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Astronaut Releases Amazing Photos Taken From The International Space Station.

As if he hadn’t done enough to get the public at large interested in space with his zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”(video below), Col. Chris Hadfield has released a book of photographs taken from the international space station called You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, published by Little Brown. These photos are a stunning example of how much beauty can come from a change in perspective. “Bird’s eye view” doesn’t cut it here: these photos are a rare glimpse of a view of earth seen by a relative few. These photos are an absolute delight.

1.) Close Neighbors: (left to right) Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, split by the Detroit River.

2.) Cuba, Florida, and everything in between.

3.) The Nile River, flowing into the Mediterranean Sea.

4.) New York City: Day and Night.

5.) The Richat Structure, Mauritania.

6.) Great Salt Lake, Utah.

7.) Venice, Italy.

8.) The Himalayas.

via:io9.com

To see more of these amazing photos, you can find Chris Hadfield’s book here.

And as promised, here is Chris Hadfield’s rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

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You Don’t Think Too Much About This… Until You See These Pictures. Then It Hits You Hard.

This series of photographs of primates living in captivity named ‘Behind Glass’ is by Atlanta-based photographer Anne Berry. From South Africa to Belgium she traveled the world to capture photos of apes and monkeys living in small zoos, in hopes of truly reflecting and capturing life on the other side of the glass/barrier. Most of the captive primates in Anne’s photographs look quite sad, but she insists her work is not to advocate against zoos. “I think zoos are doing a better and better job of keeping animals and replicating habitats that don’t exist in the wild anymore,” Berry said. “It’s not the best that you’d like, but it’s keeping species alive.”

The name ‘Behind Glass’ refers both to the glass or boundaries of an enclosure and to the glass of the camera lens. The somber mood of the photographs isn’t accidental either, she shoots them in black and white and uses a wide aperture on her 80mm lens. She does this as the black and white images feel both aged and emotional, each photo clearly showing the solitude of the animal. “I think it makes people have more empathy for them and stop and look at the picture. If they feel sadness and nostalgia, they might think about what’s happening and the challenges the animals face in the wild due to the increasing loss of their natural habitat,” she said. You can Like Anne Berry on Facebook or Visit Her Web Site. Source: Anne Berry  Via LensCulture

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This Is What An Upside-Down Iceberg Looks Like

Belly up! Here’s what the icy behemoths look like when they’ve had a few too many.

1. On a recent excursion to Antarctica, San Francisco-based filmmaker and designer Alex Cornell, 30, caught a rare glimpse of an iceberg’s underside.

Alex Cornell / Via alexcornell.com

Most icebergs’ hefty bodies are submerged under water, but occasionally they roll over, according to ScienceNews. Compared to the comprehensively white Antarctic, from a distance on their fast bouncy boat, the iceberg just looked like a piece of rock, Cornell wrote in an email to BuzzFeed.

As we got closer, it became clear that it was a pure jade iceberg. We had a naturalist onboard the zodiac boat with us, and he explained what we were seeing and why it was so exciting. To us, everything we came across was exciting (penguins! icebergs!), but this certainly stood out as a rare sight — something I had never seen before in real life, or even subsequently in photos.

3. Where do icebergs come from, anyway?

Alex Cornell / Via alexcornell.com

The ice giants break off from glaciers or massive ice sheets and meander along with ocean currents, according to the . So the flip occurs after the iceberg detaches from its parent, or when its ice melts unevenly and it keels over, oceanographer Louise Biddle told ScienceNews.

In a video he made about the shoot, Cornell said capturing images amid blindingly reflective surfaces is the biggest obstacle, especially because the mandatory sunglasses make it hard to review your work as you do on dry land. Of all of his projects, he never imagined a natural photo he took of ice in water would be so widely covered, he wrote on his company’s site.

4. Here’s another view of the spectacularly aquamarine ice, which steadily becomes coated with the flotsam of environmental elements.

