Mesmerizing Macro Video of Milk, Paint, Oil and Honey

Colors swirl and float, creating a dreamlike landscape reminiscent of planetary surfaces or microscopic life.

This macro video by Thomas Blanchard was created by filming milk, paint, oil and honey slowly mixing together. The artist says that the colors represent emotions that “mix and eventually ease.”

Inspiration struck Rus Khasanov when he was cooking with oil and soy sauce. He created this glittery macro video with ink, oil and soap. More of Khasanov’s work is available on Instagram.

A photo posted by Ruslan Khasanov (@ruskhasanov) on

This Photographer Finds Beauty in Ruins

A photographer known as Bullet capturesĀ stunning photographs of abandoned places.

https://instagram.com/p/1vLg6qtXcN

 

David Bulit’s photographic explorations of abandoned sites in Florida and beyond can be found on Instagram.

https://instagram.com/p/5ij-aotXU7

 

HisĀ Abandoned Florida website has more photos, as well as documentation of Bullet’s explorations, and news about historic buildings slated for demolition, which may be useful to other urban adventurers.

https://instagram.com/p/6Z8ecWtXXz

 

Lost MiamiNow Bullet is releasing a book of his photographs, Lost Miami. The book is available for pre-order now, and promises to contain amazing photographs of the interiors of some of the city’s notable abandoned structures, such as the Coconut Grove Playhouse and the Miami Marine Stadium. Bullet also documents some of the little-known history behind the sites he photographs, from some of the first structures to rise out of the swamp, to CIA operations during the Cold War, to the 1980s, when drugs and violence left their mark on Miami.

Foldscope Team at Stanford Developing 50-Cent Origami Microscope

Foldscope in Uganda
Foldscope in Uganda. Photo by Foldscope Team.

Stanford professor Manu Prakash and his students have developed a microscope that can be punched out and folded together from a sheet of paper, origami-style, for a cost of 50 cents each, lenses and LED lights included.

Foldscope Captured Images
Foldscope Captured Images. Image by Foldscope Team.

The microscope was created to address the problem of diagnosing diseased such as malaria in the developing world. In many cases, a diagnosis must wait, simply because no microscope is available. Prakash’s research team is field testing thousands of microscopes to help with the problem, and contributing to hands-on science education along the way. Learn more at foldscope.com or watch the TED talk below.

Foldscope Brochure
Image by Foldscope Team.

Instant Smartphone Hologram Projector!

Face hologram created with smartphone hologram projectorDid you know you can use your smartphone to create a hologram? You can replicate the mesmerizing hologram shown above, and many others, with nothing but your smartphone, an old CD case, and a YouTube video. Here is the simple three step process:

Step 1: Make a paper template

Drawing the template for your smartphone hologram projector

Draw and cut out a paper trapezoid 3.5 cm tall, 6 cm wide at the base, and 1 cm wide at the top. It can be larger if you like, as long as the proportions are the same. You may want to use graph paper.

Step 2: Cut and assemble an inverted pyramid

Cutting and assembling the smartphone hologram projector

Use the template and a pen to outline four identical trapezoids on an old CD case. Then cut them out and tape them together so that they form an inverted pyramid. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

The assemble smartphone hologram projector

Step 3: Place the pyramid on your phone and play the video

 

Skull hologram created with DIY smartphone hologram projectorTurn out the lights, place your phone face up on a table or other elevated surface (it looks cooler if you are looking up at it), and play the video below, or other hologram videos that may be available on YouTube. It’s that simple!