tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36554382686271967082016-12-13T15:45:02.984+02:00CultCaseA blog about culture and artCultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.comBlogger1715tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-75935141734814873962013-02-21T18:27:00.001+02:002013-02-22T08:10:46.780+02:00Averted Imagination: 3 Spectacular Bright Sun Photographs<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-b0GMuCQsf8U/USZI_b2SE9I/AAAAAAAAPc4/EIfIuj7ewWk/s1600/sun.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-b0GMuCQsf8U/USZI_b2SE9I/AAAAAAAAPc4/EIfIuj7ewWk/s640/sun.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />By day he makes <a href="http://www.greatarrow.com/" target="_blank">greeting cards</a>. At night, photographer Alan Friedman pursue his passion for astronomy. Using a telescope with special filters he creates the most spectacular high-res photos of the sun and other bright objects in space. His observatory, just in case you ask yourself, is located in a downtown backyard "amidst street lights and the turbulent winds of the jet stream" but, as you can see below, he makes the most out of it.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Solar Nirvana</span><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p-uVbu2YhzM/USY_WTkygPI/AAAAAAAAPb0/YHw3FcZjoYU/s1600/sunpositive060412.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="630" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p-uVbu2YhzM/USY_WTkygPI/AAAAAAAAPb0/YHw3FcZjoYU/s640/sunpositive060412.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />The sun's disk is "alive with activity" in this amazing shot described by Friedman as the "most dynamic show in many years". More version of this photograph which was also published on the Discovery Channel and on Discover magazine's Bad Astronomy blog, right <a href="http://www.avertedimagination.com/img_pages/solar_nirvana.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Color Prominence</span><br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hBapp_rXCl0/USZA4Vv5DHI/AAAAAAAAPcc/gZmepOfl55I/s1600/sun_031610.jpg" imageanchor="1" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="390" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hBapp_rXCl0/USZA4Vv5DHI/AAAAAAAAPcc/gZmepOfl55I/s640/sun_031610.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />A fine art print of this image which was featured on Spaceweather.com and as NASA's APOD is available for sale. 24 hours after that giant prominence&nbsp;color shot was taken that filament was still hanging on&nbsp;there. Source and more versions&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avertedimagination.com/img_pages/a_big_one_color031610.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">High five on the fifth of May</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xk5aZxQtfqw/USY_g0aFfKI/AAAAAAAAPb8/z4g1IyU3NtA/s1600/cincodemayo.jpg" imageanchor="1" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="566" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xk5aZxQtfqw/USY_g0aFfKI/AAAAAAAAPb8/z4g1IyU3NtA/s640/cincodemayo.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>"High five on the fifth of May... a grand new active region rotating into view, a massive prominence unleashed and blown away by the solar wind, handsome sunspot 1471, some wonderful filaments arching across the chromosphere... and clear skies to enjoy all of the above...". Source and moon colored version&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avertedimagination.com/img_pages/cincodemayo.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><div><br /></div><div>For more amazing Alan Friedman photography visit&nbsp;<a href="http://avertedimagination.com/" target="_blank">avertedimagination.com</a><br /><div><div><br /><br /></div></div></div>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-18757695582536908552013-02-10T23:21:00.001+02:002013-02-10T23:23:31.146+02:0026 feet Giant Squid Filmed in Pacific Depths<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xVP-HLKb9pk/URfrZKCWJlI/AAAAAAAAPa8/NSglD8Tq-Qg/s1600/Giant+Squid.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xVP-HLKb9pk/URfrZKCWJlI/AAAAAAAAPa8/NSglD8Tq-Qg/s640/Giant+Squid.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />We&nbsp;always&nbsp;knew that deep-sea monsters are for real but now we have a real live one captured on film. After around 100 missions, during which they spent 400 hours in a cramped submarine working with Japanese public broadcast network NHK and the US Discovery Channel, scientists from Japan's National Science Museum have managed to <a href="http://on.aol.com/video/giant-squid-filmed-for-japanese-tv-517632981">capture footage</a> of an elusive 8 meters (26 feet) long giant squid that roams the depths of the Pacific Ocean.