A visual periodic table organizing the 118 known elements by selected properties of their atomic structure.
Evolution of the Universe.
The Eagle Nebula (NGC 6611) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens. It is the subject of the famous "Pillars of Creation" photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope, which shows pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula. (0.9-meter telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA)
This huge, handle-shaped feature extending outward from the Sun's surface is called a prominence which is a huge cloud of relatively cool dense plasma suspended in the Sun's corona. Some prominences break apart and give rise to coronal mass ejections. (Image taken by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope Sept. 14,1999.)
Sulfurous volcanic landscape in Hnausapollur, Iceland.
The Giza Necropolis is an archaeological site located on the outskirts of Cairo in Egypt, famous for its monumental pyramids. The oldest and largest is the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu over an approximately 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC.
A very nice place to rest in Blaunca, Switzerland.
Pricey houses on Palm Island, an artificial archipelago, in Dubai.
Polydactylism is a congenital physical anomaly in humans, dogs, and cats having supernumerary fingers or toes. The extra digit is usually a small piece of soft tissue that can be removed. Occasionally it contains bone without joints; rarely, as in the case with this man, it may be a complete, functioning digit.
The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall in the United Kingdom, that includes the world's largest greenhouse. Inside the domes you can find plants from all over the world in emulated mediterranean and tropical environments.
Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam.
Asimo is constantly being upgraded but here you see him showing off his new running and balancing capabilities.
Penguins seeking shelter from fierce waves on a blue icerbeg in Antarctica.
The sinkhole of a dam in Portugal.
Felix Baumgartner is a skydiver and a BASE jumper who plans to set the record for longest free fall in which he will break the sound barrier. Joseph Kittinger, who holds the records Baumgartner is attempting to break, was advising Baumgartner during the "Stratos" mission in the hopes of getting scientific data on next-generation full pressure suits.
Unexplained event produced by the star V838 Monocerotis. (Hubble)
French Nuclear test.
The Standard Model is an almost complete representation of all the particles and forces in the known universe.
The family Tettigoniidae, known in American English as katydids and in British English as bush-crickets, contains more than 6,400 species. It is part of the suborder Ensifera and the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets than to grasshoppers. The one pictured here is called a Giant Long-Legged Katydid for obvious reasons.
A high-voltage demonstration produced by the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator.
In the 1920s people thought that a dose of radiation might cure chronic joint and muscular conditions.
For 270 million years the trilobites thrived in our oceans but they disappeared during the mass extinction event at the end of the Permian Age (250 million years ago).
This photo demonstrates the principles of color subtraction and addition.
An X-ray photographer takes a photo of a visible light photographer and vice versa.
This picture shows two astronauts, Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (left) and Christer Fuglesang while conducting an extravehicular activity outside the International Space Station as part of the STS-116 mission. On the background is the Cook Strait in New Zealand and the Pacific Ocean.
Underwater cave at Abaco Island, in the Bahamas.
Boeing Phantomworks A160 Hummingbird with a DARPA developed forester radar system.
Las Vegas suburb.
A micrograph of a peacock mite on a tea stem, taken by a low-temperature scanning electron microscope at 260X magnification.
Mulberry Street in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, from the year 1900.
Wernher von Braun in front of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
The construction of the Empire State Building, 1930.
The Wolf Trap Anglerfish.
A boeing 747 cutting it close on his landing.
The Ajolote is a lizard-like reptile whose forelegs are strong and paddle-like but its backlegs have disappeared and are visible only as vestigial bones in X-rays.
A shot from the butterfly nebula, NGC 6302, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship in the world, leaving Fort Lauderdale.
Sunrise on the tessellated pavement at Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania, illustrating the pan formation of tessellation. A tessellated pavement is a rare erosional feature formed in flat sedimentary rock formations lying on some ocean shores. The pavement bears this name because the rock has fractured into polygonal blocks that resemble tiles, or tessellations. The cracks (or joints) were formed when the rock fractured through the action of stress on the Earth's crust and subsequently were modified by sand and wave action.
The Amorphophallus titanum, a flowering plant with an odor reminiscent of the smell of a decomposing mammal, is characterized as a carrion flower and is also known as the "corpse flower". It grows in the rainforests of Sumatra.
Arching fountain of lava approximately 10 m high, to the south of Pu‘u Kahaualea in Hawaii.
A shot of the crescent moon through the top of the earth's atmosphere taken by ISS crew 13.
At a distance of 2.5 million light-years the Andromeda Galaxy is the closest spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way. Gravity makes them rush towards each other and in 4.5 billion years they are expected to collide.
A jellyfish larva first develops into a polyp and it is this polyp that will then asexually produce thousands of jellyfish. This particular jellyfish, known as Turritopsis nutricula, can actually revert back to its larval stage after becoming an adult rendering it biologically immortal.
Electron microscope image of a wood ant holding a microchip in its toothed mandibles.
Cordyceps is a genus of ascomycete fungi that includes about 400 described species. All Cordyceps species are endoparasitoids, mainly on insects and other arthropods. The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis has a thing for ants. The fungus's spores enter the body of the insect through its respiratory spiracles, where they begin to consume the non-vital soft tissues. When the fungus is ready to spore, its mycelia enter the ant's brain, causing the insect to climb up the stem of a plant and use its mandibles to secure itself to the plant. The fungus then kills the ant, and continues to grow as its mycelia invade more soft tissues and structurally fortify the ant's exoskeleton. When the fungus is ready to reproduce, its fruiting bodies grow from the ant's head and rupture, releasing the spores.
