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July 27, 2012

Let the Games Begin!

Ralph Lavers, Torch, 1947
Cast hiduminium and perforated steel
Weight: 0.8 kg, Height: 47 cm with burner, Diameter: 22.6 cm
©Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Source: Victoria and Albert Museum Image Collections


The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is Friday, July 27. The dramatic high point of the ceremony in recent years has been the lighting of the cauldron with the Olympic torch. We'll celebrate this event with a few examples of the Olympic torch from our image databases:

Diego Rivera, Mosaics [detail] on Olympic Stadium, Mexico City, ca. 1956
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision
Source: Archivision Architectural Images


The Olympic flame is brought from the Berlin stadium to Gruenau, August 1, 1936
© Associated Press
Source: AP Images


Chinese gymnast Li Ling carrying the torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 8, 2008
Source: Tim Hipps, U.S. Army [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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July 20, 2012

The Science of the Olympics

The 2012 Olympic Games in London are opening July 27! A great way to further your enjoyment of the athletic events - and learn a bit too - is to check out the National Science Foundation's "Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports" video series. The episodes are around 5 minutes long, and explore the science, engineering and technology involved in the performance of the Olympic athletes. Among the 10 titles available for online viewing are "The Biomechanics of Usain Bolt", "Engineering for Mobility", and "Missy Franklin and Fluid Dynamics".

And for more "Science of Sports" video series from the NSF, go to the Science 360 site.

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July 10, 2012

The Collective Snapshot

The Eiffel Tower
© Pep Ventosa
Image via: My Modern Metropolis

The Collective Snapshot is a photographic series by Spanish photographer Pep Ventosa.

Ventosa layers of dozens of snapshots from different viewpoints to form a hazy representation of iconic landmarks around the world. The different facets make the view abstract, but recognizable.

The artist himself says that photographs "... were blended together and reworked to create an abstraction of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve seen – a celebration of our collective memory."

Look here or on Ventosa's Facebook page to see more photographs of the Sydney Opera House, Golden Gate Bridge, the Taj Mahal, and others.

via My Modern Metropolis

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July 03, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Boy on float in Fourth of July Parade. Vale, Oregon.
July 4, 1941
Photographer: Russell Lee
LC-USF3301-013103-M

From the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog of the Library of Congress.

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