Entries to the 2013 Nikon Small World photomicrography competition are wonderful (as always, see our previous coverage of this fantastic competition), but some of this year's submissions got us wondering: are those truly small things that scientists see when peering through the microcope, or are they actually alien lifeforms?
Here's a creepy yet fascinating art installation that'd be perfect for Halloween! In 2011, Art director Lenn Cox, Jp Scheen, and moldmaker Richard Philips created this sleeping girl in wax installation at the Arnhem Mode Biennale exhibition in the Netherlands. The installation is made for A.F. Vandevorst, a Belgian fashion label.
Mark Graham (@geoplace) and Stefano De Sabbata (@maps4thought) of Information Geographies have released a map of featuring the websites most frequently visited by people from all countries in the world.
The map, titled Age of Internet Empires, uses data from web analytics company Alexa. It is visualized in the style of an old colonial map and named after the popular computer game Age of Empire.
So. I guess that's what teenagers see grownups as. Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's "Teenager Teenager" installation, currently on display at Gallerie Perrotin, consists of a set of sculptures of rock-headed people sitting on sofas as well as a performance piece of real kids playing nearby.
Tomorrow - government shutdown or not - the Federal Reserve is going to start circulating the new $100 bill. The "New Color of Money" redesign to the US banknotes, which began in 2003, started with the new $20 bill. The redesign introduced new security features to stay ahead of counterfeiters.
Here's what you need to know about the new $100 bill, from the Federal Reserve's website NewMoney.gov
Behold the Mother of All Swiss Army Knives that you can actually bring to a gunfight ... and win!
The knife has 100 functions, including every types of blades imaginable. It has a serrated blade, dagger blades, shears and scissors, an auger, a corkscrew, saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, pens and pencils, mirror, and straight razor. You can even use this tool to tune a piano, as it has a piano tuner built in. Hungry? It's got a butter knife so you can butter your toast.
But that's not all: This is a knife you can actually bring to a gunfight. It has a fully functioning .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver. And as if that ain't enough, the tortoise shell handle covers of the knife open up to hold picks, tools, and even mini folding knives.
Neatorama's favorite pun-steriffic street artist Hanksy is back at it again! This time, Hanksy left New York City and made his way west to Chicago, where he made these contributions to the city's urban scene.
Before we can boldly go where no one has gone before, we need a plan ... and blueprints! That's where illustrator Doug Pedersen come in. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, based artist has created a sci-fi inspired series of mashups of popular pop culture vehicles with real ones from NASA's space program.
Well, what do you expect from a company that dropped a man from orbit as a stunt? The 3rd Red Bull Illume Image Quest photography competition, where 6,417 photographers from 124 countries competed to submit the most epic action and adventure sports photos (there were more than 28,000 entries), has just announced the winners.
And as expected, there was much epicness
Ever noticed that dogs sometimes look just like their owners? In 2009, Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani had an brilliant idea of fashioning man's best friend just like its master. He took photographs of dogs and their owners, and with a bit of digital magic, came up with this gem of a series, Underdogs.
Quick, what comes to mind when you see these Rorschach tests made with food?
Madrid-based photographer Esther Lobo (FahLoSue) created a series of fantastic Rorschach inkblot tests made with yogurt, ice cream, peanut butter, condiments, and other types of food
"A book can change the story of your life," is the premise of this series of cleverly illustrated ads for Penguin Books by Y&R ad agency in Beijing, China. The print ads show events in a person's life and how reading a book could make a difference between that person becoming a criminal or a sports hero, a successful chef and, uh, a degenerate and so on.
Since 2005, the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has conducted an annual Underwater Photography Contest, which is open to amateur photographers. This year's contest was won by Kyle McBurnie of California with this hauntingly beautiful shot of a harbor seal floating like a ghost in a kelp forest.
View more winners of the 2013 Underwater Photography Contest.
By simply manipulating chemical gradients in a beaker of fluid, Wim L. Noorduin [...] has found that he can control the growth behavior of these crystals to create precisely tailored structures. [...]
To create the flower structures, Noorduin and his colleagues dissolve barium chloride (a salt) and sodium silicate (also known as waterglass) into a beaker of water. Carbon dioxide from air naturally dissolves in the water, setting off a reaction which precipitates barium carbonate crystals. As a byproduct, it also lowers the pH of the solution immediately surrounding the crystals, which then triggers a reaction with the dissolved waterglass. This second reaction adds a layer of silica to the growing structures, uses up the acid from the solution, and allows the formation of barium carbonate crystals to continue.
Man, that's a lot of frequent flyer miles! Canadian transportation planner Michael Markieta who works at engineering firm Arup in Toronto as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant, crunched the data of more than 58,000 global flight paths and visualized them in these fantastic images:
3D printing has never looked so good! With their background in architecture and penchant for complex geometries, Kyle and Liz von Hasseln of The Sugar Lab have come up with a way to 3D print sugar sculptures.
Marie-Antoine Carême, the world's first celebrity chef and founder of the concept of haute cuisine, continues to inspire us today, some 180 years after his death. The King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings, as he's often called, and his eccentric culinary creations are the inspiration of an art exhibition in Brighton, United Kingdom, titled The Illustrated Recipe.
The art show, hosted by Gallery 40 and Cameron Contemporary Art, features five British artists who are experts in six very different mediums of art: paint (Kirsty Wither), crochet (Kate Jenkins), collage (Ed Kluz), denim (Ian Berry), digital illustration (Sarah Arnett), and cake (Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer's Kitchen).
Below are some sample of the exhibited artwork:
It's not easy to improve upon the gorgeous skies that Mother Nature paints herself, but photographer Matt Molloy managed to pull it off: the Canadian photographer stitched together a composite of hundreds of individual photographs to create stunningly beautiful effects in this "time stacks" photography series.
After photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze arrived in Hong Kong in 2009, he became fascinated by the character of the city's urban spaces, with gleaming, modern buildings standing side-by-side with traditional tong lau tenements. As he continued his exploration of the city, Romain realized that his fascination stemmed from the sense of awe that one feels when gazing up from the foot of skyscrapers.
In his photography series and art book Vertical Horizon, Romain captured the architectural majesty of gigantic skyscrapers from below.
These mysterious hooded creatures are the Guardians of Time, a sculpture by Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer. The illuminated Guardians appear every night at a new place - currently, they are located in Dubai for Art Dubai Week 2013. The life-size sculptures look great during the day, but at night ... that's when they're truly stunning.
If this looks like an entrance to a world completely alien to most of us, that's because it is. These tunnels lead to Manhattan.
Photographer Patrick Cashin snapped these amazing photos of the East Side Access project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, showing the progress of the underground tunneling project that will allow the Long Island Rail Road to access Grand Central Terminal. Clearly, these magnificent photos show that tunneling projects are never boring
All kids love toys, but how kids from around the world play with them show striking cultural differences and some comforting similarities. In his Toy Stories photo series, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti spent 18 months photographing children from around the world and their most prized toy possessions.
We've featured a lot of neat photography on Neatorama, but looking back in the archives, these images are usually of artwork, animals, and landscapes. But who says that great photography has to be just that? Why not great photography of engineering in action?
That's exactly what Engineering News-Record just did with their 2012 The Year in Construction Photo Contest. The magazine has picked the best engineering-focused photos from both professional and amateur photographers.