A squirrel showing an interest in the camera.
The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope near the city of Arecibo in Puerto Rico. The observatory's 305 m radio telescope is the largest single-aperture telescope ever constructed. It carries out three major areas of research: radio astronomy, aeronomy, and radar astronomy observations of solar system objects.
Penitentes are natural-forming ice columns, or more accurately ice blades, that stick up at sharp angles towards the sun. Rarely found except at high altitudes, they can grow taller than a human and form in vast fields. Picture taken on the Aconcagua in Argentine.
Argentinosaurus is a genus of titanosaur sauropod dinosaur. The argentinosaurus lived on the then-island continent of South America somewhere between 97 and 94 million years ago, during the mid Cretaceous Period.
Aristolochia fimbriata has a specialized pollination mechanism. The plant is aromatic and their strong scent attracts insects. The inner part of the perianth tube is covered with hairs, acting as a fly-trap. These hairs then wither to release the fly, covered with pollen.
The City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain.
Aseroe rubra, commonly known as the anemone stinkhorn, is a basidiomycete fungus. It is found around the world on mulch and in grassy areas, it is shaped like a sea anemone and is covered in brownish slime. It smells like a corpse and attracts flies, which spread its spores.
A young heron sits dying amidst oil splattering underneath mangrove on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Lousiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010.
Worship the natural universe that made your existence possible. The gods we invented separate us from each other by dividing us into artificial groups. We are all made of the same stuff.
The Atlas moth is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago.
The Atomium is a monument in Brussels, originally built for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. It has nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.
Sir David Attenborough with a wandering albatross chick in South Georgia, filming on location for 'Life in the Freezer'.
An aurora on Saturn's south pole. (Hubble)
This infographic details the various parts that make up the flu virus.
The aye-aye is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth and a special thin middle finger to fill the same ecological niche as a woodpecker. It is the world's largest nocturnal primate.
The Bahá'í House of Worship, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a prominent attraction in Delhi, India.
The Baiji was a freshwater dolphin found only in the Yangtze River in China.
The Balls Pyramid off the southeast coast of Lord Howe Island in Australia.
Bamburgh Castle is an imposing castle located on the coast at Bamburgh in Northumberland, England.
Even in the largest kangaroo the neonate emerges after only 33 days. It is blind, hairless and only a few centimetres long; its hind legs are mere stumps; it instead uses its more developed forelegs to climb its way through the thick fur on its mother's abdomen into the pouch.
The Avenue of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region of western Madagascar.
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), colloquially described as The Bird's Egg, is an opera house in Beijing, China.
A Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, or BZ reaction, is one of a class of reactions that serve as a classical example of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, resulting in the establishment of a nonlinear chemical oscillator. http://youtu.be/3JAqrRnKFHo
The Superb Bird-of-paradise can be found throughout rainforests of New Guinea but it has to be seen in action to understand just what is going on here. http://youtu.be/6gAxbxxmYZ8
The Black Desert is a region of volcano-shaped mountains that lays near the popular Bahariya and Farafra Oases in Egypt.
Blood Falls is an outflow of an iron oxide-tainted plume of saltwater, occurring at the tongue of the Taylor Glacier onto the ice-covered surface of West Lake Bonney in the Taylor Valley, East Antarctica. Note the tent on the left for a sense of scale.
This map shows our local neighborhood ("only" 50,000 galaxies) and whether a certain galaxy or galactic cluster is redshifted (rushing away from us) or blueshifted (coming towards us). In the distant universe everything is redshifted because of the accelerating expansion of our universe.
This well camouflaged Blue-ringed octopus is one of the world's most venomous marine animals.
The blue whale is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales (called Mysticeti). At 30 metres in length and 180 metric tons or more in weight, it is the largest known animal to have ever existed. Here it's skeleton can be seen next to that of a brachiosaurus and an elephant.
Tiny creature, lots of names. Brookesia minima is commonly called the Dwarf Chameleon, the Madagascan Dwarf Chameleon, the Minute Leaf Chameleon, the Pygmy Leaf Chameleon, the Nosy Be Pygmy Leaf Chameleon, and the Tiny Ground Chameleon.
Astronaut Bruce McCandless testing the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) in 1984 and thus making the first, untethered, free flight in space.
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon which, despite its name, is not a canyon but a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion.
Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is currently the tallest structure in the world, at 829.84 m
A south African bushman prepares for the hunt.
Bushmen making a fire. Kalahari Desert, South Africa.
The mother of all nasty vegetables. ;)
Treehoppers are members of the family Membracidae, a group of insects related to the cicadas and the leafhoppers. There are about 3,200 known species of treehoppers and they come in the weirdest shapes and forms.
The California Academy of Sciences is among the largest museums of natural history in the world.
Cedar-apple rust can infect leaves and fruit of most cultivars in the mid-Atlantic region.
