Love is pure, love is painful, love is sweet and love is dreadful. True love is overwhelming. Love is something we strive for and something we mourn the loss of. Let us present you with 21 interesting facts and theories about love that will explain much about this all-absorbing phenomenon without dispelling its romance and poetry.
This glistening beach is not part of a magical Disney or Pixar sequence – it’s actually a perfectly natural occurrence. These glistening dots of light, captured on a beach in the Maldives by Taiwanese photographer William Ho, are caused by microscopic organisms called bioluminescent phytoplankton, or Lingulodinium polyedrum for the scientifically inclined.
Australian chemistry teacher James Kennedy has created a tongue-in-cheek set of images that take a fresh perspective on the public discussion about fresh and organic foods vs. the genetically modified products and chemical pesticides being championed by companies like Monsanto. His posters take fresh, all-natural products and breaks them down by their chemical composition, or their “ingredients.”
Comparing something to a grain of sand is usually supposed to mean that it’s small or insignificant, but Dr. Gary Greenberg’s microscopic photography aims to turn this stereotype on its head. His photographs of miniscule grains of sands reveal that each grain of sand can be beautiful and unique. The sand in his images is full of remnants from various tropical sea organisms large and small.
Engineers from The University of Tokyo and The Nagoya Institute of Technology, have recently introduced a three-dimensional mid-air acoustic manipulation device. The device uses only sound waves to actually levitate millimetre-sized particles and move them three-dimensionally. Surprisingly, the process is absolutely silent as the device uses ultrasonic speakers.
A group of bio-medical engineers from Aaldo University researched 700 volunteers from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan, who were exposed to a range of emotional videos, pictures and stories to trigger specific emotions. They were asked to map parts of their computer-generated silhouettes where they felt any increased/decreased activity. This is how the Body Atlas of human emotions look like.
Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has announced a flying robot drone delivery system straight out of science fiction. When a customer orders a product and selects drone delivery, the package is picked up from one of Amazon’s warehouses and flown to a customer up to 10 miles away from the warehouse. The system promises 30 minute deliveries in a 10 mile radius but won’t be ready before 2015.
Quebecois photographer Ulric Collette is at it again, creating striking composite photographs comparing the genetic similarities of different members of the same family tree. The latest portrait forms a composite picture of two models very close to Collette – his mother, 61, and his daughter, 12. The photograph reveals an extraordinary similarity between the two women even though they are separated by a generation.
The researchers attended the Twins Days festival in Twinsburg, Ohio and met 79 pairs of twins in which either only one twin smoked or where one of the twins had started smoking at least 5 years before the other did. Professional photographers then took their portraits and a panel of judges were asked to evaluate the twins’ faces and rate their signs of aging. Can you tell which of these identical twins smokes or has been smoking longer?
Bad news sells, so the media tends to focus on the negative things ignoring some of the things that make the world a better place. That’s why we want to share this list of 30 happy facts to remind you about the bright side of life. What’s better than knowing that somewhere out there in the world, sea otters are holding hands, cows have best friends, and that there are monkeys in Japan that buy snacks from vending machines with change?
Photographer Nick Brandt has captured a mesmerizing series of images at Lake Natron in Africa showing us what the grim reaper‘s animal equivalents might look like. The process by which these unlucky birds have died is unclear, but the author says that a factor in it is the lake’s extreme reflectivity, which may cause birds to crash into the water, die, and become calcified husks.
With one strange and fateful leap for frogkind, an amphibian that managed to photobomb a NASA rocket launch is now making the rounds online in a picture that may or may not have captured the poor frog‘s last moments on this earth. The LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) swept the hopeful astronaut frog up in a cloud of dust and smoke raised by its rockets as it took off from a launch pad in Virginia on September 6th. The frog‘s fate is unknown.