In the future, humans will apparently be up to some weird shit. So, not really much different than what we have been doing all along. What it does seem is that humans will become a race of very hardworking individuals, who wouldn’t have time to sit down for a meal, but would rather chow on algae living in the weird food tubes people would wear all the time.
Words cannot do justice to an image like this, so we’ll stick to the basics. The image captured by photographer Nordin Seruyan, shows a praying mantis riding a frog across a pond. According to the photographer, the pond crossing took 10 minutes, at the end of which the mantis safely reached the other side. The photograph was captured in Borneo, Indonesia.
A house in Houston, Texas not just has its dwellers making good use of beer, but the house itself is quite a connoisseur of beer cans. It was once owned by John Milkovisch, who having been brought up during the great depression had a couple quirks, one of them being a reluctance to throw things away, especially beer cans.
Underwater river? As much of an oxymoron it may sound, something like an “underwater river” can really exist. It’s an illusion, but allow these images to do the idea justice as they present the underwater river very much like it should be. Photographed by Anatoly Beloshchin, the river called Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel” exists in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Phone batteries have a bad habit of dying when you need them the most. Presumably, researchers at two British Universities were so pissed by the bad habit of phone batteries, they decided to charge them up with pee. Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a collaboration between University of Bristol and University of the West of England to have micro-organisms feed on urine and release energy in the process.
Whoever said solar power can’t be sexy, would be wrong, very wrong as this Pure Tension Pavilion in Rome shows. Granted, it could have a better name, but lets stick to the form and function. Made by agency SDA for Volvo Italy, the pavilion shows the hybrid V60 harbored under a sweet looking pavilion. It’s job is not just to sit there looking good, the pavilion’s lightweight tensioned membrane is made form an HDPE Mesh skin embedded with photo-voltaic panels that suck in the rays of the sun to charge up the vehicle.
Caves are not places you would expect to be shiny and glittery, but then nature has a way of throwing curveballs and once in a while doing things that are way past imagination. Waitomo region of New Zealand has a labyrinth of caves that have been sculpted by natural forces for about 30 million years now. It is in the dark ceilings of these caves that viewers can see what could be compared to a night sky. Only these glowing lights happen to be the work of a species of fungus, the Arachnocampa luminosa.
European aerospace consortium EADS has a new idea for the future, an airplane that is less noisy and has cleaner emissions. The future here, is talking about 2050 though. E-Thrust is a collaboration between EADS Innovation Works program and engine manufacturer Rolls Royce. Working quite like some hybrid cars, the basic idea is to have batteries and motors power up airplanes for the flight.
In the modern world of urbanization, our cities grow fast, big and spectacular. All is not well with this view though, as Chinese sculptor Hu Shaoming likes to show with these beautiful sculptures. City of Dreams is a reminder that as our cities develop, they go far from the natural order and indeed destroy ecology to make room for their progress.
Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River in Oregon was scheduled to be dismantled in 2010. The 36-feet high structure was not only a 106 year old aging structure, but also worked to be a trouble for fish passage, serving as a barrier against free movement of aquatic life. Removal of the dam sought to get rid of this problem, plus open new paths for recreational activities on and along the free flowing river. The video above is a time lapse of the said dam being removed, and it’s quite an interesting watch.