A Soft and Squishy Brain

November 23rd, 2013 | Brain

Squishy Brain Video

This incredible pristine brain specimen is fresh out of Anatomy class at the University of Utah. You can even hear the bone saws humming along in the background! The brain has just been removed from an autopsy of a cancer patient who donated his/her body to science.

As Dr. Suzanne Stensaas points out in the video, the take home message is that human brain is extremely soft and squishy. So wear your helmet!

-RSB

[via Boing Boing]

Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon

November 14th, 2013 | Space

Darth Vader Balloon

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Boat Balloons

Hot Air Balloons Mexico

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The hot air balloon has been carrying humans high into the sky since the first manned flight back in 1783. It’s a whimsical means of transportation that captures the imagination of pilots every year at the Festival Internacional del Globo in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. The images above come from the 2012 event, which featured a collection of over 200 balloons.

The Darth Vader hot air balloon certainly takes the cake in my opinion. I’d really love to see a semi-transparent version lit up a night… It would be quite the sight!

For information on finding a festival near you, check out this Wikipedia list.

-RSB

Earth from Space by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

November 7th, 2013 | Space

Earth from Space Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Earth from Space Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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Earth from Space Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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One of the best methods to view the magnificence of Earth is to step outside the confines of gravity and get a “bird’s eye view.” These high-resolution satellite images chosen by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and printed in his new book, “Earth from Space“, display amazing patterns and textures of the ever-changing world below. Yann has a keen eye for aerial photography and is also a devoted environmental activist. In fact, a major focus of the book is a discussion of the sobering impact of pollution, deforestation, etc…

However, I am more drawn to the beauty of the selected images. It’s amazing to see how the rivers cut through the Earth and how farm land creates extensive geometric patterns.

If you enjoyed these, check out Earth’s Brain from Hector Garrido, and you can pick up “Earth from Space” here.

-RSB

Incredible Dinosaur Pumpkins at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

October 31st, 2013 | Brain

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Pumpkin Dinosaurs

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Pumpkin Clock

Pumpkin Arch

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Pumpkin Spider

Pumpkin Design

Pumpkin gazebo

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a month-long Halloween festival held every year at the Van Cortlandt Manor near New York City. The event features over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins crafted into a variety of incredible designs.

Here’s a word from the organizers:

“Stroll through the Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock.

A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New dinosaur additions this year to Blaze’s perennially popular Jurassic Park include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus.”

The sculptures are pretty amazing, so I would definitely try to check it out next year if you live in the area. Unfortunately, all of this year’s tickets have been sold out! However, you can see a whole lot more images on flickr.

-RSB

[via Colossal]

Street Lamp (Yellow Bench)

October 25th, 2013 | Space

Street Lamp - Ivan Navarro and Courtney Smith

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Street Lamp (Yellow Bench), 2012, Neon, cement, metal and electric energy

Check out this Neon Installation from artists, Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith, titled Street Lamp (Yellow Bench). Iván is a Chilean sculptor known for his mastery of fluorescence and incandescent light and Courtney has spent her career manipulating furniture into unique works of art. The duo melded their styles to create these incredible glowing benches in Miami. Unfortunately, I don’t believe they function as actual seating, but nonetheless, they make for an excellent display of light.

-RSB

System from Brendan Austin

October 21st, 2013 | Space

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin is a visual artist who shares his time between Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia. His work is comprised of architectural and landscape photography taken during his many travels. The photographs are replete with supernatural and celestial undertones. I really like the “over-saturated” rockscape images; they sort of look like the surface of some toxic, extraterrestrial planet, maybe Venus?

Brendan has a very large collection of work that can be found at www.brendanaustin.com

I would suggest taking a good look.

-RSB

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