Impressive photo of hundreds of flying rays is one beautiful nightmare

This photograph of a large school of mobula rays by Eduardo Lopez Negrete is one of the entries for the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Keep in mind that these majestic creatures can reach a 17-foot (5.2 meter) wingspan and weigh over a ton. It may look like a nightmare but they are harmless. » 7/23/14 9:03pm Wednesday 9:03pm

All the most amazing supernovas ever photographed

NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument—the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58—to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all. » 7/22/14 10:07pm Tuesday 10:07pm

The fantastic worlds of Craig Mullins—one of the best illustrators ever

Craig Mullins is now one of my all-time favorite concept artists and illustrators, up there with N.C. Wyeth and Ralph McQuarrie. He has created some of the most iconic designs on film and video games, touching everything from history to fantasy to science-fiction. Here's a selection of my favorites. » 7/18/14 11:00pm 7/18/14 11:00pm

This beautiful rainbow insect is actually a wasp

So today I learned that all wasps are not yellow and black. There's a an iridescent rainbow variant called the cuckoo wasp—of which this is a particularly beautiful specimen. They are kleptoparasitic wasps, who lay eggs in others insects' nest. The baby wasps will then eat the eggs or larva in the nest. Gorgeous… » 7/17/14 11:57pm 7/17/14 11:57pm

Watching ceramics masters do their work is incredibly soothing

I wish there wasn't any music to this video. I wish it would just be the sounds of the pottery wheel spinning, the hands shaping the clay and the quiet focus of the ceramics masters resonating. But even with the music, watching masters of their craft actually perform their craft is an incredible sight to see. » 7/16/14 12:03am 7/16/14 12:03am

Extraordinary photos capture the true spirit of New York City at night

French artist and photographer Franck Bohbot has the ability to make New York City look even more cinematic than it normally does by manipulating color very carefully. According to him, he plays with melancholic light and hues to create an "enigmatic atmosphere with a documentary-style approach." » 7/15/14 10:32pm 7/15/14 10:32pm

Sensual images of dreamy women are actually incredible oil paintings

Few artists in the world have the perfect command of lighting, color, and oil media technique of Yigal Ozeri. His always sensual and sometimes disturbing hyperrealistic art—which usually focuses on women in dreamy and contemplative states—is simply stunning. Warning: Some paintings are NSFW (nipples shown). » 7/14/14 9:12pm 7/14/14 9:12pm

These monstrous nightmares are much cooler than Pixar's Monsters, Inc.

Photographer and digital retoucher Laure Fauvel produced these charming images of children confronting the monsters in their bedrooms. The creatures that go bump in the night appear to be in retreat and as scary as they look, I actually feel sorry for them facing these tough kids. » 7/11/14 10:04pm 7/11/14 10:04pm

Stunning photos of windows transform New York City into a starship

Photographer Donna Dotan was shooting downwards out of a Manhattan apartment window when she noticed the beautiful symmetrical reflection. It inspired her to create this amazing series in which New York looks like an entirely different place—sometimes a starship, others the endless canyons of an alien megalopolis. » 7/03/14 4:30pm 7/03/14 4:30pm

Amazing sculptures reveal hidden temples and castles inside of rocks

There's something magical about Matthew Simmonds' beautiful sculptures. He seems to carve the rock to reveal secret architectural worlds that were trapped for eons inside marbles and limestones—castles, palaces and cathedrals inhabited by invisible characters of some Shakespearian tragedy. » 6/30/14 9:20pm 6/30/14 9:20pm