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asylum-art:

Intricate Handmade Fantasy Creatures by Ellen Jewett

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Born in Markham, Canada, Ellen Jewett took to shaping three-dimensional forms naturally at a young age. To Ellen, sculpting has always been about life, biological narratives and cultural statements. The tedious hours of labor act as the mysterious foundation from which each of her sculptures’ personality springs forth.

In 2007 Ellen completed her post secondary education with a degree in Biological Anthropology and Art Critique from McMaster University. She had already started Creatures from El in 2005 and upon graduation plunged into it full-time.

Ellen continues to supplement her knowledge with professional courses and apprenticeships. She aspires to pursue graduate work in anthrozoology whilst maintaining her life as a studio artist.

asylum-art:

Some beautiful portraits of Siamese Fighting Fishes, or Betta splendens by Visarute Angkatavanich

Fishes captured in all their grace, with an extreme simplicity, by the Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich. Native from tropical freshwater of Southeast Asia, the fighting fish is still raised for animal fighting in some Asian countries (wikipedia)…

F. Scott Fitzgerald reads an edited and abridged version of “Ode to a Nightingale” circa 1940.

instagram:

A Sweeping Symbol of Modernity in Azerbaijan

For more photos and videos from The Heydar Aliyev Center, explore the Heydar Aliyev Center location page.

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan resembles a cresting wave—there are no straight lines on the structure’s curved, white surface. Constructed by British architect Zaha Hadid in 2012, the center’s unique shape is a symbol of modernity in the city of Baku, reflecting the present and the future in progress. Heydar Aliyev stands primarily as a venue for art exhibitions, and its stunning landscape is also popular backdrop for visiting and local Instagrammers alike.

micdotcom:

MIT’s new robot cheetah may haunt your dreams 

The future is here — and it’s apparently a robot cheetah.
MIT’s cheetah robot, designed to mimic the form of the animal and emblazoned with cheetah spots, can run unleashed and untethered — without support wires — at 10 mph. With a potential to outpace human running records at 30 mph, MIT’s achievement will scarily exceed human capability. Funded by DARPA, the cheetah’s quiet, functional and swift technology will likely be used in rescue missions. 
Their invention may have huge implications

micdotcom:

MIT’s new robot cheetah may haunt your dreams 

The future is here — and it’s apparently a robot cheetah.

MIT’s cheetah robot, designed to mimic the form of the animal and emblazoned with cheetah spots, can run unleashed and untethered — without support wires — at 10 mph. With a potential to outpace human running records at 30 mph, MIT’s achievement will scarily exceed human capability. Funded by DARPA, the cheetah’s quiet, functional and swift technology will likely be used in rescue missions. 

Their invention may have huge implications

A humongous snail—NT$10 is about the size of a quarter.

A humongous snail—NT$10 is about the size of a quarter.

theeconomist:

Who gets murdered in America
The murder rate in America among black men between the ages of 20-24 is over 100 per 100,000. If this group were a country, it would be more violent than Honduras, the world’s most violent nation. 

theeconomist:

Who gets murdered in America

The murder rate in America among black men between the ages of 20-24 is over 100 per 100,000. If this group were a country, it would be more violent than Honduras, the world’s most violent nation. 

newyorker:

Andrew Solomon on the terrifying dilemma facing pregnant women who suffer from depression:

“The choice is a difficult one: to be depressed during pregnancy, with troubling consequences, or to be on medication during pregnancy, with unclear ramifications.”

Photograph by Ian Waldie / Getty

newyorker:

Andrew Solomon on the terrifying dilemma facing pregnant women who suffer from depression:

“The choice is a difficult one: to be depressed during pregnancy, with troubling consequences, or to be on medication during pregnancy, with unclear ramifications.”

Photograph by Ian Waldie / Getty