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It's #earthday! The annual holiday marks the birth of the environmental movement in 1970, but its message is more than paying attention to carbon emissions. While being conscious of human impact on the planet is valuable, it's also important to remember what environmentalists are seeking to save. So to celebrate, we're taking a look at some of the most stunning shots of our little blue marble floating in the blackness of space. 🌍 Want more images of our home? Visit the link in our bio to see some of our favorite galleries showcasing the most wondrous, and endangered, places in the world. 🌍 📸: @NASA, ESA, JPL
Touching liquid nitrogen is basically like touching the Night King.  This rose doesn’t turn blue, but by dipping it in the -321 F° substance, you can smash the flower like an ice cube. - This is the second episode of “A Science of Ice and Fire,” a video collaboration with @ChabotSpace that we’re running every Sunday night during @gameofthrones. - Chabot Space & Science Center is a non-profit institution and community resource in Oakland, CA. Chabot’s mission is to inspire and educate learners of all ages about the Universe and Planet Earth.
Meet the neon blue flames of the Kawah Ijen crater on Java in Indonesia. - The Blue Fire Crater, as it is sometimes called, isn't lava, but combusting sulfuric gas. The gas works its way through fissures to the surface, emerging at high pressure and extreme temperatures of up to 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of this gas ignites in flames up to 16 feet tall, and some becomes liquid sulfur that flows over the landscape. -  Click the link in our bio to see more of these stunning otherworldly photos. 📸: Reuben Wu | @itsreuben
The Amazon is slipping away from us. Spindly skeletons are all that remain of the trees that once forested this area in Tambopata National Reserve in Peru. - Illegal gold mining camps are destroying the Tambopata National Reserve, a 1,061-square-mile park where more than 12,000 species of plants, insects, and animals make their home. - Photographer Ernesto Benavides photographs the land from the open doors of helicopters manned by armed police. "From the air, you can see the whole ecosystem has been affected," he says. "It's sick." - Click on the link in our bio to learn more about what's going on in the park and to see more shocking images. 📸: Ernesto Benavides
Oh hey there. Meet a larval crab feeding on krill in Janao Bay, Philippines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Like billions of other animals, it lives far away from the sun’s rays in the dark depths of the oceans, but rise toward the surface for food, an awesome dance that makes up the largest migration on the planet. Photographer Scott Tuason captures these beautiful creatures by diving in the waters with his Nikon D5, encased in waterproof housing and connected to two strobes. The animals approach the lights and seem almost to pose. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio to see more of these deep water creatures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 Scott Tuason
See the world through aqua-colored glasses. Photographer Ben Thomas' urban landscapes wouldn’t look out of place in a graphic novel, but they are real life. This beautiful shot is of a piece of the skyline in Shanghai, China. - "I think the cities and places we live in can sometimes present as overly complex and somewhat daunting," Thomas says. "I want to show the inherent beauty that exists when you start breaking down these intricate scenes to their most simple components." - Click the link in our bio to see more of Thomas' stunning photos from around the world. 📸: Ben Thomas | @___benthomas
Happy #420! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Sisters of the Valley are nuns who grow pot.  They belong to a highly specialized and devout order, one dedicated to cultivating cannabis and using it to create salves, tinctures, and oils for the ill.  These nuns are part of a rapidly growing industry. Marijuana has emerged from the shadows in recent years as a growing number of states legalize medicinal—and even recreational—use, attracting those eager to make marijuana a big business. The Sisters aren't looking to get rich, though. They just want to help people manage their pain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Click the link in our bio to read more about the Sisters of the Valley and how they're helping bring marijuana into the mainstream. 📸 by Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois | @shaughn_and_john
Photographer Jason Weingart does the impossible: catching lightning bolts that travel up to 200 million miles per hour.  His photographs capture the dangerous power and beauty of lightning—so you don't have to journey into the storms to see it yourself.  Getting shots like this one taken in Benson, Arizona doesn't come without its risks. "I've had my hair stand on end on a couple of occasions," Weingart says. "It means you're standing in a charged area, which is the first step to having a lightning strike initiate." Check the link in our bio to see more of his shocking photographs. ⚡📸Jason Weingart | @jasonweingart
Don't look down. Oh, well, too late. 🤢 - Aydin Büyüktaş’s photographs are a bit like the first plunge on a rollercoaster. The scene plummets away from you, leaving you disoriented yet giddy and just a bit unsettled as you try to make sense of just what you're seeing. - The Turkish photographer uses a drone and some clever digital trickery to warp Istanbul's highways, markets, and soccer fields in the most surreal manner. - Think you can take more vertigo inducing photos? Click the link in our bio to see more of these stomach-churning shots. 📸 Aydin Büyüktaş | @aydinbuyuktas
According to the #muellerreport, this is how President Trump reacted to Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. Now that the report is public, it's clear Mueller's findings are much worse for Trump than attorney general William Barr has let on. Nearly half of the 448-page redacted report outlines how the president reacted to and fumed over the Russia probe—seeking to undermine it, curtail it, and even fire the special counsel himself. It all begs the question: If Donald Trump isn’t guilty of obstruction of justice, who ever could be? Click on the link in our bio for more on the bombshell details that have surfaced in the Mueller Report. 📸: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
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Well, this is one way to evenly split a beverage. When the eye test won't cut it, use the physics of a Primed Siphon. - A curious combination of the effects of gravity, molecular cohesion, and atmospheric pressure, this siphon moves the liquid until the beverage levels are equal. The tube is hollow and pre-filled with water, and the spherical shells on each end are cups also full of water. With each end of the tube submerged into each cup, atmospheric pressure holds the water in the tube until the siphon can be placed to connect the glasses. Go to @physicsfun for more wild experiments like this. #physics #science