In January 2014, Alex Honnold made the potentially fatal decision to scale Mexico’s El Sendero Luminoso (the Shining Path) without any rope. In other words, if Honnold fell while ascending 2,500 feet above the ground, he would die. Watch The North Face’s incredible footage of Honnold’s dangerous, mind boggling feat.
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1. Michael Shermer: The Pattern Behind Self-Deception
As enlightening as it is consequential, Skeptic Magazine’s Michael Shermer shows us how evolution made us into superstitious animals, and how that one evolutionary turn both rendered us the Earth’s keepers and slaves to delusion.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert: Nurturing Your Creative Genius
In ancient Greece and Rome, no man was ever called a genius. Instead, he “had” genius, a creative spirit who was able to connect to the Divine and aid in the creation of his work. Eat, Pray, Love’s Elizabeth Gilbert explains why this small syntactic change could do wonders for the way we create and bear the burden of “genius.”
Amid the rubble and ruin that is Kiev in flux, one man does not take part in the capital’s abject destruction but creates something of beauty. For more insight into what exactly is going on in Ukraine, check out our photos of the protests, the Russian occupation of Crimea as well as our map analysis.
The White Sea is frigid and unforgiving, but it holds vast amounts of life and biological diversity that simply beg to be photographed. Enter Alexander Semenov, a 2007 graduate of renowned Lomonosov’s Moscow State University. There, Semenov studied zoology, and specialized in the study of invertebrates such as squid brains, jellyfish, and worms. Semenov’s high-definition underwater photography quite literally brings to surface the vibrant world often hidden under dreary waters. While the wide array of colors and contrasts plastered on these rarely seen creatures captures the imagination and stimulates the senses, Semenov’s photographs also serve a functional purpose. As ost of Semenov’s subjects are very rare, images of them are invaluable to researchers and scientists.
Few sights are more phenomenal than a supernova. These flashes of brilliant light mark the explosion of a dying star. Supernovae are so brilliant that they can radiate as much energy as the sun will in its entire life, and can easily outshine whole galaxies for brief periods of time. Eventually, over a period of weeks or months, the brilliant supernova will fade from the sky. The images shown here represent different stages in a supernova’s lifecycle.
Imagine working numerous hours to accumulate the perfect combination of both moisture and dust. Eventually, a faint white fog forms, and you snap a photo of the pale indoor cloud. Moments later, the formation is gone, and you’re left in an empty room. Although meticulous and drawn out, this is life for Berndnaut Smilde, the brilliant artist who is well known for his stunning indoor cloud formations.