This week’s Images of the Week gallery, the very first of the new year, is appropriately grand. It includes: this Buckyball-looking kite (yes, kite), apes with iPads, new art from Ai Weiwei, the globe in a water droplet, and much more.
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Iberia From Above
This photo, taken from the International Space Station, shows the European peninsula of Iberia (consisting of Spain and Portugal) from above. Far, far above. [via
FaceTime for Apes
We’ve seen how much
wild cats love the iPad, but now the great apes are getting in on the fun as well. Orangutans in captivity will be using the iPad to video-chat with other orangutans in other zoos. Read more here.
The World in a Drop
This shot, taken by photographer
Markus Reugels, is not the result of any kind of post-processing computer trickery–just time, patience, and a few thousand not-good-enough photos. You can see more in this Reddit thread.
Microsoft is doing their best to get rid of Internet Explorer 6, that ridiculously old, formerly ubiquitous web browser that every web developer has despised for years. They have what’s called the “Champions Circle,” made up of countries in which usage of IE6 has dropped to below 1%, and the U.S. has officially joined the ranks of, um, Poland, Finland, Ukraine, and Austria, among others. So
Microsoft threw a little “get the hell out of here” party.
A perfectly white apartment was ransacked by children, armed only with brightly colored, variably-sized circular stickers. It looks amazing. Check out more pictures
This artist’s concept from NASA and the ESA shows what is now known to be the fastest-rotating star ever found. It’s a huge, relatively young star, and rotates at an insane one million miles per hour, a hundred times faster than our sun. The speed even flattened out the star itself–that’s not a ring, it’s a bunch of plasma that’s flying out from the star’s core due to centrifugal force. Read more
in NASA’s images of the day gallery.
Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest and most active volcano, erupts over Sicily. Read more at the
Christian Science Monitor.
Turns out it only takes about ten apples to power a 30-LED lamp–at least, according to photographer Caleb Charland, who chased away deer while wiring up this setup. Read more at
Chinese artist/occasional prisoner Ai Weiwei’s newest exhibit in Taiwan is called
Forever Bicycles, and consists, as you might imagine, of bicycles. Lots of them! Around 1,200 bicycles, connected through the places where the seats and handlebars would ordinarily be, hang nearly 100 feet high. Read more at FastCo Design.
This Is a Battery
This is the world’s largest battery. It’s real big. Read more
Yes, this is a kite, even though it looks more like a bunch of Buckyballs. Ivan Morison and Sash Reading created the kite, which is also sort of an art project (and called “Three Cubes Colliding”), out of some sort of aerospace fabric and connectors they designed and 3-D printed themselves. Read more