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Ordinary Electrical Tower Transformed into Dazzling Art Installation

Ordinary Electrical Tower Transformed into Dazzling Art Installation | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In 2010, three art students from Klasse Löbbert in Germany decided to transform an ordinary-looking electrical tower into a dazzling art installation. Artists Ali Hwang, Hae-Ryan, and Chung-Ki Park created Leuchtturm (Lighthouse) in Hattingen, Germany that sits among tall grass and along a bike path. It’s the perfect place for capturing a lot of light, and the trio used cut triangles of Acrylglas to mimic the traditional stained glass.
Vibrant yellows, oranges, greens, and more start at the base of tower and gradually lessen as they approach the top. The triangles are selectively placed and the smaller forms are grouped together to create larger shapes. From far away, the tower’s solid metal frame fractures the triangles, meaning that depending on your distance from Leuchttrurm, you’ll see a slightly different yet equally as brilliant display.

Top photo credit: Alte Gurke
Photo credit: Günter Pilger Photo credit: Günter Pilger and Caroline Wengeler

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Amazing Friendship Between Adorable Toddler and His Loving Rescue Dog

Amazing Friendship Between Adorable Toddler and His Loving Rescue Dog | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Like the adorable duos Theo and Beau and Zoey and Jasper, Carter and Toby demonstrate the amazing friendship and love between children and dogs. Toby, a rescue pup who has adopted by Devin and Jake Crouch in early 2011, has been watching over his human brother since Carter's birth in October of the following year.
After nearly two years of playing, sleeping, and eating together, the pair have formed an inseparable bond of unconditional love. Devin, Carter's mother, documents their cute adventures on Instagram, capturing each sweet moment between these two best friends. Although rescue dogs sometimes have the bad rap of being disobedient or dangerous, the images show that Toby is incredibly patient and gentle with Carter, letting him cuddle and lie down on him. The toddler, in return, is completely unafraid of Toby, giving his pooch plenty of kisses, petting, and treats.
"This bond between them was evident to us even before Carter was born," Devin told the Daily Mail. "While I was on…
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Clever 'Now & Then' Series Shows Us the Future from the Past

Clever 'Now & Then' Series Shows Us the Future from the Past | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Saratoga Springs, NY-based French teacher and photographer Samantha Decker has put a little spin on the Then and Now photo series concept that has become quite a recent trend. Rather than holding up old photographs against a modern day scene to compare a snippet of the past to the present, she swapped things around.
In her series, entitled Now & Then: Seeing the Future from the Past, Decker gathered public domain photographs that matched images she already had in her collection. She then held up her own prints in front of the older locations to produce a combination of aged, old-fashioned images briefly interrupted by vivid, contemporary scenery.
Decker creates interesting juxtapositions of things that have completely matured, like a fully functional building that was once just scaffolding, as well as places like the Eiffel Tower, which have hardly changed across time. Decker explains, "It's interesting to look at a scene as if you were seeing the future from that moment. My hand is…
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Photos Capture the Moment as Porcelain Figurines Shatter on the Ground

Photos Capture the Moment as Porcelain Figurines Shatter on the Ground | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Martin Klimas has a knack for capturing things that happen in a moment’s time. We recently admired his images of shattered flower vases, and now we’re turning our attention towards his photos of broken porcelain figurines. From a height of three meters, these objects were dropped on the ground, and the sound of their shattering tripped the shutter release. What results are incredible displays of chaotic beauty.
We see these small statuettes bursting into countless pieces. Tiny shards, giant cracks, and severed limbs are all visible thanks to Kilmas' high-speed photography. There’s a palpable energy in these collisions that stands in stark contrast to them as inanimate objects. Now, it’s as if these characters have come alive and are in the midst of a powerful battle.
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Striking Mixed-Media Portrait by Miss Bugs Bursts with Texture and Color

Striking Mixed-Media Portrait by Miss Bugs Bursts with Texture and Color | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Miss Bugs—an artist team consisting of a Wales-born girl and a Bristol-born boy—recently unveiled their newest artwork, a mixed media masterpiece titled Dreamgaze. Measuring over 5 feet wide and nearly 4 feet tall, Dreamgaze is an eye-popping piece made of collage elements, gold leaf, and surgical blades cast in resin on wood and aluminum. The striking work depicts the profile of a young woman, her eyes trained ahead of her while an explosion of color and texture bursts from her head in the form of flowing hair.
Not much is known about the artist duo, who we've previously posted about here. Although the couple has been working together since early 2007, the only information on their website is a quote from Pablo Picasso: "If there is something to steal, I steal it!" This sums up their creative philosophy quite well, as the duo is known for taking iconic imagery from pop culture and art history and reforming it using collage and other mixed media methods.
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Three Adorable Pugs Dressed up as Characters from Game of Thrones

