cretaceous

like dinosaurs? get yourself down to Protein‘s  Hewett Street space for GIF masterminds Reed + Rader‘s first solo show in the UK – ‘Cretaceous Returns’. expect dubstep dinos, prehistoric paper foliage and primitive animation – plus signed Mini Dinosaur sculptures, limited edition video pieces and prints of the Brooklyn-based duo’s prehistoric world for some early Christmas shopping

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Cretaceous Returns

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The Space Project

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Tuesday 15 April 2014

downstairs @ Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
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doors 7:30pm | talks 8pm | music 9pm
free

in collaboration with Fat Possum and Lefse Records, super/collider presents a voyage through interstellar sound to celebrate the release of The Space Project boxset

in 1977, the twin Voyager probes set off for deep space. bearing their famous Golden Records, the two spacecraft not only carried the sounds of earth into the void, but also transmitted the sounds* of space back. now, with the Voyagers leaving our solar system, these otherworldly transmissions have been interwoven into original songs by 14 artists, including Spiritualized, Beach House, Mutual Benefit and Youth Lagoon

joining us to discuss cosmic sounds, the Voyager missions and what we’re learning about the far reaches of our solar system will be Luke Turner, editor of influential online music and arts magazine The Quietus, space scientist Andrew Coates of University College London, astronomer Radmila Topalovic of the Royal Observatory Greenwich and astrostatistician Daniel Mortlock of Imperial College London

the roundtable discussion will be followed by an exclusive listening party, with the 14 tracks on The Space Project** played in their entirety, alongside the original sounds of earth from the Golden Records and music from Moon Gangs and JACK댄스

*nerd note: the “sounds” recorded by the Voyager probes aren’t sounds in the conventional sense; rather, they are electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons and large asteroids the Voyager probes traveled near. each celestial body is composed of different elements, has its own size and mass, and therefore sounds unique

**the album will be released by Lefse Records on Record Store Day (April 19)

genesis

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a potent mix of science, mythology, sex and nature, artist Camille Henrot’s 13-minute video piece Grosse Fatigue combines eye-popping imagery with an epic spoken soundtrack mixing scientific history, religious Creation narratives and oral folklore drawn from the Dogon, Inuit and Navajo peoples to tell the storyof the creation of the universe. much of the footage was shot as part of Henrot’s Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, which gave her special access to the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. to coincide with her new show at Chisenhale Gallery, Tate Modern will be screening a series of recent work (including Grosse Fatigue) followed by a discussion between the artist and Dan Fox, co-editor of frieze

 

 

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to coincide with Jeremy Deller’s English Magic exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, Saturday sees a day of free falconry demonstrations in the grounds, featuring some of birds featured in the video piece

species of the week: Tadarida brasiliensis

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as attendees of SXSW may already know, between March and April up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats flock from Mexico to downtown Austin’s Congress Avenue bridge to form the largest urban bat colony in North America. made up mostly of pregnant females, the colony resides within the deep, cavernous recesses under the bridge to give birth, with each female producing a single bat pup. for almost an hour at dusk the new moms stream into the sky to feed on the abundance of moths, dragonflies and wasps in nearby habitats, forming vast, swirling, black clouds across the Austin sunset before withdrawing to their urban home to nurse their young

 

back

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it’s a bit battered, but at €80,000 this second-hand Hasselblad 500 EL is a bargain, considering where it’s been and who’s used it. camera number 1038 was one of 15 used on the lunar surface, and the only one to have made it back home read more

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deep time

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artist Flora Parrott’s current show at Tintype explores the tactile, sensory experience of entering southern Brazil’s PETAR caves – one of the largest limestone cave concentrations in the world. to complement the mixed-media exhibition, geologist Andrew Hurst will give his response to the work and discuss the parallels between the absolute darkness found in caves and the concept of ‘deep time’ – the realisation that earth’s history stretches back billions of years

talk takes place 20 March 2014 at 7pm, exhibition runs until 19 April 2014

rumours

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lots of gossip flying around the science world today, with talk of a ‘major discovery’ coming out of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics later today. The Guardian kickstarted speculation that researchers working on the BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica have detected evidence of gravitational waves – the final untested prediction of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. if true, it would be a ‘major, major, major’ discovery according to UCL cosmologist Hiranya Peiris, and probably win a Nobel Prize

update: the discovery has now been confirmed, but the news conference livestream is completely overloaded. follow the action on Twitter with #BICEP2

sample of the week: ringwoodite

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an ultra-rare mineral discovered inside a diamond suggests there could be vast amounts of water hundreds of miles below the earth’s surface. the sheer volume trapped deep down in the mantle is mind-boggling – possibly as much as all the world’s oceans combined. the accidental discovery was made by researchers at the University of Alberta, who found a tiny sample of water-rich ringwoodite inside a diamond mined in Brazil, which was blasted up from the depths by a diatreme eruption. created only under extreme pressure, it’s the first time the olivine mineral has been found naturally on earth – it’s previously only been seen in meteorites or created artificially in labs

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mirrors

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“the astronomy or the art?” we wondered when trying to decide how to cover artist Sophy Rickett’s current show at Camilla Grimaldi – which draws in part on photographic negatives created in the 80s by Dr Roderick Willstrop, a retired astronomer/physicist affiliated with the Institute of Astronomy. his unique innovation was the development of a working three mirror telescope, which allowed for a wider field-of-view than had been previously possible. Rickett’s work, using unseen test shots from the telescope back when everything was still done on film – and the output from her conversations with Willstrop – is equally compelling, but we opted to ask the astronomer more about the original images and how they were captured. his highly detailed but fascinating explanation of the optics breakthrough follows, while two upcoming events at the gallery will further explore this meeting of minds

