What We Love This Week, Volume CIX

Published February 13, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015

Adrenaline crystals Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Your Liver, Blood And The Flu Look Surprisingly Pretty Under A Microscope

Liver Cell

Liver cells Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Through culture and the classroom, more often than not we’re trained to think of arts and sciences as two separate fields of interest and specialization. It’s people like Colin Salter who remind us that these barriers don’t have to exist, and that within the machine that is our body, beauty can be found. In his book, “Science is Beautiful: The Human Body Under the Microscope”, Salter explores the intricacies of the human form with the eye of an artist and the precision of a scientist. Using micrographs and MRI scans, Salter captures what he calls “images of elements within the body whose existence you may never have pondered but whose functions are vital and fascinating”. See more shots at Smithsonian Magazine.


Influenza A H1N1 particles Source: Smithsonian Magazine

No Valentine This Year? Live Vicariously Through These Classic Romance Stills

Valentine Films No More Orchids

Carole Lombard, Lyle Talbot – “No More Orchids” (1932) Source: Vintage Everyday

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and if you haven’t got any plans, you can always pretend that you do through film. Vintage Everyday has gathered a collection of stills so iconic that you’ll forget that while others are out sipping cocktails with their loved ones, you’re eating cold pizza in sweats. Enjoy!

Valentine Films Wild River

Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick – “Wild River” (1960) Source: Vintage Everyday

Valentine Films Loren

Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren – “La moglie del prete” (1971) Source: Vintage Everyday

The 2,000 Year Old Philippine Rice Terraces Are A Paradise

For at least two millennia, the Ifugao people have sculpted the sides of mountains into useable farmland. Located in the heart of the Cordillera mountain range in the northern Philippines, these rice terraces rise like wide, monumental staircases. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added these feats of ancient engineering to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1995. According to UNESCO, the Philippine rice terraces “create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment.”

The terraces, however, also epitomize the story of how modern tensions are putting a strain on that “harmony” worldwide. Yes, natural disasters and the perennial typhoons that lash the Philippines threaten the preservation of the Cordillera rice terraces. But the biggest pressure they face is a shift in human society. As the UNESCO advisory body has written, “the terraced landscape is highly vulnerable because the social equilibrium that existed in the rice terraces for the past two millennia has become profoundly threatened by technological and evolutionary changes.”