Designed by the legendary Japanese artist Leiji Matsumoto, this is the Himiko boat going down the Sumida River (see pictorial of this cruise here):
During his long career as anime and manga artist ("mangaka") Leiji Matsumoto designed many sleek spaceships; he was especially fond of submarine-like dashboards, like this one from the "Queen Emeraldas" 1977 manga:
"Neri Oxman, founder of MIT's Material Ecology Design Lab, transposed the super powers of mythical creatures into designs for a "Wearable Mythologies" series of garments realized by advanced 3D printer and exhibited in Paris. This "Kafka" example represents an insect’s soft torso shell combined with armour (a human spine). It is 3D-printed in malleable rubber-like material, with leopard’s spots." More pictures and info here.
Trees in the Desert
These beautiful fractal-like shapes are actually rivers running through the Baja California desert in Mexico (photograph by Adriana Franco):
Interesting fact: "NASA adopted the U-2 full pressure suits for the shuttle program... U-2 pilots are now the highest flying humans in the world (70,000+ feet) with the exception of the individuals in the ISS now that the NASA shuttle program has ended."
Russian supersonic strategic bomber TU-160 is seen in its full glory in this cool photo by Sergei Ablogin:
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