November 22nd, 2014
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.
November 12th, 2014
The truncated pony is weird and all, but my favourite is the man I call the Human Silverback
August 21st, 2014
No doubt about it, the Curiosity Rover has totally lost that showroom shine.
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.
July 6th, 2014
June 8th, 2014
May 18th, 2014
Be sure to follow the first link to see the whole image.
April 20th, 2014
A seagull, following the ferry boat from Thassos to Keramoti, demonstrates the elegance of natural flying.
April 8th, 2014
Some of these are just mean…
Hilarious, still, but mean.
April 6th, 2014
April 3rd, 2014
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]
March 30th, 2014
(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]
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.1
- Short answer: 'impressive', if viewed from a safe distance. If you'd been in the vicinity at the time, you'd probably have used the word 'terrifying' if you lived long enough. ↩
February 13th, 2014
Michael Shainblum's image of the Burj Khalifa being struck by lightning doesn't deserve to be embedded here in scaled-down form: follow that link and see it properly. It's worth it.
(I do hope there was a mad scientist at the top of the tower, cackling maniacally as he tried to tap the power of the lightning storm to breathe life into his creation. Seems like such a waste of a good lightning bolt, otherwise…)
[Via Bad Astronomy]
February 12th, 2014
February 11th, 2014
February 7th, 2014
Assuming that it's not a Photoshop job, they left the worst until last:
28. And this velvet-covered Porsche
Why would you do that to a poor, defenceless car? Why?!?