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What does fire look like without gravity? Like this. To wit:

In the gravity on Earth, heated air rises and expands, causing flames to be teardrop shaped. In the microgravity of the air-filled International Space Station (ISS), however, flames are spheres. Fire is the rapid acquisition of oxygen, and space flames meet new oxygen molecules when they float by randomly from all directions — creating the enveloping sphere. In the featured image taken in the ISS’s Combustion Integration Rack, a spherical flame envelopes clusters of hot glowing soot. Without oxygen, say in the vacuum of empty space, a fire would go out immediately. The many chemical reactions involved with fire are complex, and testing them in microgravity is helping humanity not only to better understand fire — but how to put out fire, too.

(Image: NASA)


When you start gluing matches together, the shape of the matches (wider at the head) tends toward the form of a sphere. What to do? Youtuber All Is Art sez:

This was an experiment in how many matches it would take to get all the way around to make a perfect globe.  After months of gluing and gluing and gluing we made it to the other side.  Then the experiment shifted to see what it would look like when this thing burned. Enjoy!


An experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov featuring the movement of over two billion black and white spheres in a series of enclosed spaces.

The physics of each animation (flow, diffusion, pressure, etc.) is displayed by subtle text on the walls of each space. Zhestkov sez:

The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements or blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures. We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.

Now for yiz.


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Temari balls, a traditional Chinese folk art introduced to Japan in the 7th century, are gifts given to children by grandparents on New Year’s Day. The temari are fabric-wrapped wads of silk whose surface is then embroidered from the threads of old kimonos.

The above pictures are from the Flickr feed of NanaAkua and feature tamari made by her 88 year-old grandmother, who learned the art in her 60s.

Granny has made over 500 to date and they’re all here.


Sashie-Masakatsu01 Sashie-Masakatsu03 Sashie-Masakatsu05 Sashie-Masakatsu08A series of oil paintings by Japanese artist Sashie Masakatsu, depicting Man of Steel-ish gravity-defying spheres of compacted urban detritus floating above ruined landscapes.

The works envision a future where environmental disasters have made the cities depicted uninhabitable.

Is that what you want? ‘Cos that’s what’ll happen.