Marine Atlas from sometime between the late 1820s & late 1840s by Mori Jiang Yuan Shou (I *think* it was a 1/2 Japanese, 1/2 Chinese teaching manual). The 82 page book features a large number of hand-painted watercolour sketches of marine animals and plants.
by Jim O’Rourke
Scared passengers on the Emu Plains to CBD morning express called triple 0, telling police a man wearing a menacing red and black one-piece costume was carrying deadly weapons.
When the train pulled in at Blacktown station about 7.20am, uniformed officers jumped on board and bundled the man out of the carriage onto the platform.
But after police spoke to the man the found that all the “weapons” were plastic fakes and he was dressed as “Spiderman” as part of a charity fundraising campaign called Superhero Week.
He was wearing the costume to work to help raise money for Bear Cottage at Manly, a hospice for children.
The man, Reuben Rose, said he was wearing the costume to his workplace at St Leonards for the day to help convince his workmates to donate to Bear Cottage.
“The police told him to put all his gear into his bag and it was OK for him to catch the next train.
“But this train’s been held up for 10 minutes.”
Mr Rose said police did not charge him with any offence.
Oh Sydney…look he even has cupcakes….
Full article and more pics here
A Bonsai Tree in Space - Azuma Makoto
Japanese artist Azuma Makoto recently ventured to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (home of Burning Man) to launch a Japanese white pine bonsai into space. The artist also arranged a stunning bouquet with about 30 varieties of flowers from around the world and launched them into space as well. The project, entitled Exobiotanica, occurred on 15 July
To accomplish the feat Makoto collaborated with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace, a volunteer-based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit. The team used helium balloons to launch the plants and the bonsai reached a height of 91,800 ft (27.98 km), while the bouquet topped out at 87,000 ft (26.51 km).
by Michael Keller
Over the last decade, materials scientists have been trying really hard to keep from getting wet. To that end, they’ve made huge strides developing coatings that so thoroughly repel dirt and water, they seem almost magic. Their secret? Recreating the nanoscale structures that some organisms employ to stay clean and dry and to redirect liquid flow.
Among researchers’ muses from the natural world are the stenocara beetle, lotus and nasturtium leaves, and the wings of butterflies. The National Science Foundation has compiled some compelling visual examples of natural and synthesized superhydrophobic surfaces. See the full video below.
uhhhh if my inpainting went as smoothly as this i would be done like 2 months ago.