A colour composite image of Centaurus A, revealing the lobes and jets emanating from the active galaxy’s central black hole. (LABOCA + Chandra + WFI)
Cherenkov radiation is electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle (such as an electron) passes through a dielectric medium at a speed greater than the phase velocity of light in that medium. The charged particles polarize the molecules of that medium, which then turn back rapidly to their ground state, emitting radiation in the process. The characteristic blue glow of nuclear reactors is due to Cherenkov radiation.
Exquisite patterns emerge from salt scattered on a metal plate which is vibrated at certain frequencies.
"The Chess Player" at Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies at the Museum of Nature & Science in Germany. The revolutionary process of Plastination, invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, is a technique that replaces bodily fluids and fat with reactive plastics, which in turn preserves the body.
The Chocolate Hills are an unusual geological formation in Bohol province, Philippines. According to the latest accurate survey done, there are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name.
A circumhorizontal arc is an optical phenomenon - an ice-halo formed by plate shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds.
Thích Quảng Đức was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Duc was protesting against the Roman Catholic persecution of Buddhists.
A storm in Navajo Nation, Arizona.
A prion is an infectious agent composed of protein in a misfolded form. This is in contrast to all other known infectious agents (virus/bacteria/fungus/parasite) which must contain nucleic acids (either DNA, RNA, or both). This prion is responsible for Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. All known prion diseases affect the structure of the brain or other neural tissue and all are currently untreatable and universally fatal.
The coconut crab is the largest land-living arthropod in the world and lives in the coastal forest regions of many Indo-Pacific islands.
Composition of the Universe.
Costa Rican rainforest.
The giant crystal cave in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The Crystal Cathedral is a Protestant Christian church building in the city of Garden Grove, in Orange County, California, United States.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a NASA mission with the aim to land and operate a rover named Curiosity on the surface of Mars. The MSL is scheduled to launch in November 2011 and to land on Mars at Gale Crater in August of 2012.
Cymothoa exigua, or the tongue-eating louse, is a parasitic crustacean of the family Cymothoidae. It tends to be 3 to 4 centimetres long. This parasite enters through the gills, and then attaches itself at the base of the spotted rose snapper's (Lutjanus guttatus) tongue. It extracts blood through the claws on its front, causing the tongue to atrophy from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish's tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue.
Dallol Minerals, Ethiopia.
This shot of a dark matter ring in galaxy cluster Cl 0024+17 was taken by the Hubble.
Olympic National Forest, near Port Townsend, Washington
Wildfire in the Bitterroot National Forest, Montana.
The Deka arm, affectionately dubbed “Luke”, can be moved by picking up the electrical signals from the residual nerves that normally drive the arm. The latest generation of prosthetics can be controlled from the brain instead of the nervous system.
The surface of the sun.
Dettifoss is a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, and it is the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Idolomantis diabolica, common name Devil's Flower Mantis or Giant Devil's Flower Mantis, is one of the largest species of praying mantis that mimic flowers.
The Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada.
The Dionne quintuplets (born May 28, 1934) are the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy. The sisters were born just outside Callander, Ontario, Canada near the village of Corbeil.
Diprosopus also known as craniofacial duplication, is an extremely rare congenital disorder whereby part or all of the face is duplicated on the head.
Dolly (1996 - 2003) was a female domestic sheep, and the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell. Here depicted with her first lamb, named Bonnie.
A dust storm in Phoenix, Arizona.
Earth's entire 4.5 billion year history plotted on a 24 hour clock where we show up in the last minute.
Earthrise, taken in 1968 by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission.
The Egg Nebula is a bipolar protoplanetary nebula approximately 3,000 light-years away from Earth. The Egg Nebula's defining feature is the series of bright arcs and circles surrounding the central star. A dense layer of gas and dusts enshrouds the central star, blocking its direct light from our view. However, the light from the central star penetrates the thinner regions of this dusty enclosure, illuminating the outer layers of gas to create the arcs seen in this image. (Hubble)
Coloured scanning electron micrograph of eyelash hairs growing from the surface of human skin. The tails of eyelash mites are seen protruding from the base of several eyelashes. Magnification: x50 at 6x7cm size.
The Elephant Foot glacier in Greenland.
Embryogenesis - 1 cell, 2 cells, 4, 8, 16,... human.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the electromagnetic spectrum.
Endeavour on her final mission while docked at the ISS.
The Carina Nebula (also known as the Eta Carina Nebula, or NGC 3372) is a large bright nebula that surrounds several open clusters of stars. Eta Carinae and HD 93129A, two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, are among them. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light years from Earth.
A huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds are captured in this stunning NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the supermassive star Eta Carinae. Eta Carinae was the site of a giant outburst about 150 years ago, when it became one of the brightest stars in the southern sky. Though the star released as much visible light as a supernova explosion, it survived the outburst. Somehow, the explosion produced two polar lobes and a large thin equatorial disk, all moving outward at about 1.5 million miles per hour.
The eurycantha or New Guinea giant spiny stick insect can reach up to 15cm in length.
The Tree of Life.
Raytheon’s second-generation exoskeleton (XOS 2) is essentially a wearable robotics suit that boosts the user's strength, endurance and protection.
Extreme close up of a human eye.
The first monolithic silicon integrated circuit chip.
invented by Robert Noyce at
Fairchild in 1961.