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moon cushion

screenprinted cushion by Loren Filis
limited edition of 10

printed on lunar grey cotton linen, this 30cm diameter cushion was lovingly created from a vintage astronomical image of the moon by artist Loren Filis

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recon

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we’ve just returned from scouting out locations for our upcoming fieldtrip to Tenerife. expect volcanoes, stars, whales, lava tubes, galaxies, dolphins, planets, sea turtles, BBQs, birdlife, botany and more – details coming real soon

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to celebrate the launch of the Open University’s awesome-looking free online course about the many moons in our solar system, we asked course leader David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences at The Open University, to name his top five solar system moons

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Growing The Future

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January/February 2014

as a new year dawns, super/collider will be exploring crystal cities and biological fashion in a series of workshops at Selfridges as part of their upcoming Festival of Imagination – giving you the chance to get hands-on with two forward-thinking approaches to fashion and architecture

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project: Tesseract by Jace Harrison Crowley

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with NASA’s Curiosity photographing the earth from Mars and the agency’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers celebrating a decade of exploration on the red planet, what better time to speak with visual thinker Jace Harrison Crowley about his Tesseract series, a four-dimensional examination of the separation between us and Mars

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worlds apart

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured an image of our planet emerging in the evening sky of Mars. look closely (click on picture to enlarge or here for the super high-res tiff) and you can even seen the moon. the photograph was taken 80 minutes after Martian sunset using the rover’s Mastcam, when the earth and moon were about 99 million miles away

out of ice

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taking our long-running Sustainable Culture series for AnOther into icy new territory, Abby‘s latest column looks at the work of artist Elizabeth Ogilvie (pictured) whose new Out Of Ice installation is a meditation on “structures born long before our time, that we must ensure last long after we are gone”

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Crater

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print by James Burgess
297 x 420mm
1 colour risograph
edition of 35

a tropical/cosmic collage by James Burgess

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A Brief History of Drinking in Space

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Sunday 2 February 2014

to date, there has been relatively little consumption of alcohol in space and on the moon, but that could be set to change. with space tourism taking off, new lunar missions on the horizon and manned expeditions aiming further into space – with all its stresses – could a new era of zero gravity libations be next?

join Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr and David Lane of The Gourmand for a speculative look and the past, present and future of alcohol in space. from Buzz Aldrin’s legendary Holy Communion on the moon to sherry experiments aboard Skylab and ceremonial ‘vodka’ consumption aboard the ISS, we’ll discuss the secret history of a slightly tipsy space age and ask what role our favourite poison will play in the future colonisation of the moon

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profile: Nina Tandon

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launching tonight, the latest issue of Protein®’s superlative journal features a special section on the future of health. ranging from emerging food, wellness and health entrepreneurs to technological breakthroughs set to disrupt medicine, it’s a stylish look at the innovations and innovators transforming how we care for our bodies and minds

in this exclusive preview, Protein®’s Shepherd Laughlin asks “Are we on the brink of a medical revolution?” and discovers that tissue engineer Nina Tandon’s approach to artificial organ building could change the world

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POP ROCK MOON SHOP®

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featuring work from artists including Leonid Tishkov, Katie Paterson and WE COLONISED THE MOON, the The Arts Catalyst‘s Republic of the Moon exhibition combines personal encounters, DIY space plans, imaginary expeditions and new myths for the next space age

bringing a pop cultural take to the proceedings, super/collider has created 
POP ROCK MOON SHOP® – a pop-up store inside the exhibition selling all manner of discerning lunar ephemera. ranging from 3D relief maps and rare art books to cosmic fashion, discerning homeware and actual pieces of the moon, it’s the ultimate lunar shopping destination here on planet earth

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higher states

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we’ve all seen a zillion of those drugs and booze under the microscope things and they’re always a bit ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, wow, how edgy’ but Sarah Schoenfeld‘s recent images of drugs on film negatives take things to a whole new level. dropping class As, Bs and Cs onto exposed film to induce chemical reactions, the Berlin-based photographer creates surreal art pieces that reflect the altered states of mind created by (top to bottom) LSD, speed, MDMA, ketamine, heroin, ecstacy

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nightfall (I)

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timelapse of Venus descending in London’s hazy atmosphere this evening

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Mexican-born artist Jorge De la Garza’s work is an amalgamation of ethereal terrains, geology, minerals and monotonous domestic interiors. occult practice and mythological are threaded through his work, resulting in a concoction of reality and fantasy; an absurdist universe, simultaneously existing in fictional galaxies and banal, wallpapered rooms. many of his works create juxtapositions between the cold truth of geological stones and minerals and the encroachment of a mythical universe, as they bleed into each other

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Elemental

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hand-pulled silkscreen by Joseph Perry
594 x 420 mm
1-colour metallic silver ink, printed on 240gsm stock
limited edition of 100
hand-numbered and signed

a circular interpretation of the classic Periodic Table of the Elements by Joseph Perry. designed to be read from the centre outwards in a clockwise rotation, it preserves the full features and function of Mendeleev’s original beauty

£27
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kind

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ace arts curatorial project Grand Neue is raising funds for the Disaster Emergency Committee in support of their relief efforts in the Philippines, with an online auction of prints donated by leading contemporary illustrators and designers. Grand Kind features a few surreal and science-ish pieces already, with new art being posted daily, so be kind and get bidding!

