Strange, Wonderful, and Beautiful organisms:
- Chromodoris Willani Blue (blue sea slug)
- Stemonitis fusca
- Sunda Colugo
- Christmas Tree Worm
- Panda Ant
First prize in Science’s Visualization Challenge (video category) went to this NASA video by Greg Shirah, Horace Mitchell, and Tom Bridgman. It shows Earth’s “climate engine” — the wind patterns and ocean currents that are powered by the sun.
Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.
Infinite trip into Menger’s sponge.
German engineering firm Festo is creating a robot army. Sounds scary, right? But there’s no need to fear a “Skynet”-type apocalypse quite yet, because these robots want to do good by making laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future. And they’re using nature as their inspiration.
Festo summarizes the motivation behind their research on their website: “Gripping, moving, controlling and measuring – nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?”
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Fross Reliquaries: Photography by Brandon Ballengée
Closeup of the Helix Nebula.