Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed
Photographer Martin Rietze recently traveled to Japan where he had the incredible opportunity (or near grave misfortune?) of photographing the Sakurajima Valcano in southern Kyushu as it spewed forth smoke, fire, and lava bombs.
If that wasn’t enough the hellish volcano also caused a lightning show that lasted over 20 seconds giving the photographer ample time to
flee for his lifetake these stunning photographs. You can see many more images from the series right here. Of note, the photographer’s grit and fearlessness landed the top photo a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week.
Cool Story Bro of the Day: Minnesota Man’s Argument Against Marriage Equality
Today’s weird argument against marriage equality is brought to you by Minnesota resident Mike Frey, who seems to be assured that (straight) women’s private parts have the magical ability to block HIV with a cellular tissue-based “barrier.” Bathing in ignorance before the State House’s legislative committee, Frey further goes on to single out sodomy as the cause of AIDS and warns of other possible diseases that could be spread by gay people.
Guter Gott! Dumb people in politics scare me…
Oh dear, the words that came out of this man are just a disgrace of science and make me puke!
Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia)
These orchids from the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru are known for their resemblance to monkey faces.
The scientific name Dracula simia refers firstly to the two long ‘teeth’ and secondly to the monkey face (simia meaning monkey in Latin).
A brilliant series of minimalist typographic tributes to scientists and their discoveries. I especially like the Copernicus one :)
Artwork by Kapil Ghagat (on Tumblr at bhagatkapil)