The 2013 Winners Of Olympus BioScapes’ Microscopic Photography Contest

April 14, 2014

Microscopic photography is one of the most breathtaking and unconventionally beautiful forms of the artistic medium. In commemoration of the oft-overlooked genre, the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition has recently released its selection of 2013 contest winners. The images vary greatly in content, style, and appearance but what they do have in common is their uncanny ability to present viewers with a dynamic world that typically goes unbeknownst to the human eye. Nine images wowed judges enough to be included in the winners circle, along with one video entry.

Without further ado, here are the 2013 winners of the Digital Imaging competition:

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Maud Wagner, The United States’ First Known Female Tattoo Artist

April 13, 2014

First Female Tattoo Artist

Tattoos are often dismissed as the product of poor decision making skills or bad taste, but their relationship with the feminist movement is quite important. As woman vied for the right to vote, choose and earn equal pay throughout the 20th century, tattoos presented themselves as a visible symbol of growing self-determination and empowerment. As permanent inking suggests, their right to do with their bodies what they pleased was something that simply could not be taken from them. Featured above is Maud Wagner, one of the leading female tattoo artists of her time.

The 7 Most Bizarre Mushroom and Fungi Species In The World

April 13, 2014

Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of certain fungi, and once mature they produce microscopic spores (like pollen) that may number in the billions. While many ‘shrooms are considered a delicacy, even ordinary mushrooms look incredibly weird with their umbrella-like tops and mushy undersides. We’ve rounded up 7 of the most bizarre mushroom and fungi species to date.

1. The Brain Mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta)

Source: Shroomery

Source: Shroomery

The Gyromitra esculenta fungus is a false morel that’s found in both Europe and North America. Unlike true morels, this species of fungus, commonly called the brain mushroom, was found to be poisonous and should not be eaten. The Gyromitra esculenta is characterized by its ruddy red-brown cap that resembles the human brain.

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