Earth, a floating installation by Peter Calles.
This installation was constructed of a huge round lamp (2,5 m in diameter) filled with helium, hovering about 40 m. above and old square, Gl.Torv, in the old centre of Copenhagen. To make it look like the EARTH I had made a cover on which I painted the motive of the earth as it would look seen from out of space. The EARTH was only visible when it was dark. During the day I took down the EARTH and attached behind a roof invisible for people on the ground.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” - Albert Einstein
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And for those into boating over biking, check out this awesomeness.
Best Year Ever!!!!!!
Skin with silastic implant at 100x magnification. 18th place in the 1984 Nikon Small World Competition.
Gliese 667 Cc (GJ 667 Cc) is a recently discovered (November 21, 2011. Discovery paper in preparation) exoplanet within the triple-star system Gliese 667, part of the constellation Scorpius. GJ 667 Cc has a mass of 0.012 MJ, making it roughly 3.9 times the mass of Earth. It completes it’s orbit around it’s “sun”, GJ 667 C, every 28.1 days from a distance of 0.28 AU. GJ 667 C is a red dwarf star with a mass that is roughly 38% of that of our Sun, and it’s visual luminosity is only 0.3% of that of our Sun.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about GJ 667 Cc is that it lies directly within the habitable zone of GJ 667 C, meaning that because of it’s location relative to it’s star, it’s surface is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist. Many are claiming that GJ 667 Cc is the best candidate yet for harboring water, and even life.
This comes as a surprise to many, as the the GJ 667 system is chemically composed much differently than ours, having a much lower abundance of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. This means that potentially habitable planets could exist in a wider variety of conditions than was previously thought possible.
Read more at Scientific American!
Smoke rises over rooftops in Prague’s city center, Czech Republic, on Feb. 3, 2012, during the ongoing cold wave. The temperature dropped nearly to minus 30 degrees Celsius, with at least one fatality reported. The cold in the capital was extreme enough to cause the cracking of tram rails. (source)
Uses: A strong diuretic; helps strengthen the immune system as a source of iron, calcium, and vitamins A,B and C; increases lactation in mothers; freshens breath if chewed raw.
Parts Used: Leaves, roots, stems, seeds
Harvest: Leaves in early summer, rots in the fall, seeds in the late summer of the next year.
Shelf life: Leaves, stems, roots 1-3 years; seeds 3-4 years.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy.
Uses: Chewing oregano leaves, which are easily available from shops and supermarkets, is a perfect way to help relieve toothaches. Oregano in a fusion or tea helps to ease both coughs and indigestion and can bring on delayed periods.
Parts Used: Leaves, stems.
Harvest: As needed from a mature plant.
Shelf Life: 1-3 years.
Uses: As a soothing, astringent skin lotion and aftershave. In tea it is a natural HRT treatment and eases colds and painful periods. Mix tea with cider vinegar as a gargle for sore throats and laryngitis. As a mouthwash to combat ulcers and gum infections. The juice can improve the shine of dark hair. Clary Sage shares many of its characteristics and can be used instead.
Parts Used: whole herb, leaves.
Harvest: As needed or, if drying, in the summer.
Shelf Life: 1-3 years.
( Wild ) Thyme
Uses: Drink as a tea for headaches and mild pain relief. It is also thought that a tea made from wild thyme can prevent nightmares. Take as a tincture for congested chests. A strong infusion of this herb will help ease flatulence and other digestive complaints.
Parts Used: Flowering herb.
Harvest: When the flowers are in full bloom-from May to October. If drying, toward the end of summer.
Shelf Life: 1-3 years.
( Wild Herb ) Basil
Uses: Olive oil infused with wild basil has long been used by villagers in Northern Greece to treat ulcers and wounds. Basil tea eases stomach complaints while the leaves, added to a salad and other foods, help digestion. Drink an infusion to strengthen the immune system.
Parts Used: Leaves.
Harvest: Use as needed. If drying, harvest in spring or early summer.
Shelf Life: 1-2 years.
Oh wow, so insanely cool.
Instagram in Space
2011 turned out to be absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to spend 2012 with the most beautiful girl in the world.