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The happenings of someone’s nostrils.

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A Rainbow of Light Diffracts Through Hummingbird Wings in Photographs by Christian Spencer

Australian photographer Christian Spencer has lived within Brazil’s Itatiaia National Park for nineteen years. The lush natural surroundings offer a multitude of photo opportunities ranging from pumpkin toadlets to false coral snakes. One of Spencer’s most fascinating finds is the way that light diffracts through the wings of hummingbirds in flight, resulting in a rainbow of colors within the birds’ feathers. The photographer has been following the petite birds for years, and his film recording of the phenomenon was included in his award-winning 2011 short film, The Dance of Time.

More recently, Spencer has returned to these full spectrum moments.[…]

Source: A Rainbow of Light Diffracts Through Hummingbird Wings in Photographs by Christian Spencer

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Magnetic Tape Transforms Historical Chapel into an Energetic Tunnel – My Modern Met

From now until August 20, 2019, the city of Bordeaux is hosting Liberté!—an epic art and cultural season that celebrates creative freedom. Curated by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the entire city transforms into a stage for expression—from musical performances to artist exhibitions. One artist to take part is New York-based Žilvinas Kempinas, who has transformed two separate spaces with his signature magnetic tape installations.

The first, titled Tube, transforms the historic Chapelle du Crous. Kempinas created a semi-transparent passage made from long lengths of magnetic tape. Visitors are invited to walk through the tunnel that runs from the chapel entrance to the altar. As they walk, their perception of the surrounding architectural features are blurred and distorted by the tape, creating a strange “tunnel vision.”[…]

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Sanded Down Versions of Mass-Produced Chairs Speak to an Economy in Crisis

Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema of Studio Tjep created the Recession Chair in 2011 as a response to the world’s economic crisis. To produce the work, Studio Tjep sanded down a mass-produced IKEA chair to a ragged and skeletal structure. “The resulting object is barely functional as it most likely won’t withstand the weight of the person it is trying to support,” said Tjep in a statement about the chair, “much like a society plagued by recession.”

As an opposing gesture, Tjep cast the work in bronze, adding strength to the chair’s areas of fault.[…]

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The magical, mathematical fictions of Jorge Luis Borges – Ilan Stavans

 

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Manmade Patterns and Uncanny Shadows Photographed From Above by JP and Mike Andrews

UK based-brothers JP and Mike Andrews began taking aerial photographs of the Earth after a year-long trip experiencing the incredible landscapes found in the Australian Outback. Using a drone, the pair have continued to capture natural and manmade scenes across the world, stumbling upon unique patterns that can only be discerned from above.[…]

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How does your body process medicine? – Céline Valéry

Have you ever wondered what happens to a painkiller, like ibuprofen, after you swallow it? Medicine that slides down your throat can help treat a headache, a sore back, or a throbbing sprained ankle. But how does it get where it needs to go in the first place? Céline Valéry explains how your body processes medicine.

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Hobbit homes in Italy? Not quite, but just as charming – National Geographic

Head to Puglia to tour trulli, traditional dwellings with a fascinating history.

Drive around the Itria Valley in southeastern Italy and you’ll discover houses straight out of a fairy tale. Of diminutive size and topped by conical roofs made of stacked limestone, trulli—the traditional structures of Puglia—look like beehives from another planet. Found on almost every country road in the valley, trulli are not idle curiosities; they are actively used as homes, farmsteads, guesthouses, and more.

They’re not hard to find. Several thousand trulli are visible in the Itria Valley, with more than 1,500 concentrated in Alberobello, a town located some 40 miles south of the port city Bari. (Click here for a fascinating portrait of this memorable Italian town by the sea.) Some trulli of Alberobello date to the 14th century; this architectural ensemble was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996.[…]

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Nelson Mandela Tribute

As today is the Nelson Mandela national day, I made this short tribute.
I tried to illustrate his famous speech of 1964, which represents to my mind everything he constitutes as a man. All of his values and convictions.

Music: Yolanda Be Cool – A Baru In New York ft. Gurrumul (Flume Version)

[Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:05 PM EST]

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