 is going to offer the highest commercially available resolution of any satellite system out there. Combining that with the power of our constellation, which gives multiple visits per day over multiple hours of the day, means the ability to monitor what's going on and enabling our defense and intelligence customers to make decisions on the basis of fact than the basis of fear."

The Worldview-3 will operate around 383 miles above Earth, making its precise detail all the more impressive. At such high resolution, the company also says the satellite will help see through smoke and identify moisture content and other materials. DigitalGlobe will begin publicly selling images after six months of operation.

Worldview-3 will take off on August 13th at 2:30pm; you can watch it all live here.

And check out DigitalGlobe's video about the Worldview project (and some stunning images of our planet), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Teen Becomes Instagram Sensation Cross-Dressing As Celebrities - PHOTOS

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Seventeen-year-old Liam Martin (aka waverider_) has amassed over 1,559,656 Instagram followers over the last eight months and has appeared on the Today show and ABC News websites by posting low-fi recreations of celebrity photographs.

He has mimicked Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and even Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games. Some of the celebrities have followed and complimented his work, and he uses his platform to discourage cyberbullying and encourage people to be more creative.

Yahoo shares more about the young mimic:

Make no mistake, a lot of time, energy — and money! — goes into each one of Martin's photos. He posts a new picture pretty much weekly and it takes that much time to execute his vision as far as coming up with a subject and buying the supplies. The teen estimates that he spends about $45 on props for each shoot, which take place at his family home "against one wall we use all the time."

The hardest one to recreate so far? "The Katy Perry photo from her 'Dark Horse' music video. It took me three hours" to get just right. The headpiece was made out of "M&Ms and string," he reveals. The shirt? It featured hand-cut pieces of paper attached to the nude-colored top. Fortunately, all his hard work paid off — the photo has 439,000 likes

"My mom and my nana were helping me with that one and it took hours," Martin recalls, adding that he often leans on them for assistance. "Most of the time my mom helps me get dressed up and she'll take the photo for me. If my [extended] family is over, my nana and my pops — my grandpa — will help me. The whole family loves it too. It's now become normal for them."

Check out more of his photos AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colton Haynes Shares Pics Of His Gay Brother and Family: PHOTO

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Fresh off his Australian adventure and appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con, Arrow heartthrob Colton Haynes recently Instagrammed a pic of his openly gay brother Joshua, Joshua’s husband Scott and their daughter Wren.

Haynes wrote, “Much needed fam time with my bro @joshuahaynes, his hubby @scottculley , and my lil niece Wren who needs a nap.”


Matt Fishel’s ‘Finally’ Celebrates Gay Love Worldwide: VIDEO

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Out singer/songwriter Matt Fishel’s new cover of CeCe Penniston's “Finally” celebrates international Pride with photos sent in by fans from the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Lithuania, Cuba, Thailand and China

You may remember Matt’s "The First Time" about young lust and nostalgia and “Testament,” which is about repression, tradition, marriage, religion and celebration.

Watch the video for “Finally,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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Check out a Pre-Broadway Photographic History of Hedwig in NYC

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Showing now at Artsee Battery Park at 220 Murray Street in NYC is a pre-Broadway history of Hedwig and the Angry Inch featuring a ton of photographs by Mark Tusk from the early productions in which creator John Cameron Mitchell donned Hedwig's ("it's pronounced hedVig") famous wig and tassels.

Check it out through August 5.

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How To Get 100 'RED HOT' Ginger Studs On Your Coffee Table: VIDEOS

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Photographer Thomas Knights is crowd-funding the creation of a coffee table book comprised of pics from his well-publicized photo exhibit of red-haired men called RED HOT.

Knights funded the original exhibition through Kickstarter and has returned to the funding platform to help create the RED HOT 100 photo book. Of the book, Knights said:

“Many have suffered prejudice or discrimination as a direct result of their red hair. Next to each portrait is a personal quote, adding a layer of heart, humour and triumph to their beautiful image. This is a book that is not only pleasing on the eye, but also holds a mirror up to current perceptions of male beauty and asks the question, why are there so few ginger heroes or heartthrobs in western culture?”

You can see Knights talking about the project and beautiful video footage of his models AFTER THE JUMP…

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