Three Adorable Pugs Dressed up as Characters from Game of Thrones | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Robb Stark, Ned Stark, and Jon Snow
It's tough not to smile at this adorable series of three pugs dressed up like characters from Game of Thrones. Throughout the photographs, the dogs' owners Phillip Lauer and wife Sue, a professional photographer and designer, have recreated sets from King's Landing and Winterfell, as well as the flags and costumes seen throughout the HBO hit series.
Fans of the show may recognize some hilarious details that are quite reminiscent of the intended subjects. Dressed in gold, King Joffrey proudly perches high on his throne, while Daenerys Targaryen sits surrounded by her three (toy) dragons.
The three pugs—Roxy, Blue and Bono—so staunchly represented the iconic characters from the immensely popular television series that Phillip and Sue Lauer were contacted by streaming service Blinkbox to produce, in addition to the still photographs, a short video of the furry trio reenacting the show.
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10 Stunning Entries in the 2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

10 Stunning Entries in the 2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Do you have an amazing travel experience you want to share? Our friends over at National Geographic reached out to us to remind us that today, June 30, is the last day to enter the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Now in its 26th year, the contest asks for anyone with a camera and an adventurous spirit to submit their photos in any of four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments.
Since March, we have been sharing with you many spectacular entries that have been taken by photographers from all over the world. Here, courtesy of National Geographic, we offer 10 more outstanding images that will transport you to distant locations; letting you journey to the highest peaks of Mongolia, the sandy dunes of Namibia, the crashing waves of Australia, and much, much more.
If you have photos of your own memorable travel experience, don't forget to enter them for the chance to win the grand prize, a once-in-a-lifetime National Geographic…
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Historic Architectural Structures Intricately Carved into Blocks of Marble

Historic Architectural Structures Intricately Carved into Blocks of Marble | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The marble sculptures by British artist Matthew Simmonds aren’t your typical human forms popularized by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Instead, he carves detailed and solitary architectural interiors into a corner or side of a hunk of stone. Simmonds leaves the natural edges of the rocks juxtaposed with his small, finished spaces. He pays homage to sacred buildings like baroque basilicas and Ancient Roman Temples by depicting some of their defining features like domed-roofs and elaborate columns.
While architecture can be seen as the transformation of materials celebrating Man’s skill and ingenuity, Simmond’s sculptures could perhaps prove otherwise. Nature overpowers architecture and encases it as if it’s a fossil. The gorgeously-crafted rooms, while pristine, are no match for the rocks they’re trapped inside; it offers a fascinating way of looking at these classic structures.
Matthew Simmonds website via [Yatzer]
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The Powerful Force of the Ocean Captured Inside Crashing Waves

The Powerful Force of the Ocean Captured Inside Crashing Waves | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When Clark Little's wife came home one day with a photo of the ocean that she wanted to buy, he told her that, rather than spending money on the print, he would personally go out and take some spectacular photographs of the ocean for her. That was the beginning of the photographer's many adventures.
Simply drawing upon his passion for the ocean, Little and his handheld, waterproof camera are the only things necessary to bring his collection of amazing photographs to land-bound viewers. He shows no fear in his process as he quickly races into rough waters to document the natural beauty of powerful waves right before the water comes crashing down around him.
Through his lens, Little captures magical and ephemeral places that most non-surfers would never experience in person. The stunning colors, gorgeous sunsets, and massive waves emanate with such force that viewers will instinctively want to turn and run the other way, even though the power is only in the form of a photograph!
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Compelling Portraits of People Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness

Compelling Portraits of People Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most people can only dream about escaping to the quiet isolation of the rural countryside. French photographer Antoine Bruy, however, turned that dream into a reality when he hitchhiked across Europe from 2010 to 2013, wandering through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind. Along the way, he met several individuals who had willingly abandoned life in the city and retreated deep into the wilderness, sacrificing modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom.
In his series Scrublands, Bruy documents the homes and faces of the people he encountered, by chance, who live far away from civilization. Staying with these individuals for days or even weeks at a time, the photographer helped them farm land and raise livestock while learning more about their self-sufficient lifestyles. Once teachers, students, and engineers, these people now rely on makeshift buildings, recovered materials, and agriculture in order to…
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Voyeuristic Bird's Eye Views of People Inside Their Homes