<br /><br /><a href="http://news.discovery.com/earth/oceans/giant-squid-filmed-in-pacific-depths-130107.htm">According to Discovery Channel</a> the three-man crew tracked the creature, thought to be "the genesis of the Nordic legend of Kraken, a sea monster believed to have attacked ships in waters off Scandinavia over the last millennium" around 15 km (9 miles) east of Chichi island in the north Pacific Ocean. Here are some snapshots from the video:<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 1</span><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4iNXOLbB6AE/URfr1dhhBYI/AAAAAAAAPbE/CWqVVdDh-Mo/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65008+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="454" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4iNXOLbB6AE/URfr1dhhBYI/AAAAAAAAPbE/CWqVVdDh-Mo/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65008+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 2</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V7lDCKkXdRQ/URfsAm7ZgNI/AAAAAAAAPbM/GDxK3ZeXi74/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64949+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V7lDCKkXdRQ/URfsAm7ZgNI/AAAAAAAAPbM/GDxK3ZeXi74/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64949+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 3</span><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uu4FyKmRP5k/URfsJVntX2I/AAAAAAAAPbU/kNIwptncRps/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64952+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uu4FyKmRP5k/URfsJVntX2I/AAAAAAAAPbU/kNIwptncRps/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+64952+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 4</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrNp5NMbAZA/URfsoMF5lyI/AAAAAAAAPbc/bgRUmSImGqI/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65021+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrNp5NMbAZA/URfsoMF5lyI/AAAAAAAAPbc/bgRUmSImGqI/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65021+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Squid 5 (Close-Up)</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FrNp5NMbAZA/URfsoMF5lyI/AAAAAAAAPbc/bgRUmSImGqI/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65021+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"></a> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OrXUIcOq89g/URfsv8crmpI/AAAAAAAAPbk/S3Z_wM4ZZOE/s1600/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65024+PM.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="454" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OrXUIcOq89g/URfsv8crmpI/AAAAAAAAPbk/S3Z_wM4ZZOE/s640/Fullscreen+capture+2102013+65024+PM.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-29074135876866835642013-02-04T21:08:00.000+02:002013-02-04T21:09:35.768+02:00Living Sculptures: 3 Bottle Ecosystem Projects<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QHwy3FPENHA/UQ_PttmyEXI/AAAAAAAAPZI/GUwZD52147M/s1600/3+bottle+ecosystems.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QHwy3FPENHA/UQ_PttmyEXI/AAAAAAAAPZI/GUwZD52147M/s640/3+bottle+ecosystems.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />They're very easy to make, hyper-creative and fascinating and like many other cool things they used to be very popular in the 70's: Bottle Ecosystems, also known as 'terrarium's and 'vivariums',&nbsp;are simple bottles which include the basic&nbsp;ingredients&nbsp;for life to survive: light, dirt, moisture and of course a DNA based organism, or a few of them. The following are 3 bottle ecosystem projects we find particularly inspiring. Think&nbsp;Bottle Ecosystems are&nbsp;cool and want to give it a try? Check out Jenna Consolo's project (below) or just watch&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69hYV9ti_R8" target="_blank">this 5:20 min video</a> from Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden that demonstrate how to create a simple terrarium out of a 2L pop bottle and some other easy to find items.<br /><br /><h2>[1] Summer Fun: Ecosystem Edition</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RQJyCFDouPo/UQ_IUYnMXkI/AAAAAAAAPYw/VxHQDIRZwZs/s1600/Summer+Fun.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RQJyCFDouPo/UQ_IUYnMXkI/AAAAAAAAPYw/VxHQDIRZwZs/s640/Summer+Fun.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />It was never her idea for a summer with the kids but some other kids did something similar for a science project and then&nbsp;her friend Michelle <a href="http://scribbit.blogspot.co.il/2010/05/kids-summer-crafts-build-ecosystem.html">posted about&nbsp;how to build an Ecosystem</a>&nbsp;that is "perfectly contained and functions without any outside work or maintenance"&nbsp;describing what she did and show she did it with her children in Alaska. So, Jenna Consolo decided it's time for her and the kids to build their own&nbsp;terrarium.