Flight Recorders from Jeffrey Milstein

June 18th, 2013 | Space

Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorders 1

Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorders 2

Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorder 3

Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorders 4

Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorder 5

Jeffrey Milstein - Flight Recorder 6 and 7

A flight recorder is an essential safety recording device of every aircraft.  The purpose of these tools is to facilitate the investigation of a plane crash.  In other words, they record everything about the plane’s actions so someone can find the wreckage and discover exactly why the airplane went down. For this reason, flight recorders are built to withstand extreme conditions . Typically, they’re water-proof and rated for temperatures over 1,000 °C to endure the heat of intense engine fire.

In this series, Jeffrey Milstein captures the hidden beauty of these indestructible black boxes of air travel.

From the artist:

“Some recorders survive in pristine condition, while others reveal the signs of the tragedy that brought them into collision with the earth or sea. These inert pieces of steel hold the key to understanding a tragedy. They are poured over by investigators to discover the cause of accidents and the hope of preventing future ones. While visually direct and clean, they are charged with emotion. For families and survivors these small boxes carry powerful last words and sometimes the only link to understand what happened.”

The photographs are beautifully crisp, but they tell a story of destruction.  Wonderful imagery.

Find more from Jeffrey Milstein at his site.

-RSB

Four Planet Sunset

June 13th, 2013 | Space

Four Planet Sunset

Four Planet Sunset

Chris Kotsiopoulos recently shot 60 photos of the incredible triple planet conjunction on May 25th of this year. Venus, Jupiter, and and Mercury (as well as the star Elnath (Beta Tauri) on the far right) can be seen dropping across a beautiful sunset over the Alikes salt lake near Kos Island in Greece.  It’s a pretty amazing time-lapse.

Look for the next triple conjunction in October of 2015.

Specs of the photo: Camera Model Canon EOS 550D, Shooting Date/Time 25/5/2013 20:59 – 21:30, Author  Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1 – 8 sec, Av( Aperture Value ) 5 – 7.1, ISO Speed 200 – 400, Lens Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II, Focal Length 50.0 mm

Find more photography from Chris at his site, Greek Sky.

-RSB

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Supercell Panoramas from the United States

June 11th, 2013 | Space

Supercell Panoromas - Texas

Texas

Supercell  Panormas - Montana

Montana

Panoromas - South Dakota

South Dakota

Panoramas - Elk City Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Panoromas - Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Anyone who lives in the Midwestern region of the United States knows that thunderstorms can be an awe-inspiring (and dangerous) event. A supercell is a particular kind of thunderstorm which is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone, a deep, rotating updraft.

Thunderstorms can be broken up into 4 different categories — supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell — and supercells are the least common of the bunch.  However, they are also the most severe.

So how do Supercell Thunderstorms form?

The supercell thunderstorms rotate by tilting along the horizontal vortex, an action powered by wind shear.  In addition, strong updrafts lift the tilting air to cause an additional rotation around the vertical axis, thus forming the internal mesocyclone.

Seen above are some epic photographs capturing the mesocyclone formation period. Hopefully, you get a sense of the unpredictable power of nature.

-RSB

Bridging Time with Sound & Light – Brian Eno

June 10th, 2013 | Brain

Brian Eno - Light and Sound

Brian Eno has spent the last 40+ years pushing the boundaries of experimental and ambient music.  In his career, he’s worked with some of the best musicians in the industry including David Bowie, Coldplay, Lou Reed, and David Byrne.  In the video above, he discusses a new project called 77 Million Paintings.  This latest work is a “constantly evolving sound and imagescape which continues his exploration into light as an artist’s medium and the aesthetic possibilities of “generative software””.  The idea is that the music and images slowly fade in and out in a random, asynchronous manner to give a viewer a consistently unique experience.

“You surrender to the project. You surrender to the thing growing in its own way, and there’s a gracefulness in being able to surrender.'”

-RSB

[via Gizmodo]

Science Photography from Fritz Goro

June 8th, 2013 | Brain, Robot, Space

Fritz Goro Heart

Blood circulating through a heart, 1948.

Fritz Goro was a German-born photographer known by many to be the most influential science photographer the world has ever seen.  He was born in Bremen, Germany and studied at the Bauhaus school of sculpture and design.  In 1933, Goro and his family fled Nazi Germany for the United States and they never looked back.  For over 40 years, he captured incredibly influential science photos working for LIFE magazine and Scientific American.

Seen here is just a sample of the timeless images Mr. Goro was able to capture during his career.

Electronics Fritz Goro

 Electronics, 1961.

Matter Experiment Fritz Goro

Burning a candle in a sealed flask of oxygen on a balance shows that matter can not be destroyed, 1949.

Fetus Fritz Goro

Fetus in an artificial womb, 1965

Monkey Visual Experiment Fritz Goro

An anesthetized monkey has its brain activity monitored, 1971.

Leaf-Cutter Ant Fritz Goro

A leaf-cutter ant carries away rose fragments, 1947.

Quartz and Frog Organs Fritz Goro

A scientist uses a quartz rod as a light conductor to observe a frog’s organs, 1948.

Lab Equipment Fritz Goro

Shipboard laboratory equipment used for measuring sea water to detect any traces of radioactivity after an atomic bomb test in Bikini lagoon, 1946.

Cow Fetuses Fritz Goro

A pair of 90-day-old cow fetuses clearly visible inside an amniotic sac, 1965.

Skeleton Fritz Goro

Plastic skeleton showing spots of body most likely to be affected by radioactive fall-out, 1961.

Find more science photography from Fitz Goro at Life Magazine.

-RSB

Weaponized Cyborg Women from Fan Xiaoyan

June 5th, 2013 | Robot

Weaponized Cyborg Women from Fan Xiaoyan.jpg

Weaponized Cyborg Women 2 from Fan Xiaoyan.jpg

Weaponized Cyborg Women collage from Fan Xiaoyan.jpg

Fan Xiaoyan is a sculptor hailing from Gaomi in the Shandong Province of China.  Her work is a bit jarring to say the least.  According to Fan, the figures are reflective of a “surrealistic virtual world in which men and women are equal… the arrival of a new era, a new kind of human being, a new power, a sensation…”

I, however, don’t feel any equality in these pieces.  The women appear to have been subjugated by some external power, like they’ve been forced into their cyborg transformations… giving the pieces a sort of Grindhouse quality to them.

Regardless of her intention, the sculptures are certainly striking.

-RSB

[via Juxtapoz]

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