GeoPicture

GeoPicture of the Week: Folded and Tilded Limestone in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Jasper National Park is truly amazing – beautiful rivers and valleys, several peaks over 3,000 meters, and an overall stunning geology. The western ridge forms the continental divide, separating streams that flow east and north to the Arctic Ocean or Hudson Bay from those which drain westward to the Pacific Ocean. Here, we see a tilted mountain composed of folded limestones.

Art, Great Pics, Neurology, Science

Stunning Neurons on Canvas Painted by a Neuroscientist

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The human brain is often described as the most beautiful organism in the Universe. We say this because of the beautiful things the mind, sustained by the brain, can create and imagine. Greg Dunn earned his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, but while his colleagues are fiddling with microscopes to unravel the inner workings of brain cells, he works with a paintbrush to magnify neurons on a canvas. His work shows a brain whose beauty transcends romanticism and awes in its raw form.

Did you know?, Physics

What makes things coloured – the physics behind

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It’s hard to image a world without colour simply because they’re all around us. Having ever wondered, though, where colours come from? To answer this question, we first have to understand how human colour perception works and how matter physically interacts with light.

Art

Beautiful Extreme Close-ups of Everyday Things

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Book Pages In one of the most beautiful projects I’ve seen in a while, artist Pyanek uses macro photography to show everyday things in astonishing detail. This is the first public release of his work (that I could find at least). Be sure to follow him on Facebook and YouTube. If you enjoy his work, you can also buy him a cup

Art, Feature Post

The Art (or Science?) of Balancing Rocks

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If life is a balancing act, then I hope it looks like Michael Grab‘s work. The artist and photographer first dabbled into rock balancing in 2008 while exploring the beautiful landscape of Boulder Creek, Colorado. Since then, he’s come a very long way. Grab finds the process spiritual and therapeutic – it has become a source of creative passion and and

Animals, Feature Post, Offbeat

Thousands of Fish To Be Freed From Abandoned Mall in Thailand [with Photos]

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The Bangkok’s New World Mall is one of the most dystopian places on Earth – initially 11 stories high, now the building can only boast 4, and it has no roof. A population of fish thrived in the post-apocalyptic setting, but now, with the building being set for demolition, the fish are finally going to be set free. An estimated 3,000

Biology, Great Pics, News

Pollution Sparks Beautiful Blue Plankton Glow in Hong Kong

Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or 'red tide', are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong. Photo via AP.

The harbor in Hong Kong sparkled with an eerie blue glow, creating a surprising and beautiful picture. But few people know that the cause of this lovely landscape is actually pollution – pig manure, fertiliser and sewage. This nutrient-rich pollution encouraged a bloom of Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as “Sea Sparkle.”

News, Technology, Videos

How a musician and his robots improvise together

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In the video above, you can see PhD student Mason Bretan from the Robot Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech in the US jam with some of the robots he helped create. The robots got rhythm, and they got the skills. Just look at that amazing marimba solo at the middle of the video – that was completely improvised. “The piece is called