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sample of the week

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extracted from hundreds or even thousands of metres of accumulated ice and snow, ice cores are a key tool for mapping the earth’s changing climate. the trapped air bubbles, much like the rings of a tree, can be studied to determine the historical atmospheric composition of the planet. the sample above was collected by Dutch scientists from the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research in Antarctica to assist with their continued research into concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide over the past 800,000 years

nova

just in time for Christmas, a new nova has appeared in the southern skies. Nova Centauri 2013 has already reached magnitude 5.5 for observers in the Southern Hemisphere (ie, not us) and may continue to brighten. if you’re down under, look for it west of Alpha and Beta Centauri

via Sky & Telescope

profile: Jessica Herrington

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in the first in a new series of short profiles of people working along the border of science and creativity, we meet crystal cave-maker Jessica Herrington


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Plaster, wire, fibreglass, enamel, glitter
Private Collection

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The Starry Messenger

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print by Bedwyr Williams
Gold block foiling on Windsor Berkley tissue lined rayon book cloth
420 x 297 mm
Edition of 50

produced with Åbäke and published to celebrate Williams’ exhibition at the 2013 Venice Biennale, which explored the relationships between stargazing and the individual, the cosmos, and the role of the amateur in a professional world

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MAGIC

print by John Hooper
25x20inch C-type Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper
edition of 12

as part of our ongoing ISLAND/UNIVERSE project, super/collider invited photographer John Hooper and filmmaker Mike Moloney to visit the island of La Palma to capture the unique and otherwordly setting of the European Northern Observatory. amid the clouds and silence at the top of the island, they captured windswept landscapes, misty forests, sun-bleached tarmac and world-class telescopes – an island at the edge of the universe

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consciousness

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is consciousness an illusion? or a mere epiphenomenon; a byproduct of brain activity? is it even generated by the brain, or is it part of some wider context ‘beyond the individual?’

whatever the answers, conscious awareness is incredibly empowering. the very ability to experience our own experiences creates a further stimulus, the stimulus of the self in the world for us to respond to. which is exactly what a team of panelists will do tomorrow evening, at a discussion tomorrow night organised by the Society for The Preservation of Wild Culture

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Andromeon

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a series of eight tripped out postcards created for Strange Attractor Press by artist and musician Alexander Tucker, in an edition of 500 copies

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species of the week: greta oto

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displaying a rare example of terrestrial translucency, the tissue between the veins of this stunning butterfly is almost clear, leading to its common English alias of ‘glasswing’ or the charming ‘epijiotos’ (little mirrors) in Spanish. native to the neotropical zones of South America and Southern Florida, the males are assumed to be toxic due to their diet of alkaloid-high nectar from flowers such as Asteraceae

cluster

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this week the Andromeda Project launch Round 2 of their crowdsourced search for star clusters in our closest neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda (M31). last year saw an incredible 10,000 participants compile over one million classifications in just three weeks. with new data released into the project they’re looking for more citizen scientists to help build the most complete map of any spiral galaxy anywhere

it’s hoped that the data you collect could determine rare stages of stellar evolution, the structure and evolution of star formation and the way in which the Andromeda Galaxy has changed and evolved over billions of years – and all you need to get involved is an internet connection, a computer and a few minutes of your time read more

cloud

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a surreal sight in space, this cloud of luminous debris was captured by astronaut Mike Hopkins as the space station crossed over Iran heading towards Mongolia. according to Universe Today, it was likely the trail of a Topol/SS-25 missile launched from Kazakhstan

corridor

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until 16 October, the ever-awesome World Land Trust is focusing its efforts on protecting a key rainforest corridor along the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo. with each donation matched by wealthy backers, it’s a rare chance to link up fragmented forest habitats used by orang-utans, pigmy elephants and other endangered wildlife. super/collider will be making a contribution and we urge you to consider helping too

update: as of 5pm on the 16th over £636,054 has been raised, but the donations are still being counted. though the appeal is now over, it’s never too late to donate and help support the trust’s preservation work

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colonisers

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fashion designer Gareth Pugh’s SS14 collection arrived this week in a temporarily hot, tepid and chlorinated atmosphere created for the occasion inside Paris’ Palais de Tokyo – conditions reminiscent of what we’d find deep beneath Venus’ dense cloud cover. to mark the occasion, Dazed & Confused asked us for a scientific take on the proceedings

click here to read the piece

AnOther Magazine: Eileen Collins

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earlier this year, we had the privilege of speaking to Eileen Collins – the first female space shuttle pilot – for AnOther

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pause

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with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releasing the first part of its fifth assessment report today, much of the focus and debate will be on the so-called pause in global temperature rise over the last decade – a worrying trend which has given ammunition to climate change skeptics even as CO2 levels continue to rise, potentially storing up rapid change for the future

sand

working and living primarily amid the solitude of Scotland’s western islands, artist Julie Brook incorporates land and landscapes into her work – which she describes as both a response to and a reflection of the environment’s effect on her. for her ‘Sand Drawing’s series, she spent four weeks in the volcanic region of Al Haruj in Libya read more

Icelandic expedition

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we’re currently out-of-office exploring Iceland’s natural, geological and astronomical wonders – but you can follow all the action over at http://supercollidericeland.tumblr.com

nature reserves

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“Nature is a language, can’t you read?”
The Smiths, ‘Ask’, 1986

categorising, labelling, and the violence of human imposition of meaning on the natural world are some of the themes tackled in a conceptually rich exhibition curated by Tom Jeffreys at GV Art. in striving to discover the world around us, the significance of how we give meaning and identity to the knowledge gained is often overlooked. Nature Reserves examines the archive and catalogue, and their implications as human endeavours, through the works of 12 contemporary artists complemented by archival materials from museums and universities

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summer solstice party

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Thursday 20 June 2013

as the summer nights stretch out into the small hours, we’ll be teaming up with the mighty solutionvsproblem to host a nite of solstice-fueled disco, space and balearic psych with a bit of neo sci-rave paganism thrown in for good measure

