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Stars over Hawaii. Photo by Marshall Humble: http://www.marshallhumble.com/

The Mendenhall Ice Caves in Alaska. Photo by TKM

This Spanish town's uniform blue colouring seems almost cartoonishly incongruent next to its whitewashed neighbours. Júzcar adopted its new hue when Hollywood executives inquired whether the residents would paint their homes for a promotional blitz surrounding the Smurfs movie. Sony offered to paint the town back afterwards, but, aware of the skyrocketing tourist numbers that resulted from the gimmick, the 220 citizens voted to keep it blue. More on this incredibly colourful town – and four more around the world: http://bit.ly/Yb530O

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It's hard to get an accurate picture of life in the world's most closed-off country, but this snapshot of a North Korean's experience touring her own land gives us a rare – and tantalising – glimpse inside: http://bit.ly/YGxQXG

Brilliant auroras blanket the skies above the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. (Photo by Ellert Gretarsson, Your Shot) See more of our favorite winter aurora photos: http://on.natgeo.com/102YCft