The microscopic world loves to deceive us. This image, for instance, looks like an icy landscape on an alien planet, but it’s actually a thin film of wax, sandwiched between two glass microscope slides and illuminated using linearly polarized light.
According to Dwell, this is the "world's first carbon-positive prefabricated house," which produces more "more energy than its uses." Its designer, ArchiBlox, claims it's "expected to offer the same environmental benefits as 6,095 native Australian trees." Simple, clean design—put it in a forest and I will move in.
Different eras have different definitions of beauty. A look in the early 1900s can fall out of favor a few years down the road or maybe inspire a style decades later. Cut Video made this video that shows a model getting her and make up done to show what beautiful meant from 1910 to 2010.
Mongolians love their golden eagles. They use them to hunt on the steppes of Western Mongolia, riding on their horses at the same time—an art known as "Horse Riding Falconry." David De Vleeschauwer and Debbie Pappyn went to Mongolia to put a camera on one of these winged beasts of the Altai Mountains.
Gavin Heffernan sent us a compilation of his time-lapse city traffic videos, all of which except one are shot in the City of Angels. A nice way to shut down for the day. Go have a cocktail, Angelenos.
Antoine Rose shoots photographs from the air. He shoots them hanging off the edge of a helicopter thousands of feet above ground—in wind, in subzero temperatures, in the dark. But sometimes the conditions are just right for a day at the beach, and Rose captures these surreal, candy-colored images of the sand and…
Some may call it the Honey Moon now but, according to NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, June's full moon is traditionally called Strawberry Moon in North America because of the harvesting of the strawberries. This incredible photo by astrophotographer Göran Strand shows a full moon pink and gigantic over Sweden.
NASA's real life interstellar Enterprise concept ship may look straight out of Star Trek, but their Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 looks chrometastically cool, like the alien spaceship in Flight of the Navigator.
The last two minutes of Cosmos' eleventh episode are perhaps the most inspiring in the entire series—or at least the most uplifting. The sequence gives us a glimpse of humanity in the next few thousands years—the first few minutes of the next Cosmic Calendar year*—in the most optimistic way imaginable.
I love picnics—one of those precious little pleasures of life. Eating good food, drinking good wine, lazying on the grass, perhaps next to a big tree, feeling the sun on your belly, its light glimmering through the leaves, and a light breeze taking you into a perfect siesta. This image—however—is my picnic nightmare.
Phantom Limb is a beautifully crafted short film written, directed and animated by Alex Grigg. "In the aftermath of an accident a young couple learn to deal with phantom pains," the description reads. It's a sad little tale selected for the Sundance Film Festival that is worth four minutes of your life.
NASA has released this beautiful image of the Saturn rings, looking straight down—the outer portion of the C ring and the inner portion of the B ring. According to NASA, "the general pattern is from "dirty" particles indicated by red to cleaner ice particles shown in turquoise in the outer parts of the rings."
I have to confess I know little about Sydney but—judging by this tilt-shift time-lapse short by Filippo Rivetti—it looks like a perfect city with nice architecture and beautiful beaches. I wish I were there right now.
Astronauts on board the International Space Station have been able to photograph Sochi at night, completely free of clouds. The result is this 600mm straight-down image that shows the Fisht Stadium—the bright white circle. That yellow dot is the Olympic Flame.
The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan? You know the one—it cost $6.7 million to build. Yesterday, a snowblower smashed one of its 15 seamless glass panels, which created this beautiful cracked vignette of New York City. It looks like a painting.
Artist Heather Hansen thought it would be neat to cover her hands and feet on charcoal and transfer her body moves directly into paper, like a human plotter. She called it Emptied Gestures, an "experiment in kinetic drawing."
According to Colossal, aquascaping is an incredibly competitive art. I didn't even know aquascaping existed, but I have to admit that some of these winners from the Planted Aquarium Design Contest 2013 are beautiful and—when you see fish flying over mountains, deserts, and forests—they feel quite surreal.