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Watermelon Babies Of China: Your Friday Moment Of Zen
Babies come in pretty cute packaging — we’re pretty sure it has something to do with Mother Nature wanting you to coo over a burping, pooping little freeloader. But now Chinese Internet users have found a way to one-up nature – they’re wrapping those already adorable babes in watermelons.
Apparently, the melon children meme started circulating in July, whenthis little guydressed in watermelon overalls showed up on the streets of Wenzhou, a city in Zhejiang province, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.
“Three years ago I met the photographer Volker Steger for the first time. He prepared one of the ‘secret’ rooms in the Inselhalle in Lindau. Huge white sheets of paper and wax crayons lay around. You would not have guessed, that what happend there, was high art with simple means.
It was the 60ths Nobel Laureate Meeting which due to the 50th anniversary and interdisciplinarity of the meeting was attended by 59 Nobel Laureates. Volker Steger invited plenty of them to a photo shooting. Not telling them, what he was going to do. Once they were in the room he lifted his secret: They should sketch their Nobel findings. Afterwards he will make a picture of them with their works of art.
“All the laureates I met for a photo shoot were quite surprised by my exceptional request, because I did not inform them beforehand. The idea was to get something spontaneous, not a scientific “paper” intended for publication in a journal“, Volker Steger discribes in the artbook that gives more insights about the series. And he succeeded with his intuition using the moment of surprise as Sir Timothy Hunt, Nobel Laureate in physiology or medicine 2001, reports: „One of the many engagements in Lindau was a mysterious photo session, to which I gave little or no thought before-hand. After all, lots of people take photographs of Nobel Laureates – it comes with the territory. This one proved to be rather different, however, and much more professional than usual….”
You might scroll through the artbook “Sketches of Science“, which is available as pdf. But if you prefer seeing the pictures in high resolution and original you may now plan a trip to the Mainau Castle at Lake Constance, the home of the Bernadotte family in Germany, which is fairly close to Lindau. The exhibition presents 50 of the images of Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine presenting their paintings” (read more).
(Source: Lindau Nobel Online Community)
Open the PDF and start scrolling— you won’t be disappointed!
Over at io9, the headline says “This is the bead-chain experiment. It’s about to melt your brain.”
50 meters of magnetic beads, acting like a magically hypnotized snake, illustrating the principles of momentum in a constrained system. It’s like how a wave travels through a taut cable. Mind sufficiently melted. Check out the full slo-mo video at the link.