The folks over at Fysikshow decided to take the Ruben’s tube to another level by building a two-dimensional ‘Pyro Board’ with 2500 holes. “Sound waves are transmitted through a flammable gas creating alternating high and low pressure zones. This creates the flame pattern.”
In a beautiful example of a closed but functional ecosystem, David Latimer has grown a garden sealed inside of a giant glass bottle that he has only opened once since he started it almost 54 years ago. He placed some compost and a quarter pint of water into a 10-gallon glass carboy and inserted a spiderwort sprout using wires. In 1972, he opened the garden again to add a bit of water. With that one exception, the garden has remained totally sealed – all it needs is plenty of sunlight!
It’s hard to say what it is about animals that we love the most – their cute or beautiful looks, their natural innocence or the emotional reactions that they elicit from us. But whatever the case may be, one of these 30 happy animal facts is bound to bring a smile to your face. A lot of these facts also underscore the similarities and emotional connections that people can share with animals, which raises a broader and more interesting questions – what is it about animals that we love so much?
Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, has created a stunning must-see video that will open your eyes to just how little most of us understand about the many different forms of life we have here on Earth. His “Slow Life” video combines thousands of close-up photographs of beautiful corals to illustrate their daily movements in a way that makes them seem not of this earth.
Butterflies and some moths are near-universal symbols of natural beauty, but Linden Gladhill, a biochemist and photographer, has created a stunning set of photographs that introduce us to the natural beauty of butterflies and moths on a macro level unobservable by the human eye. The highly-magnified (between 7 and 17 times life-size) photos of butterflies’ wings show the scales that cover their wings and that comprise the beautiful patterns that we see.
The internet is abuzz with the long-shot success story of Lisa One, a kakapo parrot chick whose life was saved by New Zealand conservationists after her mother Lisa accidentally crushed her egg. The pictures show just how delicate and unbelievable the conservationists’ task was – to tape the shell of a partially crushed kakapo egg back together and allow the chick within to mature and hatch naturally. They succeeded by using, of all thing, masking tape.
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.