Disco-Ball People And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Kansas From Space

You'd expect, say, an image of Antarctica from space to be mind-blowing, but this image of Kansas from the Landsat 5 satellite is pretty great, too. It's a false-color view where the different colors represent different irrigation systems. Looks like a close-up of a cubist painting.USGS/ESA via New Scientist

The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster

When they make a James Bond movie 30 years from now, Bond will be driving something like this. It's Aston Martin's concept for the CC100 Speedster, which was unveiled at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. The company says the car does zero to 60 in four seconds and peaks at a top speed of 180 mph. Yep, just give it an ejection seat and we're all set here.Aston Martin via Autoblog

Disco-Ball People

For an exhibition at Christian Larsen gallery in Stockholm, artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen covered mannequins in broken mirror shards, then projected light onto them, turning the mannequins into disco-ball people.Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen via Colossal

Rice Field Art

Japanese farmers use different types of rice to grow incredibly detailed works of art, like this. (Or is this just the Japanese version of alien crop circles???)via archelon.tumblr.com

Madonna Of The Microscope

Artist Chris Shaw creates Madonnas--paintings of the Virgin Mary in the style of Renaissance art--using modern-day symbols. A recent series collects science-inspired paintings. There's Madonna of the Atom, Madonna of the Magnet, and this: Madonna of the Microscope. See more of Shaw's work here.Chris Shaw

A Skyscraper-Treehouse

GLUCK+ architects designed and built this plan for the "Tower House," a skyscraper/treehouse: that is, a skyscraper condensed to treehouse size, taking advantage of beautiful views above a tree-lined area in the Catskill mountains. Doesn't look like there's a tire swing, though.GLUCK+ via Co.Design

A Strawscraper

Speaking of ambitious skyscraper ideas, here's one from Swedish studio Belatchew Arkitekter. The plan is to alter a Stockholm skyscraper, adding bristles that turn wind into energy. When the bristles move, they create electricity from the movement, making the skyscraper into its very own wind farm. Read more about the design here.Belatchew Arkitekter via dezeen

Lambo From The Future

Lamborghini recently turned 50, so to celebrate, the car company created this: the Lamborghini Egoista, which looks a lot like the Batmobile from The Dark Knight. It's got 600 horsepower under the hood and was inspired by the Apache Helicopter.Lamborghini via designboom

Liquid Flowers

Photographer Jack Long takes amazing high-speed images of splashing liquids, making flowers by positioning water just so. Dyes and thickeners provide the different colors and textures.Jack Long via Design Taxi

Full-Size Lego X-Wing

We'd be remissed not to include a photo of this amazing full-size Lego X-wing. The 46,000-pound model is made from more than 5.3 million bricks. Blocks well spent. You can also check out a video of the X-wing here.Dan Bracaglia