Following on from my previous post about Tyabb Packing Centre, here is another little known wonder from the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne where I return to … Continue reading Secrets of the Mornington Peninsula: Mushroom Reef Sanctuary, Flinders.
Where Art Meets Science Scientific visualisations often can look just like objects of visual art. A few weeks ago in Part 1, we looked at how … Continue reading Map Porn Part 2: The Most Beautiful Geological Maps on Earth
In this blog in previous years, I’ve talked about how humans and cephalopods are oddly similar, explored the underwater realm of Sydney Harbour in great detail, … Continue reading Exquisite Marine Invertebrates of the 19th Century
Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal… — H.P. Lovecraft, The Tomb (1917) During the Belle Époque, or the Beautiful Age, men and women of science and rationality sought comfort from new … Continue reading Strange Victorian Journeys Into the Fourth Dimension
Bowie needs no introduction in his ability to induce wonder, awe and beauty in anyone he touches. And now even after death, his legacy lives on in the form of a mannequin Star Man set to take a silence-filled orbit … Continue reading Starman, Bowie and the symbolism of SpaceX’s new world
This is a riveting read from one of the leading lights of modern psychology, Bruce Hood of the University of Bristol. The book’s main premise is that 20,000 years ago our brains were 10% larger than what they are today. … Continue reading Book Review: The Domesticated Brain by Bruce Hood
Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her world-wide best-selling autobiography Eat Pray Love which was about her own journey of self-discovery, spirituality and travel. This girl’s own adventure was music to the ears of many young women who were already … Continue reading Book Review: The Signature of All Things
The Lichenologist from Matthew Killip on Vimeo. Hidden within this remarkable short film The Lichenologist is the slowly-growing story of the unassuming and vividly beautiful botanical wonder of lichen. Kerry Knudsen has the auspicious title of Curator of Lichens at … Continue reading How slow-growing lichen opens up the vast universe
eSkeletons is an ingenious online resource that compares the skeletons of primates and including the most notorious of the bipeds homo sapiens. Created by the Department of Anthropology at the Univrsity of Texas in Austin, eSkeletons provides an interactive environment … Continue reading <3 The Internet: eSkeletons of primates, monkeys and homo sapiens
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 … Continue reading Microscopic treasures: Abstract art discovered under the microscope
Nowadays, it’s possible to become not just a participant in scientific studies, but one of the researchers. The internet and crowd-sharing knowledge has made this possible. … Continue reading Explore and classify galaxies and planets for real scientific studies
If you haven’t already followed Imaginary Cities on Twitter @Oniropolis then you should right away! This is a curated treasure trove of architectural meanderings and inspiring … Continue reading Dürer, Replicants and Flying Cars: Exploring Impressive Imaginary Cities with @Oniropolis
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. … Continue reading One person’s trash is another’s treasure: oxidised metal film under the microscope
Fritz Kahn’s Der Menschen als Industriepalast by Henning Lederer. Physician. Popular science writer. Creative Director. Educator. Humanist. Visionary. Polymath. Fritz Kahn combined industrial and mechanical functionality … Continue reading Fritz Khan’s painting Der Menschen als Industriepalast in dreamy animation
These true-to-life, anatomical cross-sections are entitled the Tissue Series by artist Lisa Nilsson. She uses a technique called paper ‘quilling’ that turns MRI and CT scans … Continue reading Intricate paper cross sections of human bodies by Lisa Nillson
So…the Blood Moon last night: I’m sure that this is the perfect time to segway into The Moon from the Mighty Boosh. This white and … Continue reading The Mighty Boosh, last night’s blood moon, insomnia and neurotransmitters are all essentially connected
If you’re like me and tend to gaze up at the night sky and wonder about life and the meaning of it all then you can’t … Continue reading Join me for an operatic journey at the speed of light
So basically, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia have invented a truckload of good things. Insect repellent was one – out of … Continue reading What’s Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor
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 … Continue reading Ancient Mineral, Art or Book?
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 … Continue reading Lost With No GPS or Compass? Just Look For A Cow In A Field!