Zoom Into the Milky Way

March 7th, 2014 | Space

Milky Way Zoom

Check out this new NASA super zoom video. The film starts with the familiar strip of stars we know as our Milky Way galaxy, but quickly makes its way toward the spiral galaxy, known as ESO 137-001. The folks at NASA have described it as a “dandelion caught in a breeze.”

From NASA:

“From a star-forming perspective, ESO 137-001 really is spreading its seeds into space like a dandelion in the wind. The stripped gas is now forming stars. However, the galaxy, drained of its own star-forming fuel, will have trouble making stars in the future. Through studying this runaway spiral, and other galaxies like it, astronomers hope to gain a better understanding of how galaxies form stars and evolve over time.”

The zooming video gives a much appreciated perspective about where this galaxy is located, a feature missing from most astronomical photos. It’s quite the view!

-RSB

[via PetaPixel]

Editorial Illustrations by Karolis Strautniekas

March 4th, 2014 | Brain

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Karolis Strautniekas is an accomplished 25-year-old freelance artist from Lithuania. His work has been commissioned for several publications including The Independent, Creative Review, Usbek & Rica, and Taenk Magazine. The illustrations feature creative perspectives and rich textures, and the color palette fosters an almost jovial atmosphere. I think it’s just great. Head over to his portfolio to see many more.

You can also see some “work-in-progress” images at his Behance page.

-RSB

[via TFIB]

Space Teriyaki 2 – A Collection of Japanese Illustration from 50 Watts

March 2nd, 2014 | Robot, Space

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Akira Shishido, postcard, early 80s

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Takuro Kamiya, ca. 80s

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Jinsei Choh, ca. 80s

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Shusei Nagaoka, Androla in Labyrinth, 1984

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Katsuji Isaka, early 70s

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Shusei Nagoaka, Humanoid, movie poster

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Noriyoshi Orai, advertising poster, 1980

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Hajime Sorayama

I featured some images from Will Schofield’s (50 Watts) collection of 1970’s and 1980’s Japanese illustration last year, but the series is too cool not to share some more. The work tends to feature distorted figures with a courageous palette of colors, reminiscent of surrealist paintings. Hope you enjoy!

Look for more Japanese illustration here & here.

-RSB

[via 50 Watts]

Can You the Solve the Rule?

February 28th, 2014 | Brain

Proponents of Exponents Cover

This is a quick game of logic that forces the player to think outside of his/her comfort zone. The video demonstrates how unwilling we all are to move away from our initial guesses. In addition, no one likes to be wrong, and the crux of this challenge is to find a number sequence that is incorrect, yet will lead you to a deeper understanding of the rule.

I suppose the point in the end is that it’s o.k. to be wrong. It can really help us learn and a it’s a condition with which we should all become more comfortable.

-RSB

Wind-Up Robots Invade the Streets of Buenos Aires

February 27th, 2014 | Robot

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Robots are living among us in a new video from Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films! The classic wind-up toys go for walks, weave through traffic, and even hang out by the pool in this enjoyable alternate reality set in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The song is a classic called “Going Up The Country” by Canned Heat. It perfectly suits the jovial disposition depicted in the short film.

-RSB

[via Colossal]

“Hey Moon” by John Maus

February 26th, 2014 | Space

Hey Moon

John Maus is a musician and political scientist from Austin, Minnesota who composes beautiful music to highlight his deep, melancholic voice. “Hey Moon” is my favorite track off the 2011 album, “We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves.”

The music video above was created by Jonathan H., and its visual simplicity matches the song perfectly in my opinion.

Christine Gwosdz put it well when she wrote, “This song makes me want to demolecularize back into the universe, or fade into heaven as others may say.”

-RSB

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