US rivers in the contiguous 48 states, assembled in vector ink from public USGS data by Nelson Minar. It’s like elegant porcelain, made of digital water.
I’m amazed both that so much of the continent is covered by rivers, as well by the fact that there’s enormous regions with nothing. Fascinating. Click the link above to explore more.
WOWWOWwow (<—- fractal wow-ness)
See the movie that’s too small to see:
A Boy And His Atom
The Guinness World Record for “Smallest Stop-Motion Film”
These Penrose-style patterns are actually meticulously fabricated nanomagnets — each of those little white petals is less than 500 nanometers long. We posted a bit more about the technique and motivation behind playing with magnets on this tiny, tiny scale earlier today.
A physicist might see these images as the signatures of complex machinery, or perhaps as a pathway to next-gen electronics. Someone hungry might see pizzelle.
Light Source Self Portrait
Another photo from our Brookhaven Lab Photowalk, shot by Leon Hertzson. This picture shows off the crazy jumble of wires and beamlines that make up the National Synchrotron Light Source, all reflected in a concentric hemispheric analyzer.
This piece of equipment is stationed at the end of one of the x-ray beamlines and determines how fast electrons are moving. If you look closely, you can see the reflection of the photographer right in the middle.
If ‘1984’ or ‘The Trial’ had been a children’s book, Mr Messy would be it. No literary character has ever been so fully and categorically obliterated by the forces of social control. Hargreaves may well pay homage to Kafka and Orwell in this work, but he also goes beyond them.
Marxian reviews of the Mr Men books. If you’re English, this is probably the best page on the internet. If you’re not, you should read it anyway.
Photograph: Jorge Duenes /Reuters
A helicopter flies past in Tijuana, Mexico, as the planet Venus makes its transit across the sun. See more pictures in our gallery of the transit.
As pithy a summary of administration mission creep as I have ever seen: “Businesses have a natural tendency to grow more complex as they mature. One moment they are appointing paper-clip monitors to deal with the supply of paper clips. The next the head of the paper-clip department is calling compulsory meetings.