Great Pics

Breathtaking Firebreathing Photography by Alin Ivanov

All image credits go to Alin Ivanov.

Firebreathing is a beautiful and dangerous form of art – it’s dazzled people since the middle ages, and continues to do so to this day. Here, Romanian photographer Alin Ivanov captured it in all its magic, on the sandy shore of the Black Sea. “I watched him [the firebreather] perform for three nights, and it was amazing. It was mesmerizing,

Great Pics, Observations

Pluto through the years: GIF shows how our vision of the dwarf planet gradually improved

GIF via Explore.

OK, I know, you’ve already had your full of Pluto news, but seriously – this GIF is just spectacular. It shows just how far we’ve come, from not knowing about the planet, to seeing it just as a few white pixels, to incredibly clear images of Pluto’s surface, with even mountains being visible. Clyde Tombaugh first shot the planet at the Lowell

Great Pics, Space

Splashing the moon in colour: a fantastic photo gallery

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Humanity has gone a long way in the past hundred years or so, particularly in its exploration of outer space. We’ve landed robotic rovers on Mars, a probe on an asteroid and man-made crafts are almost leaving the solar system. But it’s easy to lose sight of maybe the most important milestone in human space exploration: the moon. Tom Turner is a man on the mission: inspire people to look at the moon with new eyes.

Feature Post, Great Pics, History, Videos

In God we Trust: but other people don’t, really. Let’s look at religions

The Religion Tree, by Simon E. Davies

What drives us to create these intricate systems of tales, beliefs and myths, who starts them and why do they propagate? Is it just the need to explain the unexplainable? Is there a deeper need for order nestled in our brain that makes us pin rain and drought, life and death on some higher, but purposeful, being?

I don’t know. But what i can show you is what we know about how religion appeared, spread, and thought us up till today.

Animals, Feature Post, Great Pics

Tiny fluffy sea slugs have Japan’s netizens going crazy, and they’ll give you our cute-dose for the day

Image via ダイブストアエグザイル

If you ask someone to name an animal they find cute, chances are “sea slugs” won’t come up too often. That is, unless you’re from Japan. Konnichiwa! Japan’s Twittersphere has just rediscovered (and is loosing its collective mind over) what is probably the cutest sea slug ever – Jorunna parva, a sea slug that looks like a fluffy bunny. The slugs

Animals, Great Pics

Photographer highlights life just below the sea

“Physalia Physalis” – Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Appropriately titled Over/Under, Matty Smith‘s photography shows how life thrives just below sea level, where the ocean’s waters meet the atmosphere. Just below the water horizon, there’s a whole new world for us to discover.   “I have always had an attraction to the water and the tricks it plays on light for as long as I can remember. Some

Feature Post, Great Pics

Into the Earth: The Mind Blowing Cave Photography of Robbie Shone

China Caves 2012 / Hong Meigui Expedition to explore giant caves in Wulong County.

Robbie Shone is one of the most talented and hard working cave photographers in the world. Over the past ten years, Robbie’s passion has taken him to  China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Uzbekistan, Sudan, the Picos, the Alps and Crete. He has also worked closely with scouting groups in California, and documented scientists in Portugal, Switzerland and Austria, but more than

Great Pics, Offbeat

Sleep on the cliffs above a sacred valley in Peru

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Some 150 meters above ground level (400 feet) in the Sacred Valley of the Incas three eerie, transparent capsules hang on the cliffs. These weather resistant polycarbonate call the most unfazed adventurers to sleep inside them, offering an almost 360 view of the valley. Skylodge Adventure Suites was created by the company Natura Vive, a group of young entrepreneurs who want to offer

Alternative Medicine, Feature Post, Great Pics

Amazing 1930 map of “Herbal Cures”

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Slate just reported on this amazing map of ‘Herbal Cures’ from 1932 of the medicinal plants in common use among pharmacists and the public back then.

Animals, Great Pics

The stunning biodiversity of New England’s catterpilars

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We don’t often think about caterpillars. Caterpillars are generally regarded as voracious eaters and many of them are considered agricultural pests, but beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, and for Samuel Jaffe, they are definitely beautiful.     The furry, fluorescent, grubby little creatures we often find inching along our trees and sidewalks fascinate Jeffe, who takes pictures of them to help