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Luis Hernan is like a modern day ghost hunter. Only instead of searching for lost souls, he’s looking for the technological apparitions that surround us every day. InDigital Ethereal, Hernan, a PhD student at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, has been investigating the invisible wireless infrastructures in order to glean a better understanding about how these wireless systems are designed and how we interact with them.

Digital Ethereal is part art, part industrial design and part technological inquiry. He began by designing a gadget called the Kirlian Device, named after Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, a 20th century scientist who developed the Kirlian photography technique. This technique, which visualizes electrical coronal discharges, has been used for various scientific purposes, but it’s most commonly associated with paranormal activities like reading auras.

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We all know that as the seasons change on Earth, temperatures rise and fall, plants grow or die, ice forms or melts away. Perhaps nobody is more aware of this than NASA’s Visible Earth team who provide a vast catalog of images of our home planet as seen from space. Last month designer, cartographer, and dataviz expert John Nelson download a sequence of twelve cloud-free satellite imagery mosaics of Earth, one from each month, and then created a number of vivid animated gifs showing the seasonal changes in vegetation and land ice around the world.

Despite having encountered numerous seasonal timelapse videos shot here on Earth, this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this visualized on such a large scale from space. It really looks like a heartbeat or the action of breathing.

The Most Beautifully Terrifying Spiders You Never Knew Existed spiders Singapore nature macro The Most Beautifully Terrifying Spiders You Never Knew Existed spiders Singapore nature macro
Mirror Spider / Thwaitesia sp. / Singapore

The Most Beautifully Terrifying Spiders You Never Knew Existed spiders Singapore nature macro
Long Horned Orb Weaver / Macracantha arcuata / Singapore

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These photographs by Anatoly Beloshchin tell the story of a hidden underwater river in in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula called Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel”. While it appears as though the divers are hovering in the air above a small creek, the photos were shot entirely in a submerged cave formed from collapsed limestone bedrock called a cenote.

The river itself is actually a sort of illusion due to a phenomenon called a halocline, where waters with different levels of salinity form into layers because of a variation in density.

Cenote Angelita: An Underwater River Photographed by Anatoly Beloshchin underwater rivers Mexico landscapes

Cenote Angelita: An Underwater River Photographed by Anatoly Beloshchin underwater rivers Mexico landscapes

Cenote Angelita: An Underwater River Photographed by Anatoly Beloshchin underwater rivers Mexico landscapes

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NASA published a new photograph taken on July 19, 2013, by a wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft that shows a view of Earth from the dark side of Saturn. In the photo Earth is 898 million miles away and the moon appears as just a tiny protrusion off to the right. According to NASA this is only the third time that Earth has ever been photographed from the outer solar system.

NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft space Saturn NASA Earth

NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft space Saturn NASA Earth

Gorgeous Patterns of the Sea: Macro Photographs of Starfish by Alexander Semenov starfish ocean nature macro

Gorgeous Patterns of the Sea: Macro Photographs of Starfish by Alexander Semenov starfish ocean nature macro

Gorgeous Patterns of the Sea: Macro Photographs of Starfish by Alexander Semenov starfish ocean nature macro

Gorgeous Patterns of the Sea: Macro Photographs of Starfish by Alexander Semenov starfish ocean nature macro

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The Surreal, Infrared Photography of David Keochkerian landscapes infrared

The Surreal, Infrared Photography of David Keochkerian landscapes infrared

The Surreal, Infrared Photography of David Keochkerian landscapes infrared

The Surreal, Infrared Photography of David Keochkerian landscapes infrared

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Video of the Day: Breathtaking circumpolar stars

Photographer Vlad Lapadatescu used a 15-second exposure to take hundreds of images in France at an elevation of about 9,500 feet. He then combined them together to get this lovely shot. See Vlad’s timelapse video to see how the image was created.