Alex Cornell / Via alexcornell.com

“We were very lucky to come upon it during the short window of time before it blended back into white, after enough air, sun, and snow exposure,” said Cornell.

5. You can see even more footage of Cornell’s Antarctic shoot in his illustrative video.

Alex Cornell / Via alexcornell.com

Or catch more of his work (like this furry little guy) on his site or Instagram.

6. H/T ScienceNews

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kasiagalazka/flipped-iceberg

These Accidental Optical Illusions That Will Make You Question What Reality Is.

You can spend hours or even days trying to take the perfect optical illusion photo. But sometimes, the best optical illusion photos are the ones that are completely unintentional.

Don’t believe me? Then take a look at these 29 accidental optical illusion photos. Just wait until you get down to #16… 

1.) Pure elbow grease while cleaning your car.

2.) She doesn’t look very happy.

3.) Wait, so who’s holding umbrella?

4.) Which way is up?! This makes my head hurt.

5.) I wish I knew what was going on here.

6.) The carpet of optical illusions.

7.) The oldest baby I’ve ever seen.

8.) The “indoor” airport. Looks stormy out there.

9.) I’m not sure I believe in reality anymore. What is going on here?

10.) That guy looks very good in his bridal dress.

11.) Ah! It’s a centaur girl cooking dinner.

12.) He looks like the world’s tiniest soccer player.

13.) Someone get this kid a basketball.

14.) Make sure to look twice at this one.

15.) The old baby strikes again.

16.) The mysterious floating island that’s not actually floating.

17.) “So this is what it feels like to be a dog stuck in traffic.”

18.) The mysterious two-headed goat that’s also an optical illusion.

19.) That little girl must work out.

20.) Why is that guy holding a camel’s head?! Oh right, optical illusion. Duh.

21.) So are they tied for first place? I’m not sure.

22.) She must be a giant.

23.) This one would seriously freak me out if I saw it in real life.

24.) Wait a minute….Very clever kid.

25.) Attack of the mega pigeon.

26.) I don’t think those shoes go with his shirt.

27.) Looks like she has a tiny man riding on her back.

28.) “Where did my bike tire go? Oh that’s right.”

29.) Watch out! The pirates are attacking. Or wait…nah never mind, it’s just a kite.

I’m not sure what to believe anymore. Are we living in an optical illusion right now? Who knows! But these accidental illusions are pretty darned amazing. 

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Amazing Images You’ll Have To See For Yourself To Believe. They’re So Beautiful!

Sometimes, when you see something truly beautiful, it’ll take your brain a second or two to process it. The images below are no exception. Each of them are stunning, colorful, geometrically amazing… but you’ll never guess what they actually are. 

Whoa.

1.) Some tile?

Nope. Seaweed farms of Bali, Indonesia.

2.) Some trucks on the highway?

Nope. Oyster farming of the coast of Luderitz Bay, Namibia.

3.) A puzzle?

Nope. A large vineyard east of Cape Town, South Africa.

4.) Worms in some grass?

Nope. Fish traps of Kosi Bay, South Africa.

5.) Some sand in the desert?

Nope. Salt piles of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

6.) Someone’s weird sketch?

Nope. Terraced rice fields of Yuanyang, China.

7.) Oh, a bunch of roads?

Nope. Plowed farmland of northwest United States.

8.) A DNA test?

Nope. Polders used in the Netherlands.

9.) Ohh, a painting!

Nope. The small remnant of a rainforest surrounded by farmland outside Iguacu National Park, Brazil.

10.) A microchip?

Nope. Geometric fields of Des Moines, Iowa.

11.) Some kind of geometric art?

Nope. Vineyard of Ortenau, Baden Wine Route, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

12.) Some bugs on a leaf?

Nope. Bales of hay scattered around Jamestown, North Dakota.

13.) Maybe a frog?

Nope. Cobblestone salt wells of Tegguiada-n-Tessoum.

14.) Someone’s jacket?

Nope. Green fields of Hartenholm, Germany.

15.) A piece of leather, right?

