Swarovski crystal chandelier, Milan Design Week 2010
“In the far east of Russia, on a peninsula called Kamchatka, are stunningly surreal-looking ice caves that are formed under incredibly interesting conditions. Fire and ice are involved, or volcanoes and glaciers. As EPOD states about one, “It was formed by a stream flowing from the hot springs associated with the Mutnovsky volcano. This stream flows beneath glacial ice on the flanks of Mutnovsky. Because glaciers on Kamchatka volcanoes have been melting in recent years, the roof of this cave is now so thin that sunlight penetrates through it, eerily illuminating the icy structures within.” Kamachatka lies at similar latitudes to Great Britain. It experiences extremely cold winters and is covered in snow from October to late May. The peninsula is also known for a chain of active volcanoes that make up the peninsula’s spine. Interestingly, until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Kamchatka Peninsula was strictly off-limits to foreigners and most Russians. There was a military base on the southern end of the peninsula, which housed submarines that carried nuclear ballistic missiles. Since that time, it has increasingly becoming a popular spot for adrenaline junkies, especially those looking to experience extreme winter sports in a near pristine environment. Photographers have also been discovering all that the Kamchatka Pensinsula has to offer, as you can see here. As photographer Denis Budko states, “These snow caves, are usually hidden from foreign eyes under big thicknesses of snow…”
Gently Does It by Grant Atkinson
A female leopard carrying her very young cub very carefully.
Marine life photography by Alexander Semenov
The interior of a Eukaryotic Cell, from the outer membrane through the cytosol to the nucleus. All molecular structures are colored by their function; the cytoskeleton is blue, membranes are green, ribosomes are purple, RNA and spliceosomes are pink, DNA and nucleosomes are yellow. This cell is producing antibodies, all steps of the process are visualized in order from the bottom to the top of the image.
First DNA is transcribed to RNA, and the RNA is spliced before leaving the nucleus through a nuclear pore. Translation begins when the RNA becomes bound to a ribosome, which converts the genetic sequence to a linear protein. The proteins are folded and sorted inside the Golgi Complex, and then packaged into vesicles by the geodesic Clathrin Assembly. These vesicles are pulled along microtubules by kinesin motors. The vesicles then fuse with the outer membrane, and the antibodies are released into the bloodstream.
Illustration by David Goodsell