June 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

ISS Cupola: The Window to the World

ISS Cupola: The Window to the World

The Cupola is an ESA-built observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS). Its seven windows are used to conduct experiments, dockings and observations of Earth. It was launched aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-130 on 8 February 2010 and attached to the Tranquility (Node 3) module. The Cupola’s 80 cm (31 in) window is…

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June 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Picture of the Day: The Masked Owl

Picture of the Day: The Masked Owl

THE MASKED OWL Photograph by benjamin444 | CC BY-SA 3.0 The Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) is a barn owl of Southern New Guinea and the non-desert areas of Australia. Masked Owls show strong reverse sexual dimorphism (obvious differences between male and female). A male Masked Owl’s weight ranges from 420-800g, while…

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June 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

The Most Epic Supercell Thunderstorm Footage You Will See Today

The Most Epic Supercell Thunderstorm Footage You Will See Today

Photograph by Mike Olbinski | Prints available After four years of unsuccessful storm chasing, Mike Olbinski finally found what he was looking for. A massive rotating supercell thunderstorm with complex structure and active movement. The result was the epic time-lapse video embedded below. The storm was spotted on June 3, 2013, near Booker, Texas.…

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June 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

Miniature World Photo Manipulations by 14-year-old Phenom

Miniature World Photo Manipulations by 14-year-old Phenom

Zev is a 14-year-old photographer and artist from Natick, Massachusetts. Under the moniker of Fiddle Oak, Zev creates amazing miniature worlds for his subjects. Using digital photo manipulation, he skillfully splices portraits with macro photographs of nature, interiors and objects. You can find an example of the process in image #9 below. Zev’s sister…

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June 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Picture of the Day: Black Fall, Iceland

Picture of the Day: Black Fall, Iceland

BLACK FALL, ICELAND Photograph by Jon Óskar Hauksson Svartifoss (Black Fall) is a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland and is one of the park’s most popular sights. Svartifoss is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. Other well-known columnar jointing formations are seen at the Giant’s…

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June 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Artist Converts Century-old Gas Station into Home

Artist Converts Century-old Gas Station into Home

Located in the Bayou St. John neighbourhood of New Orleans is an old gas station from 1918. The property served as a furniture-building shop and jewelry-making studio before being put on the market in 2003 for $120,000. An intrepid artist named Robert Guthrie decided to convert the gas station into a 2,000 square foot…

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June 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

Lost Egyptian City Found Underwater After 1200 Years

Lost Egyptian City Found Underwater After 1200 Years

Photograph by Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation / Christoph Gerigk 1,200 years ago the ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion disappeared beneath the Mediterranean. Founded around 8th century BC, well before the foundation of Alexandria in 331 BC, it is believed Heracleion served as the obligatory port of entry to Egypt for all ships coming…

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June 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

Picture of the Day: When Art Meets Nature

Picture of the Day: When Art Meets Nature

WHEN ART MEETS NATURE Artwork by Nuxuno Xän | Photograph by Rosali Rodrigues Spotted in Fort-de-France, Martinique, is this awesome street art mural that incorporates the tree situated directly behind the wall of the artwork. The piece was done by Nuxuno Xän. The photo was taken by Rosali Rodrigues and submitted to…

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June 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

Exploding Light Bulbs Filled with Random Things

Exploding Light Bulbs Filled with Random Things

Jon Smith is a photographer and scientist currently residing in Fishers, Indiana. Under the name of Wide Eyed Illuminations (WEI Photography), Jon focuses his creativity on high speed photos of exploding light bulbs filled with random objects and materials. On his Flickr profile, Jon remarks: “I choose to primarily work with light bulbs because…

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June 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Picture of the Day: Super Sized Self-Portrait

Picture of the Day: Super Sized Self-Portrait

SUPER SIZED SELF-PORTRAIT Artwork by RON MUCEK | Photograph by John1856 On display at the British Museum is Mask II, a hyperrealistic oversized self-portrait of artist Ron Mueck. From the museum’s description page: In Mask II he has represented the features of his own face with unstinting accuracy but on a superhuman…

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