Daily Archives: March 17, 2010

Alex MacLean Aerial Photography

Alex MacLean

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Aerial Photography

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Fish nets on the Beach, Saham, Oman

 

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Breeding near Lake Coleridge, New Zealand

 

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The Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

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Tulip fields near Lisse, Amsterdam Region, Netherlands

 

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Talc quarry at Trimouns Ariège, France

 

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s aerial photography

 

More via freshpics

 

Corcovado, meaning “hunchback” in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 710-metre (2,329 ft) granite peak is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park.

Corcovado hill lies just west of the city center but is wholly within the city limits and visible from great distances. It is known worldwide for the 38-meter (125 ft) statue of Jesus atop its peak, entitled Cristo Redentor or “Christ the Redeemer

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Vinyl record grooves under electron microscope

Chris Supranowitz is a researcher at The Insitute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Along with a number of other spectacular studies (such as quantum optics, trapping of atoms, dark states and entanglement), Chris has decided to look at the grooves of a vinyl record using the institute’s electron microscope

 

Here is a shot of a number of record grooves (the dark bits are the top of the grooves, i.e. the uncut vinyl):

 

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The grooves magnified 500x – the little bumps are dust on the record:

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And here’s a single groove even closer still, magnified 1000 times:

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Chris also did the pits in a CD – here’s what they look like, just for contrast:

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Chris decided to take the whole electron microscope image one step further, and created a blue/red 3-dimensional image of the record groove! So, if you have a pair of 3D glasses (sorry, the ones you got from watching Avatar won’t work – you need red on the left, blue on the right), throw them on and take a look at this amazing picture:

 

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via SynthGear | Chris Supranowitz

 

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How vinyl records are produced (via Discovery):

 

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