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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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Cuba Through a Model’s Eye

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Model and fashion photography is often taken in perfectly staged locations. This collection by Sonia Szóstak is taken in Havana, Cuba, and has a much greater sense of authenticity and place than a normal photo shoot. The setting provides a great texture and color to the models’ style. It makes us want to visit Cuba more than ever. Via Behance:

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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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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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Coachella’s Colorful Creatures

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Coachella has become a major destination, a music festival that is eclipsing all others. This year the festival has teamed up with artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan to create giant, colorful beasts that roam the grounds. The brightly painted monsters are gentle in demeanor, and have already been backdrop to countless selfies and concertgoer photos. In addition to the giant boxy beasts, Coachella’s art includes crazy house-like structures that involve psychedelic projection-mapping. Lots more to see on DesignBoom:

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Alaskan Fjord, Infrared Edition

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Photographer Bradley G Munkowitz traveled to the Tracy Arm Fjord in Juneau Alaska to capture the beauty of the northern wild. He did so with special camera equipment that reveals these beautiful landscapes in new, experimental color palettes. We think infrared images can be astounding, bringing a familiar subject matter into entirely new light, literally. The results from his series are bold yet poised, wild yet beautifully composed. Waterfalls become rushing lava flows, forests become Suess-like wonderlands. Thanks to his creativity, Alaska’s wild frontier gets seen anew. Via Behance:

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Couriers of Shanghai

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In a clean and bright photographic series by Alain Delorme, he explores the bike couriers in Shanghai, and the extraordinary loads that many carry on their bicycles and carts. The huge payloads are comical in size and subject matter, but showcase a side of Shanghai that is increasingly rare these days, as China rapidly turns into a 21st century superpower.  Strangely beautiful work, via Fubiz:

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Star Fort at Bourtange

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Fort Bourtange is a remarkable star-shaped landmark built in 1593 in Groningen, Netherlands. Controlled by the Spaniards during the Eighty Years’ war, the fort became a village in 1851, and now serves as an historical museum. The star shape is surrounded by a series of canals and lakes that serve as moats.  It’s a fantastic reminder of the power of design and engineering that goes back over 400 years.

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Photo by Dennis Kopp

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Interactive and Immersive Dinner Table

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Projection mapping, the art and science of precise projected artwork, is coming into it’s own. Take the newly opened Sagaya restaurant in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. It’s diners are greeted to a table that reacts to the plates set on it, so each course is a new and beautiful experience. Butterflies flit and fly around a plate of delicate vegetables. Leave your hand still on the tabletop, and a digital bird may land on it, just to take flight when you move it.  Created by art collective Teamlab, the restaurant looks delicious and an experience not to miss. Via DesignBoom:

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