Ridley Road Market Bar | 49 Ridley Rd | London | E8 2NP

gateways

Star Towers: Elysium Planitia

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our new series of collage works feature monolithic structures set amid distant landscapes, connecting various locations around the known universe – in this case Gusev Crater on the edge of Mars’ vast Elysium Planitia with the centre of the Milky Way galaxy via three gateways, each imparting a different arrival velocity

numbers

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of all the incredible stuff out there in space, globular clusters are surely among the most mind-blowing when you pause and consider what could be going on deep inside their luminous cores. these vast blobs of light are made of millions of stars, some of which could be the cradle of civilisations, distant in time and space. to make sense of the sheer numbers and possibilities, Dr. Frank Drake devised a famous equation while working as a radio astronomer read more

spring

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there are tons of photos of earth taken from space, but few as good as Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s recent series from the International Space Station, where he’s been living since November last year. while up there, he’s been posting photos on Twitter, answering questions from space and recording folky songs that aren’t entirely terrible. this photo from yesterday shows spring around Lake Balaton in Hungary

sample of the week: Malachite

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used to make green paint in ancient times, Malachite is a rich green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral with the formula Cu2CO3(OH)2. usually found deep underground, where hydrothermal fluids and water reservoirs can create Malachite stalagmites. this particular sample is from Zaire

concrete

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with the passing this week of visionary architect Paolo Soleri, I’ve been thinking about the time I spent at Arcosanti – his experimental desert settlement – last November while writing a piece for AnOther. one morning, up early to take photos with the rising sun hitting the concrete, I wandered through the empty city; home to 60 or so people but deserted at that hour, except for a bobcat which padded noiselessly past. inside the silent, sun flooded rooms and offices, Soleri’s visions of soaring arcologies hung on the walls and filled endless, carefully preserved scrolls. in one room, an architectural model of one of his hyperstructures caught the sunlight, its monumental scale lit up over the miniature landscape

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stripes

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from exquisite gemstones and the rings of Saturn to stripey tights and eye-popping prints, Patternity‘s first festival of pattern explores the enduring magnetism of stripes in all their forms. the jam-packed events programme includes workshops ranging from t-shirt printing to neuroscience, all investigating an aspect of this particular pattern

we’ve made a short film about stripes in space which will be screening on Sunday 14 April as part of science day

tropical ice

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snow and ice may not be features  you associate with Africa, but high in the Rwenzori Mountains, year-round subzero temperatures keep the top of the continent permanently capped in white. as the highest source of the Nile, the upper reaches of the range are home to about twenty glaciers – a precious treasure located less than a degree north of the equator. earlier this year, in a piece originally published in Bspirit! Magazine, we caught up with photographer Klaus Thymann who set out to photograph the continent’s secret icecaps as part of Project Pressure

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battlegrounds

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stretching 3.7 million square kilometres across the Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and the Central African Republic, the Congo Basin is home to a vast rainforest covering over one and half million square kilometres. it extends from the ice-capped peaks of the Rwenzori range (also known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’) down into lush lowlands, following the Congo River and its tributaries flowing down towards the Gulf of Guinea. home to thousands of unique animal and plant species, as well as indigenous forest-dwelling people, the region generates its own weather systems and sequesters massive quantities of CO2

now, like many of the world’s tropical forest areas, the Congo Basin is under threat from a new enemy: palm oil. in addition to logging, poaching and other pressures, the forests now face a rapid expansion of palm oil plantations to help fuel demand for this increasingly lucrative product, which is used in products like cakes, biscuits and chocolate Easter eggs. you can help by avoiding low-scoring products on the Rainforest Foundation’s list of chocolate brands and supporting work like WWF’s long running Congo Basin campaign

species of the week: Xanthoria parietina

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an uncommonly beautiful example of common orange lichen aka Xanthoria parietina, maritime sunburst lichen or shore lichen. it thrives in sunny hardwood forests and on exposed seacliffs, where bird droppings provide a rich source of nitrogen. incredibly tolerant of air pollution and heavy metal contamination, it can be used as a bioindicator to measure things like air quality

Material Matters

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housing everything from delicate fulgurite structures created by lightning strikes to an ultra-dense ball of silicon nitride which can dent concrete, the Institute of Making is home to some of the world’s most wondrous substances. tomorrow, after years in an increasingly-crowded university basement, the collection and its curators are moving to a bigger, brighter more public space where you’ll be able to handle samples, experiment with new materials and create stuff in a state-of-the-art workshop read more

book launch: An Introduction To Isomorphology

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Saturday 23 March 2013

join us at EB&Flow Gallery for the launch of Gemma Anderson’s An Introduction To Isomorphology – a new way of seeing and classifying the natural world that draws on artistic and scientific practice. Gemma will be in conversation with mathematicians Tom Coates and Dorothy Buck talking about things like the topology of symplectic manifolds and algebraic varieties followed by drinks and the chance to see her ongoing exhibition

talk starts at 4:30pm | EB&Flow is located at 77 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS

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atmospheric

located 254 metres above sea level with gas intakes at 116m and 232m above the streets of San Francisco, the Sutro Tower acts as a climate sentinel, stretching up into the atmosphere to measure CO2 levels. the first US sampling site to be located in an urban centre, it’s equipped with automated flask sampling systems that provide daily measurements of a suite of greenhouse gases, carbon isotopes, halocarbons and other compounds. together with other stations, it has witnessed a steady rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations, with recent figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration making for grim reading. there’s a good summary of the new data on The Guardian and a great apocalyptic climate disaster round-up on Motherboard

the art of Apollo 17

forty years ago tonight, mankind’s last mission to the moon touched down in the Taurus-Littrow valley, located in the Taurus mountains just east of the Sea of Serenity. for the next three days, commander Eugene Cernan and geologist Harrison Schmitt lived and worked in this most dramatic of Apollo landscapes, collecting a record haul of moon rocks, taking measurements, setting up experiments and taking pictures on a range of cameras. some, like this one showing Schmitt next to big boulder, became well-known while hundreds of others languish in the archives. here is just a small sample…

