The Pacific island that never was For more than a decade it has featured on the world's maps. Viewed from Google Earth, Sandy Island appears as a dark, tantalising sliver, set amid the shimmering vastness of the Pacific Ocean. But when marine scientists arrived at the island in the Coral Sea off Australia they were in for something of a shock: it didn't exist. Where there was supposed to be a sandy outcrop complete with palm trees, a few coconuts and maybe a turtle there was merely blue undulating water. The Australian scientists, led by Maria Seaton, a geologist at Sydney University, had embarked on a voyage to study plate tectonics. But there were several puzzling discrepancies: though the island appeared on the Google Earth map, there were no images of it. It had also featured for the past 12 years on the usually reliable world coastline database. "And so at that point we thought: Well, who do we trust? The scientist added: "This was one of those intriguing questions. "It's unlikely someone made this island up. Laputa
25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World Every city that you visit has its own unique sculptures and statues, but some really make you look twice—and then some. The most unique and amazing sculptures known to capture the eyes of all who pass can be found tucked along secret streets and broadcasted in popular city squares. There are many sculptures and statues (both new and old) currently provoking conversation and intrigue. 1. As light creeps out of the cracks of this statue’s body, a world of messages are portrayed by artist Paige Bradley. 2. Look for the Salmon on Salmon Street! 3.The Shoes On The Danube Bank, Budapest, Hungary This memorial in Budapest created by Can Togay & Gyula Pauer memorializes the Jews killed by the fascist Arrow Cross during World War II. 4. This statue signifies all of the souls lost, imprisoned, or otherwise harmed by the oppressive Communist regime that existed in Poland for many years. 5. When Zenos Frudakis created this statue he strived to depict an image that all of mankind could relate to. 6.
Real Weddings I love the rich jewel-toned colors of this wedding! Captured by Jen Stewart Photography , Emilie and Anthony were married this past June in a gorgeous ceremony in a rose garden in Sacramento, California. The couple met during medical school and their ceremony was performed by a doctor friend/instructor. The ceremony aisle was decorated with trails of big blooms, leading to a bamboo chuppah draped in airy, white fabric. Rich, jewel tones and peacock feathers were used throughout the wedding party attire and decor. At the reception, lush floral arrangements decorated each table in the penthouse room. A few words from the bride: Anthony and I met during our first year of medical school at UC Davis.
Illustration Archive You may have noticed that bees have been popping up here and there and the Fox is Black recently. Why? Quite simply: they’re important, not only to our own well-being but for that of the greater Earth too. Apes curamus et nos curant (we look after honey bees and they look after us); the tiny insects are integral to the environment but also economies. Environmental responsibility is becoming a popular public affair and more light is being shed on the honeybee issue. Barnes & Webb install and manage beehives across London, providing raw, local honey and all the pleasures of urban beekeeping without any of the hassle. The creative approach trickles down into the product itself too. Aside from the packaging, Barnes & Webb work with local talent to further help their brand stand out and place the honeybee on a pedestal. While it’s often easy to get cynical when it comes to environmental affairs, Barnes & Webb’s approach is refreshingly optimistic.
The Land of Tulips Tulip fields, wind turbines and canal, Holland. Photo by: Anna Paulowna There are reportedly 3,000 varieties of tulips. There is a Dutch organization that maintains the list of registered tulip varieties. Photo by: unknown Traditional Dutch windmill in middle of heavenly beautiful tulips field. When it comes to the usage of windmill technology, Holland is considered the leader. Katwijk Aan Zee beach, Holland. Laser show in Utrecht, the fourth largest city of Holland. Aerial view of Utrecht center. Amsterdam has more canals than Venice, while Venice is the most well-known canalled city in the world, this isn’t because of quantity., Amsterdam boasts over 165 canals. Winter in Amsterdam. Amsterdam may soon disappear. Infrared photo of blossom, Amsterdam. Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, it was built in 1593 under the orders of William the Silent.
Iconic Images From 125 Years Of The National Geographic Society Published 28 January 2013 In January 1888, a small group of scientists and enthusiasts founded the National Geographic Society (NGS) with the aim of creating “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The first issue of the magazine was published in October 1888. Today, 125 years later, the society is one of the largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations in the world. To mark the occasion, the society is sharing photographs from its archive of more than 11 million images -- photographs that represent some of the most iconic moments in its history. (25 PHOTOS) Gilbert H. By setting off a camera trap, a female tiger captures her own image in Bandhavgarh National Park in India in 1995. The “Ice Maiden,” the 500-year-old mummy of a young Inca girl found on a Peruvian mountaintop by archaeologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Johan Reinhard. Three figures on camelback behold the pyramids of Giza in 1938. The rusted prow of the "R.M.S.
The Three Phases of Life One of life's great fascinations is watching people evolve over time. Some people grow and develop, while others seem to be stuck in patterns that limit their happiness and well-being. Others excel in certain areas of their lives while failing miserably in others. A small few are spectacularly successful by conventional measures yet are perpetually dissatisfied. Is there a simple model we can use to make sense of these observations? Many years of watching and thinking have led me to believe that we can further our understanding by simplifying the problem. I want to be a little precise with words here. Why is this important? Schlepper Let us begin with the first state. This term comes from the Yiddish verb "schlep," which means "to drag." Literally, a schlepper is a carrier. First of all, just because you are schlepping does not mean you are forbidden to think. In general, we all need to schlep. Schleppers quickly perceive the great injustice of life. So, we all start out as schleppers.
Design: The Posters of Laurent Durieux | Eclectix The posters of Laurent Durieux are perfected treatments of vintage style with a modern clean feel. The typography, illustration, layout and execution of each subject is impeccable, taking one back in time to the golden era of super-saturated screen prints with luscious depth. He works exclusively in Photoshop after a rough pencil sketch. To truly appreciate the finite detail within each image, go to his website and click on the poster. Most of Durieux’s images, whether they are based on movie monsters, Charlie Brown characters, or streamlined emerald skyscrapers in the Land of Oz, begin as pencil sketches. LINK – to Laurent’s website
North Sentinel Island Outline map of the Andaman Islands, with the location of North Sentinel Island highlighted (in red). Bay of Bengal, with Andaman Islands south of Myanmar North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It lies to the west of the southern part of South Andaman Island. Most of the island is forested. It is small, located away from the main settlements on Great Andaman, surrounded by coral reefs, and lacks natural harbors. A group of indigenous people, the Sentinelese, live on North Sentinel Island. Their population is estimated to be between 50 and 400 individuals. The Sentinelese reject any contact with other people, and are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. History Early history British exploration WikiMiniAtlas 11°35′36.46″N 92°12′44.08″E / 11.5934611°N 92.2122444°E / 11.5934611; 92.2122444. Indian expeditions Recent history Geography Map of the island Political status