Nalini of the blue lotus

 

A blue flower is a central symbol of inspiration. It stands for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. It symbolises hope and the beauty of things.

Credits: snp via Ana Batista., LOVELY GIFS✿*ڰۣ*Google+ and GMail

Something new has landed at ClearScore

 

A GIF from a ClearScore email I received in July 2017, promoting their rejigged mobile phone app. There’s an iPhone showing the app in use. It looks very cool, although I haven’t downloaded it myself… yet. Notice also the subtly colour shifting gradients at the bottom of the GIF. Oddly satisfying.

Credits: ClearScore via Outlook

 

Making a star

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Simulation of star formation by collapse of molecular clouds (2008). The calculation models the collapse and fragmentation of a molecular cloud with a mass 50 times that of our Sun. The cloud is initially 1.2 light-years (9.5 million million kilometres) in diameter, with a temperature of 10 Kelvin (-263 degrees Celsius).
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Credits: The Formation of Stars and Brown Dwarfs and the Truncation of Protoplanetary Discs in a Star Cluster, Matthew R. Bate, Ian A. Bonnell, Volker Bromm, UK Astrophysical Fluids Facility, University of Leicester, Francis Villatoro and YouTube via Timm Drossart, animated GIFs and Google+