Slow Motion Video of Giant Bubbles Popping from Shanks FX 

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The folks over at Shanks FX (previously) and PBS Digital Studios put together this great DIY video on how to make giant bubbles including some cool slow motion clips of enormous bubbles popping at night. They even invented a “bubble control wand” with an array of small fans. Another helpful tutorial is NightHawkInLight’s How to Make Giant Bubbles.

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Observing the Earth: Incredible Satellite Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency 

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Namib Desert / October 5, 2013

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Ganges’ dazzling delta / July 31, 2009

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Scandinavian snows / February 1, 2013

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Mississippi River Delta / May 25, 2012

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Clearwater Lakes, Canada / May 17, 2013

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Peruvian landscape / July 4, 2013

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Plentiful plankton / September 14, 2009

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Swirling cloud art in the Atlantic Ocean / June 11, 2010

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Agricultural crops in Aragon and Catalonia / November 26, 2010

Though I don’t have a homepage set, the first page in my daily rounds is always the Astronomy Picture of the Day (site currently down), a website launched by NASA and the Michigan Technological University way back in 1995, a nearly continuous publication run of 18 years. Unfortunately due some minor, uhm, budget cuts in the U.S. government, all NASA websites are currently down due to a crushing 97% cut in workforce, including the humble Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Luckily there’s at least one space agency still publishing photos of space (and space from Earth), the European Space Agency. The ESA has an incredible Observing the Earth archive that’s updated every week and each satelitte image is usually accompanied by a brief essay to explain a bit about what you’re looking at. Collected here are some of my favorite images from the last few years taken with too many different satellites to mention, and you can search photos back through 2005 here. (via Devid Sketchbook)

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Numero: A Beautiful Pop-up Book of Numbers by Marion Bataille 

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Five years ago graphic artist and illustration Marion Bataille took the pop-up book world by storm with her incredible ABC 3D book. Bataille is back this month with a new book titled Numero, a brief but no less charming visual excursion into numbers. The new pop-up book is available October 15th but you can pre-order it online now. (via Cool Hunting)

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Deadpan Comedy: Surreal Drawing of a Dystopian Future by Samuel Gomez 

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While visiting ArtPrize this weekend I was captivated by this amazing graphite and ink drawing by New York artist Samuel Gomez. The surreal triptych titled Deadpan Comedy measures 18 x 5 feet and is meant as commentary on the negative effects of corporations and capitalism. Even standing in front of it I found it nearly impossible to identify every single detail as the piece is so dense with imagery and symbolism. You can see more of Gomez’s work over on Behance or Facebook.

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Flickr Finds No. 35 

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Jerry Bei

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Ken Douglas

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Bastian Kalous

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Matt MacDonald

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Lissy Laricchia

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Lesley Ann Ercolano

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Didan Rachmat

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Flickr Finds returns this week with nine great shots from a number of different photographers, several of which have been featured here on Colossal before. All the photos are linked to in the individual photographers, so please click through to see more of their work. See previous Flickr Finds.

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Take a Death-Defying Ride Alongside India’s Well of Death Riders 

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This fantastic bit of filmmaking blends music video and documentary in a new clip for British rock group Django Django’s 2010 track WOR. The subjects of the video are Allahabad’s Well of Death riders who risk life and limb daily to earn money at local melas (fairs) by driving cars and motorcycles inside a temporary cylindrical structure about 25 feet high and 30 feet across. The cars are held in the air by centripetal force and needless to say there’s very little room for error. The Well of Death is extremely risky for both performers and audience members, but regardless, it frequently draws a huge crowd as evidenced in this video. Directed by Jim Demuth, based on an original concept by Vincent Neff. More music video documentaries, please. (via Vimeo)

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