Nope. Raised yuca root beds of Zambia.

16.) Some spilled beer?

Nope. Oxidized iron materials in the water of an old mining area in Rio Tinto, Huelva Province, Spain.

17.) Ewwww, maggots?

Nope. A flock of sheep gathering in Hamburg, Germany.

18.) A bunch of dried mud?

Nope. Paddy fields of South Central Plateau, Madagascar.

19.) A bunch of powerlines?

Nope. Wind generators of Altamira Pass, California.

(via Where Cool Things Happen.)

Humans did some pretty terrible things to our planet. There’s no denying that our society inflicted some serious damage to Mother Earth in the past… but we also created some beautiful views by working with our environment. You just have to know where to look. Being really, really high up is a start. That’s how you can see most of these stunning views yourself. 

I’m going to make sure to always request the window seat on planes from now on. I want to see these.

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You’ll Need To Look At These Famous Crime Scenes Twice. When You See Why, It’s Worth It.

Marc Hermann (his site) is a photographer and historian who has a very interesting hobby. He likes to pull historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive and blend them with photographs of the same New York City locations today. Combining vintage New York with the modern one.

His project is meant as a tribute to New Yorkers – on both sides of the camera’s lens – who have gone before, and as a window into the past for those who appreciate it.

Grisly violence is obviously an undeniable part of New York’s history so some of the photographs are somewhat mature in nature.

Brooklyn – July 1, 1928. Original photographer unknown. Frankie Yale, a gangster known as the “Al Capone of Brooklyn,” lostout to rivals as he drove a Lincoln coupe through the streets of Borough Park. ln what is believed to have been the first New York mob hit thatemployed Thompson sub-machine guns, he lost control of his car and smashed into the front stoop of a house on 44th Street. The block isquiet today, but the building still stands – as does the tree at right, the only living witness to the mayhem of a past era.

Brooklyn – July 1, 1928. Original photographer unknown.

Frankie Yale, a gangster known as the “Al Capone of Brooklyn,” lostout to rivals as he drove a Lincoln coupe through the streets of Borough Park. ln what is believed to have been the ï¬rst New York mob hit thatemployed Thompson sub-machine guns, he lost control of his car and smashed into the front stoop of a house on 44th Street. The block is quiet today, but the building still stands – as does the tree at right, the only living witness to the mayhem of a past era.

Hicks St. & Summit St., Brooklyn – January 11, 1951. Original photo by Paul Bernius.

The bells in the steeple rang even as flames consumed the Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary one chilly afternoon. The 90-year-old landmark was practically destroyed by the five-alarm blaze, but was rebuilt and still stands today.

Brooklyn – July 28, 1957. Original photo by Paul bernius.

A recently released inmate of the Brooklyn House of Detention had forgotten some clothing, so the obvious solution was to steal a car with two friends to go retrieve it. They didn’t get far, however, coming to a crashing stop against a light pole at Classon Ave. & Pacific St. The auto body shop visible in the background is still in business, though relocated across the street.

66 Court St., Brooklyn – January 31, 1961. Original photo by Ed Peters.

A leaky gas pipe was the cause of a massive explosion at this Downtown Brooklyn office building that shattered storefronts and injured 28 people. The sturdy 30-story building survived without any lasting scars from this incident.

497 Dean St., Brooklyn – March 19, 1942. Original photo by Charles Payne.

Edna Egbert proudly displayed a blue-star banner in her window, in honor of her son being in the service. However, after not hearing from him since his enlistment, she became distraught and climbed out onto her ledge. Cops Ed Murphy and George Munday distracted her so she could be pushed into a safety net, the precursor of today’s standard airbags. A favonte of many Daily News staffers, this photo is also known to present-day residents of the building.

31 grand St., Brooklyn – February 16,1946. Original photo by Paul Bernius.

Firefighters fought a blaze at Grand St. and Kent Ave. in Williamsburg from the street as well as adjoining rooftops. The toll taken on this building is clear today – and is now only two stories high.