A ferromagnetic fluid is a colloidal liquid made of nanoscale ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier fluid which becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field.
An optical fiber cable is used for the transmission of data in the form of light.
A fire whirl.
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), sometimes referred to as Stone Man Syndrome, is an extremely rare disease of the connective tissue. A mutation of the body's repair mechanism causes fibrous tissue (including muscle, tendon, and ligament) to be ossified when damaged. In many cases, injuries can cause joints to become permanently frozen in place. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to "repair" the affected area with more bone.
The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
A solar flare is observed as a sudden brightening over the sun's surface and is interpreted as a release of up to 6 × 10^25 joules of energy. The flare ejects clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms through into space. (Image taken by NASAs TRACE satellite.)
Jupiter has 64 confirmed moons and these 4 are the most famous. From left to right; Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.
The geoduck is a species of very large saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Hiatellidae.
The shell of this clam is large, about 15 centimetres to over 20 centimetres in length, but the very long siphons make the clam itself very much longer than this: the "neck" or siphons alone can be 1 metre in length. The oldest recorded specimen was 168 years old.
The green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a protein that exhibits bright green fluorescence when exposed to blue light. Although many other marine organisms have similar green fluorescent proteins, GFP traditionally refers to the protein first isolated from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. In cell and molecular biology, the GFP gene is frequently used as a reporter of expression. In modified forms it has been used to make biosensors, and many animals have been created that express GFP as a proof-of-concept that a gene can be expressed throughout a given organism.
Giant wetas are species of weta in the genus Deinacrida of the family Anostostomatidae. Giant wetas are endemic to New Zealand, and are examples of island gigantism.
The giraffe weevil is endemic to Madagascar.
Glen Canyon is a canyon that is located in southeastern and south central Utah and northwestern Arizona within the Vermilion Cliffs area. It was carved by the Colorado River.
The Global Hawk being tested at the Benefield Anachoic Facility in California.
Gosses Bluff crater is thought to have been formed by the impact of an asteroid or comet approximately 142.5 ± 0.8 million years ago, in the earliest Cretaceous, very close to the Jurassic - Cretaceous boundary. The original crater rim has been estimated at about 22 km in diameter, but this has been eroded away. The 5 km diameter, 180 m high crater-like feature, now exposed, is interpreted as the eroded relic of the crater's central uplift.
Space shuttle Endeavour over Earth, shot from the ISS.
The Great Wall of China is an almost 7,000 km long stone and earthen fortification in northern China. The walls have been built and maintained from the 5th century BC to the 16th century.
The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the United States in the state of Arizona.
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water.
A vision of the future. It has to be.
In the White Mountains of Inyo County in eastern California, you can find planet earth's oldest living organism. Most of the trees in this ancient bristlecone pine forest are at least 3000 years old, but the most ancient of them all is called methuselah and he is 4,842 old! He was born in the year 2831 before christ, which means he was around even before the Egyptians built their first pyramid.
Guangzhou Opera House is a newly constructed Chinese opera house in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China.
The Vehicle Assembly building at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, the launch site for every United States human space flight since 1968.
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople from the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader established Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum in 1935.
People call this a monkey slug but it's actually the larva of a Hag moth.
Hang Son Doong cave is a cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province in Vietnam. The cave is located near the Laos-Vietnam border.
Eruption of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
If the Hemeroplanes Caterpillar feels threatened it will raise the top half of its body from the surface and inflate to resemble a pit viper.
The Hoatzin is an unusual species of tropical bird found in swamps, riverine forest and mangrove of the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in South America.
Hochosterwitz Castle is considered to be one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles. It is situated on a 160 metres Dolomite rock near Sankt Georgen am Längsee in the state of Carinthia.
Honk Kong skyline.
Horseshoe Bend is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.
Hubble's first servicing mission, astronaut F. Story Musgrave is anchored on the end of the Remote Manipulator System arm while he prepares to be elevated to the top of the Hubble Space Telescope to install protective covers on the magnetometers.
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), named after Edwin Hubble, is as large as a school bus and was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990. Hubble has shot tons of stunning images and has become the most famous of telescopes.
An infographic on the human Genome.
This infographic details human and animal capabilities and demonstrates that we have more in common with the animal kingdom than most of us realize.
A picture of 2003's hurricane Isabel, taken from the ISS.
The electron probability density for the first few electron orbitals of the hydrogen atom.
In 1989, IBM Fellow Don Eigler became the first person in history to move and control an individual atom. Shortly thereafter, on November 11 of that year, Eigler and his team used a custom-built microscope to spell out the letters IBM with 35 xenon atoms. The dawn of a new age, the age of nanotechnology.
IC 4406 is a planetary nebula near the western border of the constellation Lupus, the Wolf. It has dust clouds and has the shape of a torus. Despite this, it looks somewhat rectangular because it is seen from its side as viewed from Earth, almost in the plane of its equator.
Two Chinook helicopters fly in to take these soldiers of the 101st Division Special Troops Battalion back to Bagram Air Field, after they searched nearby vilages for IED materials. Afghanistan, 2008.
Burj Al Arab is a 5-star luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
An Inuit family keeping warm inside their igloo.
A giant Isopod is a crustacean related to shrimps and crabs.
The ISS in earth orbit.
