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Writing at The Awl, Ryan Britt has some thought-provoking ideas about the tendency of modern science fiction toward dystopia. Is this all we look forward to?
For all the great special effects and enormous, booming noises our films are bringing us now, the majority of science fiction films have forgotten the one thing science fiction is supposed to do: make us think about the future. Thinking, we have forgotten, is not the same as worrying.
John Nelson is known for building extremely complex visualizations of weather patterns. But his latest creation is a simple animated GIF of 15 frames from NASA’s cloudless satellite photography collection. It’s essentially a year in the life of Earth.
Here, he shares why the visual is so haunting to him personally and to us collectively. We felt that his thoughts were simply too earnest to abridge.
It’s like planetary breath on the cold window of the North Pole.
Moth antenna | Donna Stolz
To me, this is more than a pretty picture.
Sometimes, when I sit back and marvel at such gorgeous and intricate forms, and the brilliant dance of time and space and information that it took to bring them into being, the chemical patterns that are manifested in molecules and morphology, it’s almost too much.
That anything lives is so wondrous, and that we can figure out how it works? That’s one of those things they don’t have words for.
Biology is the introspection of the universe’s only known bunch of curious atoms: us.