“I’m going to see my girlfriend and the railroad man gives me the ticket. And it turns out to be a fabulous date. Then I put the ticket in my pocket and I save the ticket for 40 years. Any time I want to go back to the day that I had the great date, I just touch the ticket.”
“Welwitschia plants were around when the killer asteroid hit our planet 65 million years ago. They stayed when the ice came. They stayed when the ice went. They have survived fires, pests, seen an endless parade of new insects, viruses, parasites, people, roads, local wars…”
18th century instrument to determine the sky’s ‘blueness’ called a Cyanometer:
The simple device was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who used the circular array of 53 shaded sections in experiments above the skies over Geneva, Chamonix and Mont Blanc.
via This is Colossal
We have an assignment for you! For our next episode, we want to record the sounds of destruction. Can you help? Head to the Make section of the Radiolab app to get the details and SMASH ALL THE THINGS.
Visit our Thingiverse page and print your own 2 million-year-old skull (or, if you don’t have access 3D printer, at least check out the nifty “thingview” option).
(Thanks to Henry Reich of MinutePhysics fame for snapping these photos!)
Dillon Marsh photographs disguised cell towers in Cape Town and its surrounds: Invasive Species.
(via Studio 360)
“Phosphenes: the lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.”
I KNEW there had to be a word for that! Thanks BuzzFeed.
Is it too soon to share another awesomely creative piece of furniture? No way! This one-of-a-kind insectoid armoire is called the BUG and it was designed Latvian designer Janis Straupe of True Latvia. Full of customizable shelves, drawers, cubbies and even a few secret compartments, it’s a beautifully functional piece of furniture as well as an amazing work of art.
If only Kafka could’ve see this…
[via Yanko Design]