Lessons learned with cats: never leave new boots out.

  September 01, 2014 at 11:34am


stem cell in the eye of a needle

colored SEM

credit: Steve Gschmeissner

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Forcing Kids To Stick To Gender Roles Can Actually Be Harmful To Their Health ›

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In The Not So Distant Future, Glow-In-The-Dark Trees Could Replace Street Lights

Is that… is that even healthy?

There are sea organisms and fungi which glow in the dark and there’s fireflies and jellyfish which glow in the dark. It doesn’t do them any harm nor does it do the people around them any harm. I would say its pretty healthy, as well as it would mean more photosynthesis happening in cities which mean cleaner air.

I was just curious about how they were doing it and for some reason I didn’t think to click the link. But thanks! It makes more sense now. I was afraid it was some kind of chemical thing.

nah just genetic modification using existing bioluminescent genes. Genetics is really cool, and so is bioluminescence. I mean they’ve already made pigs glow using jellyfish genes and pigs are waaay more complicated than trees iirc. So they’re actually (i think) less likely to muck it up with trees.

In which case







(I like glowy things)

this has “fantasy magical forest” written all over it and I love it

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Fungus creates endless supply of “zombie ant” hosts

A parasitic fungus, described in a new study, manipulates its ant host to die on the “doorstep” of its colony, as to ensure an endless supply of future hosts.Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis, also known as the “zombie ant fungus,” prefer this close-to-home killing in order to more effectively reproduce and transmit their infection, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil’s Federal University of Vicosa.The fungus controls the behavior of carpenter ant workers (Camponotus rufipes) to die with precision attached to leaves in the understory of tropical forests."After climbing vegetation and biting the veins or margins on the underside of leaves, infected ants die, remaining attached to the leaf postmortem, where they serve as a platform for fungal growth," lead author Raquel Loreto said in a statement.

read in depth…..

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We get ice storms, which are sometimes photogenic as well as being a huge pain in the ass.  This was one of the photogenic ones.  Multiflora rose hips in ice.

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Tyson the Swan

Tyson will attack you if you come within a two-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire. Joe Davies learned this the hard way and capsized.


*headstrong by trapt plays*

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#omfg  #fauna  


Nepenthes maxima Papua Red

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#flora  #to draw  


UNUSUAL HOARD commission for je-suis-manatee ! that lizard is much too small to be the real godzilla. maybe its his stunt double ???

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The West has been suffering from a severe drought since 2013 and, in some cases, much longer than that. Conditions are particularly acute in California, where close to 60% of the state is experiencing “exceptional” drought after three years of below average rainfall. This is the worst category according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

According to a new study published in the journal Science, the regional drought has cost the West about 240 gigatons of surface to near-surface water, or about 63 trillion gallons of water. This is equivalent to covering the entire western U.S. with a four-inch layer of water, the study found.


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#drought  #fuck  



#bugs  #omfg  
  August 31, 2014 at 06:40pm
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Someone went on a climbing adventure today.

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If A Fish Grows Up On Land, Will It Learn To Walk?

Flipping your fins actually does get you pretty far.

by Lauren Grush

The old idiom about “being a fish out of water” just lost some of its luster. Researchers from McGill University in Canada successfully trained a group of fish to live on land and strut around.

The idea was to simulate what might have happened 400 million years ago, when the first group of ancient fish moved from water to land, eventually evolving into the amphibians, reptiles, birds and other animals roaming the Earth today. The researchers wanted to see if their land-dwelling fish looked and behaved similarly to the ancient fish, based on what has been learned about them from fossil records.

For their experiment, the research team raised 111 juvenile Polypterus senegalus – African fish also known as the “dinosaur eel” — on land. These fish already look a lot like the ancient fish that evolved millions of years ago, and they’re already capable of “walking” with their fins and breathing air.  According to the Verge, their terrestrial environment had mesh flooring covered in pebbles, as well as 3 millimeters of water, so the fish didn’t dry out completely…

(read more/ watch video: Popular Science)

photo: NATURE

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Agatized fossilized coral.