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Enjoy some of the most inspiring, beautiful and down-right stunning photos from our adventures in space this past week.
Underwater photographer Jason Isley of Scubazoo.com, based in South East Asia, might be having a bit too much fun documenting marine organisms.
Actually, I think he’s having just the right amount of fun with these photos! I hope none of his figurines got swallowed though… Awesome.
Three years ago, on Feb. 11, 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was launched into orbit to begin its solar odyssey. Intended to give us the most high-definition view of the sun to date, the SDO has transformed our understanding of our nearest star. Browse our celebratory gallery
The Hubble Space Telescope has been looking deep into the Cosmos for over two decades returning over a million observations of planets, exoplanets, nebulae, galaxies and clusters of galaxies. The mission has surpassed our wildest expectations, but some of the most intricately beautiful views of the Universe have been released only recently — sometimes in collaboration with other observatories.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro put all his ideas for `Pan’s Labyrinth’ in a notebook — then lost it.
The heavyset man ran down the London street, panting, chasing the taxi. When it didn’t stop, he hopped into another cab. “Follow that cab!” he yelled. Guillermo del Toro wasn’t directing this movie. He was living it. And it was turning into a horror tale.
The Mexican filmmaker keeps all of his ideas in leather notebooks. And Del Toro had just left four years of work in the back seat of a British cab. Unlike in the movies, though, Del Toro couldn’t catch the taxi. Visits to the police and the taxi company proved equally fruitless.
Del Toro’s films — “Chronos,” “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Blade II,” “Hellboy” — typically feature magical realism. Fate was about to return the storytelling favor.
The cabbie spotted the misplaced journal. Working from a scrap of stationery that didn’t even have the name of Del Toro’s hotel (just its logo), the driver returned the book two days later. An overwhelmed Del Toro promptly gave him an approximately $900 tip.
The sketches and the ideas in that misplaced journal — four years of notes on character design, ruminations about plot — were the foundation of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” a child’s fantasy set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War.
The director, who at the time wasn’t even sure he’d actually make “Pan’s Labyrinth,” took the cabbie’s act as a sign, and plunged himself into the movie.
wow, that movie was visually incredible for an amazing reason.
as an aside, i’d like to see a tablet computer that can help create something so incredible.
i know it’s not veteran’s day today, it was yesterday, but in case you didn’t catch it — thank a vet today.
This Veterans Day, Discovery News honors American military service personnel with a look back at some of the great battles throughout our nation’s history.
In the painting, General George Washington leads the Continental Army on Christmas Day across the Delaware River to confront Hessian forces.
The ensuing battle between the two sides would be known as the Battle of Trenton and would lead to a key victory for American forces in their struggle for independence.
See this and other photos of American military history.
thank you to all the veterans out there!
Announced last Wednesday, these are the winners of the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This is the 48th year of the international competition, and as always, the entries are an amazing showcase of the world’s best nature photography across 18 separate categories. What’s interesting, though, is how the beauty of nature is juxtaposed against its horrors: we see breathtakingly vibrant emperor penguins and the first adrenaline-filled hunt of cheetah cubs, and then beside them is a strikingly lonely polar bear on a crumbling island of ice, and the horrifying mass carcasses of sharks harvested only for their fins. It is a reminder that yes, nature is brilliant and beautiful and wondrous, but it’s also wild and terrifying, and sometimes humans are the cause of it.
“Mums!” is totally our buzz word right now. Our kiku display is running in the Bourke-Sullivan Display House through November 18, and visitors are voting on their favorite varieties to help the NYBG determine what gets planted outdoors in the future. Come to think of it, that vote ends this week, so feel free to chime in. —MN
MUMS THE WORD
KIKU - a display of chrysanthemums at the New York Botanical Garden’s Bourke-Sullivan Display House - a greenhouse of awesomeness.
my master gardener mother would love this post. no seriously, she’s a Master Gardener Level II (and a Woodland Manager) #YouGoMom
Stained sections of lung tissue from the Flickr set ‘Pulmonary Pathology’ by Yale Rosen: (1) nests of neuroendocrine tumor cells; (2) ‘foci of benign-appearing spindle-shaped and oval cells’ (3) acid-fast stain of an infection by Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare, a relative of tuberculosis.
personally, i am normally pretty grossed out by biology, but these samples are striking.
During election night, Discovery News Associate Producer (and DNews Tumblr wrangler) Trace Dominguez joined the crowds in Washington D.C. outside the White House. He made friends with a horse. (It is currently unknown if it’s the same horse spotted running through New York during Hurricane Sandy.) ~Ian