Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

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Just back from our annual trip to Bird Island, Seychelles – about six weeks later than we normally go and, whilst there were far less birds there this time than we’re used to seeing, it was interesting, because at this time of year there are a few vagrant and/or brief visiting species such as this lovely Blue-Cheeked Bee-eater. I’ll be posting a few shots from this trip over the next coupleRead More

Sands of Time

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Seasonal flares of aspen color the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and provide a magnificent backdrop to the Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The darker sky toward the middle of the frame is an unfortunate artifact caused by the polarizer I was using, combined with the wide angle of incident light – this is a stitch of three 35mm frames. I brought theRead More

How do musician’s brains work while playing?

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  White matter fiber architecture of the brain. Credit: Human Connectome Project. When musicians play instruments, their brains are processing a huge amount and variety of information in parallel. Musical styles and strengths vary dramatically: Some musicians are better at sight reading music, while others are better at playing by ear. Does this mean that their brains are processing information differently? This is a question posed by Eriko Aiba, an assistantRead More

Bangtan Boys–>BTS

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 BTS (band) BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy bandformed by Big Hit Entertainment. Their name in Korean, Bangtan Sonyeondan (Hangul: 방탄소년단; Hanja: 防彈少年團), and Japanese, Bōdan Shōnendan (防弾少年団?), both translate to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”.They debuted on June 13, 2013, with the song “No More Dream” from their first album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, for which they won several “New Artist of the Year” awards including those atRead More

Who is EXO?

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South Korean Boy Group: EXO Exo at SM Town Live World Tour III in Singapore in November 2012 (Korean: 엑소; stylized as EXO) is a South Korean boy group based in Seoul. Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2011, the group debuted in 2012 with twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K and Exo-M, performing music in Korean and Mandarin respectively. Exo’s first album XOXO (2013), which contained the breakthrough hit “Growl”, wasRead More

Flaming Star Nebula

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  A runaway star lights the Flaming Star Nebula in this cosmic scene. Otherwise known as IC 405, the Flaming Star Nebula’s billowing interstellar clouds of gas and dust lie about 1,500 light-years away toward the constellation of Auriga. AE Aurigae, the bright star at upper left in the frame, is a massive and intensely hot O-type star moving rapidly through space, likely ejected from a collision of multiple star-systems inRead More