Photographer Jason Tozer Turns Soap Bubbles into Mysterious, Colorful Planets planets macro bubbles

Photographer Jason Tozer Turns Soap Bubbles into Mysterious, Colorful Planets planets macro bubbles

Photographer Jason Tozer Turns Soap Bubbles into Mysterious, Colorful Planets planets macro bubbles

Photographer Jason Tozer Turns Soap Bubbles into Mysterious, Colorful Planets planets macro bubbles

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These incredible pictures reveal the hidden beauty of the world around us that is too minuscule for the human eye to discern. The images are all entries into the Small World photomicrography competition run by Nikon to find the most striking microscopic images taken by scientists and artists alike. Now in its 38th year, the contest invites entrants from all those involved in photography through conventional light microscope. It’s a world within a world, within a world…

What you looking at? This picture by Nikola Rahme from Budapest, Hungary, shows a parasitic wasp peering into the lens of a microsope

What you looking at? This picture by Nikola Rahme from Budapest, Hungary, shows a parasitic wasp peering into the lens of a microsope

Weeeeee! This fruit fly larvae, pictured by Dr Andrew Woolley, looks like he's jumping for joy
Weeeeee! This fruit fly larvae, pictured by Dr Andrew Woolley, looks like he’s jumping for joy
Bad hair day: Someone needs to plug in the straighteners for this mosquito, entered by Dr David Maitland
Bad hair day: Someone needs to plug in the straighteners for this mosquito, entered by Dr David Maitland

This might just look like a microscope image of some strange, small life-form. But actually its a view of a massive 281-gigapixel image of a zebrafish embryo, which can be zoomed in on to show sub-cellular levels of detail.

The image is the product of a new technique called virtual nanoscopy, which is described in the Journal of Cell Biology. The process involves stitching together nanometer resolution photographs of what’s placed under the microscope, and the result is an image which can be explored a little like a Google Map.

To give you some sense of scale, the whole embryo, pictured above, measures 1.5 millimeters in length. At the other end of the scale, the dark dots in the image below are cell nuclei. Mind. Blown.

This 281-Gigapixel Image Depicts an Entire Animal at the Cellular Level

Photographer Marcin Sobas captures mesmerizing images of agricultural fields and hills of Tuscany, Italy and the Czech Republic. Sobas approach is unique in that instead of capturing the entirety of the landscape he instead uses a telephoto zoom lens allowing him to take tightly cropped shots that appear both immense in scale but extremely specific in scope.

Idyllic Photographs of the Tuscan and Moravian Landscapes by Marcin Sobas Tuscany landscapes Italy

Idyllic Photographs of the Tuscan and Moravian Landscapes by Marcin Sobas Tuscany landscapes Italy

Idyllic Photographs of the Tuscan and Moravian Landscapes by Marcin Sobas Tuscany landscapes Italy

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Dreamlike Photographs of Indonesia by Hengki Koentjoro Indonesia black and white

Dreamlike Photographs of Indonesia by Hengki Koentjoro Indonesia black and white

Dreamlike Photographs of Indonesia by Hengki Koentjoro Indonesia black and white

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We Are Nature: New Multiple Exposure Portraits by Christoffer Relander photography

We Are Nature: New Multiple Exposure Portraits by Christoffer Relander photography

We Are Nature: New Multiple Exposure Portraits by Christoffer Relander photography

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Enormous Bubbles Photographed by Bjoern Ewers photography bubbles

Enormous Bubbles Photographed by Bjoern Ewers photography bubbles

Enormous Bubbles Photographed by Bjoern Ewers photography bubbles

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Photographer Joel James Devlin has spent enormous amounts of time over the past few years examining and perfecting the effects of moving light through long exposure photographs. In the amazing photos below Devlin has experimented with lights on various bodies of water.

Light Trail Photographs by Joel James Devlin photography long exposure light

Light Trail Photographs by Joel James Devlin photography long exposure light

Light Trail Photographs by Joel James Devlin photography long exposure light

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The Surreal Forests of Romania trees Romania photography

The Surreal Forests of Romania trees Romania photography

The Surreal Forests of Romania trees Romania photography

The Surreal Forests of Romania trees Romania photography

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