Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. It’s used in semiconductors and LEDs, but the cool thing about it is its melting point, which is only about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you hold a solid gallium crystal in your hand, your body heat will cause it to slowly melt into a silvery metallic puddle. Pour it into a dish, and it freezes back into a solid. While you probably shouldn’t lick your fingers after playing with it, gallium isn’t toxic and won’t make you crazy like mercury does.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. Another one for the list of places to visit… For now it’ll have to be via Google Images

Somewhere in the remote North of Taklamakan Desert, Xinjiang, China. I’m note sure exactly how I ended up here the other day, but I did… For a sense of perspective, click through and zoom out!!

Rendering Misery Into Currency = Legacy by Garth Marais. South African bank notes ingeniously redesigned to make a salient point. If only something like this went into circulation - imagine the changes it would induce… So who’s up for a bit of bank note graffiti activism?

Some fantastic fruit scul(l)ptures: SCULL IV by Dimitri Tsykalov, 2008

It’s Earth Day on Sunday (22nd April 2012). Photo by Jeff Horner (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin / Associated Press)

Activists protesting pollution by placing gas masks on statues of Mexican heroes. This one covers the face of independence hero Leonardo Bravo’s statue in Mexico City. Photo by Eduardo Verdugo of Associated Press. Would love to see this done in London too…

The flooding in the North of Thailand (since July) has now reached Bangkok in the South. A quarter of Thai rice crops have been destroyed. Photo by Daniel Berehulak.

27-story Bosco Verticale designed by Stefano Boeri (Milan, Italy). The world needs more of these…

A Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (2011.06.07).

"The Sun unleashed an M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare, an S1-class (minor) radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME) on June 7, 2011 from sunspot complex 1226-1227. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface” - NASA

Is extreme weather on the rise? This storm in South Dakota produced 8-inch diameter hailstones (2010.07.23)

(Source: The Big Picture | Chad Cowan)