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Micro-Macro

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An amazing animated story of the universe, told in food

With inspiration from the Charles and Ray Eames' "Powers of Ten" -- the uber-great short documentary that takes viewers on an adventure in orders of magnitude -- filmmaking trio Encyclopedia Pictura set out to visualize the scales of the physical universe using stop-motion-animated food. "Micro-Macro" is the result, and the result is awesome. From atomic particles made of brussel sprouts, to......read more

Matteo Procaccioli: Microcities

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Milan photographer takes to the sky to capture eerie aerial images of nameless cities

By day, Italian photographer Matteo Procaccioli works as a "creative associate" in Milan's fashion industry. When he finds the time, he actively pursues his other passion: fine art photography, mostly focused on the built environment. Heavily stylized and laden with emotion, Procaccioli's work makes no attempt at objective documentary. In that sense you could say it owes a debt to his......read more

Windowsill Grow Box

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Grow culinary spices at home with this recycled steel windowsill garden $45.00

Here's a nice windowsill garden solution from Sprout that hits on every green note. Made of recycled steel, the Windowsill Grow Box comes complete with Japanese microgreens seeds including organic mustard greens, daikon radish and shungiku chrysanthemum. A bamboo lid doubles as the perfect fitting saucer. With a sunny window, a bit of water, and some love, this home gardening unit will deliver......read more

Tiny Houses with Footprints to Match

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Derek Diedricksen's salvaged material micro-shelters have mega-charm.

How much space does a human need? According to Derek Diedricksen, not a helluva lot. The family backyard of the carpenter and young father is dotted with tiny structures — the biggest of which measures a paltry 24 square feet — that serve as sleeping cabins and hangout zones. Built from scavenged materials, the little buildings are imaginative excercises in "micro-architecture." What......read more

Ragapella "Microrhyzae"

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Analog stop motion animation by Eric Power.

Animated interpretation of the Hindu legend Shiva and the Hunter. In the story, a Hunter in search of game is forced up a tree by a hungry tiger. In order to stay awake the Hunter plucks the leaves from the Bilva tree which pleases Shiva who is fond of that particular leaf. With the arrival of the sun, the Hunter looks down and finds the tiger gone. In the tiger's place is Lord Shiva, who......read more

Mind-Boggling Photos of Magnified Booze

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Under a microscope, crystallized alcohol becomes abstract art

Have you ever wondered what liquor looks like under a microscope? Neither have we. Couldn't be that interesting, could it? Matter of fact, it could. The images above depict crystallized compounds of various drinks shot under a polarized light microscope. The resulting photos feature hallucinogenic washes of color and trippy patterns that could easily pass as abstract art. And indeed they do. The......read more

Macro Kingdom III

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It's a small world after all.

Clemens Wirth continues his creative vision with the third instalment of his Macro Kingdom series. With a macro lens affixed to his camera, Wirth captures ethereal images of natural phenomena in miniature. The popular videos unveil the unseen in the universe around us.   “The minute is a special place, unseen microcosms within a unseen universe bind us together," writes Wirth. "Our......read more

Microsoft Inks Wind Energy Deal

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The deal marks Microsoft's first long-term power purchase agreement for wind energy

A 55-turbine wind farm planned for a site in Texas will have at least one very large customer: Microsoft, which announced it has entered a deal to buy 110 MW of the wind energy to power a data center. The wind farm, located about 70 miles outside of Fort Worth, will be owned and operated by RES Americas and will go under construction next year (with power flowing in 2015). The deal is......read more

Macro Kingdom

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A exploration of the microscopic world around us.

Photos, left to right: The warming Arctic (Global Warming Images/Alamy); steam and smoke seen over a coal power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Martin Meissner/AP); a storm brews over a beach at Cancun, Mexico. ...read more

Macro Minerals Make Abstract Art

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Incredible close-up images of agate crystals show off nature's art skills

Few things in nature are more creatively patterned than agate, a type of quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. The fine-grained rock has been a favorite carving material since at least as far back as Ancient Greece.  These macro shots of agate, part of a Flickr set created by a Czech mineral shop, show off the rock's psychedelic patterns and......read more

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