A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago | image by Claudio Santana
A fantastic installation by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno which will be on display at the Hangar Bicocca in Milan until February 3rd. “On Space Time Foam” is made of multiple layers of PVC membranes suspended 24 meters (79 feet) above the ground. The artist, famous for his large scale aerial works, continues with his desire to “create self-sufficient aerial structures that can be inhabited by people with a low environmental impact”.
Prague Orloj (Astronomical Clock)The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working. The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months - Source: Wikipedia
The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) is a hydrozoan jellyfish that can revert back into an immature polyp, and then mature into a jellyfish again. In the original paper describing the species, the scientists wrote that, in reverting back to youth, the species was capable of “thus escaping death and achieving potential immortality.”
Learn more about the current science of the organism, and its ecology as it invades the world’s ocean by hitching a ride in ship ballasts in this week’s New York Times Magazine feature.
A Visual History of Nobel Prizes and Notable Laureates, 1901-2012
Brain Pickings has an exclusive English translation of this beautiful visualization. It represents more than a century’s worth of Nobel Laureates, what schools produced the most Nobels, dates, hometowns, and some notable accomplishments of a few along the way.
Check out this truly wonderful map of genius in hi-res here.
Previously: Is there a secret formula to winning the Nobel Prize?
Visit Machu Picchu with Huge ‘Zoomable’ Image
by Douglas Main
Now you can explore the awe-inspiring Incan estate of Machu Picchu — from your computer.
This huge image of the Incan site in Peru took nearly two hours to photograph and is made up of 1,920 separate images that were stitched together using a program called GigaPan. Viewers can zoom in to see the smallest details of the site.
The photographs were taken by Jeff Cremer, marketing director of Rainforest Expeditions, a company that runs eco-tourism trips to the Peruvian Amazon. Cremer said he made the image in part to raise awareness about the plight of the site, which is being degraded by the many tourists that come to see it…
(read more and see full size image: OurAmazingPlanet)
Human Head Louse (Pediculus humanus capitis)
The Head Louse is an insect in the Order Psocodea (parasitic lice, formerly Order Phthiraptera, plus bark lice, formerly Order Psocoptera). Head Lice are ectoparasites with humans as the only host. A Head Louse must feed on blood several times daily and resides close to the scalp to maintain its body temperature…
(via: EOL) (photo: male pictured, by Gilles St. Martin)