German photographer Stefan Diller has made micro worlds into immense and detailed landscapes to fly over. After three years of work, he’s refined a mix of scanning electron microscope (SEM) technology with “micro-movie camera” software. Thousands of photos — 1500 frames for one minute of footage — are taken at different positions around the specimen. These images are then animated together into a video process called Nanoflight, as shown in this rather jaw-dropping video.
And even the still photographs mesmerize. Be sure to check out Diller’s site for SEM images of animals, plants, and materials.
What would you photograph with a scanning electron microscope? And what do you imagine it would look like?
When you’re looking to buy an instrument, you should really test it out to make sure it’s still in good condition. In this scene from the Blues Brothers (1980), Elwood and Jake get some help from music store owner Ray Charles to find out if an electric keyboard has any action left in it.
While the movie was written for mature audiences, this scene is a classic that has the kids up and dancing every time we watch it: Blues Brothers & Ray Charles - Shake a Tail Feather.
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