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New Species of Psychedelic Lichen Contains Tryptamine and Psilocybin

February 13th, 2017|

Ask any biologist and he’ll tell you lichens are an intriguing bunch. They exist only because of a symbiotic relationship between algae (or cyanobacteria) and fungi. The fungus creates a network that sustains, hydrates and protects the alga, which in turn provides sugars through photosynthesis. So, while they exhibit plant-like characteristics, they are not plants. […]

An adorable species of octopus was discovered

March 5th, 2016|

In one of science’s cutest recent discoveries, a deep-diving robot — associated with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer — has spotted what may be a new species of octopus.

“It is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus,” NOAA wrote in a blog post.

14,074 feet — or 4,290 meters […]

The ‘Hairy Nails’ fashion trend

February 23rd, 2016|

When the next full moon comes around, you can now totally look part with the arrival of this new furry fashion trend. It’s not a hoax or prank either, ‘Hairy Nails’ have officially landed and are taking the fashion world by storm.

Created by style director and founder of nail polish brand CND Jan Arnold, these furry […]

“Kinetic Rain” by Changi Airport in Singapore

February 23rd, 2016|

Art + Com have recently installed a beautifully choreographed installation in Terminal 1 of Changi Airport in Singapore. It consists of raindrops made from lightweight aluminum covered in copper which are raised and lowered in a 15-minute computationally designed choreography.

The installation consists of exactly 1,216 high shine copper plated aluminium drops, hanging from the ceiling on almost […]

Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope

April 2nd, 2015|

Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the Phenakistoscope, a device that is largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. The simple gadget relied on the persistence of vision principle to display the illusion of images in motion.

He was the first person to demonstrate the illusion of a moving image. To […]

Portraits of patients from West Riding Asylum, 1869

March 15th, 2015|

Mania of suspicion, monomania of pride or acute melancholia are just osme of the obsolete diagnoses that would be seen as part of wider mental illnesses today. The men and women in these portraits became the labels themselves, rather than people first.

Still, by the 1800s, psychiatry was becoming established as a medical speciality and treatments were considered more humane, with […]

Super-Kamiokande, a neutrino detector in Japan, holds 50,000 tons of ultrapure water surrounded by light tubes

February 1st, 2015|

Super-Kamiokande is a 50,000 ton ring-imaging water Cerenkov detector located at a depth of 2700 meters water equivalent in the Kamioka Mozumi mine in Japan. It is used mostly for the search for proton decay (nucleon decay in general), observation of neutrinos (solar, atmospheric, from super-nova, …) and cosmic rays (mostly muons: downward going muons […]

Drone footage revealing the ruins of Chernobyl

January 20th, 2015|

British filmmaker Danny Cooke flew a drone around the ghost town of Pripyat, the northern Ukrainian city built by the Soviets to house people working at the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

The result is a footage that reveals an apocalyptic scenery, a disturbing environment where time has stopped and the sound of the disaster is […]

Perfect cubes of pyrite formed naturally.

January 17th, 2015|

An iron sulfide mineral, Pyrite is commonly found around the world in a variety of geological formations, from sedimentary deposits to hydrothermal veins, and as a constituent of metamorphic rocks. It forms in masses, stalactites, grains, globes, striated cubes or twelve-sided pentagonal dodecahedral crystals. It also forms as flat, radial disks called “suns” or “dollars.” […]

A field turns from orange to green as harvesters pick marigold flowers in Los Mochis, Mexico, 1967.

January 16th, 2015|

It’s like they are all filling in a bar graph of their relative productivity.