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Behold: the 1971 Datsun 240Z Series 1 Coupe. Inspired by the E-Type Jaguar and powered by a 2.4 litre inline six engine, this car marked the start (and for many the highpoint) of a new era for Japanese sports cars.

Presented in ‘time capsule’ condition, fully restored with copious documentation and a trifling 33,000km on the clock, this pristine survivor will sell in fie days time and is currently accepting bids upward of €71,000.

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A short by Edinburgh based animator Dan Castro about not opening up, the pressures we self-impose and the importance of being kind to ourselves. To wit:

After a lifetime of feeling fat, a young man realises that maybe his issues with his body aren’t actually about his body at all.

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Just over a year ago, on January 21, 2019, there was a total lunar eclipse. This horizontal composite tracks the Moon as it crossed into Earth’s dark umbral shadow in 35 consecutive frames. To wit:

Taken 3 minutes apart, they almost melt together in a continuous screen that captures the dark colours within the shadow itself and the northern curve of the shadow’s edge. Sunlight scattered by the atmosphere into the shadow causes the lunar surface to appear reddened during totality (left), but close to the umbra’s edge, the limb of the eclipsed Moon shows a remarkable blue hue. The blue eclipsed moonlight originates as rays of sunlight pass through layers high in Earth’s upper stratosphere, colored by ozone that scatters red light and transmits blue. The Moon’s next crossing into Earth’s umbral shadow, will be on May 26, 2021.

(Image: Laszlo Francsics)

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“Piccalilli Moths” by Australian/Finnish illustrator and Graphic designer Vlad Stankovic – twinkling fluttering scenes of moths, larvae and flora commissioned as artworks for a restaurant in Culver City, California.

Rendered here as gifs, each piece was created in watercolour and pencil, transferred to Photoshop, then printed using a lenticular process that confers the illusion of depth and movement when viewed from different angles.

Previously: A Probing Expression

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Behold: globular star cluster NGC 6752, 13,000 light-years away toward the southern constellation Pavo (the Peacock), roaming the halo of the Milky Way. To wit:

Over 10 billion years old, NGC 6752 follows clusters Omega Centauri and 47 Tucanae as the third brightest globular in planet Earth’s night sky. It holds over 100 thousand stars in a sphere about 100 light-years in diameter. Telescopic explorations of the NGC 6752 have found that a remarkable fraction of the stars near the cluster’s core, are multiple star systems. They also reveal the presence of blue straggle stars, stars which appear to be too young and massive to exist in a cluster whose stars are all expected to be at least twice as old as the Sun. The blue stragglers are thought to be formed by star mergers and collisions in the dense stellar environment at the cluster’s core. This sharp color composite also features the cluster’s ancient red giant stars in yellowish hues. (Note: The bright, spiky blue star at 11 o’clock from the cluster center is a foreground star along the line-of-sight to NGC 6752).

(Image: Jose Joaquin Perez)

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Times Square NYC in the 70s and 80s (subsequently Dettol-and-wire-brushed in the mid 90s) captured in all its sleazy, greasy, STDeezy glory by renowned photographer Andreas Feininger.

MORE: Vintage Photos Capture Times Square’s Depravity in the 1970s and 1980s (Vintage Everyday)

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Behold: the 1967 BMW-Glas 3000 V8 Fastback Coupe – a car born of the purchase by BMW of fellow German auto maker Hans Glas GmbH (maker of the adorable Goggomobil microcar).

At the time, Glas had just introduced the 2600 V8 coupe and that car would inspire this prototype, designed by Pietro Frua. Debuted at the 1967 Frankfurt Auto Show, it never made it into series production, passing instead to a private owner.

Extensively restored, ready to drive and one of a kind, it comes up for auction this month. Yours for €250,000 to €350,000. 

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A very impressive remote control scale replica of a 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Fiesta station wagon complete with built in chassis squeaks and engine noises, lights and an Arduino controlled active suspension that can raise and lower the car, allowing it to react to weight shifts and drift impressively.

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