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“ We seem to crave privilege, merited not by our work, but by our birth, by the mere fact that, say, we are humans and born on Earth. We might call it the anthropocentric—the “human-centered”—conceit. This conceit is brought close to culmination in the notion that we are created in God’s image: The Creator and Ruler of the entire Universe looks just like me. My, what a coincidence. How convenient and satisfying! The sixth-century-B.C. Greek philosopher Xenophanes understood the arrogance if this perspective:
The Ethiopians make their gods black and snub-nosed; the Thracians say theirs have blue eyes and red hair… Yes, and if oxen and horses or lions had hands, and could paint with their hands, and produce works of art as men do, horses would paint the forms of the gods like horses, and oxen like oxen…

—    Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994)

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Not from the lab, but this is also chemistry: crystalline glaze vase!

This special type glaze crystallizes at a specific temperature while the vase is burned. How does the work? The glaze contains a lot zinc oxide, and a few secret component what melts at 1200 °C. While the vase is in the furnace it is cooled slowly (under hours) from 1200 °C to 1150 °C what lets the glaze to crystallize, just in a beaker in the lab. If the glaze is cooled down too fast, small crystals or even no crystals form, or if its cooled down under days, really large, even cm long crystals could form on the surface of the vase.  

Why is this so interesting? Every glaze what is made via this method is unique and unrepeatable, since its impossible to grow the same amount and the same shape of crystals on its surface.


Translucent Glasswinged Butterfly.

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(HubbleSite) The dwarf galaxy NGC 4214 is ablaze with young stars and gas clouds. Located around 10 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs), the galaxy’s close proximity, combined with the wide variety of evolutionary stages among the stars, make it an ideal laboratory to research the triggers of star formation and evolution. This color image was taken using the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 in December 2009.

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"I can’t seem to play a Wood Elf without making them a hunter who has no interest in the main storyline.  They just seem to enjoy wandering Skyrim and living off the land."

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany | Enrique Bosquet


Seung-Hwan Oh | On Tumblr

Seung-Hwan Oh works and lives in Seoul, where he was born and raised until moving to New York where he studied film and photography at CUNY Hunter College. His work and practice stem from his interest and approach toward other disciplinary thoughts and ideas, from philosophy to sciences. His most recent work, exhibited at Zaha Museum, was inspired by the notion of the first advent of vision in life on earth, and his current work focuses on implementing microbial growth on film as a means to explore the impermanence of matter as well as the material limitations of photography.

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Crystals from the lab: This project on Behance is a small collection of the various crystals formed from different compounds in the past few years of research what has been done in the laboratory where I work. 

For more adorable picture from crystals, visit: Crystals from the lab on Behance 

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WHERE are they getting this stuff !!

By Lauren [tumblr]

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Chlorination with thionyl chloride. 

Thionyl chloride (IUPAC: sulfurous dichloride) is a really agressive reagent, it reacts with everything what contains even a little water, especially with your hands. 

During the reaction with water (SOCl2 + H2O —> 2 HCl + SO2) it produces hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide what are not the best for your health. 

Besides of these properties, it is a pretty useful reagent, since it reacts pretty well and could be removed easily since it’s low boiling point (74.6 °C). In organic chemistry it is most often used to prepare alkyl chlorides from alkyl alcohols (RCH2OH + SOCl2 —> RCH2Cl + HCl + SO2) and acyl chlorides from carboxylic acids (RCO2H + SOCl2 —> RC(O)Cl + HCl + SO2). Both reaction produces a lot toxic fumes, so it should be used under a well working fume hood.


Brain Evolution by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham

(via: Scientific American magazine)

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Red-Shouldered Hawk Studies by Zoe Elizabeth Carter

Graphite and colored pencil in sketchbook, 2012

Zoebird Illustration

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The ultimate #Whiskey #Whisky Chart!

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Jon Stewart tries to get Hillary Clinton to say she’s running for president.

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