Cassius Clay Takes His Training Underwater

Cassius Clay Training 1961

Flip Schulke captured this photo of Cassius Clay in 1961, less than a year after he made his professional debut and three years before he would win the world heavyweight championship against Sonny Liston. Schulke’s work appeared in a number of publications, but the photographer is best-known for chronicling the civil rights movement in the American South.

In God’s Own Garden, Khasi Women Call The Shots

Khasi Girl Plays with Hoof

Source: Shout Weekly

Imagine a society where women, not men, hold most of the household power: property is passed from mother to her youngest daughter and husbands move in with their mother-in-laws after marriage. Now imagine that place existing in India, a country that’s frequently criticized for ongoing violence and discrimination against women.

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Daniel Sanchez’s Gemstone Landscapes Are The Most Stunning Things You’ll See All Day

Gemstone Landscapes rutile city

Source: Smithsonian

To collectors, the most coveted gems are often the flawless ones. But to Los Angeles-based gemologist Daniel Sanchez, the beauty is all in the flaws. More specifically, the gem’s inclusions, or the bits of other minerals that get sucked inside the gem as it grows. Lucky for Sanchez, he can purchase these less-coveted specimens for cheaper prices at trade shows. Lucky for us, he is also a photographer with some intense equipment that provides us a glimpse into the secret worlds that exist within these precious (though imperfect) gemstones.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CIX


Adrenaline crystals Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Your Liver, Blood And The Flu Look Surprisingly Pretty Under A Microscope

Liver Cell

Liver cells Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Through culture and the classroom, more often than not we’re trained to think of arts and sciences as two separate fields of interest and specialization. It’s people like Colin Salter who remind us that these barriers don’t have to exist, and that within the machine that is our body, beauty can be found. In his book, “Science is Beautiful: The Human Body Under the Microscope”, Salter explores the intricacies of the human form with the eye of an artist and the precision of a scientist. Using micrographs and MRI scans, Salter captures what he calls “images of elements within the body whose existence you may never have pondered but whose functions are vital and fascinating”. See more shots at Smithsonian Magazine.

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