Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Floating Alien

Australian fisherman Mark Watkins came upon this floating object while on a sunset cruise. He thought it might be a downed hot air balloon, or some type of alien ship. When he got closer to it, the stench was unbearable. It turns out to be a rotting carcass of a dead whale. Trapped gas expands in it's stomach which causes the massive bloating after floating in the hot sun for days.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Blue

Oregon State University scientists discovered a new blue color by mistake. OSU chemist Mas Subramanian and his team accidentally discovered "YlnMn Blue", which is named after the elements that make it up. They were conducting experiments, one of which resulted in the color after black manganese oxide was mixed with other chemicals and heated to 2,000 degrees. One of the samples turned a bright vivid blue. Now the pigment has been perfected, and it will be sold as commercial coatings, plastics and paint. So you can paint your entire house with it!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Light Show

Sydney, Australia held a light festival called Vivid Sydney, where 100 illuminated drones flew above the Sydney Harbour Bridge in an aerial performance.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Tons of Fish

Residents of Haikou City on China's southern Hainan Island began noticing dead fish floating in a lake. The fish which are members of the Herring family were likely pushed up an estuary by a tidal surge, and then got caught in a pumping system which deposited them into the lake. Men worked furiously to bag the 35 tons of fish to take them to incinerators to prevent them from being sold at local food markets.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Float Your Boat

Melissani Lake sits inside a cenote, or a cave, which has lost a good portion of the roof above. Also called "Cave of the Nymphs", at midday, when the sun is high overhead, the entire cave and lake lights up a surreal blue. The clarity of the water with the light makes the impression of objects floating above the lake's surface.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Father and Son

Father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka created some of the most exquisite glass models ever produced by human hands. Their work which spans the mid 1800s through the 1930s, consists of lifelike sculptures of plants, jellyfish, snails,
sea anemones, starfish and many other creatures. Based in Dresden, the family team made the models from clear, colored and
painted glass. All were commissioned by institutions for private research collections, and were never sold to the public.
4,400 models were made during their lifetimes, and the majority are still in existence in private collections.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Swordfish

A baby Swordfish is extremely tiny as seen in this photo taken by Juan Levesque. Perched atop a human fingertip for scale, the adult Swordfish will grow to 29 inches long during its first year, and can grow to a huge 10 feet long, weighing in at up to 1500 pounds.