Dubai's artificial palm and world islands, shot from the International Space Station.
1:1 scale replica of the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble's successor.
The 2011 Tohoku earthquake unleashed a devastating tsunami on japan which created this giant whirlpool.
Giant Japanese Spider Crab.
Each winter Japanese Macaques gather at the Jigokudani hotspring in Nagano to warm up.
U.S. Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944, as the Normandy landings begin.
A shot taken by Hubble of a jet of particles being emitted from the core of the elliptical radio galaxy M87.
East Los Angeles Interchange, United States.
Kansai International Airport is an international airport located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, Japan.
A view from inside the eye of hurricane Katrina.
The W. M. Keck Observatory is a two-telescope astronomical observatory at an elevation of 4,145 metres near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawai'i.
In 1993, Kevin Carter photographed this soul shattering shot of a starving toddler being stalked by a vulture. This photograph won the Pullitzer in 1994. The same year, haunted by the memory, Carter took his own life.
Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand.
The Korowai, also called the Kolufo, are a people of southeastern Papua (i.e., the southeastern part of the western part of New Guinea). They number about 3,000. Until 1970, they were unaware of the existence of any people besides themselves
The Large Helical Device is a fusion research device in Toki, Gifu, Japan and is the largest superconducting stellarator in the world, employing a heliotron magnetic field originally developed in Japan.
The megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived roughly from 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era.
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a Maggot (larva) of a Bluebottle fly. The maggots of this fly are used medicinally to clean wounds.
Light cutting through metal.
Lava Ledge Kauai, Hawaii.
The B-2 Spirit bomber, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy bomber designed to penetrate dense anti-aircraft defenses and deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons.
Internal view of the Joint European Torus or JET tokamak fusion reactor superimposed with an image of the reactor in action where you can see the plasma as it is confined by the magnetic fields.
The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, is a species of gecko endemic to the island of Madagascar.
The leafy sea dragon is found along the southern and western coasts of Australia. The long leaf-like protrusions serve only as camouflage. The leafy sea dragon propels itself by means of small transparent fins. These small fins are difficult to see as they undulate minutely to move the creature sedately through the water, completing the illusion of floating seaweed. http://youtu.be/tx3B_EhqGuE
The hermaphrodite leopard slugs court for hours by circling and licking each other. After this, the slugs will climb into a tree or other high area and then, entwined together, lower themselves on a thick string of mucus. The slugs will then extend flower shaped penises from the right side of their heads, entwine these organs, and exchange sperm. Both participants will later lay hundreds of eggs. http://youtu.be/BoGn9bRWuHQ
The workings of the LHC explained.
CERN's Large Hadron Collider.
A light pillar is a visual phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces.
The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft. If a threat such as a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outrun the missile. The SR-71 was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by the Lockheed Skunk Works.
The long-nosed chimaera is similar in form and habits to other chimaeras, but has an exceptionally long, conical or paddle-shaped, snout. The snout has numerous sensory nerve endings, and is used to find food. Found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide, from 200 to 2,000 metres.
The Sombrero Galaxy (NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. (Hubble)
Earth's magnetosphere which, as you can see, isn't really a sphere at all.
Iron filings show off the magnetic field lines surrounding a bar magnet.
Just bend light to see objects up close or further away than they really are... Think about it. Really think about it.
The Great Red Spot is a persistent anticyclonic storm, 22° south of Jupiter's equator, which has lasted for at least 181 years, possibly longer than 346 years and is about the size of 3 Earths.
Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus, is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud.
Manhattan Bridge tower in Brooklyn, New York City 1974.
The Mantis shrimp is famous for it's eyes and claws. Both are state of the art evolutionary adaptations. The eyes are the best in the animal kingdom and far superior to our own and it's claw can snap shut so fast that it generates temperatures close to those found on the surface of the sun.
The rover Opportunity at Victoria Crater on Mars.
These image, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, shows a patch of water ice sitting on the floor of an unnamed crater near the Martian north pole.
Mauritius is an island nation off the southeast coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean.
Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām is the largest mosque in the world. Located in the city of Mecca, it surrounds the Kaaba, the place which Muslims worldwide turn towards while performing daily prayers. More than 6 million pilgrims gather here during the hajj.
Playing with liquid mercury.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (US)
The Georgian Ministry of Highway Construction is a building in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was designed by architects George Chakhava and Zurab Jalaghania for the Ministry of Highway Construction of Georgian SSR and finished in 1975.
Space Shuttle Atlantis docked to Mir on STS-71. (1995)
The Mirny mine is an open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. The mine is 525 meters deep and has a diameter of 1,200 m. It is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. The airspace above the mine is closed for helicopters because of a few incidents in which they were sucked in by the downward air flow.
Mono Lake, California.
Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 1,885 m. The blue-green color of the lake is due to glacial rock flour.
Mt Erebus Steam Vent, Antarctica.