Voyeuristic Bird's Eye Views of People Inside Their Homes | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When you are alone, do you behave differently compared to when you are out in public? French photographer Florian Beaudenon explores this idea in the series Instant Life. The project offers a voyeuristic peek into the homes and lives of different men, women, and families, and invites viewers to inspect belongings and behaviors from a bird's-eye-view.
Each setting reveals the everyday behavior that often takes place behind closed doors. Subjects are seen doing mundane things like trying on multiple pairs of shoes, taking a bath, or just reading a book, yet the activities offer a fascinating insight into each person's character.
Through interesting perspective, Beaudenon creates an uneasy sensation that the subjects may look up at any moment and catch viewers peering in on the intimate scenes. The artist says, "We must enjoy of every moment. The Instant Life project was created after this idea. Photography intruding, not without a bit of voyeurism, on the life of unknown persons. They…
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Sheets of Glass Cut and Layered to Form Stunning Sculptures of Ocean Waves

Sheets of Glass Cut and Layered to Form Stunning Sculptures of Ocean Waves | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Self-taught artist Ben Young creates stunning sculptures of ocean waves and watery landscapes by layering multiple sheets of hand-cut glass. Young, who also surfs and builds boats professionally, is inspired by his upbringing in New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Plenty. His affinity for the sea is clear in his extraordinary glass works, which portray both the gentle tranquility and the powerful force of Mother Nature's tides.
Although the extreme precision and detail of his sculptures lead many people to assume that he uses high-tech machinery to build his pieces, Young actually does everything manually, making the end results even more incredible. After a complex planning phase, the artist sketches his designs, constructs models, hand-cuts sheets of glass, and then laminates layer upon layer to create gorgeous, organic forms.
Young's use of glass allows him to portray many different elements of his conceptual ideas. "I love watching the two-dimensional shapes evolve into…
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Colorful, Breathtaking Landscapes Filled with Dynamic Light

Colorful, Breathtaking Landscapes Filled with Dynamic Light | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Eric Hines captures the splendor of natural light spanning out across the skies in his spectacular collection of landscapes. He uses long exposures to capture a soft, blurred painterly light, the fluid motion of water, or the star-filled skies at night.
Hines captures meditative moments of reflection in each of his spectacular locations and viewers are invited to reflect upon the places and experience the serenity within each natural scene. That calmness is juxtaposed with a dynamic energy that radiates outward from the rich, vibrant colors.
Hines travels throughout the country, chasing beauty to bring back for his viewers to see. Throughout his work, he creates a sense of otherworldliness by capturing the essence of a place in ways that can't quite be experienced in person.
Eric Hines' website via [Boing Boing]
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Extraordinary Cloud Lamp Brings a Thunderstorm Inside Your Home

Extraordinary Cloud Lamp Brings a Thunderstorm Inside Your Home | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Cloud is an extraordinary lamp and speaker system that mimics the appearance and sound of a storm cloud. Created by Richard Clarkson, a multidisciplinary designer based in New York and New Zealand, the interactive light produces an incredible lightning and thunder show in response to movements and sounds around it.
Beneath its fluffy layers, the smart little cloud is equipped with lights, microphones, motion sensors, and a speaker system. Using a remote control, users can play the immersive thunderstorm simulation, change colors and lighting, or program the cloud to react to a certain sounds or a user's presence. The audiovisual system can even stream music via any Bluetooth-compatible device, making it a useful speaker in addition to a unique work of "smart" art.
If you want to buy your very own Cloud, it's available for purchase here at the hefty price of $3,360.

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Breathtaking Landscapes Convey the Dazzling Beauty of Iceland

Breathtaking Landscapes Convey the Dazzling Beauty of Iceland | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When nature photographer Erez Marom recently reached out to us to share his Iceland photographs, we were in complete awe of the breathtaking places—including Godafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the whole world—that the artist captures through his adventurous explorations. Each magical landscape conveys the silent and dazzling beauty that Iceland has to offer.
Born and based in Israel, Marom says he is drawn to the cold climate of Iceland because it is so unlike the warmer climate of his home country. Every year, he spends a full month traveling throughout Iceland to capture the golden sunsets, Northern lights, frozen waterfalls, and wintery atmosphere, occasionally using long exposures to maximize the alluring elegance of the place.
Marom says, "I think more people should be exposed to these so-called 'harsh' landscapes. Often times, they're much more exciting and spectacular than tropical beaches or green meadows. I'd like to allow people to understand that these,…
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Non-Photoshopped Images Feature Live Animals and Amazing Props

Non-Photoshopped Images Feature Live Animals and Amazing Props | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Miss Aniela knows no bounds! Recently, the fine art photographer was commissioned by Japanese advertising giant K&L to shoot a series of images for the release of the new Nikon D810. Shooting two big projects back to back, Miss Aniela and her team mixed fashion and fantasy to create surreal, completely non-Photoshopped images. The first photo, called White Witch Awakening, was shot at a 17th-century country house, called Aynhoe Park, in the UK. While most of the animals in the photos are stuffed, the zebra in the main scene above, is in fact, completely real.

