It will still be maple syrup, right?

(via newsweek)

Complex works of the Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo

Math, meet nature. Nature, meet math. You guys should hang out more.

I will forever be imaging DNA as a helix of butterflies now.

Previously: Check out Nikki Graziano’s mathematical landscapes, one of the most original landscape photo series I’ve ever seen.

(thanks/via: geometrymatters and always the best things from jtotheizzoe)

thailand’s annual poi sang long festival, which occurs in the first week of april, celebrates the ordination of ethnic shan boys to the theravada buddhist order. for three days, these sang long, or “jewelled sons,” are dressed in bright colours and adorned in flowers and make up, and then carried on the shoulders of their fathers to the the wat pa pao temple in chiang mai, where they will adopt the monk’s traditional saffron robes. the ritual is meant to mimic the buddha’s renunciation of his life of material luxury as prince siddhartha.

photos by (click pic) pongmanat tasiri, robert fuller and jack kurtz. (more novice monk photos)

A visit to Thailand in April now too?

(thanks/via: awkwardsituationist)

The case of the vanishing honeybees - Emma Bryce from TED-Ed includes a links for digging deeper into this subject

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Album Art

831 works and 40 years later, the Kronos Quartet still nudges composers and audiences in new directions. Listen as NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas takes us through the string quartet’s varied and successful career.

Related: Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love

Kronos is amazing every time!

(thanks/via: nprmusic)

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ArtistNPR's Morning Edition
TitleThe Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

Jamie xx - Sleep Sound

Sleep well….

Get We’re New Here (iTunes) from Jamie xx.

(thanks/via: thexx-blog)


A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.

It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288. 


(thanks/via: explore-blog)

A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.

It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288. 

(thanks/via: explore-blog)

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Explosions in the Sky + Eluvium = Inventions.
Stream the debut album, Inventions, from NPR Music’s First Listen. 

Holy S.. this is really good!!!!!!!  (pre-order, done)
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Explosions in the Sky + Eluvium = Inventions.

Stream the debut album, Inventions, from NPR Music’s First Listen

Holy S.. this is really good!!!!!!!  (pre-order, done)

(thanks/via: nprmusic)

Shigeru Ban wins Pritzker Prize 2014 from the always fantastic Dezeen.
Photo: Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch via Dezeen
Who knew the joys of carboard tubing?!
(thanks/via: Dezeen)

Shigeru Ban wins Pritzker Prize 2014 from the always fantastic Dezeen.

Photo: Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch via Dezeen

Who knew the joys of carboard tubing?!

(thanks/via: Dezeen)

Remember this painting?  Awesome that the news and this spectacular painting have collided!!!  
Militia Company of District II Under The Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, also known as The Night Watch by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1642 from the Rijksmueum in Amsterdam.
From the NYTimes article Russia Is Ousted From Group of 8 by U.S. and Allies.
(thanks/via: NYTimes.com)

Remember this painting?  Awesome that the news and this spectacular painting have collided!!!  

Militia Company of District II Under The Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, also known as The Night Watch by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1642 from the Rijksmueum in Amsterdam.

From the NYTimes article Russia Is Ousted From Group of 8 by U.S. and Allies.

(thanks/via: NYTimes.com)

Check this from Atlas Obscura for pretty cool birding.

This weekend marks the start of one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world, when some 500,000 sandhill cranes descend on the Platte River Valley near Kearney, Nebraska. This is around 80% of the entire global population of sandhill cranes, and they stop off in the state to plump up on the plentiful food before continuing their migration north through to Canada, Alaska, and even as far as Siberia.

To celebrate this astounding avian event, there is the Crane Watch Festival (March 21 to 30) in Kearney and alongside Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival (March 20 to 24). Like the birds themselves, participants often travel long distances themselves, eager to view the swooping wings and crowded congregations of cranes. The birds have long used the Platte River area as a breeding ground, with crane fossils in the area dating back 10 million years. The sandhill cranes are most abundant from late March through to April and are joined by the migration of millions of other birds, including Whooping Cranes, shorebirds, and eagles. 

If you can’t make it to Nebraska, there’s an online Crane Cam at the Roe Sanctuary to see the river roost (Audubon advises checking in a sunrise and sunset for optimal online voyeurism).

For more on Nebraska’s great crane migration, visit Atlas Obscura…

(thanks/via: atlasobscura)