NASA Astronaut Tweets Image of First Flower to Ever Bloom in Space

This orange flower symbolizes a notable moment in human history–it is the very first flower to bloom in space. The images were recently tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly from aboard the International Space Station, as the successful result of experimentation with plant growth in zero gravity. Kelly, along with Russian astronaut Mikhail Korniyenko, are aboard the station as part of a year-long mission to study the effects of long-term stay in space. Their mission overlapped with a project known as Veggie, initiated by NASA's previous resident Kjell Lindgren who had begun experimenting with plant growth.

Previously, ISS astronauts have harvested romaine lettuce, however flowering crops such as zinnias are much more challenging to grow.  These bright orange flowers were sprouted from pods composed of fertilizer, seeds, water, and clay, under a system of LED lights. The project hopes to continue producing nutritious fresh food for the crew, while also providing morale-boosting plants that may help to enhance the isolating environment the astronauts have to live in.  NASA hopes to make use of similar growth techniques to eventually produce tomatoes in space, bringing us one exciting step closer to agriculture in space.

via [The Daily Dot]

January 21, 2017

Fluttering Paper Birds Intricately Cut From Old Maps and Atlases

With vintage maps and aged atlases as her guides, London-based artist Claire Brewster crafts airy and ethereal avian cut-outs. Her colorful collection of paper birds play with negative space and silhouettes to illustrate the elegant aesthetic of birds in flight. Each figure features intricately carved feathers that appear to delicately flutter. With extended wings and alternating positions, the birds demonstrate the unique gestures of flying birds.

Read Article

January 20, 2017

Quirky Knit Gloves Reveal Unexpected Images When Placed Together

Istanbul-based Etsy shop Talking Gloves creates quirky knits with a picture-perfect twist. When placed side-by-side, the palms of each pair of cute gloves unexpectedly forms a single picture, putting a cozy and contemporary spin on the age-old diptych. Each pair of crafty gloves features two stitched designs: one on the left glove, and one on the right.

Read Article

Get Our Weekly Newsletter