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Though it does share some resemblance to the beautifully animated The Book of Life, Pixar’s take on Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead looks to be a visually enchanting ride. Take a look at the trailer for their new film coming this October, Coco.

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A CNC machine is not elegant. It’s huge and cumbersome, with wires cords and complicated settings. But the output of a CNC can be beautiful. Take these bird sculptures, for example. Created by Moisés Hernández Design Studio, the simplified bird forms are made smooth and streamlined, and then color dipped for a very soft and warm effect.

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tribespeople of Namibia

Photographer Ben Moore has a really pretty collection of images from Namibia of some of the tribal people that call it home.

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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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Antelope Canyon is world renowned for its undulating, curvaceous beauty, and the way light turns the sandstone walls into colorful canvasses. Photographer Doran Hannes does it amazing justice with his collection, Antelope Canyon – A Case Study. Via Behance:

Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş has a series of photos out called Flatland II that will really warp your brain. Taken of landscapes in the United States, Büyüktaş painstakingly stitches images together and then wraps their angles until they resemble roller coaster like twists. His work is fun and mesmerizing, and definitely puts a new perspective on familiar subject matter. Via DesignBoom:

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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Giant solar installation as seen from satellites

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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Astronomy Picture of the Day has a remarkable shot of a crater lake reflecting the gorgeous aurora above it. Learn much more about the photo and the stars contained in it on their website.

 

 

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When we say reflective, we mean the quiet, contemplative kind. Artist Jennifer Boland’s installations are part of Desert X, a sprawling art exhibit being held in the American Southwest.

In displaying the actual mountainous backdrop on these large digital billboards, Boland forces the casual driver to make a connection between the physical and the two dimensional. Indeed, the images are aligned in a way that from a certain angle, the billboards align perfectly to the mountains behind them. Desert X is happening February 25 – April 30.  Via DesignBoom: 

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