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New Oil-Based Cityscapes Set at Dawn and Dusk by Jeremy Mann | Colossal

<p>Jeremy Mann (previously here and here) paints cityscapes set during the low-lit moments of the early morning or evening, just when natural light has …

A Trip by Air and Kayak Through Tham Khoun Xe, One of the Largest Active River Caves on Earth | Colossal

<p>Beijing-based photographer Ryan Deboodt (previously) recently returned from a trip to Laos where he spent two days exploring Tham Khoun Xe, one of …

Illustrations Brought to Life in Picture Book ‘Vento’ by Virgilio Villoresi and Virginia Mori | Colossal

<p>In a style reminiscent of Edward Gorey's dark illustrations in Victorian settings, Virgilio Villoresi and Virginia Mori have created a book that …

Why Dozens of U.S. President Statues Sit Deteriorating in a Rural Virginia Field | Colossal

<p>Somewhere in Virginia on the outskirts of private farmland sits the completely bizarre sight of nearly 40 giant U.S. president busts crumbling …

Photographer Nicolas Bouvier Shoots Figures in Silhouette Against Mysterious and Foreboding Landscapes | Colossal

<p>In what could easily have been snapshots of a normal day at the beach or a hike through the woods, these photos by Nicolas Bouvier (previously) …

Centriphone: A Skier Uses an iPhone and Sling to Film Dramatic ‎360° Footage of Himself While Skiing | Colossal

<p>After two years of tinkering and experimenting Swiss freeskier Nicolas Vuignier just shared a video of what he calls a centriphone, a device that …

Watch as the Frozen Surface of Lake Superior Crashes Endlessly Into Mountains of Glasslike Shards | Colossal

<p>A frozen Lake Superior caused a major ice pile-up on the shores of Duluth, Minnesota on February 13th, its solid surface breaking into layers and …

Winners of the 2016 World Press Photo Contest | Colossal

<p>The winners of the 2016 World Press Photo contest have just been announced, and the selected images accurately reflect a year of tumult and beauty …

Enchanting Storybook GIFs Animated by ‘Sparrows’ | Colossal

<p>An illustrator who goes by the name Sparrows has been sharing a lovely series of imaginative GIFs that frequently spread like wildfire across …

What Old Age Is Really Like

What does it feel like to be old? Not middle-aged, or late-middle-aged, but one of the members of the fastest-growing demographic: the “oldest old,” those aged eighty-five and above? This has been the question animating me for a couple of years, as I’ve tried to write a novel from the perspective …

Manhattan in 11031 A.D.

As is well known, the ancient city of New York was consumed by rising ocean waters more than eight thousand years ago. My expedition set sail from the port of Scranton on April 12, 11031, in hopes of solving certain mysteries surrounding this lost city. (As a scholar with several advanced degrees …

Brain Gain

The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs.<p>A young man I’ll call Alex recently graduated from Harvard. As a history major, Alex wrote about a dozen papers a semester. He also ran a student organization, for which he often worked more than forty hours a week; when he wasn’t on the job, he had …

Overkill

An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?<p>It was lunchtime before my afternoon surgery clinic, which meant that I was at my desk, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich and clicking through medical articles. Among those which caught …

Medicine

The Milwaukee Experiment

What can one prosecutor do about the mass incarceration of African-Americans?<p>Like many people in the criminal-justice system, John Chisholm, the District Attorney in Milwaukee County, has been concerned for a long time about the racial imbalance in American prisons. The issue is especially salient …

Move Over 3-D Printing, The Future Is Objects That Morph And Shift Shape

We’re a long way from Ikea bookcases that put themselves together, but the idea of having programmable, self-assembled “4-D printed” objects isn’t as far off as you think.<p>Airplane wings that change form in response to air pressure and temperature. Flat-pack furniture that self-assembles when you …

Photographer Documents a Traveler's Exit from Monument Valley and the Visual Experience that Accompanies It

<i>Leaving Monument Valley,</i> a series of images by a photographer who would rather be known as Mojo2u, documents a traveler’s exit from Monument Valley, …

Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

Everytime I See You

Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect

Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional …

GIF Animations

Black Desert House Contrasts Nicely in the Mojave Desert

<i>The Black Desert House</i> is a minimalist getaway designed by creative director Marc Atlan in collaboration with architecture firm Oller & Pejic and interior design company Moderne Builders. Located just thirty minutes outside of Palm Springs, the incredible landscape boasts the untouched environment …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Mysteriously Playful Composite Images by Dariusz Klimczak

Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak constructs surreal landscapes through clever manipulation. Each image in the skilled photo editor's growing collection is a composite of multiple elements that work in unison to present a cohesive, albeit unusual, scene. More often than not, Klimczak's subjects …

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead | Colossal

<p>Just a cursory glance at a few storm photos by Mike Hollingshead and it’s clear this guy has probably seen it all, and probably put his life at risk …

Breathtaking Aerial Photographs of Colorful African Landscapes

Far surpassing common aerial photography, Brooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler transforms southern Africa into living landscapes pulsing with …

APOD: The Tadpoles of IC 410 (2013 Jan 09) Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140109.html Explanation: This telescopic close-up shows off the otherwise faint emission nebula IC 410 in striking false-colors. It also features two remarkable inhabitants of the cosmic pond of gas and dust below and right of center, the tadpoles of IC 410. The picture is a composite of images taken through narrow band filters. The narrow band image data traces atoms in the nebula, with emission from sulfur atoms in red, hydrogen atoms in green, and oxygen in blue. Partly obscured by foreground dust, the nebula itself surrounds NGC 1893, a young galactic cluster of stars that energizes the glowing gas. Composed of denser cooler gas and dust the tadpoles are around 10 light-years long, potentially sites of ongoing star formation. Sculpted by wind and radiation from the cluster stars, their tails trail away from the cluster's central region. IC 410 lies some 12,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Auriga. http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130109 #APOD

Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space

Just after sunrise on 15 February 2013, as commuters made their way along snow-covered roads to Chelyabinsk in south-west Russia, the clear blue sky was torn by a hurtling lump of space rock.<p>The meteorite appeared without warning, out of the sun, on a shallow trajectory. It thumped into the …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before