Castles Etched On Grains Of Sand And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Sandcastles On Grains Of Sand

Artist Vik Muniz and scientist Marcelo Coelho teamed up to laser tiny pictures of castles on individual grains of sand. The process sounds excruciatingly difficult. But, clever!Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho via Colossal

Tiny Octopus

A group (litter? gaggle?) of dwarf octopuses recently hatched at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida.Mote Marine Laboratory via Scientific American

Arctic View

Operation IceBridge is an aerial survey of polar areas. It takes photos like this. It has an awesome name, also.Michael Studinger

NES Controller Graffiti

NES Controller graffiti! Why does it have three buttons? No idea. Just soak it in.Reddit/Kgriffin88

The Corn Belt

This image represents photosynthetic activity by measuring light released by plants during photosynthesis. (Plants convert light to fuel, but also invisibly release a small fraction of it.) Here's the northern hemisphere in July—growing season.NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Watering Can

This is not how a watering can works! No. It is not at all.Katerina Kamprani via Slate

Balloons Of Internet

Google's Project Loon is an ambitious plan to send Wi-Fi-enabled balloons across the world. The Balloons of Internet just made one trip around the globe.Google

Twitter Meets Hopper

Nastya Nudnik adds modern twists to classic art. Here's Edward Hopper for the social media age.Nastya Nudnik via designboom

Calorie Counter

What if Siri counted your calorie intake? That would be... strange. And improbable. And I would always feel like she's judging me, just a little. But here is an idea for that, nonetheless.Meal Snap via GigaOm

Hagfish Thread

Lovely illustration of ball of twine? Nope! Bio-organic thread from the glands of a hagfish, which is a really gross thing that produces a really useful thing.Douglas Fudge, et. al