Underwater Research Team Encounters an Incredible “Fireworks Jellyfish”

Underwater Research Team Encounters an Incredible “Fireworks Jellyfish”

 

E/V Nautilus, an underwater exploration organization, was using a Hercules remotely-operated vehicle to catch a crab when they stumbled upon this guy:

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The frilled tentacles of the Halitrephes maasi jelly came into view at 1225m in the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. Radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights of ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink–but without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark.

 

 

“If the crab was smart, he’d have enlisted the help of the jellyfish to avoid capture. “Goddammit, that Hercules thing is coming back around…hey Halitrephes! Do a brother a solid, swim around in front of that thing to distract it while I ghost these motherf*ckers.”;

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Year’s Best Biological Photos Capture the Artistry of Science and Photos by Igor Siwanowicz

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 Photos by Igor Siwanowicz

Photographer and neurobiologist Igor Siwanowicz captures the striking complexity of insects using a laser-scanning microscope.

“His brilliantly colored images show the tree-like structures of moth antennas, the wild details of barnacle legs, and the otherworldly shapes of plant spores. The photos are made with a confocal laser-scanning microscope capable of ‘seeing’ vast amounts of detail beyond what you might capture with a traditional lens-based microscope.”

via Synaptic Stimuli, Wired

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Midge Pupa, Igor Siwanowicz
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Paraphyses & Sporangia ,Igor Siwanowicz
Isopod appendage ,Igor Siwanowicz
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Front leg of whirligig beetle, Igor Siwanowicz
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Moth antennae, detail, Igor Siwanowicz

The finalists of the 2017

Hawaiian Bobtail Squid. Image via Macroscopic Solutions.
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Misreplication of DNA in human fibroblast. Image via Ezequiel Miron, University of Oxford.
Mouse embryonic posterior neuropore. Image via Gabriel Galea, UCL.
Graphical visualization of Tweets using the hashtag #breastcancer. Image via Eric Clarke, Richard Arnett, and Jane Burns.
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Astrocytes and blood vessels of a mouse’s retina. Image via Gabriel Luna, Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Artificial microRNA scaffold. Image via João Conde, Nuria Oliva and Natalie Artzi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Immune system regulation of placental development of a mouse. Image via Suchita Nadkarni.
Iris clip Intra-ocular lens in-situ. Image via Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT.
Brain Organoid. Image via Collin Edington and Iris Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
3D print of vessels of a healthy minipig. Image via Dr. Peter M Maloca.
Cat skin showing hairs, a whisker, and the blood supply. Image via David Linstead.
Image: Ingrid Lekk and Steve Wilson, University College London
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Microvasculature of the African Grey Parr. Image via Scott Birch.
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Synthetic DNA channel transporting cargo. Image via Michael Northrop.

Year’s Best Biological Photos Capture the Artistry of Science

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The finalists of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards have been announced, showcasing the best science-related imagery from the past year. This year’s crop features a bioluminescent squid, a high-tech contact lens, and a microscopic ‘brain’ on a chip.

The winners will be announced on March 15 at the Wellcome Trust in London. Judges will be evaluating the images for quality, technique, visual impact, and their ability to communicate and engage. Here are our favorites.

h/t: Gizmodo

Hypnotizing Visualizes Cellular Biology by Maxime Causeret for Max Cooper’s music video “Order from Chaos”

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The video is described by Cooper as “a beautiful humanized exploration of life and emergence.”

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Dynamic, colourful patterns represent the way organisms interact and evolve in the visuals for Max Cooper’s latest music video, which was directed by Maxime Teresuac.

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The video came about after Cooper, a London-based producer, contacted a number of motion designers to create visuals for his new album, giving each a different brief. Order from Chaos was the track given to Melbourne-based Teresuac.

“This track uses a binaural sample of rain hitting my window, where the rain hits are obviously random, but I then force the hits towards a grid so that a pattern emerges from the raindrops based on their closest structure,” explained Cooper in his brief.

“It’s an emergent rhythm which I would like to mirror somehow in the visual, with an initially detailed and chaotic form which slowly develops into something with recognisable structure.”

Using Houdini, a 3D animation program, he created colourful, dynamic visuals against a black backdrop, intended to represent the “beauty of life”.

 “It talks about emergence and tries to show the beauty of life, the birth of a simple plant from a seed.

Throughout the video, microscopic-looking shapes in bright neon colours morph and move. At one point they transform into jellyfish, and eventually flowers.

“It’s inspired by how things interact and evolve,” added the producer.