Though you probably couldn't guess it at first, she also shot with a live flamingo and a live vulture. The images were processed using only Nikon's Capture NX-D RAW image software.

The photographer was kind enough to share with us some fun, behind-the-scenes photos of this whimsical fashion shoot. (That's a live zebra meeting a fake zebra.)

Miss Aniela was chosen as the first fashion photographer to show what Nikon's newest…
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Lego Figures' Hands Are the Perfect Size to Hold Your Cords

Lego Figures' Hands Are the Perfect Size to Hold Your Cords | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
We’ve seen the iconic Lego toys in delightful parodies of Banksy, Star Wars, and Oscar-nominated movie posters, but it’s recently been discovered that they serve a practical use, too. The Minifigures’ tiny hands are exactly the right size to grip a range of cables. By combining the toys with Sugru, a moldable synthetic rubber, you can attach your phone charger to your desk in a way that’s tidy, efficient, and will make you smile. Your favorite Lego character can also be stuck to your car's dashboard, a bedside table, and much more.
This discovery was made by Andreas, a Sugru customer in Germany. He uploaded a picture of it to the company’s online gallery last month, and users around the world have adopted the idea. According to Sugru founder Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, "Since we shared the project on Twitter, we’ve been getting more and more pics of people copying it," she said. "It’s so cool to see all the different characters and locations."
Sugru website via [Dezeen]
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"Qwerkywriter" USB Keyboard Simulates the Clicky Feel of a Typewriter

"Qwerkywriter" USB Keyboard Simulates the Clicky Feel of a Typewriter | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Many of us probably like how a typewriter looks, but sadly have no need for it. After all, computers and tablets make it easy to record our thoughts digitally and in an instance. The new Qwerkywriter has the look of a vintage typewriter with the ease of today’s technology. It’s a USB mechanical keyboard that simulates the clicky feel of a typewriter and gives you a tactile experience as you write. The device is able to accommodate your tablet with its integrated stand, and also features a detachable USB cable via a mini-USB port.
The Qwerkywriter has 84 rounded, custom keycaps on a hybrid metal and plastic frame. Its chrome accent bar and platen (the thing that moves paper horizontally) are cosmetic, but still add to the feeling that you’re working on a typewriter. The makers hope to possibly have those elements functional in the future, like using them as a spacebar or macro key.
A Kickstarter campaign was launched to raise money for Qwerkywriter's production. At the time of writing,…
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Breathtaking Landscapes Convey the Dazzling Beauty of Iceland

Breathtaking Landscapes Convey the Dazzling Beauty of Iceland | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When nature photographer Erez Marom recently reached out to us to share his Iceland photographs, we were in complete awe of the breathtaking places—including Godafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the whole world—that the artist captures through his adventurous explorations. Each magical landscape conveys the silent and dazzling beauty that Iceland has to offer.
Born and based in Israel, Marom says he is drawn to the cold climate of Iceland because it is so unlike the warmer climate of his home country. Every year, he spends a full month traveling throughout Iceland to capture the golden sunsets, Northern lights, frozen waterfalls, and wintery atmosphere, occasionally using long exposures to maximize the alluring elegance of the place.
Marom says, "I think more people should be exposed to these so-called 'harsh' landscapes. Often times, they're much more exciting and spectacular than tropical beaches or green meadows. I'd like to allow people to understand that these,…
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Impressive Tree House Built by Scout Troop

Impressive Tree House Built by Scout Troop | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Tree house designer Baumraum has done it again. This time, the architects created a meeting place for a scout group near Wolfsburg, Germany. That doesn't mean that they built the elevated structure, though. It was actually constructed by the troop of young people on the Almke Campsite and which undoubtedly gave them the opportunity to learn valuable skills.
The scout’s house wraps around a sturdy pine tree and is a place where they can gather, eat, and sleep. It's comprised of two identical smaller buildings that face one another and are slightly offset by a meter in height. In addition, their roofs are slightly pinched and curved, and the entire thing is supported using wood columns, beams, and diagonal bracing.
In the lower building, there’s enough room for eight people to sleep comfortably, while the upper one is where they dine and meet. It contains cooking equipment, a large table, and even a wood-burning stove for cooler weather. Stairs divide the two structures as a terrace and…
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Explore the Jaw-Dropping Depths of the Deepest Cave in the World

