Kilauea Volcano Selfie

July 23rd, 2014 | Space

Kilauea Volcano Selfie

Photographer and explorer, Andrew Hara, may have taken the coolest “selfie” I’ve ever seen. He was able to gain access to the edge of the Helemaumau crater while volunteering for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. From Andrew:

“I cautiously hiked through a restricted area of the park with a fellow United States Geological Survey geologist with a camera, tripod, and respirator to filter hazardous gasses.”

The rest is history. By adding himself to the landscape, Andrew gave the volcano a truly awe-inspiring perspective.

Do not try to attempt this at home. In fact, the Crater Rim Drive from Jaggar Museum to the Chain of Craters Road junction is currently closed due to elevated levels of sulfur dioxide gas and the subsequent eruption from a new vent in Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

-RSB

Map of Mars by the U.S. Geological Survey

July 16th, 2014 | Space
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via USGS

Geologic map of Mars on the left, elevation map on the right

Geologic map of Mars on the left, elevation map on the right

Over the past 16 years, the United States Geological Survery (USGS) has worked to create a global geographic map of Mars. The data to create the map principally came from 4 spacecraft: the Mars Global SurveyorMars OdysseyMars Express and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

One of the most interesting findings to emerge from this data set is that the oldest geological region of Mars (~4 billion years, brown color region) is 3 times larger than originally suspected. In addition, the data backs up recent research which demonstrates that Mars was a geologically active planet until recently. But what does the word “recently” really mean in terms of planetary science? Well, many scientists believe that Mars was last active approximately 10 million years ago, which was before the common ancestor of the chimpanzee and the human split (~6 million years ago). But that’s still just a small time period for the history of the planet.

The reason we care about geological activity is that active planets are believed to provide richly chaotic environments necessary for life to develop. Gaining a better understanding of Mars will give us a clearer picture of what to expect elsewhere in the Universe.

For a more detailed view at the map above, please visit the USGS site.

-RSB

[via Wired]

Sketchbook Illustrations by Mattias Adolfsson

July 9th, 2014 | Robot, Space

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Mattias Adolfsson is a Swedish artist who created these incredibly detailed pen & ink sketches of surrealist architecture, machines, animals, and spacecraft.  The illustrations are so intricate that I often find myself staring at them for long periods of time and discovering new details each time I look. I have a feeling each piece probably takes several days of back-breaking concentration to complete.

Most of the drawings are stand-alone pieces of art, but he has completed work for The New York Times, Work style Magazine, Amtrak, and Wired.

Mattias has a LARGE collection of work, just type his name into google, and you’ll see the whole gamut (or just check his website).

Also, you can find a cool book of some of his illustrations which are printed onto Moleskin HERE.

-RSB

“Ivory Coast” by Pure Bathing Culture

July 7th, 2014 | Space

Ivory Coast Song

Sean Pecknold directed this lovely video for the song, “Ivory Coast,” by Pure Bathing Culture. The story features a little blue alien (love child?) being chased by ghostly, holographic sharks. Sound intriguing? :) In the end, it appears, the mother must let her son travel to the stars… where he belongs. Enjoy!

-RSB

Paper Stuff by Bartek Elsner

July 3rd, 2014 | Brain, Robot

Paper Heart

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Paper Bomb

 

Paper Boombox

Bartek Elsner is an art director from Berlin, Germany. He’s made some really pretty impressive sculptures using only cardboard paper and glue.

It’s always inspiring to see someone create interesting works of art with minimal materials. You don’t need marble to create your masterpiece!

You can find more of his work on Behance and his website.

-RSB

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