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CMYK 1964

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CMYK is a term that you’ll hear designers and printers use, meaning Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). Used for four color printing, it has been co-opted in this sense for a wildly vibrant series by artist Mike Winklemann, who goes by Beeple. This color-soaked set of images is a time warp back to 1964, when the flower child was alive and kicking.

Under closer inspection, the images almost have an x-ray-like effect, giving the series an even more tripped-out feeling. Ahh, to be alive in 1964…. we can almost imagine it. Great work, via the artist’s Behance page:

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NASA’s Inflatable Greenhouse for Farming on Mars

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DesignBoom has a look at NASA’s prototype greenhouse, developed at the University of Arizona, which may travel to Mars in the near future and help astronauts farm their produce on the Red Planet. The structure is a cylinder in shape and can deploy quickly once at it’s destination. It uses both LED and natural light to grow, and has a sophisticated support system:

The 18 X 7 ft deployable greenhouse can also be used for air revitalization, water recycling or waste recycling. The idea is for carbon dioxide exhaled by the astronauts to be introduced into the martian/ lunar greenhouse, which is then used by the plants to photosynthesize and generate oxygen. the whole process is called a bioregenerative life support system.

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Growing lettuce aboard the ISS

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Destroying Nature is Destroying Life

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A gorgeous and powerful campaign for environmental group Robin Wood features brilliantly rendered scenes of habitat destruction, superimposed in the form of the creatures they’re hurting.  The agency Grabarz & Partner created the posters using painstakingly rendered 3D forms, and adding in details like oil rigs, fires, and industrial machinery. Their tagline: Destroying nature is destroying life. The result is a painfully effective look at what happens to the natural world when humans act with indifference and greed toward nature. Beautiful and sad work, Via Behance:

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Modpools Shipping Container Pools

In-ground pools are amazing. They’re also incredibly expensive to build out, and once they’re in, removing them is an enormous task. Meet the Modpool, the next best thing to an in-ground pool. Utilizing a shipping container, Modpools transforms the container into a sleek, solid, transportable pool that installs quickly. The pool offers a large side window, and can be temperature controlled with a smartphone. Even better, a divider can turn half of the pool into a hot tub, with a powerful heater able to turn the water temperature up in just an hour. Built-in LEDs add light to the experience. Not cheap at $26,000, but compare that to a full in-ground project, and it’ll start looking quite the bargain. Made in Canada, via Uncrate:

The Blue Forest

Bluebells completely cover the ground cover in this lovely forest in Belgium. The Hallerbos Forest, to be precise. Photographer Kilian Schönberger has a beautiful collection of images from this peaceful, lovely place. Great lighting and framing give these photos a fantasy-like feel.  A definition of purity and calm via Behance:

Iceland From the Air

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In these remarkable and mesmerizing photos by Andre Ermolaev, we see raw nature flowing and ebbing and drifting and snaking its way across the landscape. Iceland is the world’s science experiment, in terms of geological behavior and fluidity. Captured in a beautiful sense of purity, the aerial images paint a scene of movement but also of calm, of everything existing organically, the way it wants to.  The forms and shapes that nature creates are amazing.Via FastCo Design:

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Drones Allowing For Volcano Eruption Close-ups

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Drones are becoming commonplace, and often they’re being used on less-than-scientific applications. However, when used by top-notch universities studying highly dangerous volcanic eruptions, things get very interesting. The University of Cambridge is using unmanned UAVs to study one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala. Equipped with lightweight sensors, the drone is able to fly far closer to the eruption epicenter than humans would be able to go. Consequently, new scientific data is being gathered, and no lives are put in danger. Awesome. Via Sploid:
 

Earth Day 2017

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Mother Earth is our one and only habitable planet. It’s a precious, living gem in a cold and airless solar system. Those hoping to live on Mars might reconsider, when they realize they’d have to be in a bubble the entire time. Regardless, we’re treating our planet like it’s our own personal plaything, a carefree toy we can chew up and spit out. Just when the USA was on the brink of a positive turning point on climate, we took a giant step backwards, electing an orange-faced child with money for a brain, and a smoldering lump of coal for a heart. We mean it, he’s a terrible, terrible person to put in charge of anything, let alone the richest country on earth.

Earth Day 2017 marks a time when we should reflect on our natural world, and the vast riches it provides us with, for free. Economists put an estimate of $55 trillion dollars a year in value that the natural world bestows on us every single year.  So this Earth Day, give a little reflection and appreciation towards our brilliant earth, and all it provides for us. This beautiful illustration is by Brian Miller for REI.

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Incredible Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius

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The idea of an underwater waterfall is a bit mind bending, we know. And technically, what you’re seeing is sand and silt drifting down a huge underwater canyon, giving the illusion of water flowing freely under the ocean. The site is so gorgeous, the technicalities won’t be your on your mind. Mauritius is a tiny island nation 1,200 miles of Africa’s southeast coast.

Frederick C Millett  and Trip Advisor have some great photos of this beautiful island nation with it’s turquoise waters and that incredible chasm in the earth, which causes the waterfall illusion.  Time to book some flights… Via Places To See in Your Lifetime:

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Waves in the Sky

Asperitas clouds, where have you been all our lives? We certainly aren’t used to your rolling beauty, giving the illusion of waves in the sky. Take a look at this video shot in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the clouds undulate and roll in, in a true water mimic. Pretty beautiful. For more about clouds, we recommend this handy and well designed book, called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.

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