A Tornado made of 2 Million Straws by Tokujin Yoshioka
that is fuckin animated rain what the hell
this is miyazaki rain, which means that every frame was hand-drawn
This is art,
The Vampire, 1894
These have always bothered me, in some obvious ways and some not-so-obvious ways. I’ve been reluctant to post them until now. I’m not sure why.
Berlinde de Bruyckere - We are All Flesh (2004-12)
“An unsettling, reconfigured concept of the body, helpless and contorted, takes center stage in Bruyckere’s faceless sculptures. Abject deformation is turned into beauty as if the artist were trying to wrest a shape from abstract form.”
Peering Deep into Jupiter’s Atmosphere
The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of the atmosphere the clouds are in.
Enceladus, the captivating cryovolcanic moon of Saturn, is the sixth-largest of the ringed planet’s 61-known satellites. And yet, when placed beside Earth, its 505-kilometer (314-mile) diameter is placed into meaningful cosmic context. While certainly large, Enceladus is actually small enough to fit comfortably within the length of the UK, or the state of Arizona.
But little moons can harbor big scientific surprises. Take Jupiter’s moon Europa, for instance. At 3,122 kilometers (1,940 miles) across, it’s just a little smaller than our own planet’s moon – and yet there’s more water there than here on Earth. Likewise, Enceladus is home to some of the most impressive geysers in the solar system, spewing water so violently that some actually makes it all the way to Saturn itself. That makes Enceladus the only known moon that affects its planet’s climate directly.
Read more at io9.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Potential Plant Cultivation on Mars?
Concrete plans for a one-way ticket to Mars have been forged. Food will have to be grown on location. Is this a distant future scenario? Not for Wieger Wamelink, ecologist at Alterra Wageningen UR, for whom the future will begin on 2 April. He will be researching whether or not it is possible to grow plants on the moon.
We have been to the moon several times. Next time, we may go back for a considerable period. And concrete plans for a one-way ticket to Mars have already been forged. Food will have to be grown on location. Is this a distant future scenario? Not for Wieger Wamelink, ecologist at Alterra Wageningen UR, for whom the future will begin on 2 April. He will be researching whether or not it is possible to grow plants on the moon.
Will plants survive in Martian soil or moon dust? This question was initially prompted by Dutch plans to establish a colony on Mars. As the plan does not include a return trip, the basic necessities would have to be satisfied on location. “Mars is still a long way off,” says Wieger Wamelink, explaining his plans. “But the moon is closer, so it would be more realistic to establish a colony there. What’s more, we already know the mineral composition of the soil on the moon, and of moon dust. So what I’m aiming to find out now is whether plants will grow in moon substrate, or whether certain essential elements are lacking. This has never been done before. We are gradually discovering more about Mars, which is why the planet has been included in this research.”
Wamelink’s research will compare the requirements of certain species of plants with the mineral composition of the soil on the moon and Mars. Alterra has a database that can analyse 25 abiotic preconditions per species and calculate whether a plant species will survive or not. The database also stores information about heavy metals and minerals, although as yet, there are no fixed preconditions for these elements. Using this data, he will be able to determine which plant species would theoretically be capable of growing in moon dust or Martian soil.
Wieger Wamelink: “We will then allow certain species of wild plants and agricultural crops to germinate in pots of artificial moon and Martian soil supplied by NASA. The growth of these plants will be compared with that of the same species in ordinary soil from the Earth. Preconditions relating to heavy metals and minerals will be derived from our findings. Our research is based on the premise that an atmosphere will be available to the colony, perhaps in domes or buildings. We are also assuming the presence of water, either from the moon or Mars or transported from Earth. The plants would produce oxygen and recycle carbon dioxide, ultimately creating a kind of ecosystem.”
At a later stage, Wamelink also wants to look into the food safety of agricultural crops grown in human-made conditions on the moon in moon soil. The first trial crops will be planted in greenhouses on 2 April.
Olympus Mons : The tallest volcano in the solar system.
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