Explore the Jaw-Dropping Depths of the Deepest Cave in the World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
With a staggering depth of 2,197 meters (7,208 feet), Krubera Cave (also known as Voronya or Voronja Cave) is the deepest known cave in the world. To put that in perspective, imagine six-and-a-half Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other underground! Considered "the Everest of caves," the vast cavern is located in the Arabika Massif on the edge of the Black Sea in Abkhazia, a region that borders Georgia.
Since its discovery in 1960, explorers and scientists have attempted to descend deeper and deeper into the cave, setting new records each time. In 2001, Krubera Cave officially became the deepest cave known to man with an explored depth of 1,710 meters (5,610 feet), beating the Lamprechtsofen by 80 meters. In 2004, the cave became the only known cave on Earth deeper than 2,000 meters. In 2012, Ukrainian diver Gennadiy Samokhin extended the cave to its current recorded depth by venturing far down into the terminal sump (an area submerged completely in water), an act of daring that…
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Amphibious Camper Allows Travel Both on Land and on Water

Amphibious Camper Allows Travel Both on Land and on Water | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
If you’re looking to amp up your camping, then the Sealander might be just for you. This innovative and mobile accommodation allows you to travel on both land and sea. It can be used as a conventional camper that attaches to the hitch of a vehicle and later detached and used as a boat. The versatility of the Sealander means that you can cozy up next to a campfire, or spend overnight on the water as the waves lull you to sleep.
The sunroof has a lot of options for taking in all nature has to offer; you could open it to sunbathe during the day and stargaze at night. In addition, the camper’s stainless steel handrail ensures safety and also doubles as a swim ladder.
Inside, the Sealander features a table and seating for six people that can be transformed into a large bed. Its cozy-yet-minimalist interior comes equipped with a sink and can accommodate add-ons like a compressor cooler, toilet, and sound system. Pair this with the Tentsile, a portable suspended tent, and you have yourself…
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Chimera Cat Has a Beautifully Striking Two-Toned Face

Chimera Cat Has a Beautifully Striking Two-Toned Face | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Venus, a cute and cuddly feline living in North Carolina, has beautifully striking features about her. The chimera cat’s face is half-black and half-tabby colored, and in addition she has two different colors of eyes. Venus’ rare markings have made her a popular animal on the Internet, and a Facebook page and Instagram account depict her sweet and loving personality. She also seems to receive a lot of fan art, too!
It’s not just people on social media that are taking notice of the feline - brands have, too. The toy company GUND produced a plush version of Venus so people around the world can now snuggle up to her likeness.
Venus the Chimera Cat's Facebook page and Instagram via [Lost at E Minor]
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NASA Releases Beautifully Colorized Image of Our Sun

NASA Releases Beautifully Colorized Image of Our Sun | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (or SDO) just released this beautiful, painterly image of the Sun. The SDO was designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere. In this photo, NASA's sun-gazing spacecraft spotted an unusual series of eruptions, forced by fast "puffs" from the Sun's outermost atmosphere (the corona), to interplanetary space. Starting on January 17, 2013, the puffs took place about once every three hours, then, after 12 hours, larger eruptions occurred.
"Looking at the corona in extreme ultraviolet light we see the source of the puffs is a series of energetic jets and related flares," said Nathalia Alzate, a solar scientist at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. "The jets are localized, catastrophic releases of energy that spew material out from the sun into space. These rapid changes in the magnetic field cause flares, which release a huge amount of energy in a very short time in the form of…
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Hand Soaps Inspired by Melting Glaciers Raise Awareness about Global Warming

Hand Soaps Inspired by Melting Glaciers Raise Awareness about Global Warming | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In an effort to bring awareness of the devastating effects of global warming, Young Stellar Project created a set of hand soaps to remind us of our environmental impact. Designer William Lee was inspired by the masses of melting glaciers and icebergs in the Arctic and crafted the product in their likeness. Called A Glacier Adrift, they are made from all-natural glycerin soap and come in small, medium, and large sizes.
The faceted objects have a beautiful and subtle sea-green color at their base that fades up to a pointed top. As you use them, they will slowly dissolve and melt over time, much like what’s happening to the real glaciers. It’s meant as a subtle reminder of these challenging, on-going issues, and that we need to do our part to lessen our negative effect on the planet.
A percentage of A Glacier Adrift’s proceeds are being donated to 1% for the Planet, Stop Global Warming.org, and The Climate Reality, which are all charities endorsed by Al Gore.
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