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Traveling Landscapes: Miniature Landscapes to Travel by Kathleen Vance

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Traveling Landscapes: Miniature Landscapes to Travel by Kathleen Vance

As part of her ongoing series titled Traveling Landscapes, New York-based artist Kathleen Vance constructs entire landscapes inside of old steamer trunks and repurposed luggage. Many of the pieces incorporate real running water, soil, and living plant life to form encapsulated environments, though others are constructed from common model making materials and resin. The pieces are intended to speak to the fragility of drinking water reservoirs and issues of water rights

Vance recently unveiled a larger site-specific installation titled Traveling Landscape: Precious Cargo with ROCKELMANN & at VOLTA NY 2017.

Via:Installation Magazine //Inhabitat)

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Crafts Porcelain Sculptures Inspired By Nature Of Kate McDowell

Weird Crafts Porcelain Sculptures Inspired by Nature Of Kate McDowell

 In her delicate crafted porcelain sculptures conceptual artist Kate McDowell expresses her interpretation of the clash between the natural world and the modern-day environmental impact of industrialized society. The resulting works can be equal parts amusing and disturbing as the anatomical forms of humans and animals become inexplicably intertwined in her delicate porcelain forms. At the American Museum of Ceramic Art

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Shooting Sea Fireflies Lighting Up the Rocks On a Japanese Beach

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Shooting Sea Fireflies Lighting Up the Rocks On a Japanese Beach

This series of images was made using bio-luminescent shrimp as the blue light source. It was photographed in Okayama, Japan, which is home to these rare and beautiful creatures.  The bio-luminescent shrimp are scientifically known as Vargula hilgendorfii, but are more commonly referred to as sea fireflies and locally known as “umihotaru.” They are 3mm in length and live in the sand in shallow sea water, usually in the range between high and low tide. They feed at night which means they are actively swimming in the water close to shore.
There is something magical about shooting bio-luminescence. Working together with friends to capture it in a photo makes the experience even more enjoyable. We look forward to the fall when we will shoot some bio-luminescent mushrooms for the first time. Hopefully we can share those images with you as well.
A more detailed tutorial can be found here. Our guide to capturing forest fireflies, with detailed editing information, and which may be useful for capturing sea fireflies can be found here.
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Lives of Grass: Living Sculptures by Mathilde Roussel

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Lives of Grass: Living Sculptures by Mathilde Roussel

French artist Mathilde Roussel creates fantastic “living sculptures” made of recycled metal and fabric filled with soil and wheat grass seeds.

“Mathilde Roussel’s work is a sensible and symbolic research about the nature of physical life. She is interested in the cyclic metamorphoses that transform organic matter, whether vegetable, animal or human. Through her sculptures, or drawings, Roussel interrogates the ways in which time weighs on our body, leaving its traces as an imprint and thus creating an invisible archive of our emotions, a mute history of our existence. Skin becomes paper while our cells transform into graphite particles and our muscular tissues in thin membrane of flayed rubber. Her work becomes a mapping of the body, an anatomy of our fragile presence in the world.”

Source:Designboom

 

 

WATCH THE VIDEO:NASA at Saturn: Cassini’s Grand Finale

 

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NASA‘s Cassini spacecraft has made its final flyby of Saturn’s massive moon Titan, collecting data on the hydrocarbon lakes and haze-enshrouded surface of the alien world.

On April 22, the spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan at a speed of about 13,000 miles per hour, marking the beginning of its ‘Grand Finale.’

This encounter will cause Titan’s gravity to bend Cassini’s orbit, pulling it slightly in so that it can begin its final set of 22 dives between Saturn and its rings, before plunging into the planet on Sept 15.

The spacecraft made its 127th and final close approach to Titan on April 21 at 11:08 p.m. PDT (2:08 a.m. EDT on April 22), passing at an altitude of about 608 miles (979 kilometers) above the moon’s surface.

Cassini transmitted its images and other data to Earth following the encounter.

Scientists with Cassini’s radar investigation will be looking this week at their final set of new radar images of the hydrocarbon seas and lakes that spread across Titan’s north polar region.

The planned imaging coverage includes a region previously seen by Cassini’s imaging cameras, but not by radar.

The radar team also plans to use the new data to probe the depths and compositions of some of Titan’s small lakes for the first (and last) time, and look for further evidence of the evolving feature researchers have dubbed the ‘magic island’.

‘Cassini’s up-close exploration of Titan is now behind us, but the rich volume of data the spacecraft has collected will fuel scientific study for decades to come,’ said Linda Spilker, the mission’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

It marks the beginning of the ‘thrilling final chapter’ of Cassini’s life, twenty years after it left Earth.

The craft has circled Saturn for 13 years since reaching its orbit in 2004, spearheading remarkable discoveries about the ringed planet and its icy moons – but now, it’s running low on fuel.

“With this flyby we’re committed to the Grand Finale,” said Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at JPL.

“The spacecraft is now on a ballistic path, so that even if we were to forgo future small course adjustments using thrusters, we would still enter Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15 no matter what.”