May 25th, 2015
Emily Lakdawalla's dive into the latest batch of images from the Cassini probe inspired her to generate a magnificent panorama across Saturn's rings (scroll down to the foot of the article.)
(For the record, this preview of one tiny segment doesn't begin to capture the scale or impact of the full image. Click on the preview if you doubt me…)
May 18th, 2015
A group of researchers from the University of Washington and Google have found a way to construct time-lapse video sequences from within the millions of photos to be found online:
First, we cluster 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker.
The results are downright spectacular in some cases, and just plain odd in others.
April 19th, 2015
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February 12th, 2015
Alex Cornell, on shooting pictures of an inverted iceberg:
Of all the things I've made in my life, I would *not* have expected a photo of ice in water to end up being covered so widely.
I have to admit that I was half-hoping that the iceberg being inverted would mean that the whole nine-tenths-of-an-iceberg-is-underwater principle would also be inverted, so that the picture would reveal an immense inverted pyramid of ice sticking out of the water and towering over the photographer, with just a relatively tiny chunk of ice being below the waterline. Physics doesn't seem to work that way, sadly. Even so, the pictures Cornell shot are still pretty damn spectacular and definitely well worth a look.
[Via Daring Fireball]
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February 1st, 2015
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January 7th, 2015
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November 22nd, 2014
Evolution Meets Photoshop:
Seoul-based artist Sarah DeRemer has utilised her Photoshop skills to create some bizarre new species of animals, some of which are undeniably cute, others are absolutely terrifying.
The Sleepy Pirdy is outrageously cute. The Tapir Shark looks like something invented by Douglas Adams. I hope never to meet a Rankey in the flesh.
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November 12th, 2014
When Panorama Photography Goes Wrong:
The truncated pony is weird and all, but my favourite is the man I call the Human Silverback
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August 21st, 2014
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August 4th, 2014
I understand that the increasing prevalence of Arctic melt ponds is probably telling us something rather depressing about the rate at which glaciers are melting, the implications for global climate change and the chances that at some point within the remainder of my lifetime I'm going to find myself commuting to work in a canoe. I really do.
But on the other hand, those little turquoise jewels nestling in an expanse of whiteness sure are just so goddam pretty that sometimes I think it's worth the impending disruption of modern civilisation.
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July 26th, 2014
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June 8th, 2014
Lauren Manning's EarthPatterns: Beautiful things on our planet, found on Google Maps.
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May 18th, 2014
A new Earthrise over the Moon, courtesy of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:
Be sure to follow the first link to see the whole image.
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April 20th, 2014
We can be free, we can learn how to fly!
A seagull, following the ferry boat from Thassos to Keramoti, demonstrates the elegance of natural flying.
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April 8th, 2014
Celebrities that Look Like Matresses.
Some of these are just mean…
Hilarious, still, but mean.
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April 3rd, 2014
Just some kitties…
Follow the link for several more pictures of a pack of happy, if slightly peckish, tigers frolicking in the snow in China.
[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]
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March 30th, 2014
Dallas Storm Timelapse:
(For a view from above of a similar phenomenon, see this NASA Earth Observatory feature on images of lightning storms taken from the ISS. Only still images, but impressively big ones.)
[Via The Awl]
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March 2nd, 2014
NASA's Earth Observatory site has before and after images of a landslide in Southeastern Alaska that took place just a couple of weeks ago:
Using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite, scientists have confirmed that a large landslide occurred in southeastern Alaska on February 16, 2014. A preliminary estimate suggests the landslide on the flanks of Mount La Perouse involved 68 million metric tons (75 million short tons) of material, which potentially makes it the largest known natural landslide on Earth since 2010.
The photos weren't worth embedding here in cropped form: you should follow that link and see what a 75,000,000 ton landslide looks like.
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