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discoverynews:

Bugs Make Art: Photos

Entomologist Steven Kutcher is a Hollywood “Bug Guy,” serving as a consultant in movies like “Jurassic Park,” “Arachnophobia” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

In the 1980s Director Steven Spielberg needed a shot where a fly walks through ink, leaving footprints.

Kutcher began experimenting for the scene, which led to his interest in prints created by insects.

This is just too cool! Pass me the cockroaches! I have a masterpiece to crawl.

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kateoplis:

Admiral Richard Byrd’s “Little America III” station, built in Antarctic in 1940, was spotted by a Navy icebreaker sticking out of the side of this floating iceberg in the Antarctic’s Ross Sea, on March 13, 1963. The old outpost was buried beneath 25 feet of snow, 300 miles away from its original location. A helicopter pilot flew in close and reported cans and supplies still stacked neatly on shelves.
50 Years Ago: The World in 1963 | In Focus

kateoplis:

Admiral Richard Byrd’s “Little America III” station, built in Antarctic in 1940, was spotted by a Navy icebreaker sticking out of the side of this floating iceberg in the Antarctic’s Ross Sea, on March 13, 1963. The old outpost was buried beneath 25 feet of snow, 300 miles away from its original location. A helicopter pilot flew in close and reported cans and supplies still stacked neatly on shelves.

50 Years Ago: The World in 1963 | In Focus

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feriowind:

If the Avengers was a shonen series, then Bruce would slowly learn how to manipulate changing into the Hulk so he could just change a specific limb or just to a certain degree….
Unless that actually happens in the comics, in which case awesome and link?!?

feriowind:

If the Avengers was a shonen series, then Bruce would slowly learn how to manipulate changing into the Hulk so he could just change a specific limb or just to a certain degree….

Unless that actually happens in the comics, in which case awesome and link?!?

(via entwashian)

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thedailywhat:

Post-Apocalyptic World of the Day: Lucie & Simon, a self-taught artistic duo out of France, have traveled the world photographing major metropolitan areas — such as Times Square and the Louvre — without signs of life. Their technique involves using a neutral density filter that allows for extra-long exposures, which removes moving objects like people and cars.
Don’t miss the rest of their series, Silent World, or the short film that pairs their images with music.
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thedailywhat:

Post-Apocalyptic World of the Day: Lucie & Simon, a self-taught artistic duo out of France, have traveled the world photographing major metropolitan areas — such as Times Square and the Louvre — without signs of life. Their technique involves using a neutral density filter that allows for extra-long exposures, which removes moving objects like people and cars.

Don’t miss the rest of their series, Silent World, or the short film that pairs their images with music.

[twistedsifter]

(Source: thedailywhat)

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doloresdepalabra:

The Pedestrian Project consists of several performers wearing entirely black custom-made costumes modeled after the generic images of men, women, and children seen on public signs. Mimicking the lives of everyday people, the roaming sculptural forms inspire the imaginations of onlookers, who often find themselves mesmerized as these familiar icons assume busy lives of their own.

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usagov:

Image description: This picture of a deep-sea chimaera was captured as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Explorer program. Chimaera’s are most closely related to sharks, although their evolutionary lineage branched off from sharks nearly 400 million years ago, and they have remained an isolated group ever since.
Like sharks, chimaeras have no real bones. The lateral lines running across this chimaera are mechano-receptors that detect pressure waves (just like ears). The dotted-looking lines on the front of the face, near the mouth, are ampullae de lorenzini, and they detect electrical signals generated by living organisms.
Photo by the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program

usagov:

Image description: This picture of a deep-sea chimaera was captured as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Explorer program. Chimaera’s are most closely related to sharks, although their evolutionary lineage branched off from sharks nearly 400 million years ago, and they have remained an isolated group ever since.

Like sharks, chimaeras have no real bones. The lateral lines running across this chimaera are mechano-receptors that detect pressure waves (just like ears). The dotted-looking lines on the front of the face, near the mouth, are ampullae de lorenzini, and they detect electrical signals generated by living organisms.

Photo by the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program

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Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey

foreverrhapsody:

They were toys destined only to bob up and down in nothing bigger than a child’s bath - but so far they have floated halfway around the world.

The armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago.

Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years frozen in an Arctic ice pack.

And now they are heading straight for Britain. At some point this summer they are expected to be spotted on beaches in South-West England.

While the ducks are undoubtedly a loss to the bath-time fun of thousands of children, their adventures at sea have proved an innvaluable aid to science.

Check out the link to read the rest of the story. It’s actually really cool!

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