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workshop: the monument

we’re super excited about our first-ever schools workshop, created in collaboration with London Metropolitan University’s Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design. all next week, students will be designing a physical monument for visitors to experience 1000 years from now. using different materials and restricted only by size (10m x 10m x 10m), they’ll consider what materials will last so long, where to site their structure and how future people will experience and interpret their monument

see the outcome of this workshop

dark

techniques and devices used to detect nuclear weapons are being deployed in the search for dark matter – the mysterious material that makes up perhaps 25% of the universe but which we know almost nothing about. located in an abandoned mine nearly a mile underground beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota, the LUX experiment is shielded from cosmic rays by the rock, and immersed in a tank of ultra-pure de-ionized water to keep out stray radiation. beyond observing dark matter particle interactions, which have so far eluded direct detection, the experiment could lead to smaller, more capable devices for searching for rogue nuclear material

ALMA

The world’s newest, largest and most complicated telescope is now official open for astronomy. Located high in the deserts of Chile, the European Southern Observatory’s Atacama Large Milllimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) is made up of a series of interlinked antennas stretching across an ultra-arid plain 5000m above sea level read more

TARA party!



as part of the TARA’s recent stopover in London, super/collider and AnOther Magazine teamed up to host a little soirée on board the French environmental research ship, which is sponsored by fashion house agnès b

after some drinks and nibbles, captain Loic Vallette and chief scientist Chris Bowler gave a talk about the vessel’s recent plankton-sampling voyage before leading tours above and below decks. you can read our full piece for AnOther right here and scroll down to see Amelia Karlsen‘s lovely photographs of the night

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cretaceous

like dinosaurs? get yourself down to Protein‘s  Hewett Street space for GIF masterminds Reed + Rader‘s first solo show in the UK – ‘Cretaceous Returns’. expect dubstep dinos, prehistoric paper foliage and primitive animation – plus signed Mini Dinosaur sculptures, limited edition video pieces and prints of the Brooklyn-based duo’s prehistoric world for some early Christmas shopping

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on now at London’s Red Gallery, this solo exhibition of works by Worlds in Transit participant Fritz Stolberg comprises two installation works and two new photographic series. as Stolberg explains, the title of the exhibition was taken from Jorge Luis Borges Library of Babel, which describes the universe as an infinite architecture of interlocking hexagonal rooms filled with books that contain every possible combination of 23 alphabetical letters read more

neighbours

big news this week from the La Silla Observatory in Chile, which has detected an earth-sized planet in the star system next door, Alpha Centauri. using the HARPS fibre-fed high resolution echelle spectrograph (as you do) the team monitored star Alpha Centauri B over the course of four years, watching for tiny fluctuations that reveal the presence of orbiting bodies. though the planet is far too hot to visit (and not yet 100% confirmed) news of a new world just 4.37 light years away has already got folks discussing the possibility of sending an interstellar probe to the system

boobs!

a stylish and understated way of marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes courtesy of In God We Trust‘s collaboration with the Keep A Breast Foundation. the upside down heart is hand engraved and strung on an 18″ brass chain, and even comes with a retro pocket guide to boobie health

crystalised

we’re not entirely sure what to expect from Cosmicmegabrain‘s group show in London this weekend, but if nothing else Emily Candela‘s krustapseudicals alone should make it worth seeking out. created live on the night, the (theoretically) edible crystals contain vitamins, minerals, proteins (harvested from the artist’s hair) and tiny amounts of skin and dental care products like lip gloss and mouthwash – what Emily calls “basically crystallisations of magazine articles offering beauty advice”

info on the event here, hat tip to (and full interview on) Dazed Digital

Tristram Lansdowne: islands in the sky

we first came across Canadian artist Tristram Lansdowne when his surreal island paradise graced the opening pages of Landfill Editions’ epic Mould Map project. now we’re wishing we lived in Toronto, as a retrospective of his meticulously hand-painted works opens, showcasing a breathtaking series of imagined worlds. since we don’t, we caught up with him via email to find out more about the natural inspiration behind his paintings
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radio silence

couldn’t not post an image from Derek Mead’s photographic tour of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s facility in West Virginia: a series of telescopes nestled amid lush forests and hills read more

science printing workshop

23 October 2012

as part of the ün-establishment series we’ll be bringing our new Risograph printer down to the Nicholls & Clarke building in Shoreditch for a Tuesday afternoon of science, art & craft. join our expert teachers Nancy Straughan and Ciara Phelan and learn how to create patterns, prints, collages and illustrated work using science textbooks and imagery as inspiration – then create your own on-the-spot prints

tara

after a voyage of more than 62,000 nautical miles, the French environmental research vessel TARA will next week dock in London as part of an ongoing educational sailing. we’ll be co-hosting an exclusive evening tour and talk onboard the ship with AnOther Magazine, and there are also a series of other events and an exhibition at the Covent Garden branch of agnès b, who have sponsored the two most recent expeditions: a two-year drift through the Arctic pack ice and a circumnavigation of the globe to study plankton. the following article appears in Issue 23 of AnOther, on newstands now


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view

after touching down on the western side of Mars’ Chryse Planitia in 1976, the Viking 1 lander beamed back the first images from the surface of another planet read more

species of the week

the Shield mantis is just one of millions of species found in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador – one of the most biodiverse places on earth thanks in part to the fact it never froze over during the last ice age. the rainforested area is home to an incredible array of wildlife ranging from fish and birds to reptiles and amphibians, as well as several uncontacted human tribes read more

