Mind-Blowing HD Photographs of the Sun

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If you’re like most of us, your parents told you not to stare at the sun… but photographer and novice astronomer Alan Friedman didn’t listen to that advice and we’re happy about it. Captured from the less than ideal location of his backyard in Buffalo New York, Friedman photographs the bright objects in the sky – the moon, bright stars, planets and the sun. This last object, the sun, is one that we all witness the power of each day and yet rarely get a good look at.

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How Do Our Brains Semantically Map the Things We See?

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At last- neurological research that doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand it! Researchers from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley placed subjects under an MRI while they watched videos with thousands of items labeled by words. They were able to map which part of the brain was stimulated by each word and noticed that similar objects were grouped close to one another. With their research data, they created the first interactive map of how the brain organizes these categories. Interestingly, all of the different people shared a similar semantic map.

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How Far Away are Our Nearest Stars?

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With the recent announcement that their may be a habitable planet just 12 light-years away from Earth, the question keeps getting asked – just how far are the closest solar systems to our own planet? This graphic created by Space.com shows that – the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems – giving us a better perspective of what’s out there in the neighborhood for us to explore.

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Visualizing The Chemistry of Snowflakes

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It’s the end of a natural process that many of us see millions of times every year – the creation of tiny snowflakes which together build the white wonderland of winter snow. But, just how many of us have really looked into what happens behind that process? How exactly does a snowflake form?

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Visualizing the Intertwined Categories on Reddit

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The continuously growing community of Reddit, with over 3 billion page views per month, has something for everyone. But how exactly does one subreddit link to the next? In this amazing interactive visualization by Andrei Kashcha each dot represents a subreddit and each link reveals a references to other subreddits in that category’s about section. The visualization shows the magnitude of what a gigantic web the site has become and can also help you navigate the overwhelming network to find the categories right for you.

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One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size.

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To Infinity and Beyond! Space Colony Art from the 1970s

It has been a long time dream of Earth dwellers to shake off our terrestrial bonds and move to far away places, like space for example. While today the world focus tends to be largely land based, in the 1970s we were in the midst of the Apollo space program, watching men walk on the moon; and gearing up for the Space Shuttle program. It was also a time when the sobering realities of our human impact were becoming obvious to the masses. We saw widespread industrial effects from pollution and an ever rising world population – one which was surprisingly only half of today’s staggering 7 billion.

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Why We Always Have Room For Pie on Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered why, no matter how stuffed we are, there’s always room for dessert? AsapSCIENCE breaks it down for us in this educational, yet fun Dry Erase Board Mini-Lesson. It’s so simple, an elementary student could understand it. But even with this understanding, I still fully intend to stuff myself with Tofurkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing until I can’t breathe on Thanksgiving and follow that with vegan pumpkin pie and a nap. I don’t want to disappoint the Pilgrims and Native Americans who established this special day of gluttony.

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How the Frog’s Eye Sees

The frog does not see what does not move. To the frog, to move is to exist. That’s pretty hard to wrap your head around, but this amazing minimalist cartoon gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to be a frog. Based on the research paper “What the Frog’s Eye Tells the Frog’s Brain” by Jerry Lettvin and his colleagues in 1959, animator Skip Battaglia brings scientific research to life through the googly eyes of a frog.

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Timeline Photography: Space and Time in One Image

These photographs may look like simple photoshop experiments, but they are actually images taken straight from a camera… a very special camera. The work of photographer Jay Mark Johnson, each image was created with an $85,000 rotating slit camera; the type normally used for capturing vast landscapes. The camera works by capturing light only through a small slit in its rotating head, effectively exposing the image slowly from one side to the other. When you capture still landscapes this is registered as a normally appearing image, but in the case of Johnson’s images which feature moving subjects, you get a highly unique result which captures both space and time.

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