Daily Archives: March 17, 2010

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Aerial Photography


Fish nets on the Beach, Saham, Oman


Breeding near Lake Coleridge, New Zealand


The Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Tulip fields near Lisse, Amsterdam Region, Netherlands


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


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):



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


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


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


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:



via SynthGear | Chris Supranowitz




How vinyl records are produced (via Discovery):


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