Naegleria fowleri, also known as "the brain-eating amoeba", is a free-living excavate form of protist typically found in warm bodies of fresh water, such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and hot springs. N. fowleri can invade and attack the human nervous system. The organism consumes cells of the brain piecemeal by means of a unique sucking apparatus extended from its cell surface. Such an infection nearly always results in the death of the victim. (98% mortality rate)
Quantum dots are nano-scaled (ranging from 2-10nm diameter) semiconductor crystals which exhibit characteristics that fall somewhere between bulk semiconductor (they are made from II-VI, III-V, or IV-VI semiconductors materials). When excited, these semiconductor nano-crystals fluoresce at a specific wavelength dependent on their design. These nano-crystals take advantage of quantum mechanical phenomena as well as properties of bulk semiconductors. For these reasons, Quantum dots are looked at for a host of applications including: LED’s, optical logic gates, and biological tags.
Nanpu bridge interchange in Shanghai, China.
Nasa's modified 747 flies the Discovery to the Kennedy Space Center.
The purple frog is a frog species belonging to the family Sooglossidae. It can be found in the Western Ghats in India. It was discovered in October 2003 and was found to be unique for the geographic region. It doesn't look much like a frog because its ancestors diverged when the Seychelles Islands split from India about 100 million years BCE. Also, its cry sounds more like one from a chicken.
Nembrotha kubaryana, also known as the variable neon slug, is a species of colorful sea slug.
A large volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater formed two to three million years ago when when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself.
Niemeyer Museum of Contemporary Arts
The National Ignition Facility, or NIF is a large, laser-based inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research device located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. NIF uses powerful lasers to heat and compress a small amount of hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place.
French thermonuclear test, code-named 'Licorne', at the Mururoa Atoll in 1970, which yielded 914 kilotons.
The peacock spider gets its name from its flap-like extensions that it can pull up and spread out just like a peacock. http://youtu.be/9GgAbyYDFeg
Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic Lampriform fishes. They are found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet are rarely seen. This is a relatively small oarfish, the longest recorded specimen was 17 metres in length making it a probable source of many sea serpent tales.
January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida.
In the direction of the constellation Canis Major, two spiral galaxies pass by each other like majestic ships in the night. The near-collision has been caught in images taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and its Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.
A visualization of an electron orbital. An electron orbital is a region around an atomic nucleus (not seen) in which one or a pair of electrons is most likely to exist. The pink area is where an electron has a positive wave function, and the orange area is where the wave function is negative.
The three bright stars of Orion's Belt, on the left of this image, are a familiar sight in the winter sky. Here, however, a long exposure reveals an epic vista of dust and gas clouds which are too faint to be seen by the naked eye. This is an immense region of space hundreds of light years across. It contains several well-known astronomical sights, including the Horsehead Nebula (bottom centre) and the Orion Nebula (top right).
The control station of an automated steel mill in Shanghai, China.
Pamukkale is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.
Panellus stipticus, commonly known as the bitter oyster is a bioluminescent species of fungus.
A pangolin or scaly anteater is a mammal of the order Pholidota. Pangolins are almost fully armored by the large keratin scales covering their skin.
The fundamental particles and their interactions.
A newly found (2010) pea-size frog, Microhyla nepenthicola, sits on the tip of a pencil.
Pentaceratops is a genus of ceratopsid dinosaur from the late Cretaceous Period of what is now North America. Pentaceratops was about 8 m long, and has been estimated to have weighed around 5,500 kg.
The most luminous objects in the known universe are quasars such as PG 0052 and 251 depicted here. (WFPC2 Hubble)
The Banded Piglet Squid is a small squid of the genus Helicocranchia. As paralarvae (<30 mm), they live near the surface of the oceans, between 100 m and 200 m deep. They descend to the twilight zone as they mature.
The Pingualuit Crater, formerly called Chubb Crater and later New Quebec Crater, is a young impact crater, by geological standards, located in the Ungava Peninsula of Quebec, Canada. It is 3.44 km (2.14 mi) in diameter, and is estimated to be 1.4 ± 0.1 million years old (Pleistocene).
The pink handfish is a bottom-dwelling marine fish found in coastal waters of southern Australia and Tasmania. Handfish are the most species-rich of the few marine fish families that are endemic to Australia. They are unusual, slow moving fishes that prefer to 'walk' rather than swim, using their modified pectoral fins to move about on the sea floor. These highly modified fins have the appearance of hands, hence their name.
The butterfly nebula is a planetary nebula located about 2,100 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus. This bipolar nebula takes the peculiar form of twin lobes of material that emanate from a central star.
Drosera capensis, commonly known as the Cape sundew, is a small rosette-forming carnivorous species of perennial sundew native to the Cape in South Africa.
Plate tectonics is a scientific theory which describes the large scale motions of Earth's lithosphere. The lithosphere is broken up into what are called tectonic plates. In the case of the Earth, there are currently seven or eight major (depending on how they are defined) plates and dozens of smaller plates.
The Mandarinfish or Mandarin dragonet is a small, brightly-colored member of the dragonet family. The mandarinfish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia.
Moore's law describes a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware: the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This trend has continued for more than half a century and when you look at the number of calculations instead of transistors it has been going on for an entire century. 2005 sources expected it to continue until at least 2015 or 2020 but the 2010 update to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors has growth slowing at the end of 2013, after which time transistor counts and densities are to double only every 3 years.
The predatory Tunicate is a species of tunicate which lives anchored along the deep sea canyon walls and seafloor, waiting for tiny animals to drift or swim into its hood-shaped mouth.