Neptune rising

with the skies darkening and the most distant planet in our solar system shining high in the sky, we thought the next few weeks would be a good time to launch our new Pop-Up Astronomy Club – a series of impromptu events around East London that take place when there’s something good to see and the skies are clear. our first target will be Neptune, which reaches opposition tonight – making it brighter and easier to see. if you’d like to come see it with us in the coming weeks, check out the project page for more

ps: it will look nothing like this image

descent

early next Monday morning, 154 million miles from earth, a white and gold UFO-shaped spacecraft will hit the Martian atmosphere traveling at nearly 6km per second. after some hypersonic aeromaneuvering (as you do) NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory will deploy this parachute – the largest ever made to fly on an extraterrestrial flight – and start its treacherous final descent. if all goes to plan, a series of rockets will then fire to slow the craft down, enabling it to lower a 1-ton rover called Curiosity towards the surface. if it makes it, the SUV-sized rover will spend the next Martian year (687 Earth days) exploring the Gale Crater for signs of life

you can watch the landing, scheduled for 6:31am GMT on Monday August 6, on NASA TV

airspace

the city’s streets can seem like a no-fly zone sometimes, but the air around us is alive with often-unseen fellow urbanites – and this week brings two chances to learn more about species who overfly us daily and nightly. the first is Jeremy Deller’s new collaboration with bat scientist Kate Jones for Invisible Dust: a series of walks around East London’s Greenway to look for (and listen to) bats. then on Thursday lunchtime, The Honey Club will be outlining their plans to create the biggest bee-friendly community in the world in King’s Cross. the event is the first in a summer series at the King’s Cross Filling Station – a new public space and pop-up restaurant which will also see events from Wired, Wallpaper* and something called super/collider

hello

good news for native wildlife this week with the release of 34 frankly adorable dormice into the Warwickshire countryside as part the PTES National Dormouse Monitoring Programme – the world’s longest running national mammal monitoring project. such reintroductions are only done in areas where historical populations of dormice have become extinct and where the woodland and hedgerows have been managed to encourage native species like this little fella. if you don’t know the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, check out their wildlife encounters programme, where you can go walking with wolves, hedgehog tracking or cruising for basking sharks

image: British Wildlife Centre

Worlds In Transit

in June 2012, super/collider invited a group of artists, filmmakers, astronomers, photographers, choreographers and curators to join us in the remote Swedish wilderness to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event: the transit of Venus. from our pristine vantage point amid the forests and fields, we watched as the planet Venus passed between the earth and the sun – its tiny black disk revealing the true scale of the solar system

the participants observations and work will form the basis of a publication and exhibition in London opening on 6 June 2013 – one year on from the transit. you can subscribe for updates, and we’ve posted a small selection of photos from the trip on Flickr in the meantime

space camp

Mars missions have already been simulated in the Canadian Arctic, off the coast of Florida, in the deserts of Utah and most recently inside an Austrian ice cave, but none look as fun as the one currently underway on New York’s Upper East Side read more

species of the week: Lycoperdon perlatum

Lycoperdon perlatum (syn. Lycoperdon gemmatum) (common puffball, warted puffball, gem-studded puffball)

the surface of this mushroom is described, variously, as being covered in warts, spiny bumps, jewels or spikes. early on, when still crisp and white, these mushrooms are edible, with an apparently aromatic taste to them. when older, the matured and now slightly brown-colored puffball reproduces by opening its upper surface to liberate and disperse spores

warning: super/collider does not recommend eating wild mushrooms unless you are an expert, as insanely poisonous varieties can resemble edible ones

species of the week

Cephea cephea

the jellyfish Cephea cephea is captured here in the mobile stage of its life cycle. the term jellyfish or medusa only refers to the free-swimming members of the greater phylum of Cnideria, whereas when attached to the sea-bed, they are called polyps. instead of tentacles they have eight highly-branched oral arms, along which there are suctorial mini-mouth orifices. Cephea cephea wafts in the tropical water of the Indo-Western Pacific, and is fished for cooking purposes despite consisting of up to 98% water

pressure

incrementally flowing down into valleys, lakes and oceans, the slow motion march of glaciers has etched the earth’s surface for eons – but today these remote white worlds are under threat. with the puzzling exception of the Karakoram range, the world’s glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate, with geologists predicting that some of Africa’s little-known ones could disappear completely before the decade is out

created by the accumulation of snow over centuries, glaciers are found on every continent bar Australia. surprisingly, many remain unmapped and unphotographed, which is where Project Pressure comes in. founded in 2008 by lifestyle photographer Klaus Thymann, the not-for-profit initiative is slowly creating an archive of glacier photography which will form the basis of a touring exhibition and global glacier atlas. working in collaboration with the World Glacier Monitoring Service and NASA, the project carefully records GPS co-ordinates to compare glacial retreat, and has been recognised as an official contributor to the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers

with a focus on endangered and ignored glaciers, the project has already documented areas of Alaska, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Greenland, Iceland, Montana, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the Rwenzori mountains that straddle the DRC and Uganda. in May, super/collider will be sponsoring and accompanying Project Pressure’s first expedition to Asia – first to the Lirung glacier in Nepal, then on up the valley towards the more remote (and unnamed) ice packs closer to China – so stay tuned

image: the Spegazzini glacier in Argentina photographed by Project Pressure in 2008

the Handcrafted Particle Accelerator

what if we could look ourselves up in a parallel universe? what if we could predict our future using DNA? what if we could build a particle accelerator at home? UK-based designer Patrick Stevenson-Keating creates projects which not only solve problems, but ask questions. for Milan Design Week, we teamed up with him to create the world’s first handcrafted glass particle accelerator read more

