Officially known as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA is a heavily modified Boeing 747 Special Performance jetliner, with a 17-ton, 8-foot telescope mounted behind a 16-by-23-foot sliding door that reveals the infrared telescope to the skies. The plane’s ability to fly near the edges of the atmosphere gives it better visibility than ground-based observatories. And the fact that it makes regular appearances on Earth’s surface, unlike a space telescope, means it can easily be repaired or reprogrammed when necessary.
Here is the collaboration between DJ Qbert and Chad Hugo from DJ Qbert’s new album titled ‘Extraterrestria.’ Several years in the making, Extraterrestria is a wide collection of various types of music from other planets and dimensions from around the galaxy. Featuring DJ QBert’s signature skratching, the album is accompanied by several well-known musicians, including world-acclaimed cellist and trombonist Dana Leong and super producer Chad Hugo. Cop the full album on iTunes here.
In the series entitled Boom City, photographer Andrew Waits gives us an inside look at the chemical mixtures of fireworks. Check out the amazing cross section views below.
Artist Alfredo Barsuglia installed a “Social Pool” in a patch of road-less desert in the middle of the Mojave. The public is allowed to use the pool, but the catch is you need the key to unlock it and the GPS coordinates to find it. It is open seven days a week until September 30th. The GPS coordinates of Social Pool as well as the key to open its mobile cover are provided by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood.
via LA Times
Get an inside look at the production process for the adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Official Match Ball. The ball is a product of two-and-half-years in the making. A new structural innovation provides six symmetrical panels alongside a different surface texture. The ‘brazuca’ features new structural innovations to enhance grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch.
Last night Pharrell and the Baes opened the BET Awards performing “Come Get It Bae,” along with surprise guest Missy Elliot. He went home with the award for Video of the Year for “Happy,” as well as Best Male R&B / Pop Artist. Big congrats to P and the i am OTHER team!
The show is now over but here is a great video from the opening…
Chinese artist Liu Bolin, nicknamed “The Invisible Man,” really takes camo to a whole new level. See if you can spot him right away in all these pictures.