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22 Awesome Science & Infrastructure Webcams From Around the World

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How many webcams are there in the world? I have no idea. Millions upon millions. But the problem is that 99.99% of them are dull and boring, like watching concrete dry. (Although, perhaps, the very inner essence of webcams is to be repetitious and dull.) But take a look at the collection we've put together here: these boring webcams are actually amazing in another way.

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Seen up top is a radiant snapshot from the live stream showing the construction of the New Safe Confinement, a new protective metal structure that will soon cover the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. You can watch the progress online as this $2 billion project nears completion in 2015 (at the earliest). But, if you have some affection for science and technology, you will probably like these webcams, too:

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Meeting of an ocean liner and a container ship on the hi-res webcam of the Gatun Locks, at the Panama Canal.

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Webcam: pancanal.com


This is one of the two webcams in the Building 29 cleanroom at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. That large, black, square, "latticed" box in the center of the image is the flight ISIM Structure, which will hold Webb's science instruments and will sit behind the 6.5-meter mirror.

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Webcam: Webb-cam/NASA GSFC


Beautiful outdoor view of the ESA's 35m deep space tracking station at Cebreros, Spain. The antenna dish diameter is 35 meters, structure height: 40 meters, overall weight: 630 tons. The antenna is remotely operated from Germany.

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Webcam: ESA


Composite of 9 webcams operating inside the Kennedy Space Center. Look: The VAB! Look: The Super Guppy!

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Webcam: NASA/KSC


This huge shark tank in Long Beach, California, features several species of sharks: sand tiger, nurse, zebra, and blacktip reef sharks.

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Webcam: Shark Tank Webcam


Thrilling webcam of a 26 kg Foucault pendulum, constructed by Prof. Guido Pegna (Cagliari University, Physics Museum Of Sardinia).

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Webcam: pegna.com


Image from a webcam built by the Polar Science Center. It was installed in part to monitor the fate of the large Acoustic Ice Tethered Profiler (AITP) ocean buoy, its AITPs laser cloud sensor.

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Webcam: North Pole Environmental Observatory, National Science Foundation


"Introducing the one and only, incredible and sensational, unbelievable beyond belief... the Blinking Lights Webcam. This is an axis 2100 network camera that points at a local resident's netgear network switch for blinky light fun for all ages!" - adamxp12.

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Webcam: adamxp12


MicroscopeCam New York, NY United States. This cam uses light microscope broadcasting simple life forms living in a drop of water.

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Webcam: under-microscope.com


A view of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope at the summit of the dormant Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA. The picture is taken from the Gemini Observatory.

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Webcam: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope


View from Top Thrill Dragster, one of Cedar Point Amusement Park's thrill rides (Sandusky, Ohio).

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Webcam: Cedar Point


The Pitch Drop Experiment webcam. You can be part of science history of you catch the ninth drop of bitumen on the webcam of the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland, Australia.

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Webcam: theninthwatch.com


This is the beloved Centennial Bulb, the Longest Burning Light Bulb In History. (Began at 60 watts, currently shines at 4 watts, now in its 112th year of illumination.) Location: Fire Station 6, 4550 East Ave., Livermore, California. This improved incandescent lamp, invented by Adolphe A. Chaillet, was made by the Shelby Electric Company.

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Webcam: Centennial Bulb


La Silla NightCam: breathtaking night views of the Milky Way from the La Silla Observatory, Chile.

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Webcam: ESO


Webcam, showing the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan's largest space development center, located on Tanegashima, an island 115 km south of Kyushu.

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Webcam: JAXA


Live Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex webcam recently showing two rockets and a christmas tree.

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Webcam: KSC


The Georg von Neumayer Antarctic Station – panoramic view from the communications radome.

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Webcam: AWI


Antarctica, Halley Research Station webcam, mounted on the radiometer caboose about 75m south of the main station, and looks North.

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Webcam: ipy.org


RRS James Clark Ross research ship webcam, situated on the bridge. When not on long sea passages, the scenery changes regularly: spectacular sunrises/sunsets, stunning Antarctic vistas and the occasional Southern Ocean storm can all be seen.

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Webcam: ipy.org


The devastated Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant under reconstruction. Webcam recently pointing from inside the plant southeast direction on reactor units 1 to 4.

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Webcam: Tepco


Webcam of the Parkes Radio Telescope, Telescope National Facility, Australia.

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Webcam: ATNF


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