Ulysses

skatinginspace_72

of all the lovely stuff on show at Pick Me Up to choose from, we’re totally loving the cosmic back-story behind Miles Donovan’s Ulysses collages. inspired by the NASA space probe and its Jupiter-assisted plane change and subsequent trans-solar adventures, the series presents an alternate take on the spacecraft’s wandering journey around the Jovian system, past Comet Hyakutale and out into the unknown

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mars / nudes

we don’t often show nipples on super/collider, but it’s not often that an internationally-renowned artist simultaneously exhibits two shows based on photographs of porn stars and the surface of Mars read more

suns

opening today at Haunch of Venison’s new space, a mini-retrospective of work by Katie Paterson sees 100 Billion Suns sitting alongside other intergalactic projects – both past and future. first staged at last year’s Venice biennale, the title work consists of a small canon which will fire at 1pm daily, releasing a burst of 3,261 pieces of confetti colour-matched to recorded gamma-ray bursts: cosmic explosions which burn with a luminosity 100 billion times that of our sun read more

guest post: dispatches from paradise

for the past three weeks, twelve scientists and supporting team members have been recording, logging and observing sea life in the Chagos archipelago as part of the first full scientific expedition since the area was declared a no-take marine protected zone in April 2010. in this special guest blog from the middle of the Indian Ocean, the team investigate the Salomons Atoll…

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Particle Plushies Gluon

 

soft toy by The Particle Zoo
acrylic felt with poly fill for minimum mass
approx 15cm across
(only suitable for ages 5 and up)

an exclusive selection from the Particle Zoo collection:  this smiley gluon is the ‘glue’ of the strong nuclear force.  it is the boson that communicates the strong force – holding quarks together.  it is has no mass or electric charge

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treasures

this weekend’s Oxford Mineral Fossil Show will be preceded by a special meeting co-organized by the Russell Society, the Mineralogical Society and Gem-A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain). entitled Nature’s Treasures, the day will see talks ranging from “Re-creating 3D models of fossils” to “Minerals at the Nano-Scale: Exploring our Crystalline World” read more

hypergiants

when seen side by side with, say, the planet Venus, our sun looks pretty huge – but lurking out beyond our solar system are millions upon millions of much bigger stars read more

score

a rare meteorite sample that could help unravel the mysteries of Mars has been acquired by the Natural History Museum in London. the space rock is about the size of a paperback book and is the largest known fragment of the Tissint meteorite, which fell as a shower of stones in the deserts of southern Morocco last July. eyewitnesses heard two sonic booms and saw a bright fireball trace through the night sky

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twice in a lifetime

Venus transit, 2004 from Vol. 3: Truth Study Center © Wolfgang Tillmans

our 2012 preview concludes with the most important heads-up we can give you for the next 105 years. this June, the planet Venus will be visible as it passes in front of the sun for the second – and last – time in our lives read more

the plant journal

if the lush images, elegant illustrations and handy potting ideas from Issue 1 are anything to go by, tonight’s launch of The Plant Journal number two should be a cause of celebration. essentially plant porn, each lovingly-crafted issue is dedicated to a particular species – in this case one of our personal favourites: Monstera Deliciosa read more

star power

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death from above

to mark the first month of the Mayan year of doom, super/collider will be publishing stories about and predictions for 2012 throughout January. we start with “Death From Above?” – a look at one man’s efforts to save the world from cataclysm via a DIY asteroid observatory in rural Wales, originally published in Dazed & Confused

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slice

with Dawn’s adventures in the asteroid field entering month five, amazing images and videos continue to arrive from deep space. first it was a close up view of Vesta, then a 3D tour of the asteroid, and now NASA have released these beautiful images of rocks from Vesta – found right here on earth

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curiosity

despite the failure of Russia’s ambitious Phobos sample return mission, the next chapter in our exploration of Mars began over the weekend with the launch of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory read more

if

on Friday and Saturday, we’ll be covering a new Intelligence² conference dedicated to all things futuristic – from extreme architecture and endless cities to longevity research and life in outer space. alongside the usual more tech- and business-oriented stuff, the iq² If Conference has packed in a lot of science, including Hugh Broughton Architects’ spacecraft-like pods for the British Antarctic Survey read more

another earth

super/collider’s own John Hooper was involved in the making of this amazing promo for Another Earth, which tells the story of a second planet approaching ours. filmed at a school in West London, it shows the textbooks literally being re-written as a solar system forms inside the school and the earth’s climate changes. to make the video, John shot still images of the backgrounds, which were then animated by director Rupert Cresswell of Glint

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a visit to the Particle Zoo

the world of particle physics is full of huge detectors and complicated machines searching for unimaginably small particles. the Particle Zoo – in contrast – is a colourful little workshop in LA created and run by self-taught physicist Julie Peasley. visiting the studio is like entering a subatomic world of stitching, sewing machines, buttons, zips, multi-coloured felts – and a few cats to keep Schrödinger happy. her immaculately-ordered shelves echo the grid-like standard model structure, with ‘boson eyes’ at one end, ‘beta decay zippers’ at the other. even every thread colour is ‘charm’ or ‘strange’, ‘truth’ or ‘beauty’

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AnOther Magazine: Sylvia Earle