Dispersive prisms are used to break up light into its constituent spectral colors because the refractive index depends on frequency; the white light entering the prism is a mixture of different frequencies, each of which gets bent slightly differently. Blue light is slowed down more than red light and will therefore be bent more than red light. http://youtu.be/9eEyTw4wylk
The pygmy marmoset or dwarf monkey is a New World monkey native to the rainforest canopies of western Brazil, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, and northern Bolivia. It is one of the smallest primates, and the smallest true monkey.
D-Wave One, the world's first commercially available quantum computer and also referred to as an adiabatic quantum computer using quantum annealing to solve optimization problems operating on an 128 qubit chip-set.
An armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle taxis down a runway in Afghanistan.
The annual red crab mass migration (around 100 million animals) towards the sea to spawn has been called one of the wonders of the natural world and takes place each year around November; after the start of the wet season and in synchronisation with the cycle of the moon. This takes place on Christmas Island, Australian territory in the Indian Ocean.
A comparison between the embryos of different organisms.
The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara, is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of west – central Mauritania near Ouadane. This structure is a deeply eroded, slightly elliptical, 40-km in diameter, dome.
The Ring Nebula (NGC 6720) is located in the northern constellation of Lyra. It is one of the most prominent examples of a planetary nebula, the gaseous remains of a red giant star that has ended its life by expelling its material into the surrounding interstellar medium.
Rust is a general term for a series of iron oxides. In colloquial usage, the term is applied to red oxides, formed by the reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture. There are also other forms of rust, such as the result of the reaction of iron and chlorine in an environment deprived of oxygen, such as rebar used in underwater concrete pillars, which generates green rust.
Carl Sagan on the "The Pale Blue Dot" which is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space craft from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers from Earth. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a tiny dot (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space.
Sailing stones, sliding rocks, and moving rocks all refer to a geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. They have been recorded and studied in a number of places around Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, where the number and length of travel grooves are notable. The force behind their movement is not confirmed and is the subject of research.
Salt and pepper.
The San Andreas fault line.
Hasani, a baby gorilla from the San Francisco Zoo.
Mud Volcano, San Andreas.
Saturn eclipses the sun, shot from the Cassini spacecraft.
The size of stars is very hard to grasp but this infographic helps a lot. VY Canis Majoris is the largest know star and as you can see, it's really pretty big.
The sea pig is a marine invertebrate animal, genus from the sea cucumber.
Seattle Central Library.
The Sentinelese maintain an essentially hunter-gatherer society, obtaining their subsistence through hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants; there is no evidence of either agricultural practices or use of fire technology. They kill anyone who approaches their island.
General Sherman is a giant sequoia with a height of 83.8 metres and a trunk volume of 1,487 cubic metres making it the largest known non-clonal tree by volume.
Iceberg B-15 is one of the world's largest recorded icebergs. It measured around 295 km long and 37 km wide, with a surface area of 11,000 km² — larger than the island of Jamaica. The mass was estimated around three billion tonnes. After almost a decade, parts of B-15 still have not melted.
The Shoebill, also known as Whalehead, is a very large stork-like bird that lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia.
Gravitational lensing - The Abell 2218 galaxy cluster is so massive and compact that its gravity bends and focuses the light from galaxies that lie behind it. When the source, lens and observer are all aligned the light deforms into an Einstein ring. (Hubble)
A soap bubble.
In 1572 Tycho's "new star" which was actually a type Ia Supernova helped to revise ancient models of the heavens by showing that the heavens were not static but dynamic and ever changing. (composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope.)
In the Lake Tawokoni State Park of Texas, different spider species cooperate to build a giant communal spider web.
The squid worm was discovered in the Celebes Sea basin at a depth of 2,500 meters.
The Glaucus atlanticus is a species of sea slug.
The catastrophic 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens that ended the lives of 57 people and destroyed 250 homes, 47 bridges and 298 kms of highway.
A star-nosed mole.
An Icelandic geyser moments before eruption.
A sundog, scientific name parhelion is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.
Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras Syndrome) is an abnormal amount of hair growth on the body; extensive cases of hypertrichosis have informally been called werewolf syndrome. There are two distinct types of hypertrichosis: generalized hypertrichosis, which occurs over the entire body, and localized hypertrichosis, which is restricted to a certain area. Hypertrichosis can be either congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life.
The super kamiokande is a neutrino observatory located deep underground near the city of Hida in Japan.
Diagram of a neuron cell which is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information by electrical and chemical signaling. Neurons connect to each other to form networks and are the core components of the nervous system.
If a capillary tube is placed into a bath of superfluid helium and then heated, even by shining a light on it, the superfluid helium will flow up through the tube and out the top.
The world's first synthetic lifeform on the cover of science.
June 5, 1989, China. A man blocks a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Boulevard after the military violently assault pro-democracy demonstrators on previous nights.
Tardigrades, commonly known as water bears, are microscopic, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs. Tardigrades are able to survive in extreme environments that would kill almost any other animal. Some can survive temperatures of close to absolute zero (−273 °C), temperatures as high as 151 °C, 1,000 times more radiation than other animals, the vacuum of space and almost a decade without water.
A termite mound on the Plenty Highway at the northern edge of the Simpson Desert in Australia.
