January 12, 2019

Miscellany # 113

Earth’s magnetic pole is on the move, fast. Some 55km or about 34 miles a year And we don’t know why

Planet Earth is alive. Deep beneath its skin, its life blood — rivers of molten iron — pulse around its core. And this mobile iron is what generates the magnetic field that causes auroras — and keeps us alive. It deflects harmful radiation. It keeps our water and atmosphere in place. But, according to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below. It’s causing the magnetic North Pole to ‘skitter’ away from Canada, towards Siberia....“The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts to revise magnetic models that guide navigation. This model is a vital component of systems ranging from geopositioning systems used to navigate ships through to smartphone trackers and maps.

A British Artist Releases Beautiful Woven Sculptures Into The Forests Of North Yorkshire

Known as Anna & The Willow, Anna works with six varieties of English willow grown in Yorkshire and Somerset which she uses to wrap bespoke steel frames.  She says she always had a passion for art and the natural world and started creating the sculptures after attending a weekend sculpting course.

 Willow-Sculpture Woman

The Caravaggio living paintings on YouTube by the Ludovica Rambelli Theater are amazing.

Patterns that Please and Satisfy
Artist Adam Hillman, calls himself an “object arranger”,  transforms stacks of pins, q-tips, and, toothpicks into colorful patterns and arrangements that are awfully pleasing to the eye, like this Slice of Life

Wheel Of Life Vegetables

Childhood the way it should be. Watch Kids Gone Wild: Denmark's Forest Kindergartens on YouTube

Children are running wild in the mud, climbing high into trees and playing with knives, but no one is telling them off. This is kindergarten… Danish-style.

Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach - Wired

In its dogged pursuit of growth, Amazon has come to dominate more than just ecommerce. It’s now the largest provider of cloud computing services and a maker of home security systems. Amazon is a fashion designer, advertising business, television and movie producer, book publisher, and the owner of a sprawling platform for crowdsourced micro-labor tasks. The company now occupies roughly as much space worldwide as 38 Pentagons. It has grown so large that Amazon’s many subsidiaries are difficult to track—so we catalogued them all for you.

How silver became more precious than gold around about 660 AD:

Lead found in ice from the Alps reveals Europeans ditched gold coins for the metal because it made small transactions easier...The data could explain the rise in powerful cities in Europe - including London - as the switch boosted economic growth as the coins had a lower face value.

The Funnel that is a Wonder of Engineering

Despite its appearance, the surreal-looking opening in Portugal’s Lagoa da Serra da Estrela is actually not a portal to any other time or place, but rather a manmade funnel leading into a long tunnel. Though it looks like a natural sinkhole lined with cascading waterfalls, Covão dos Conchos is, in fact, a wonder of engineering.

 Covao Dos Conchos

This lake in the Serra da Estrela mountains was artificially created in 1955 during the construction of the nearby hydroelectric dam. Instead of building a pipeline to channel water between Lagoa Serra da Estrela and Lagoa Comprida, the engineers working on the project decided to drill a tunnel through the mountain to connect the two lakes to provide nearby communities with fresh water.

How scientific detective work revealed that nuns, not just monks, created dazzling medieval illustrations in sacred texts.

Tiny flecks of a rare and valuable pigment caught between the teeth of a Medieval female skeleton have provided tell-tale clues to how she lived her life... Christina Warinner of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany and a colleague were examining the teeth of skeletons from this community's cemetery to see what had been preserved in the dental calculus, or tartar. Tartar forms from sticky plaque that traps remnants of food, bacteria and even pollen and then hardens over time. "It's really an extraordinary material," Warinner says. "It's actually the only part of your body that fossilizes while you're still alive."

 Beautiful Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Lapis lazuli was costly as it was produced from a single mine in Afghanistan. In medieval times it was just as expensive as gold and there were few other blue pigments at artists’ disposal. The use of ultramarine was reserved, along with gold and silver, for the most luxurious manuscripts and the most skilled artists.

Landscape Photographer of the Year

The publication of the new Landscape Photographer Of The Year book always heralds a collective dropping of jaws.
That’s because without fail, every year, it showcases exquisite images of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful and dramatic scenery....Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick is the Your View Youth Class Winner, which is open to under-17s only. It was taken at Porthgwarra Cove in Cornwall.

Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick 'Milkyway Over Porthgwarra Cove' Your View Youth Class Winner.Jpg

Life is Everywhere by Russian artist Nikolai Yaroshenko, 1846 - 1898 

N. Yaroshenko. Life Is Everywhere

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