Now that’s some cold shit: The world’s largest ice cave
Located in Werfen, Austria, the Eisriesenwelt (German for “World of the Ice Giants”) is the largest ice cave in the world. Composed of limestone and 42km long, it is a truly astonishing work of nature. For years, many locals believed that the cave was the entrance to Hell and refused to go near it. It was eventually explored by Anton Posselt in 1879. What he discovered was one of the most beautiful natural formations ever discovered.
There was once a time when a white Canadian guy released a Jamaican rap single, which quickly shot to #1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 7 weeks. Regardless of what anyone says now, EVERYONE was rocking this song. It seems like a strange fever dream now;.
Today marks 15 years since the passing of Stanley Kubrick, here is an 11 minute tribute, put together by Alexandre Gasulla. It goes a long way in celebrating Kubrick’s distinct and impeccable visual eye, one that broke new ground in the language of film-making, creating scenes and sequences that to this day are awe-inspiring.
Is there a Kubrick favourite you’ll be watching in honor of the film maker tonight?
It’s the Andromeda Strain! Scientists accidentally create a two-dimensional quasicrystal made from self-assembling organic molecules
This odd quasicrystal is flat, made from a single layer of molecules with five-sided rings. The molecules form groups within the layer as weak hydrogen bonds link them together. These molecular groups are assembled in a way that forces other molecules in the layer into shapes including pentagons, stars, boats, and rhombi. If this were a regular old crystal, you’d expect to see these groups and shapes repeated over and over throughout the layer in a predictable way. But in this quasicrystal, you’ll see the same shapes over and over in the layer, but not in any organized pattern.
The things that set these quasicrystals apart from all the others, scientists say, are its organic materials and self-assembling parts.”