An Extraordinary Time Lapse Of Melting Ice Crystals

March 29, 2014

Cross polarized light and a keen eye for detail have culminated in this remarkable time lapse of melting ice crystals not un-reminiscent of a Kandinsky painting. Enjoy.

12 Bizarre Facts About Jellyfish That Will Blow Your Mind

March 29, 2014

1. Some have “immortal” properties.

The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) ages like Benjamin Button—when a crisis like starvation presents itself, the jellyfish’s cells transform and revert to their earliest form, a polyp, making this type of jellyfish potentially immortal. Keep reading for more incredibly bizarre facts about jellyfish!

2. They have no “sides”.

Jellyfish have no right or left side—only a top and bottom—as they are symmetrical around a central axis that runs the length of their bodies.

3. Jellyfish are a boon to cancer research.

Green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) from the Aequorea victoria jellyfish species have transformed bio-medical research. The glow-in-the-dark proteins can illuminate specific proteins within the human body to track microscopic activity (for instance, cancer growth).
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Do Ho Suh’s Fabric Installations Show That Home Is Wherever You Sew It

March 26, 2014

Traveling through the major modern metropolises of our world, Korean artist Do Ho Suh has recreated his own heart’s keeper in the form of silk-constructed homes. Representing memories of his prior residences, the colorful installations span all the way from Suh’s childhood to his adult life. Suspended from the ceilings of museums and art galleries, his works bring the concept of “carrying a space in a suitcase” to life.

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One Amazing Daredevil Climbs 2,500 Feet Rope-Free

March 23, 2014

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.

The Ten Best TED Talks (In No Particular Order)

March 23, 2014

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.”

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Playing The Piano During Revolution

March 20, 2014

Playing Piano During Ukraine Revolution

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.