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OczoD-fEHDU/UQ_IcFdH1rI/AAAAAAAAPY4/ZxcbqPpg6OI/s1600/Summer+Fun1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OczoD-fEHDU/UQ_IcFdH1rI/AAAAAAAAPY4/ZxcbqPpg6OI/s640/Summer+Fun1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Here is what you'll need to follow-up on such project with your own terrarium. The process and results (shown above) are described in&nbsp;<a href="http://cranberrycorner.blogspot.co.il/2010/07/summer-fun-ecosystem-edition.html" target="_blank">this blog post</a>&nbsp;on&nbsp;the Cranberry Corner blog:<br /><ul><li>3 clear 2-liter (empty) soda bottles</li><li>Clear packing tape</li><li>Aquarium gravel</li><li>Water</li><li>Dechlorinator</li><li>Rubber band</li><li>4" piece of netting (or just cut up pantyhose)</li><li>Soil</li><li>Fish, snails or other aquatic life</li><li>Elodea, duck weed, anachris or other aquatic plants</li><li>Crickets, pill bugs and earthworms</li><li>A few dead leaves and small sticks</li></ul><br /><h2>[2] Clea Cregan's Miniscapes</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IPyJOvzYbto/UQ_GbLGv0UI/AAAAAAAAPYg/EZ8qUruxu-0/s1600/clea-cregan.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IPyJOvzYbto/UQ_GbLGv0UI/AAAAAAAAPYg/EZ8qUruxu-0/s640/clea-cregan.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Started 6 years ago as&nbsp;&nbsp;as a hobby, Clea Cregan's Miniscapes now merges desktop gardening and design to produce beautiful terrariums they call "miniature gardens" and "living sculptures". <br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c85BwrC_ezk/UQ_GkntbirI/AAAAAAAAPYo/fx5kJIu80I8/s1600/clea-cregan1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c85BwrC_ezk/UQ_GkntbirI/AAAAAAAAPYo/fx5kJIu80I8/s640/clea-cregan1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Cregan's creations are usually made for for office receptions, board room tables and studios but also for home environments. Interested? Check out <a href="http://www.miniscapes.net/" target="_blank">Miniscapes's site</a> or read <a href="http://thedesignfiles.net/2011/09/interview-clea-cregan/" target="_blank">this interview</a>&nbsp;with Cregan on TheDesignFiles.<br /><br /><h2>[3] Wet Environment Terrarium</h2><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BF6IAXgfmfY/UQ-8tFOpKvI/AAAAAAAAPYQ/-ADNNHeoqRU/s1600/terrariums1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="560" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BF6IAXgfmfY/UQ-8tFOpKvI/AAAAAAAAPYQ/-ADNNHeoqRU/s640/terrariums1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Nicole Cammorata, a&nbsp;Boston-based journalist, writer, and editor and a talented photographer published this story in the Boston Globe detailing how to make your own plant terrariums. Sadly, the <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2012/03/28/steps-gorgeous-homemade-terrariums/ycFj4ofsuWyZsznx4yAweI/story.html" target="_blank">full story</a> which takes you through the process step-by-step, is behind the Globe's paywall but we still loved the this sequence she <a href="http://www.scarletandsterling.com/2012/03/diy-plant-terrariums.html" target="_blank">posted on Cammorata's blog</a>&nbsp;how to create a terrarium that&nbsp;"favors more of a wet environment". Know any more cool bottle ecosystem projects? Be sure to <a href="http://www.cultcase.com/2007/01/contact-cultcase.html" target="_blank">contact us</a>&nbsp;or post them in the comments thread.</div>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-63221546853019603652013-01-17T17:14:00.002+02:002013-01-17T17:16:52.161+02:00From Smallpox to HIV: 6 Glass Sculptures of Colorless Deadly Viruses<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CbLEGRmrgp8/UPf6HyEKyZI/AAAAAAAAPWs/HRg2WVT3XIs/s1600/Luke%2BJerram.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CbLEGRmrgp8/UPf6HyEKyZI/AAAAAAAAPWs/HRg2WVT3XIs/s640/Luke%2BJerram.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Deadly viruses such as Smallpox, E.coli and HIV have claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of people but they always seem to have these fantastically vivid colors, right? Well, not exactly. As opposed to what we're used to see on TV and in the movies, viruses are actually colorless as they are simply smaller than the wavelength of light. British artist <a href="http://www.lukejerram.com/" target="_blank">Luke Jerram</a> thought that's just isn't right, so, since around 2004 he has been making his own representations of viruses, alternative to the artificially colored imagery we are used to receive through the media.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sawctkWL78Q" width="640"></iframe> <br />Jerram's sculptures are made in collaboration with glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch and are designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using scientific photographs and models. The following are 6 scientifically accurate glass representations of deadly viruses created by Luke Jerram. For more about Jerram and his amazing artwork check out the above BBC video or visit <a href="http://www.lukejerram.com/" target="_blank">lukejerram.com</a>.<br /><br /><h2>[1] Smallpox</h2><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ax8poghFtw/UPgE_MAiCgI/AAAAAAAAPW8/LBjwnxAq95U/s1600/Smallpox1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ax8poghFtw/UPgE_MAiCgI/AAAAAAAAPW8/LBjwnxAq95U/s640/Smallpox1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[2] T4 Bacteriophage Virus</h2><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0usJibBgOdc/UPgFSKgR9aI/AAAAAAAAPXM/ooli8LSi6Q8/s1600/t4phage_widescreen.