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From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Comment below with the stories you’re talking about, tweet them using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
Lava Lake Reaches Record Level
An ancient volcanic lake at the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii has reached a new record high and is just feet from spilling over onto the floor of the Halema’uma’u Crater.
We knew two-time Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones could run, but who guessed she could also run on ice? Jones was selected today to be one of the 24 athletes on this season’s U.S. bobsled team. As a member of the team Jones is in contention for a spot on the World Cup circuit and could even qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
A Small World
Nikon announced the winners of the 2012 Small World Photomicrography Competition this week. The top prize went to an image, featured below, of the blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo. Ninety-seven other participants were also recognized.
Lady Liberty to Reopen Sunday Since October 2011, the interior of the Statue of Liberty has been closed to visitors as the New York City landmark underwent renovations to make it more handicap-accessible. On Sunday, the statue’s 126th birthday, it will reopen.
America’s Oldest Voice Goes Digital The oldest playable recording of an American voice lasts 78 seconds and is now available for the world to hear. The 1878 recording has been digitized from a Thomas Edison-invented phonograph and uploaded to the Internet. ”In the history of recorded sound that’s still playable, this is about as far back as we can go,” John Schneiter, a trustee at the Museum of Innovation and Science, told the Associated Press. On the recording a man’s voice recites two nursery rhymes and laughs when he gets the words wrong.