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Mars imagery taken by NASA HiRise Cameras

From the cold of space, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has quietly been snapping pictures of Mars for the last 12 years. Using a camera system called HiRise, it’s been mapping and taking detailed stills of the Mars surface. Now, a Finnish filmmaker named Jan Fröjdman has taken those stills and very painstakingly stitched them together into a beautiful video. The result is stunning, a serene yet unfamiliar flyover of magnificent landscapes that are as varied as they are beautiful. Mars, we’re coming for you. This takes us one step closer. We highly recommend you watch this fullscreen, with the resolution turned up to 2K. Via Gizmodo:

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Hüseyin Sahin

Turkish artist Hüseyin Sahin has a vivid imagination, judging by these digital collages he dreamed up. He shows a beautiful use of lighting and blending. It’s great to see this type of surrealist creativity, it often jars loose some unique ideas of our own. Via Colossal and Behance:

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feral children of the world

Sujit Kumar (the chicken boy), Fiji, 1978
Kept in a chicken coop by his family until the age of 8, Sujit Kumar clucked, pecked at food, and roosted like a bird

The stories behind the photographs aren’t pretty. They’re weird, terrifying, and often disturbing. But photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten does a great job creating beautifully lit scenes to pay homage to these strange stories. Like Sujit Jumar, trapped in a chicken coop for so long, he pecked like a chicken and ‘roosted’ at night. Descriptions and images via DesignBoom:

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Lobo wolf girl, Mexico, 1845/1852
Seen in Mexico running on all fours with a pack of wolves, attacking a herd of goats

 

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Prava (the bird boy), Russia, 2008
confined to a room containing dozens of his mother’s pet birds, Prava could not speak when found, only chirp

 

 

 

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Kamala and Amala, India, 1920
aged 8 and 1 respectively, the pair were found living in a cave with wolves
running on all fours, the pair were physically deformed and had exceptional hearing, sight and sense of smell

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viking village

Between Höfn and Djúpivogur in rural Iceland lies a Viking village. Well, a beautiful replica of a Viking village, that is. Built in 2010 for a film that never happened, the replica set is beautiful desolate and abandoned. Due to funding issues, the set was never used, though that might change in the next few years, as interest in Viking history grows. Photographer Jan Erik Waider has a beautifully stoic collection of images from the set, which looks as if it’s been there for hundreds of years. Iceland just never stops amazing us. Via Behance:


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China has recently completed construction of the world’s biggest solar farm. Called Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, the operation generates 850 Megawatts of electricity, which for the uninitiated, is enormous. Containing over four million solar panels, the plant can generate enough power from the sun to run nearly a quarter of a million homes. The Guardian has a good look at the new solar park, part of China’s giant effort to clean up their electrical generation. As solar prices get cheaper, look for more of these giant installations to help take our planet out of the age of coal, oil and gas.

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mouse placenta imagery

The Placenta Rainbow highlights differences in mouse placental development that can result from manipulation of the mother’s immune system. These placentas were investigated at day 12 of the 20-day gestation period – the point at which a mouse’s placenta has gained its characteristic shape but is still developing.

The Wellcome Image Awards recognizes beauty and achievement in scientific photography. Their subject matter differs, but all of the winning images share one thing in common: a love and appreciation for science, and it’s inherent visual beauty. Here are a selection of unique and wonderful picks, with subject matter ranging from cat skin to mouse placentas. All captions from the Wellcome Image Awards.

A polarised light micrograph of a section of cat skin, showing hairs, whiskers and their blood supply. This sample is from a Victorian microscope slide. Blood vessels were injected with a red dye called carmine dye (here appearing black) in order to visualise the capillaries in the tissue, a newly developed technique at the time.

 

Native to the Pacific Ocean, Hawaiian bobtail squid are nocturnal predators that remain buried under the sand during the day and come out to hunt for shrimp near coral reefs at night. The squid have a light organ on their underside that houses a colony of glowing bacteria called Vibrio fischeri. The squid provide food and shelter for these bacteria in return for their bioluminescence.

 

This image shows a 3D reconstruction of an African grey parrot, post euthanasia. The 3D model details the highly intricate system of blood vessels in the head and neck of the bird and was made possible through the use of a new research contrast agent called BriteVu (invented by Scott Echols). This contrast agent allows researchers to study a subject’s vascular system in incredible detail, right down to the capillary level.

 

Short genetic sequences called microRNAs, which control the proper function and growth of cells, are being investigated by researchers as a possible cancer therapy. However, their potential use is limited by the lack of an efficient system to deliver these microRNAs specifically to cancerous cells. Researchers at MIT have developed such a system, combining two microRNAs with a synthetic polymer to form a stable woven structure a bit like a net. This synthetic net can coat a tumour and deliver the two microRNAs locally to cancer cells.

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NOAA’s 2017 American Samoa Expedition has discovered some amazing deep sea creatures, many of whom defy explanation and description. Their finds underscore just how critical science is to our society.  The Venus Flytrap sea anemone?! Or how about this incredible Armored Searobin. Our planet never ceases to amaze, and in 2017, it’s truly remarkable that we’re still discovering new and fascinating species.  Via Gizmodo:

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Daily Overview is a beautiful website that showcases stunning images of our planet from space. The most impressive part is how diverse our small planet is, with hundreds of different colors and textures. Below are just a handful of beautiful views. The hardcover book version is available for sale here. 

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Yuanyang Rice Terraces, China

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Sand Dunes, Chad

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Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Shadegan Lagoon, Iran

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Everglades National Park, Florida

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Trash in our oceans is a huge problem. Wildlife routinely gets caught and snarled in our careless plastic, debris and other junk. While most of us are aware of this issue, it’s easy to turn a blind eye, removing ourselves from the problem, and the solution.  Jeremy Carroll has a series of photos showing humans ensnared in ocean junk, trying to bring a sense of humanity to the issue, while showing how destructive our careless actions are.

“Today’s state of ocean pollution is affecting marine wildlife in a dramatic way. [We] humans are responsible for this disaster and we are yet to suffer the consequences. This photographic work translates the issues marine wildlife is facing in regards to marine pollution by creating a human analogy on plastic ingestion and entanglement.”

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Trump sucks. We aren’t afraid of saying it, and we won’t stand idly as he f*%ks our country up. That said, there are creative, peaceful, and progressive ways to protest, and as part of the Women’s March on Washington, Dome Collective has some great protest posters to download and print as you’d like.  Check out the site for downloadable sized versions, and let’s make this Inauguration day one for the record books.

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