Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Birthday Present

I bought this as a birthday gift for Joe -- it arrived today and it's unbelievably cool.

From the website:
EcoSphere is a calming balance of earth, water, air and life—all parts of a working self-sufficient ecosystem that’s much more than science; it’s an original work of art. Makes a unique gift for those who contemplate the mystery of life on our planet and enjoy the serenity of nature.

The delicate coexistence of animal and plant life (red shrimp, algae and microbes) thrives in the handblown glass sphere of seawater. It’s easy to care for—just provide sufficient light and enjoy the aesthetic blend of science and art, beauty and balance. This technology was developed by NASA scientists as part of a growing initiative to study our planet’s biosphere.

It is all sealed in this hollow 5 inch glass egg and it stays sealed forever. Meanwhile, plants and animals, living and growing before your very eyes. I can't believe you can get a present this cool for less than $100, though there are nine inch ones for $500. What's even more amazing is that they will last from 2-10 years. I never would have imagined such a thing could exist.


At 1/11/2006 5:45 PM, Blogger celeste said...

sounds like a great idea for valentine's day!


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