Superheroes at War

August 22nd, 2013 | Space

Supeheros at War

“Greenham Common Airfield in England about on June 5, 1944.

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Fidel Castro – MATS Terminal Washington 1959

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Navy Coast Guard, in October 1943

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Omaha Beach, 1944

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Viet Cong dead after an attack on the perimeter of Tan Son Nhut AirBase.

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Afghan resistance fighters returning to a village destroyed by Soviet forces, 1986

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External post defense on the hotel roof. Moscow, 1941

By October 13, 1941, the Wehrmacht had arrived at the Mozhaisk defense line. Zhukov decided to concentrate his forces at four critical points: Volokolamsk, Mozhaisk, Maloyaroslavets and Kaluga. The entire Soviet Western Front, almost completely destroyed after its encirclement near Vyazma, was being recreated from scratch.

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June 9, 1944, German soldiers are brought back this photo was taken in the sector of Taret Ravenoville.”

Agan Harahap juxtaposed superheroes with 20th century war photography to create the stunning images you see above. Some may think the photographs are insensitive to the men who lost their lives in battle, but I don’t see it that way. The images are somber and the addition of superheroes and villains doesn’t diminish the inherent brutality of war. The pictures are not “funny,” but rather intriguing, creative… even emotional.

Anyway, I think they’re excellently manipulated.

Find the full set of Superheroes at War on Agan’s Flicker page.

-RSB

CT Scanner – Inner Workings Revealed

August 21st, 2013 | Brain, Robot

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What is a CT Scanner? Are you sure this isn’t a Time Machine?

Well, CT stands for Computed Tomography.  The machine is basically a traditional X-ray machine that spins around the patient so that it can acquire many different images of the body.  A computer algorithm converts the images into layered scans to allow radiologists to sift through them looking for tumors, internal bleeds, pneumonia, and a range of other conditions. The final images look something like this.

CT scans are one of the most frequently ordered diagnostic tests in emergency departments in the United States (many say they are ordered way too much), so it’s important to know a little bit about how they work… And unfortunately, no, it is not a time machine.

Here is a labeled image to give you a bit more detail into how it works:

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1: X-ray tube

2: High voltage power source and transformer

3: Scintillation detectors with 5 cooling fans

4: Fluid pump and radiator for cooling the X-ray tube

All of these components make 2 to 3 complete turns per second around the patient.

So how does the CT Scanner stay electrically powered while spinning?

To keep the machine charged without tangling the cords, CT scanners rely on the technology of the Slip Ring:

A Slip Ring is basically an electromechanical device that allows the transmission of power and electrical signals from a stationary to a rotating structure, in this case, from the base to the rotating scanner.  One difference between the image below and the slip rings of CT Scanners is that there is a pool of liquid metal molecularly bonded to the contacts instead of the sliding brush. This decreases friction even more to allow constant rotation of the scanner.

 

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Hopefully you found this interesting and at least somewhat easy to understand. For further reading, head here.

-RSB

Sky Series from Eric Cahan

August 15th, 2013 | Space

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These beautiful abstract photographs were created by New York-based artist, Eric Cahan. His work is reminiscent of the 1960s light and space movement led by artists such as James Turrell, Robert Irwin, and Doug Wheeler.   These masters manipulated light to magnify the natural world through immersive installations, while Cahan delivers the same ethereal quality through photography.

To bring the appropriate light to film, Eric places custom colored resin filters in front of the lens and shoots the sky, mostly during the sunrise or sunset hours.

Here is a quote from Eric discussing his photos:

“My work is meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time.”

The diffuse colors draw the viewer into that celestial moment in nature. I especially love the images that contain just a trace of cloud coverage, which works to ground the images in reality.

For more from Eric Cahan, be sure to visit his full portfolio.

-RSB

Animated GIF Art from Paolo Čeric

August 8th, 2013 | Brain

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Paolo Čeric is a renowned GIF artist from Croatia.  He uses a range of software (Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, and a computer programming language called Processing) to deliver ethereal orbs, blobs, discs, strings and whatever else his mind dreams up.

He runs a fantastic tumblr with literally hundreds more, so if you enjoyed these, check it out.

-RSB

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“More Than Human” – Striking Animal Portraits from Tim Flach

August 5th, 2013 | Brain

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Photographer Tim Flach puts the viewer up close and personal with animals in his series titled, “More Than Human.”  The viewpoint is intimate to say the least.

Here’s a quote from the artist:

“The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, is certainly one of degree and not of kind. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention, curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes in a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.”

We live in an unbalanced relationship with our animal friends on this planet, relying on them for food, labor, entertainment, and companionship. I often hear vegetarians say that “animals are my friends, and I do not eat my friends!”  Of course, the carnivore trait is ingrained in our history and culture.  I wouldn’t expect lions to stop eating gazelles, but I do think it’s a good idea to at least question our relationship with animals. The more we learn about the brains of animals, the more we realize how similar they are to us. As Tim pointed out, they have consciousness, fear, curiosity, and a host of other emotions we identify as prototypically human.

Seeing the animals photographed in this intimate way destroys the artificial boundary placed between us.

Find more from Tim Flach at his site.

-RSB

Wookies Come to Life! Photography from Mako Miyamoto

July 29th, 2013 | Space

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A Wookie is a 7-foot-tall beast from the Star Wars Universe. They are renowned for their excellent strength, marksmanship, and loyalty.  A few lesser known facts for the curious: they apparently live for several hundred years and possess retractable claws to help them live in the trees — the natural Wookie habitat.

Mako Miyamoto decided to bring these creatures into the present day with this excellent series of photographs.  Of course, these figures are not true representations of Wookies (they should be hairy all over and much taller), but nonetheless, the images are pretty damn cool.

Find a lot more photography at Mako’s site.

-RSB

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