Microscopic treasures: Abstract art discovered under the microscope

Microscopic treasures: Abstract art discovered under the microscope

Sometimes the most unimaginable beauty comes from the world cannot be seen with the human eye, but yet still exists in the invisible netherworld of the microscope. Here are some artistic treasures, spied on the Reddit Microporn page, have a look and you will become hooked. Crystalline acetylsalicylic acid viewed under polarised light at 10X…

Say hello to the slimy end of cute: the Californian Sea Hare

Say hello to the slimy end of cute: the Californian Sea Hare

The California sea hare is also known as the California sea slug. It's a gigantic marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk and is cute in a slimey, sluggish way.   Found around the Gulf of California and Mexico these adorable slime-balls chomp on algae and live in intertidial zones usually not deeper than 18–20 m.[ Creepy and adorable sea hares  They…

DIY dog hair knitting: why it's not such a crazy idea

Arctic foxes are the artisans of their own vibrant gardens

Beyond cutely frolicking through meadows in Iceland and Scandinavia, arctic foxes are also aiding the local ecological balance in the way they keep house underground. Their dens are often a century old and topped with lush gardens and dune grass. The domains of arctic foxes are a splash of colour in an otherwise dull brown…

Chasing fire and embers across the Californian badlands

Chasing fire and embers across the Californian badlands

Jeff Frost is a self-confessed fire chaser and photographer. Just like in Australia, California is prone to wild fires that rapidly get out of control. They are the natural peril that haunts the dreams of country dwelling people in both regions. Frost's film is made up of hundreds of thousands of high-res photos compiled in stop motion.…

Inuit dog wards off a polar bear

The Last Dogs of Winter: A Beautiful Documentary about the endangered Canadian Eskimo Dogs

Watch the preview here  In 1976, prompted by advice from Bishop Omer Robidoux (1913-1986), Churchill dog handler Brian Ladoon made it his mission to preserve and breed Canadian Eskimo Dogs also known as Inuit Dogs or Qimmiq, the rarest registered breed of dog in the world.  His efforts have inspired both admiration and fierce criticism,…

Unseen Art from Australia’s First Fleet http://wp.me/p41CQf-8h

The quirky origins of Australia’s native animal names

Although I thought that the cockatoo was an Aboriginal word, it's not! Its a relic of the first Europeans visiting the spice isles of Maluku (now Malaysia) in the 15th Century. They had birds there akin to cassowaries and cockatoos. Other well-known Aboriginal-sounding names are in fact from abroad as well. ‘Bandicoot’: an Indian name…

Oxidised metal films photographed using a microscope and an Amazon Fire phone by Reddit user Friz Face.

One person’s trash is another’s treasure: oxidised metal film under the microscope

They could be a collection of post-apocalyptic planets viewed from space. However these pieces of enchanting art were not made by humans but by natural phenomena. Science is beautiful. The excellent Reddit page MicroPorn features close up microscopic images of materials. This collection of oxidised metal films were photographed using a microscope and an Amazon Fire…

Aspen the Frontier Dog is one handsome, adventurous and capable canine

The Internet is awash cats. Twitter and Facebook is a constant spam feed of felines. And yet we forget our other noble companion, the quietly humble, wise and obedient dog. Enter into the fray the Internet sensation Aspen, the hiking, all knowing mountain climbing golden retriever shot along with his owners in panoramic settings. Aspen accompanies…

A boudoir where a mermaid can prepare for a night out

A boudoir where a mermaid can prepare for a night out

Enter into a magical underwater world where a mermaid is able to prepare for close up glamour shots in her boudoir. This delicate and miniature world fit for a sea-dwelling princess was created by artist Peter Gabel. Extraordinary workmanship and marine inspiration has gone into this creation. Although custom built with love, sadly all of us mermaid…

Debunking Myths And Fascinating Facts About Animal Eyesight

Debunking Myths And Fascinating Facts About Animal Eyesight

Throughout history people have always speculated about what animals see. This resulted in some giant myths and half truths. Luckily, nowadays technology and science has caught up and can reveal the truth about seeing through the eyes of other animals, giving us a fascinating glimpse into their private lives. Snakes Have specially adapted sensors in…

Geological Marvel, Art or Book? You Be The Judge!

Ancient Mineral, Art or Book?

San Fran based artist Alexis Arnold has managed to reimagine National Geographic magazines with the use of Borax crystals for a strange geological marvel of colourful striations. Glittering crystals are alive and growing on the gradients of colour, turning them from mere functional books to something akin to living art and also uncannily like a…

Lost With No GPS or Compass? Just Look For A Cow In A Field!

Lost With No GPS or Compass? Just Look For A Cow In A Field!

Scientists at the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany stumbled upon something weird  while looking at Google Earth satellite images. It seems that cows face a northerly or southerly direction while they eat and sleep. A guy called Hynek Burda was the first to discover this phenomenon. He was viewing satellite images of camping sites and…

Technobiophilia and why our digital lives don’t need to be frantic

According to Author Sue Thomas who wrote the book Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace there's an intimate relationship between the language we use online: clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs and the way that we use our devices to reconnect with nature. According to Thomas, technobiophilia is the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear…

Lapland Over Four Splendid Seasons

Lapland Over Four Splendid Seasons

Lapland straddles the northern-most regions within Sweden and Finland. Yet this place is more than merely the legendary hideout of Santa, it sparkles all year round with serene natural beauty. Whatever the reason and whatever the season, you should go there. Spring The spring in Lapland is brief and boisterous, with many creatures all clamouring to…

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

A solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring phenomenon that visits earth only once every couple of years or even decades. Ever since ancient times, humans have been fascinated, fearful and reverent of eclipses. Myth and the Solar Eclipse Ancient Greeks, Mesopotamians and Egyptians were the first to record solar eclipses. In 585 BC, Herodotus wrote 'Day…

Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hungarian artist Barbara Bernát has created a wonderfully poetic illustrations of woodland creatures native to her country.   The hypothetical currency was created as an MA project and sees the Euro featuring pretty European animals on one side while the other shows a related botanical wonder. To add a dramatic, true-to-life  feeling she has based the…

Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Help Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Carnivora Family Felidae Genus Lynx The Eurasian Lynx was once a part of primeval forests in Britain, but has since been hunted out of existence there. Nowadays with the deeper understanding of ecological balance, the importance of primary predators has been reasserted. In Britain, there's an exciting new…

The Secret World of Bees

The Secret World of Bees

Bees see the world in an entirely different way. Their unique perceptual abilities can help us to perceive the world is a much richer way. Bees are benevolent little workers who pollinate and beautify the blooms of the world. An integral part of the landscape, they burrow their furry yellow and black backs into the…

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Elephants are one of the largest land mammals on earth and also one of the longest lived, with a lifespan averaging 60 years or longer. In the Buddhist tradition, a white elephant is considered to be the incarnation of Buddha. Thus the rare appearance of a white elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of…

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Are Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair is an ingenious and clever response to a growing encumberance that's carried by our oceans - floating rubbish. Studio Swine and Kieren Jones have merged traditional fishing practices, industry and synthetic materials to fabricate a chair made from discarded plastic on-board of an old fishing vessel and using a custom-made seapress. The…