Portrait photographer David Liittschwager traveled the world with these cubes, constructed out of simple tubing. He'd place them somewhere natural and then photograph anything that came into it--in this case, the cube was placed in Cape Town, and ended up containing 30 different plants and 70 different insects. Read more here. David Liittschwager

Cloud Vortices

Snapped by NASA’s Terra satellite, this shot shows clouds billowing around the tiny, rocky St. Helena Island, far off the western coast of Africa. Read more here.

Trampoline Bridge

This is a trampoline bridge so you can bounce your way to work. There is a possibility that it’s not 100% practical. Read more here.

Lego Block

Using polygon modeling and 3-D printing (and a little old-fashioned paint), Australian artist Greg Petchkovsky crafted this chipped Lego-style block. Read more here.

Moon Simulator

From NASA’s Flickr page, we find these crazy images of the 1960s “moon simulator,” made out of crafted styrofoam to help astronauts practice landings. Read more here.

Melting Glaciers

Ice is melting in Greenland and Antarctica, and earlier this week we collected some of the photographic evidence–which is surprisingly stunning. This one is of a supraglacial lake, about three-quarters of a mile in diameter.

Syrian Blackout

In the midst of an uprising against Syrian president Bashar Assad, the government completely shut down the country’s access to the internet. Here’s a graph showing traffic coming from the country. Read more here.

Hercules A

Pretty amazing shot here of “spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A.” The image was captured thanks to the combined effort of the Hubble and the Very Large Array. Read more here.

Lava, Meet Ocean

Kilauea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, has been erupting pretty much nonstop for the last 30 years. The lava has to travel seven miles to get to the ocean, but get there it does. Read more here.

Slow Time

Well, this helmet may not literally slow down time, but it presents the wearer with a slowed-down version of reality to respond to “the increasingly hectic, overstimulated and restless environment” we all experience. Read more here.

Baby Hippo

This is a baby hippo. It lives in Tampa but seems to be doing well anyway. Read more here.