Iori Tomita - New World Transparent Specimens (2005-)
Fisherman-turned-artist in Yokohama City, Japan, Tomita creates art using the skeletons of various dead marine specimens, which he preserves and then colors with bright shades of dye.
The process strips down each creature to the toughest parts of its remains and Tomita has dyed more than 5,000 dead creatures since 2005, which is amazing, considering each piece takes at least a few weeks to complete, and some up to a year.
"Although these are just transparent specimens, they’re filled with the drama of organisms which I have so much love for. I want people to enjoy the beauty of life, treat life with respect and understand that there is drama happening that is not centered on themselves when they look at the specimens. These specimens which you see here are actually animals that have died for some some reason or whose carcasses were discarded from pet shops or fishermen. I use those animals which passed away and repurpose them."
COLORFUL TINY SKELETONS
Guy falls 70 feet into an icy crevasse, escapes and films the whole thing. Scientists are just super hardcore like that.
When you do climate research and are a university professor from a major coal exporting state, you can be fairly certain that your research will be under funded. So you get grants where you can, collaborate with other institutions and societies, and roll with the punches of setbacks like changing sample locations mid-expedition after an avalanche kills a team member. The result of such circumstances might put you 70ft down in a crevasse, alone, at high altitude, with a broken side. Meet John All, a man who found himself in such a spot. And before you call him foolish, narcissistic, or dumb for actively planning to continue his research, I have interacted with him as a graduate student at WKU’s institution and I will let you know he is a humble, considerate man. Enjoy the footage.