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In 1973 Japan Planted an Experimental Forest, Today It Looks like This

Photograph by Sankei News Photos of a mysterious crop circle-like pattern of trees recently made the rounds online and people had all kinds of bizarre explanations. It turns out the mesmerizing patterns were the result of some experimental forestry by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries nearly 50 years ago. The ministry was researching growth and tree spacing and planted this particular crop in 1973. To achieve this effect, researchers planted trees in 10 degree radial increments to form 10 concentric circles. The ‘crop circle’ forest can still…

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Pendulum Waves Make the Most Mesmerizing Physics Demonstrations

Check out this amazing homemade pendulum wave made with 15 billiard balls. More scientifically, what you are seeing is: Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion. One might call this kinetic art and the choreography of the dance of the pendulums is stunning! Aliasing and quantum revival can also be shown. [source] If you want to delve deeper into the science of what you are watching check out this post from Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations…

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Today I Learned Tiger Skin is Striped Just Like Its Fur

via tyracampbellcharles on reddit How cool is this? A close up photo of a tiger with a section of its fur shaved shows that its skin is striped just like its fur. The image has made the rounds online before but most recently appeared on reddit a couple days ago. via tyracampbellcharles on reddit Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2019/02/today-i-learned-tiger-skin-is-striped-just-like-its-fur/

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Simple Gif Shows How People Can See the Same Thing Entirely Differently

Check out this gif. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, it’s elegant. Like life, you can take from it what you want. To me, it shows how people can look at the exact same thing and see different patterns (you see triangles, I see squares) or focus on one aspect that fits their narrative. And before we see the lines drawn and patterns shown, it can easily seem random and arbitrary (maybe it still is?). Now I can admit that’s all just basic blogger bloviating. If we want to get more scientific,…

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Windblown Snow Makes Flat Farmland Look 3D From Above

Photograph by hoerr on reddit In this fascinating aerial photo, flat farmland in Eastern Colorado appears 3-dimensional after passing winds blew the snow around. The photo, which appears to be taken from an airplane, was shared on reddit by user hoerr earlier this week. For those interested you can find a larger resolution here. via hoerr on reddit Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2019/01/windblown-snow-makes-flat-farmland-look-3d-from-above/

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Johnny Clasper Carefully Places Stones to Create Amazing Works of Art

We last featured Johnny Clasper’s incredible stonework in 2015 and since then he continues to delight his clients with his beautiful dry stone works, free-form stone sculptures, and pebble mosaics. Based in Yorkshire, England, the award-winning artist is available for commissions and projects and you can reach him through his website and official Facebook page. Below you will find some of his more recent works along with progress shots and close-ups so you can appreciate the detail and skill 🙂 JOHNNY CLASPERWebsite | Facebook Artwork by JOHNNY CLASPERWebsite | Facebook…

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Murmurations: The Mesmerizing Beauty of Birds in Flight

“The art of flying” is a short film by Jan van IJken about ‘murmurations’, the mysterious and mesmerizing flights of the Common Starling. In this 2 minute preview we see the constantly evolving patterns the dense swarm of thousands and thousands of birds make while in flight. The sound of so many birds is also overwhelming to the senses. For those interested, you can pay a small fee to see the full-length, 7 minute film at janvanijken.com Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/the-art-of-flying-by-jan-van-ijken/

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Unravelling Ropes Into Fractal-Like Patterns (10 Photos)

In an ongoing series of artworks entitled ‘Ciclotramas‘, Brazilian artist Janaina Mello Landini unravels ropes into incredible fractal patterns that evoke tree roots, river basins, lightning strikes and circulatory systems. Landini has been developing this concept since 2010, using threads and strings to create site-specific installations that occupy the space in an immersive way. She adds: The idea is to “unstitch†Time from its inside, unraveling the threads of the same rope in constant bifurcations, until the last indivisible stage is reached, a point that holds everything together in perfect…

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25 Times People Matched the Painting They Were Looking At

In an ongoing series of portraits, photographer Stefan Draschan takes photos of people matching the artworks they are looking at. To catalogue his hundreds of shots, Stefan has created a Tumblr site dedicated to the series entitled, People matching Artworks. Draschan says most of the photos were taken at museums and galleries in Paris, Vienna and Berlin and that while they may seem, ‘too good to be true’, they are not staged but a result of patience and perseverance. To see more photo projects from Stefan check out his official…

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A Completely Level Floor Made from 400 Individual Ceramic Tiles

The entrance to the Manchester showroom for Casa Ceramica Tiles has been generating buzz online for its trippy pattern. Made from 400 individual porcelain tiles, the floor appears warped and skewed but is actually completely level. Even when viewed from the opposite direction the floor still appears to undulate. Casa Camerica tells Insider, “the inspiration was to create an entrance themed on illusions and [exceed] expectations of how tiles can be used.” Below you will find some additional photos as well as timelapse videos of the build. [via Insider] CASA…

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