On the 60th anniversary of the founding of the (so-called) People’s Republic of China, this image resonated with me:
Camouflage 2 by Liu Bolin
From photographer Liu Bolin:
“I choose to merge myself into the environment. Saying that I am disappeared in the environment, it would be better to say that the environment has licked me up and I can not choose active and passive relationship.
In the environment of emphasizing cultural heritage, concealment is actually no place to hide.”
via Shoot! The Blog and designboom
The focus needs some work...
No, that’s not a pinhole-camera photo of someone with a plutonium throat lozenge in their mouth.
Researchers at IBM have created the first image of a single molecule using a “crazy powerful microscope” — with an exposure time of 20 hours.
And for those of you wincing at my second science post in one week, here’s a little excerpt of Lucretius, translated by Rolfe Humphries:
Never suppose the atoms had a plan,
Nor with a wise intelligence imposed
An order on themselves, nor in some pact
Agreed what movements each should generate.
No, it was all fortuitous; for years,
For centuries, for eons, all those motes
In infinite varieties of ways
Have always moved, since infinite time began,
Are driven by collisions, are borne on
By their own weight, in every kind of way
Meet and combine, try every possible,
Every conceivable pattern, till at length
Experiment culminates in that array
Which makes great things begin: the earth, the sky,
The ocean, and the race of living creatures.
Living creatures that can now capture images of those motes. Even if they are fuzzy.
In yesterday’s post, following the advice of Brian, I was looking at the bright side of life.
We are also a species that doesn’t know how to solve problems like this:
Chimneys in DPRK
The Boston Globe’s website has a collection of poignant yet beautiful photos of the effects of poverty and tyranny in North Korea.
Photographs of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Japan:
Across the Water
More photos available here, via gargantua & pantagruel.
Read more about the observatory on Wikipedia.