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A very deep-sea chandelier

I am in lust for this chandelier. Don’t get me wrong – I am often in lust for chandeliers.  I am not, as it turns out, without my quirks.  But this one if particularly gorgeous. This piece – Skyphos 1 – was designed by Kateřina Smolíková.  It’s a low-energy glass-and-LED design.  And the reason it looks so ethereally familiar?  Her inspiration were the bioluminescent organisms which inhabit our waters.  This one reminds me particularly of a [...]

Deep-sea critter madness: new species, new photos

I love Wired.* I also love strange deep-sea critters, and brilliant photos of them.  So this recent article in Wired is a quite a treat. Captured between 700 and 3,660 (or so) metres** deep along the mid-Atlantic ridge***, it showcases 10 new deepwater species which are intriguing scientists for a slew of different reasons, including what they might teach us about the move from being spineless, to having backbone (and no, that wasn’t a metaphor [...]