Park Row, Manhattan – July 22, 1943. Original photographer unknown.

An M-7 Priest, a self-propelled 105mm gun, rolls up Park Row in front of City Hall en route to the Fifth Ave. library, where it was placed on display as part of a war bonds drive.

7th Ave, 8. Sterling Pl, Brooklyn – December 17, 1960. Original photo by Leonard Detnck.

A day after what was, at the time, the worst aviation disaster in the U.S., wreckage of United Airlines flight 826 ï¬lls the intersection of Sterling Pl. & 7th Ave. in Park Slope. 134 people were killed after the jet collided with a smaller TWA plane over Staten Island, killing everyone aboard both planes and people on the ground in Brooklyn. Many of the buildings, including the Pillar of Fire Church, were destroyed beyond repair while others still stand. Veteran cops and ï¬reï¬ghters still speak of this incident as one of the most memorable-and tragic-of their careers.

Porter Ave. & Harrison Pl., Brooklyn – April 4, 1959. original photo by Dan Sforza.

A car crash resulted in the death of Martha Cartagena, 3, who rode her tricycle across from her home on Porter Ave. her older sister, Sonia, is consoled by Rev. Eugene Emy. The scene has changed remarkably little in five decades, the bricks of the building at right showing the scars of impact.

Prospect Park West & 15th St., Brooklyn – July 30, 1959. Original photo by Owen Milmoe.

Policemen guard Detective Michael Dwyer, a veteran of the Wall Street squad, who committed suicide near the entrance to Prospect Park. many people were out for a Sunday stroll in the quiet neighborhood when the tragedy occurred.

475 1/2 hicks St., Brooklyn – January 31, 1957. Original photographer unknown.

“Black Hawk” gangster Salvatore (Sammy) Santoro met his end in the vestibule of this building. he was shot four times in the head, and the murder weapon left at the scene. once part of the powerful force that was the longshoremen of the Brooklyn waterfront, Santoro’s brother said he had lately been running a pet shop.

Fulton Fish Market, Manhattan – February 26, 1961. Original photo by Jerry Kinstler.

34 years before News photographers once again converged on the South Street Seaport, another ï¬re did damage to the older portion of the Fulton Fish Market on the west side of South St. This two-alarmer sent a ï¬re lieutenant to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. These buildings still stand, in various states of occupancy, and minus a few floors here and there.

East River & Jackson St, Manhattan – March 16, 19591. Original photo by Judd Mehlman.

Pablo Melendez and Arcadia Santos met at a dance on the night of March 15, 1959, after which Melendez offered to take his date, whose name he reportedly didn’t know, back to where she lived in Brooklyn. She would never make it home. After stopping at the foot of Jackson St. for a few minutes, Melendez lost control of the car and plunged into the East River. He managed to swim to safety; the 20-year-old Santos did not. The Con Edison plant can be seen across the river with more smokestacks than remain today.

137 Wooster St., Manhattan – February 16. 1958. Original photo by Charles Payne.

A massive ï¬re in the Elkins Paper & Twine Co. on Wooster St. claimed the lives of two ï¬reï¬ghters and four members of the New York Fire Patrol. The building was a total loss, and was demolished shortly after the last of the victims’ bodies was recovered. Eight years later, the carnage would be eclipsed by a ï¬re on 23rd St. in which 12 ï¬reï¬ghters were killed, leaving the tragedy on Wooster St. to fade into a distant memory.

992 Southern Blvd., Bronx – September 25, 1961. Original photo by Alan Aaronson.

Josephine Dexidor holds James Linares, who had just been shot by her jealous boyfriend on the stairs of this Bronx apartment building. News photographer Al Aaronson was likely tipped off by a cop about the scene playing out inside the building, down a long corridor and around the corner from the building’s front door. One could imagine Dexidor’s reaction an instant after the flashun went off, and a quick exit would have been necessary by the lensman. A doorway on the landing has been covered over since the original picture was made.

Source: marchermann.com

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