Few people on earth can tell the kind of stories that Sylvia Earle can. We’re huddled around a speaker phone, leaning forward intently as the legendary oceanographer recounts one of the most memorable moments of her long career. The year was 1979, and Earle was about to attempt the deepest undersea walk ever attempted. At a depth of 381 metres beneath the surface, she stepped off the edge of a submersible – and into the abyss read more

species of the week

Dendronephthya Carnation Tree Coral read more

sample of the week

gallium (Ga) read more

frozen


it’s taken us days and days and days to even start this post – possibly because we can’t actually bring ourselves to acknowledge that after almost sixty years of nature broadcasting, Sir David Attenborough might well have completed his last major TV epic read more

Seana Gavin: cosmic worlds

on distant moons and remote mountaintops, crystals slowly grow starwards, while lichens, mosses and funghi creep across the landscape. mushroom clouds bloom on the horizon, while planets and insects hover under orange skies. as strange figures dance on hilltops, expressways cut through canyons made of rock and cities

this is the strange and wonderful world of collage artist Seana Gavin’s mind and art: a surreal set of worlds composed of images from our world, but utterly different. with her first three dimensional work opening this week at b store, and being fans of a good diorama, we thought it high time we caught up her to talk all things cosmic…

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sample of the week

a 22.70g fragment of the Carancas meteorite, an H chondrite breccia containing clasts of petrologic types 4 to 5 read more

shutdown

after nearly three decades of smashing particles together, physicists at America’s forerunner to the Large Hadron Collider will be raising a glass as the Tevatron is shut down for the final time later today. and while many are talking about the closure in the context of increasing international competition (like China’s recent space habitat launch), the team at Fermilab (whose amazing offices are pictured above) will probably be remembering the good times, like discovering the elusive top quark particle, and looking ahead to the mysteriously named Project X


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All About: Science

28 September 2011

the first book in our new All About: Science series launches at The Landfill Library – a pop-up shop at Wiltons Café with new books by Landfill Editions and music from L-V-L and Burning Bush of TOP NICE. illustrated by our pals at Nous Vous, it’s all about crystals of every shape and size

All About: Science is a new series from Landfill Editions and super/collider, exploring the myriad worlds of science through the eyes of contemporary image makers

vesta

yesterday evening, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft began surveying Vesta, one of the largest asteroids we know of – and the brightest as seen from earth. after a spaceflight of 2.8 billion kilometres, the probe became the first to orbit an asteroid in the main belt last month, and has been slowly approaching its rocky surface even since. click here for a 3D image and more on what comes next

image: Vesta seen from a distance of about 5200km
credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

juno

if all goes to plan, today will see the launch of Juno: a heavily-shielded space probe bound for the radiation-drenched magnetosphere of Jupiter. the spacecraft and its three passengers will enter the Jovian system in 2016 and approach the planet over its north pole, avoiding the worst of the deadly radiation belts. once in orbit around the gas giant, the solar-powered probe will make 32 passes, skimming to within 5000 miles of the cloud tops. you can launch today’s launch live over on nasa.tv

image: technicians at Astrotech’s payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida watch as NASA’s Juno spacecraft is tested for center of gravity, weighing and balancing on the rotation stand
credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


fields

even as the clock ticks down to the final shuttle launch, we’re counting down to the launch of very different but equally far out mission. next week, we’ll be joining Unknown Fields and students from the Architecture Association School of Architecture on the start of an epic journey through the atomic and cosmic regions of the former Soviet Union. you can join us for the public forum on Monday, then follow the trip, our Colossal Space curation and the work of various participants on our live blog, which will launch on the same day as the mission

caption: the abandoned town of Prypiat, near Chernobyl
credit: Flickr user Wolfhowl

Unknown Fields

in July 2011, super/collider joined Unknown Fields and students from the Architecture Association School on an epic journey into the atomic and cosmic regions of the former Soviet Union: from the ruins of Chernobyl to Baikonur Cosmodrome and points between and beyond read more

ISLAND/UNIVERSE

situated nearly 2400m above the surrounding ocean, the telescopes of the European Northern Observatory on La Palma offer astronomers some of the best night-sky views on earth. every evening, their giant optics open and begin tracking the sky, imaging hazy nebulas and distant galaxies. located on the western-most of the Canary Islands, the facility is perched on the rim of an ancient volcanic caldera, high above clouds that drift towards the coast of Africa. silent and remote, it is truly a world apart  read more

worlds in the making

turning away from the star that has inspired much of their previous work, film/art duo Semiconductor’s first major UK solo show at FACT in Liverpool looks at the volcanic processes that have shaped the earth from within. the main work is projected over three screens, juxtaposing the work of the Instituto Geofisico Volcano Observatory in Tungurahua, Ecuador alongside stunning videos of the volcanoes and animations of crystals growing deep below the ground

midsummer

with the days stretching long into the night, summer solstice is nearly upon us – a traditional time of celebration and worship. but what causes this annual change, and why was it so important to the ancients? come find out on Monday as Science Fair™ delves into the fascinating world of archaeoastronomy with Professor Andrew Gregory of UCL for our first outdoor event of the summer

 

infinity

the strange land between science fact and science fiction has produced some the most inspiring ideas, images and imaginings yet seen, which is why the British Library’s new Out of This World season has got us freaking out. combining far-out legends like Alan Moore and George Clinton with serious real life business like tonight’s ‘Fixing the Planet: Have we Finally got some Concrete Options?’ it’s science meets fiction uptown, in a library!

 

cccp

all across the former USSR, a series of strange concrete monoliths stand in silent testimony to the final few decades of the Soviet Union – and the diverse architecture it produced. over the past seven years, Citizen K editor-in-chief Frédéric Chaubin has set about capturing these relics for his book Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed, which include facilities like the Polytechnic Institute of Minsk, the Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technological Research and Development and even a  lunar base-inspired youth summer camp

 

launch

forty years ago this afternoon, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Canaveral to deliver Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon

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