Glass Organs Sigga Heimis/GlassLab

Images by The Corning Museum of Glass

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When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.
From the TED-Ed Lesson How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena
Animation by STK Films

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When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.

From the TED-Ed Lesson How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

Animation by STK Films

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Slow Life (by Daniel Stoupin)

Incredible Slo-Mo Video Of The Underwater Creatures You Never See

Coral is actually a living creature, but the human eye rarely catches it moving. This incredibly slow-motion video lets you see the ocean life you don’t notice, before it’s destroyed by climate change.

This is an amazing deep dive into the psychedelic world of fluorescent coral from marine biologist and photographer Daniel Stoupin.

Coral are not dead skeletons or rocky statues. They are living structures that move, swell, and slurp daily, just not on time scales that we can recognize with our eyes. Thankfully, Stoupin and his timelapse morphs our perception of time so we can.

This work of ocean art leaves one question unanswered. Why would a coral be fluorescent in the first place? They have no ability to “see”, at least as far as we know. What evolutionary gift could glowing give?

Luckily, this isn’t the first time that Daniel Stoupin has landed on IOTBS, and we might be able to shed some (wavelength filtered) light on that question.Check out this previous gallery of his fluorescent photography to discover the fishy reason why these coral might glow.

But then there’s the sad fact that coral is currently dying pretty rapidly  because of global warming…

(thanks/via: jtotheizzoe and fastcompany)

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)

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

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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. 


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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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Moire Patterns and Poemotion 

From Wikipedia: “In physics, mathematics, and art, a moiré pattern is a secondary and visually evident superimposed pattern created, for example, when two identical (usually transparent) patterns on a flat or curved surface (such as closely spaced straight lines drawn radiating from a point or taking the form of a grid) are overlaid while displaced or rotated a small amount from one another”.

You probably see moiré patterns every day! We are surrounded by grids and lines that can overlap to form these patterns. Maybe you’ve seen a television show that had a character wearing a striped shirt that looked a little bit like this. Or maybe you’ve seen overlapping mesh. Mesh can form very visible moiré patterns. I created a gif from Paul Nylander’s video of an IKEA waste basket displaying very obvious moiré patterns:

Moire basket

Moire patterns can be used to create art. Above are GIFs of a book called Poemotion created by a Japanese designer named Takahiro Kurashima. It’s pages are filled with an assortment of patterns. From Poemotion’s publisher, ”Poemotion is an interactive book-object. The abstract graphical patterns in this small volume are set in motion as soon as you move the attached special foil across them. Moiré effects allow complex forms to develop, set circles in motion and make graphical patterns vibrate.” Click here to watch a very cool Vimeo about Poemotion

Wow!

(thank/via: visualizingmath)

Spectacular starry nights by photographer Michael Shainblum

If only my neighbors would turn their lights off or use dark sky version fixtures, sigh.

(thanks/via: jtotheizzoe and staceythinx)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers (a soft spot for me) at North Carolina State University conducted a massive computer simulation which modeled the physics of the free throw to determine the perfect shot.  After reading their paper, we created this infographic to illustrated the results of their computational modeling. 
 A Smarter Every Day piece of internet.  Follow our attempts to create intelligent, original, respectful content at smartereveryday.tumblr.com.
Graphic by Emily
If you’d like to have our infographics emailed to you, you can do so here.  You can also contact us through Subbable and request a physical copy of this as a poster. (We haven’t quite figured this out yet).

(thanks/via: smartereveryday)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers (a soft spot for me) at North Carolina State University conducted a massive computer simulation which modeled the physics of the free throw to determine the perfect shot.  After reading their paper, we created this infographic to illustrated the results of their computational modeling. 

 A Smarter Every Day piece of internet.  Follow our attempts to create intelligent, original, respectful content at smartereveryday.tumblr.com.

Graphic by Emily

If you’d like to have our infographics emailed to you, you can do so here.  You can also contact us through Subbable and request a physical copy of this as a poster. (We haven’t quite figured this out yet).

(thanks/via: smartereveryday)

About World Science U (by World Science U)

World Science U is up and running now. Check it out; super interesting, right?

carina nebula, about 8000 light years away, 50 light years long in this false colour image. bright star in second panel is about 100-150 times the mass of the sun.

for those watching the broadcast premiere of cosmos: a spacetime odyssey, it’s worth remembering that ten years ago neil degrasse tyson hosted “origins" for pbs nova. also worth watching: wonders of the universe and wonders of the solar system with brian cox; fabric of the cosmos with brian greene; into the universe with stephen hawking (narrated by bendict cumberbatch); the cosmos: a beginners guide, the six seasons of the history channel’s “the universe”; nat geo’s extreme universe, journey to the edge of the universe and how the universe works

I’m hooked.

(thanks/via: awkwardsituationist)



Number of new planets graph
An exciting year if you are planning a vacation outside of our solar system.

Who-ha!!!  Love this.
(thanks/via: skunkbear, nevver and NPR)

Number of new planets graph

An exciting year if you are planning a vacation outside of our solar system.

Who-ha!!!  Love this.

(thanks/via: skunkbearnevver and NPR)