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Ryan Deboodt (@rdeboodt) here continuing my week long takeover of @smithsonianmagazine presenting my work in the caves of Phong Nha Ke Bang national park in central Vietnam. There are surprisingly not that many speleothems (formations) in Hang Son Doong due to massive flooding, but when there are they are huge! Take this stalagmite for example. It's nearly 60 meters tall! Sometimes it's difficult to get a sense of scale in these photo so be sure to find the person in the photo!
In “This Is Your Brain on Drugs,” graphic designer Meaghan Li visualizes the effects of different mind-altering substances in poster form.<p>The project, made for a psychology class at Duke University, is named after a series of anti-narcotics PSAs run by Partnership for a Drug-Free America in the …
What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,”</i> Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“we will have</i> …Consciousness
The circle of life meets family tree.<p>Biologists love a good family tree. Mapping the relations between species since the beginning of time is an important aspect of researching the history of evolution. However, classifying and visualizing the links between the millions of species of fauna in the …Temple University
The ESA's Envistat satellite was the largest Earth observation satellite ever built.<p>Since 2002, it has circled the Earth, collecting invaluable information on our environment and the advancing danger of climate change. Contact with Envistat was suddenly lost in April 2012, but the wealth of …