In this image called the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field, every speck of light you see is an entire galaxy.
1916 British propaganda postcard celebrating the destruction of an infamous zeppelin.
The Genographic Project, a global, five-year research initiative, launched by National Geographic and IBM, traced the migratory history of mankind. http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/journey/
The construction of the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province, China.
A Hydrothermal vent with a colony of tubeworms.
Evolution in action.
A genetically inherited immune defect and a type of human papillomavirus play together with devestating consequences. The virus hijacked his skin cells, causing it to produce massive amounts of keratin, a protein found in hair and fingernails.
The endangered trilobite beetle. http://youtu.be/sdqbKWaWe_s
A Scaled comparison of historical nuclear explosions.
A computer simulation of a supernova.
F-16A, F-15C and F-15E flying over burning oil wells during operations Desert Storm.
A B-52 Stratofortress leads a formation of Air Force and Navy F-16 Falcons, F-15 Eagles, and F-18 Hornetst over the USS Kitty Hawk, USS Nimitz and USS John C. Stennis Strike Groups during the Valiant Shield exercise. The exercise took place in front of the Chinese coast and included 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 servicemembers from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
The velvet worm fires streams of glue to capture its prey. http://youtu.be/FbVDYSiH-Vw
The Voyager 1 spacecraft is a 722-kilogram space probe launched by NASA in 1977, to study the outer Solar System and eventually interstellar space. At a distance of 119 astronomical units (1.78×1010 km) it is the farthest man-made object from Earth.
Puyehue and Cordón Caulle are two coalesced volcanic vents that form a major mountain massif in Puyehue National Park in the Andes of Ranco Province, Chile. (June 2011 eruption)
This MIT prof puts his life in the hands of Physics. It doesn't require faith and the outcome is certain but tell that to your brain when you see a heavy metal ball coming straight at you.
Waterspout touchdown and formation at the Charlotte Amalie harbor on St.Thomas Island.
White Island, New Zealand.
Wind shaped pine at the Sandia Mountain Range in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The winning sperm photographed as it enters the egg.
The cosmic microwave background radiation map produced by the WMAP spacecraft.
The mysteriously secretive US spaceplane X37-B.
Boeing PhantomWorks X45 PhantomRay.
The heavy lift vessel MV Blue Marlin transporting the Sea Based X-Band Radar at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Yakushima forest, Japan.
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of California, carved out by the Merced River.
The Z machine, the largest X-ray generator in the world located at Albuquerque in New Mexico.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of Herbig-Haro 110, a geyser of hot gas flowing from a newborn star. HH 110 appears different from most other Herbig-Haro objects: in particular, it appears on its own while they usually come in pairs. Astronomers think it may be a continuation of another object called HH 270, after it has been deflected off a dense cloud of gas.
from Petrochemical America, photographs by Richard Misrach, Ecological Atlas by Kate Orff (Aperture 2012).
Dinosaur feathers encased in amber
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Koerperwelten, Bremen, Gunter von Hagen
This cluster of stars is known as Messier 15, and is located some 35 000 light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). It is one of the oldest globular clusters known, with an age of around 12 billion years. Both very hot blue stars and cooler golden stars can be seen swarming together in the image, becoming more concentrated towards the cluster's bright centre. Messier 15 is one of the densest globular clusters known, with most of its mass concentrated at its core. As well as stars, Messier 15 was the first cluster known to host a planetary nebula, and it has been found to have a rare type of black hole at its centre. This new image is made up of observations from Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys in the ultraviolet, infrared, and optical parts of the spectrum.
Erupting into SpaceAn 86-mile-high volcanic plume explodes above the horizon of Jupiter’s moon Io. The plume is erupting over a caldera (volcanic depression), named Pillan Patera, after a South American god of thunder, fire, and volcanoes.Galileo, June 28, 1997Credit: NASA; JPL; PIRL; University of Arizona; Kinetikon Pictures
What might we find underneath Europa's protective ice shield?
“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” ― Arthur C. Clarke
A new SF film came out recently, Europa Report, about an international crew of astronauts on a privately funded mission to Jupiter's fourth largest moon. The team dreams of all the discoveries that lie in wait for them on their way over there but unfortunately the ride doesn't go as smooth as planned...
Check out Mark Bruce's spoiler free post if you need any more convincing to go see it > http://goo.gl/aaK3g5 - and save this article until after you've seen it cause it deals with the accuracy of the science portrayed. - http://goo.gl/xgahj6
Europa has emerged as one of the top locations in the Solar System in terms of potential habitability and the possibility of hosting extraterrestrial life. Life could exist in its under-ice ocean, perhaps subsisting in an environment similar to Earth's deep-ocean hydrothermal vents. Life in such an ocean could possibly be similar to microbial life on Earth in the deep ocean. So far, there is no evidence that life exists on Europa, but the likely presence of liquid water has spurred calls to send a probe there.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time and effort trying to understand if Mars was once a habitable environment. Europa today, probably, is a habitable environment. We need to confirm this but Europa, potentially, has all the ingredients for life … and not just four billion years ago … but today.
"All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there." -HAL-9000 [message relayed from monolith], 2010
No, the picture below is not of a European. it's a terrestrial species of sea angel, Clione limacina. (Clione is a genus of small floating sea slugs.)
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