Put a Little Science in Your Love Life Today
Let’s face it, Hallmark doesn’t exactly tingle your neurons with deep thoughts and brainy expressions of love. If you’re looking for some slightly smarter and more creative ways to express your affection today, here’s a few creations from around the interwebs.
This is real.
This is why we beat zee Soviets.
(via Boing Boing)
There’s a reason it’s called the “Badlands” (though not the only place). With extreme weather, geological formations, and rich in fossils, Badlands National Park in South Dakota is one of the most striking places to visit on Earth. The park is 244,00 acres, containing protected prairies and animals which are surrounded by stunning spires, pinnacles, and buttes that have been shaped and carved away by (a whole lot of!) years of deposition and erosion. It’s a very key location for examining extinct ecosystems which existed millions of years ago, and examining the layers you see in the photos above is definitely a treat for the geologists and palaeontologists in us all.
If you’d like to find out more information on Badlands National Park and/or to plan a visit, check out their official website for extra information on the geological layers, ecosystems, and more!
Illustration: Flower drawn by an elephant.
Art is usually considered a uniquely human ability, but that may not be true. Given the opportunity, animals like chimpanzees and gorillas and elephants produce abstract designs that arguably rise to artistic level.
Arguably is, however, the key word. It’s hard enough to agree on an essential definition of human art, much less an animal one. But it’s a debate welcomed by Jack Ashby, manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London.
“That’s the question we’re asking people: What is art?” said Ashby, who thinks that human art may well reflect a creativity expressed in animals’ natural behavior, even if people don’t always appreciate it.
Ashby organized the Art by Animals exhibition, on display at the museum through March 9. On the following pages, Wired looks at possible animal art from the exhibition and elsewhere.
50 Years of Space Travel In One Beautiful Solar System Map
After shaving your manly back, drying off in your many Jedi bath robe, and getting your coat from off your manly ninja star coat hangers you can take off in your manly flying car. Don’t forget to bring your manly word umbrella, in case it rains. Of course your manly giant Swiss army knife is already in the trunk.
A mere $350,000
Lego model of The Large Hadron Collider, Via Reddit.
The ‘Atlas’ is a nice touch!
Dripping ink into water can create fantastic structures as the two fluids mix. In this artwork there are numerous complex mixing phenomena: the eddies and multiple scales of turbulence; the long, thin streams of laminar flow; and the wispy mushrooms and umbrellas of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability. (Photo credit: Mark Mawson; via @thinkgeek)