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0usJibBgOdc/UPgFSKgR9aI/AAAAAAAAPXM/ooli8LSi6Q8/s640/t4phage_widescreen.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[3] HIV</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S5JsKGzsqyE/UPgFGnfsm5I/AAAAAAAAPXE/RtGoxu3Yitk/s1600/hivseries2.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S5JsKGzsqyE/UPgFGnfsm5I/AAAAAAAAPXE/RtGoxu3Yitk/s640/hivseries2.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[4] E.coli</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AmYnbLwaUaw/UPgHo5JfWqI/AAAAAAAAPXc/sDYWLZV5Zac/s1600/barc.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AmYnbLwaUaw/UPgHo5JfWqI/AAAAAAAAPXc/sDYWLZV5Zac/s640/barc.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[5] Swine Flu</h2><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-skanvx8HH6c/UPgHwsOKA6I/AAAAAAAAPXk/EWmLVnV3SFI/s1600/onblack2.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-skanvx8HH6c/UPgHwsOKA6I/AAAAAAAAPXk/EWmLVnV3SFI/s640/onblack2.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[6] Untitled Future Mutation</h2><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t6PluWEQkMU/UPgH2y0ytSI/AAAAAAAAPXs/5Wg10Jt4jqo/s1600/untitledfuturemutation1wide.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="358" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t6PluWEQkMU/UPgH2y0ytSI/AAAAAAAAPXs/5Wg10Jt4jqo/s640/untitledfuturemutation1wide.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />CultHats to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience" target="_blank">IFeakingLoveScience</a><br /><br />CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-72358144381676088922013-01-10T18:37:00.002+02:002013-01-10T19:31:52.300+02:00Our New Normal: 9 Reasons to Get Up About Global Warming<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zUZiy6YCDpQ/UO7osf9yPvI/AAAAAAAAPU0/As0Z22MweSo/s1600/318-climateinfographic-print.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zUZiy6YCDpQ/UO7osf9yPvI/AAAAAAAAPU0/As0Z22MweSo/s640/318-climateinfographic-print.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span id="goog_426435612"></span><span id="goog_426435613"></span><br /><br />GetUp, an independent community advocacy organisation aiming to "build a more progressive Australia by giving everyday Australians the opportunity to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues" has published <a target="_blank" href="http://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/climate-action-now/climate-infographic/our-new-normal">this Infographics</a> titled 'Our New Normal' with some alarming facts about the status of global warming. Here are 9 reasons why it's actually all of us, not just Australians, who need to get up:<br /><br /><ul><li>1. The hottest average maximum temperature ever recorded across Australia – 40.33 degrees, was set on Monday surpassing the old record of 40.17 °C set in 1976. (Bureau of Meteorology)&nbsp;</li><li>2. The number of consecutive days where the national average maximum daily temperature exceeded 39°C has also been broken this week—seven (7) days (between 2–8 January 2013), almost doubling the previous record of four (4) consecutive days in 1973, (BOM)&nbsp;</li><li>3. According to the National Climate Data Centre, nine of the 10 hottest years on record have been since 2000 (the other is 1998).&nbsp;</li><li>4. While temperatures vary on a local and regional scale, globally it has now been 27 years since the world experienced a month that was colder than average. "If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month" - Philip Bump, Grist, November 16, 2012.&nbsp;</li><li>5. The CSIRO has found Australian annual average daily maximum temperatures have steadily increased in the last hundred years, with most of the warming trend occurring since 1970.&nbsp;</li><li>6. The Bushfire CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) says large areas of southern Australia, from the east coast to the west coast, face “above average fire potential” in the summer of 2012-13. According to the Climate Institute extreme fire danger days are expected to rise more than 15 per cent in south-eastern Australia.&nbsp;</li><li>7. The last four months of 2012 - globally - were the hottest on record. (British Met Office) and 2012 was the hottest year the continental United States of America has ever recorded.("2012 Was the Hottest Year in U.S. History. And Yes - It's Climate Change", Bryan Walsh, TIME 8 January, 2013).&nbsp;</li><li>8. The hot-dry trend is expected to continue, with the Climate Commission predicting large increases in the number of days over 35°C this century.&nbsp;</li><li>9. Around the world, 2013 could be the hottest ever recorded by modern instrumentation, according to a recent study by Britain’s Met Office. If that turns out to be accurate, 2013 would surpass the previous record, held jointly by 2005 and 2010.</li></ul><div><div><br />Not convinced yet? Check out the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.getup.org.au/">GetUp site</a>.</div></div>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0