Sometimes the most amazing things – wondrous and intriguing – are the commonplace materials in uncommon circumstances. Take water in space for instance!
It’s a magical source of wonder in all its forms: from clouds to babbling brooks, snowflakes to glaciers as big as skyscrapers… water is one of those things that is simultaneously a scientific and lay person marvel.
But water in space? Now that’s a whole new genre!
Today, take a look at what a few astronauts do for fun in the space station with nothing but a blob of water.
Why does water behave this way in space? Here’s what Nina Sen of the Live Science website says about it:
Why do the water molecules in this floating bubble stick together? It happens because each individual H2O molecule is electrically polarized, meaning the end with the two hydrogen atoms has a small positive electric charge, while the end with the oxygen atom has a small negative charge. Because of this, loose electrical connections called ‘hydrogen bonds’ form between neighboring molecules: The positive end of one molecule hooks up with the negative end of its neighbor, and with enough of these hydrogen bonds in place throughout the bubble, the water clings to itself. On Earth, gravity overrides the effects of hydrogen bonds, making a bubble of water splat on the ground.” 2
If you can’t get enough of this, here’s another water in space video from experiments on the space station:
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The rhythmic, almost primal act of drumming has roots in the depth of cultures all over the world, but I had no idea how deep it’s been – iconic really – in parts of Swiss culture since the Middle Ages.
In 2007, a group of young drummers who go by the name stickStoff from Basel, Switzerland came together to play in the world-famous Carnival of Basel. They took the traditional drumming elements and added innovation in both rhythm and choices of percussive instruments, noted for often using simple plastic buckets for their masterful work.
Take a look at this wonderful example of expanded thinking – an example of taking something ordinary, making it extraordinary, and bringing it back to normal territory with the plastic buckets.
stickStoff’s skills and tunes make me want to get out some pots and pans and a few wooden spoons! The impulses of those that are young at heart all over the planet!
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Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as having an interest in modern art or engineering, or maybe you think you have no connection to design, biotechnology, science fiction, robotics, or the process of invention, stay with us for today’s TED Talk, because here’s something new that pushes the envelop of possibility way back for everyone:
Theo Jansen expands our sense of wonder by few notches when we learn about his “strandbeests” – Dutch for “beach creature” – which roam Dutch beaches under their own seemingly perpetual power. In Jansen’s TED Talk, he’ll roll all the previously mentioned disciplines into an extraordinary eight minutes for you.
But before we get to the TED Talk, let’s start with a sneak peak of Jansen’s strandbeests:
Mind-bending, huh? There seems to be a lot more fun than we thought at the intersection of science and design; see what you think in Jansen’s TED Talk, below:
Fabulous smile material there, huh? No telling where this will take things, but it’s very easy to imagine a youthful mind getting hold of this and running with it in some direction we can’t imagine. Should be exciting to watch how other innovators springboard from here.
Take four minutes to see many, many more of Jansen’s mesmerizing creations in action with the beautiful melody of “Spartacus_Ballet Suite No. 2: Adagio” playing in the background. It’s one last great visual today to leave you with even more relaxed wonder. Enjoy!
Not much more to say on this one folks! Just a sigh and a smile for one more step in the case for positivity and possibility!
If you’d like to learn more from fabulous thinkers and doers, then you’ll need to be sure you know my friend TED(.com) very well. This was one of the very first TED Talks that I ever saw, and I must say that it hooked me forever.
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Have you ever snapped a shot of a friend, in a funny moment, when all the stars aligned to give you a really fun image like some of these:
Those pics are our own attempt to play with some levitation photography, but today on EWC, we will look at some images from a real master of this kind of photography, Natsumi Hayashi.
She takes self-portraits of her flying around Tokyo, Japan… or so it seems. You might have seen this kind of thing before, but Natsumi has an elegant and uplifting eye for the concept.
The secret behind “levitation” photography?
Really, there are a few simple secrets; there’s no special equipment needed, just an everyday camera (which of course nearly everyone has on hand in one device or another nowadays), but there needs to be special consideration for a little timing, some creativity, and of course, you’ll need a really good friend.
Get ready to have a load of fun and laughs, as well as some great pictures, because we are going to show you the world’s a wonderful place today just by this alone! I always say there’s not enough fun in the world!, so today we’re going to change that.
Take a look at some of our favorites, or check out more of her work at YowaYowaCamera.com by clicking here to see more of Natsumi’s photos.
Okay, you get the idea: basically the sky is the limit. What a great afternoon it would be to just head out with a friend, camera or cell phone in hand, and see what you come up with!
As a matter of fact, if you do that, we’d love to share your best pics here! Give it a go and on April 1st (April Fool’s Day in the United States) we will create an article around this concept and share everyone’s photos!
We do, however, have a few rules on the EWC Levitation Photo Contest:
- Keep it clean – this is a family show.
- No Photoshopping please! Send your original image with minimal alterations.
- Have fun, and tell us a little story about that if you’d like!
If you don’t quite feel up to it yet, we found a great video on the subject by a very funny guy who has a lovely, authentic way of teaching us the ins and outs of this technique. (If you have sensitive ears, we apologize for a few choice words he uses.)
It’s really entertaining and will inspire you to give this a go!
That’s really all there is to it! Now go… go out and have some fun with a friend on this and send us your favorite shots and the fruits of your project to be shared for smiles all over the world on Ever Widening Circles!
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