It’s still Shark Week! Most sharks are pretty terrifying (perhaps it’s their nasty habit of biting people’s limbs off…) but they need our empathy too. “We’re killing over 100 million sharks every single year,” photographer Brian Skerry says in his talk from the Mission Blue Voyage. “I didn’t want to continue to portray sharks as monsters.” That’s a tough sell with their hammerhead noses and giant teeth, but hey, these sharks turned out to be pretty friendly.
You’ve never seen sound visualizations like this before. Evan Grant creates beautiful illustrations of what we hear by capturing the vibrations from sound waves in mediums like sand or water. This process — called cymatics — makes sound look so wonderfully alien.
Operating successfully for over a year, the Bio Intelligent Quotient (B.I.Q.) building in Hamburg, Germany is the first to be fully powered by algae. The building is covered with 0.78-inch thick panels—200 square meters in total—filled with algae from the Elbe River and pumped full of carbon dioxide and nutrients. The panels, which display the bright green algae, are not only aesthetic, but performative. When sunlight hits the “bioreactor” panels, photosynthesis causes the microorganisms to multiply and give off heat. The warmth is then captured for heating water or storing in saline tanks underground, while algae biomass is harvested and dried. It can either be converted to biogas, or used in secondary pharmaceutical and food products. Residents have no heating bills and the building currently reduces overall energy needs by 50%.
Now you see him… Take a close look at each of these pictures and see if you can spot the Invisible Man. Chinese artist Liu Bolin vanishes into his work (by carefully painting his body for hours before each shot), to speak for those rendered invisible by Chinese culture. He says, “If an artwork is to touch someone, it must be the result of not only technique, but also the artist’s thinking and struggles in life.”
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain are lighting up at once as they process sound, take it apart to understand elements like melody and rhythm, and then put it all back together into unified musical experience. And our brains do all this work in the split second between when we first hear the music and when our foot starts to tap along.