10 mind-boggling high-speed camera GIFs Some of the most interesting things you’ll ever see are happening far too fast for you to properly appreciate. Slowing down even the simplest occurrence can reveal incredible complexity. With modern high-speed photography we can get a glimpse of such things. So here are 10 things that happen very fast slowed down for closer observation in GIF form. Click the gallery to see each one of the pics and then check out the full explanations of each animations below, without your browser being weighed down by all those hefty GIFs! 10 incredible microscopic GIFs Every day, life is going about its business, but we can only see a fraction of the organisms around us with the naked eye. Bacteria, protists, and tiny multicellular creatures live in a world that is completely alien to us and only visible through the microscope. Thanks to the wonder of science, we can dive into this world and see how these wee beasties get along. Here are 10 of the coolest in GIF form. Click the gallery to see each one of the pics and then check out the full explanations of each animations below, without your browser being weighed down by all those hefty GIFs!
Maps That Will Change the Way You See the World Where Google Street View is available. The supercontinent of Pangaea with modern day borders. The pink represents countries that the British have invaded. Goddammit, Brittan! Ethereal Macro Photos of Snowflakes in the Moments Before They Disappear Russian photographer Andrew Osokin is a master of winter macro photography. His photo collection is chock full of gorgeous super-close-up photographs of insects, flowers, snow, and frost. Among his most impressive shots are photographs of individual snowflakes that have fallen upon the ground and are in the process of melting away. The shots are so detailed and so perfectly framed that you might suspect them of being computer-generated fabrications.
Future - Touch screen tech to reboot a space station Imagine working in the most expensive office ever built – and not only having to work on an outdated computer system but also having to go to a corridor to do it. This is exactly what astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have to do. We might think something that cost $150bn and orbits the Earth would have the very latest technology, or look as sleek as the space stations we see in films.
Modern Pyramid House by Juan Carlos Ramos We've seen our fair share of unique modern home designs like the box-shaped metallic house or the abstract fortress made of concrete, but Mexican architect Juan Carlos Ramos has taken on a form less-visited for his aptly titled project Pyramid House—a conceptual pyramid-shaped home created and submitted as a proposal for a recent architecture competition. The simple geometric shape creates a clean aesthetic, while remaining extremely eye-catching due to its iconic though rarely applied form. Some highlights of this design are the multiple windows cut out of the four large triangular facades that allow natural light into the home.
john locke » Blog Archive » visualizing sound in processing This was the final applet in motion. Using the minim library for processing, each waveform is generated in realtime as the two sounds play over eachother creating a pretty chaotic sound, but there are some instances of overlapping patterns where the mashup works pretty well. In the third version of the code, the boolean of the two waveforms is generated, producing a new way to visualize the waveforms. View the youtube video here, but I really need to figure out a way to add sound to the video, silence doesn’t do it justice.
Mystery of Prince Rupert's Drop at 130,000 fps About this video How was this done by so small a force? Smarter Every Day heads to a glassblowing workshop in Alabama to reveal the unique mechanical properties of the Prince Rupert's drop – a tadpole-shaped glass structure created by dropping molten glass in cold water. As Destin demonstrates, the very high residual stress within the bulbous end of the drop allows it to withstand a blow from a hammer. However, a slight touch on the drop’s tail will cause the whole structure to explode. Si la Luna fuera un pixel - Un mapa aburridamente exacto del sistema solar Mercury Venus Earth You Are Here Moon Mars Project Eden In this post, I'll be describing in more detail how the CG Earth is constructed. The whole planet was broken down into several key components: land, water, clouds, atmosphere and an atmospheric "rim". The atmosphere has two components because it's not a true volumetric simulation, but a kind of hack ^^; Land Nothing fancy here that's not been done for decades. A simple sphere primitive with polar (spherical) UV projection so that the Blue Marble textures can be wrapped around it.
The Most Beautiful and Famous Trees on Earth “A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade to those who wield an axe to cut it down” – Buddha. There are probably hundreds of majestic and magnificent trees in the world – of these, some are particularly special: Lone Cypress in Monterey The Lone Cypress Tree near Monterey is probably the most famous point along the 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. Night Lights 2012 - Flat map acquired April 18 - October 23, 2012download large image (776 KB, JPEG, 3600x1800) acquired April 18, 2012download GeoTIFF file (3 MB, TIFF, 3600x1800) acquired April 18, 2012download large image (7 MB, JPEG, 13500x6750) acquired April 18, 2012download GeoTIFF file (39 MB, TIFF, 13500x6750)
Miniature Worlds Digitally Assembled from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson Sydney-based artist Catherine Nelson refers to herself as a painter with a camera, in that she doesn’t see the world as a photographer does but instead uses photos as a medium with which she creates these fantastic miniature worlds. Each work is comprised of hundreds of photographs which she digitally stitches together, drawing from an extensive background in visual special effects having worked on such films as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and 300. Of her work Nelson says: When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn’t expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience behind me in film visual effects, I began to take my photos to another level.
NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before. This image of the continental United States at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The image was made possible by the satellite's "day-night band" of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires and reflected moonlight.Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC› Larger image› High-resolution download and more information → [image-62][image-76] "The night is nowhere as dark as we might think," Miller said.