Scientist, science fiction writer
- Vero Beach, FL
This remarkable prosthetic hand was made for a 16th-century knight Berlichingen who lost his right hand during the siege of the city of Landshut in 1504. A canon ball forced his sword against him ruining his arm. He was able to continue his military career.
Earth and space: Winner of the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest 2012. Taken in Nagano, Japan, this image shows Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades as the backdrop to an eerie frozen landscape. Although the stars appear to gleam with a cold, frosty light, bright blue stars such as the Pleiades can be as hot as 30,000 degrees Celsius. Photographer: Masahiro Miyasaka (Japan) / The Royal Museums Greenwich.
This is a 100-foot tall fire Devil or fire whirl or fire tornado in the Australian outback. A Fire can under certain conditions (depending on air temperature and currents), acquire a vertical vorticity and can form a whirl, or a tornado-like vertically oriented rotating column of air. Fire whirls may be whirlwinds separated from the flames, either within the burn area or outside it, or a vortex of flame, itself.