The terrifying Lake that turns animals into Stone

These photos of Lake Natron, which is located in Northern Tanzania show real animals turned into stone effigies.

The strange phenomena was exposed by photographer Nick Brandt who visited Lake Natron; he was shocked by the frightening animal statues he saw aligned across its shoreline. He later found out that those were actual animals calcified by the lake’s alkaline water. Natron is a naturally occurring compound found in volcanic ash. Egyptians used it to preserve mummies.
The terrifying Lake that turns animals into Stone

The lake’s alkalinity is similar to that of ammonia, with a constant pH level between 9 and 10.5 along with the temperature of the water that can reach 60 °C. No animal can withstand this acidic environment. When birds thrust into the waters of Lake Natron, the minerals start turning their flesh into stone and preserving them exactly as they were in their final moments. Only invertebrates, a few algae and some fish that live near the boundaries of the lake can survive this caustic environment.


The terrifying Lake that turns animals into Stone
The terrifying Lake that turns animals into Stone

The terrifying Lake that turns animals into Stone
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Emerging Technologies to change Everyone’s Lives

The most emerging technologies in development that aren't just maybes, aren't just possibilities scattered across the horizon, but are changing lives right now, and very soon will change yours and those of everyone you know.

Driverless Cars

Emerging Technologies to change Everyone’s Lives

Do these sound like far-fetched science fiction? They're not. They're not even next-year science fiction. Driverless cars are on the road right now. Google alone has a dozen vehicles operating in California, and in 300,000 miles of operation has seen only one accident: a crash near Mountain View where the engineer had taken direct control. Three states have already passed laws to deal with this new technology, with Nevada making them explicitly legal in the state.

The systems developed so far include fully functional manual overrides, of course, and can be put back into human control at a moment's notice. However, on the whole computer drivers are much, much safer than human ones: they do not get tired, do not get road rage, never speed, run traffic lights, or tailgate. When multiple autonomous vehicles are on the road, they can communicate with each other for even greater safety and traffic efficiency. Google is currently rumoured to be developing something called "Robo-Taxi".

Stem Cells

This group of technologies is all over the news for a reason: it has the potential to utterly revolutionize huge swaths of the medical field. Every year, scientists get better and better at producing, utilizing, and controlling human stem cells, which are increasingly created from the patient's own tissues, obviating the need for more politically-sensitive sources like discarded embryos.

This isn't just a hypothetical "unspecified date in the future" technology like practical nuclear fusion power, it's being used right now. Burn wounds, long one of the most horrifically painful and difficult-to-heal types of trauma, are now being treated by some researches with what is essentially an airbrush using a stem cell solution instead of paint, allowing full recovery in days rather than weeks. 3-D printers are being used to create fully-functional organs using stem cells instead of ink, meaning a possible end to long agonizing waits for transplants. Drugs that can cause bone marrow to excrete its own stem cells into the bloodstream are being used in place of painful liquid marrow extractions from donors. This is just what's being done right now; the possible future applications are stunning.

Brain-Computer Interfaces

Emerging Technologies to change Everyone’s Lives

Another technology that's much farther along right now than most people might expect, brain-computer interfaces refer to the installation of a direct communication pathway between a nervous system and and an electronic one. The first neuroprosthetics of this kind were installed in the mid-1990s, and research has continued to produce astonishing achievements. Monkeys have been fitted with systems wired directly into their brains, allowing them to control a running robot half a continent away, or feed themselves easily and fluidly with a robot arm while their own biological limbs are restrained.

For humans, right now this means mobility for the impaired, sight for the blind, new functional limbs for amputees, and a host of other immediate applications that have the capacity to improve quality of life. In the future, this kind of research may mean things like radiotelepathy (verbal or textual communication between two minds by way of radio signals, more or less like a cell phone implanted in the brain) and completely hands-free computer interfaces where control is exercised without the need for mice, keyboards, or other peripherals.

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When your Body Becomes your Canvas

It started with normal doodling just like every bored student, during school lectures. Jodi Steel from Boston has used her thighs instead of paper and her drawing medium. She’s not a trained artist or illustrator; she believes it’s about practice but the perfection in her work reflects her exceptional observation and imaginative skills. Jodi was asked to draw illustrations for a book called Steaming Into a Victorian Future. A Steam punk Anthology by one of her teachers. She recently uploaded photos of her drawings on Reddit, where some of them were actually mistaken for tattoos.

When your Body Becomes your Canvas

There are countless tattoo artists around the world, but a film student Jodi Steel from Boston found a new fascinating skill to inspire art lovers and tattoo fanatics. Using her body as the canvas, she brilliantly created implausible sketches. She received recognition when photos went viral.

When your Body Becomes your Canvas

When your Body Becomes your Canvas

When your Body Becomes your Canvas

When your Body Becomes your Canvas

When your Body Becomes your Canvas

When your Body Becomes your Canvas

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Ladies drawings

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Creative with just a Pencil & Leaves

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