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Sep 16
gypsylolita:

Crystal Visions

gypsylolita:

Crystal Visions

(via mineralia)


Sep 12
madddscience:

David Pelham, for Olaf Stapledon’s ‘Sirius,’ 1975

madddscience:

David Pelham, for Olaf Stapledon’s ‘Sirius,’ 1975

(via 70sscifiart)


huffingtonpost:

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Looks Pretty Rough After Two Years On Mars (PHOTOS)

Curiosity killed the cat? Maybe. But one thing’s for sure—Mars is slowly killing Curiosity.

See all the photos of the rover here. 

(via spaceexp)



Sep 11
izzy-the-fish-girl:

Super Soaker! Spitting Fish Target Prey with Amazing Aim
by: Stephanie Pappas
Asia’s zebra-striped archerfish “shoot” their prey with streams of water that they use as a tool, a new study finds. Archerfish aren’t the only fish that use tools; the Pacific orange-dotted tuskfish uses rocks to crush clamshells. But archerfish are the only fish known to use adjustable jets of water as tools, according to the new study, published today (Sept. 4) in the journal Current Biology.The fish can shoot land-based prey — including insects, spiders and even lizards — off of leaves and branches and into the water from a distance of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) away. Previous research had found that the fish gather the water between the tongue and the roof of the mouth, forming a gun-barrel-like shape before spitting it out in powerful streams. In the new study, the researchers found that the fish modulate these jets so that the water is focused into a powerful point before impact — a talent that would seem to require a lot of brainpower.
[See the archerfish in action]
(read more) LiveScience   |||   Photo credit: Ingo Rischawy

izzy-the-fish-girl:

Super Soaker! Spitting Fish Target Prey with Amazing Aim

by: Stephanie Pappas

Asia’s zebra-striped archerfish “shoot” their prey with streams of water that they use as a tool, a new study finds. Archerfish aren’t the only fish that use tools; the Pacific orange-dotted tuskfish uses rocks to crush clamshells. But archerfish are the only fish known to use adjustable jets of water as tools, according to the new study, published today (Sept. 4) in the journal Current Biology.

The fish can shoot land-based prey — including insects, spiders and even lizards — off of leaves and branches and into the water from a distance of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) away. Previous research had found that the fish gather the water between the tongue and the roof of the mouth, forming a gun-barrel-like shape before spitting it out in powerful streams. In the new study, the researchers found that the fish modulate these jets so that the water is focused into a powerful point before impact — a talent that would seem to require a lot of brainpower.

[See the archerfish in action]

(read more) LiveScience   |||   Photo credit: Ingo Rischawy

(via ichthyologist)


amnhnyc:

Today’s peek into the archives is headed back to school! “Public school class on guided tour" was taken by Robert Elwood Logan in 1947. 
Did you ever come to the Museum as part of a school group? The American Museum of Natural History receives 500,000 visitors annually in school and camp groups. To plan your own group visit, check out our website. 
AMNH/2A1154

amnhnyc:

Today’s peek into the archives is headed back to school! “Public school class on guided tour" was taken by Robert Elwood Logan in 1947.

Did you ever come to the Museum as part of a school group? The American Museum of Natural History receives 500,000 visitors annually in school and camp groups. To plan your own group visit, check out our website

AMNH/2A1154



Sep 10
spaceexp:

Alan Shepard waits to become the first American in space, Cape Canaveral, 1961, photograph by NASA.

spaceexp:

Alan Shepard waits to become the first American in space, Cape Canaveral, 1961, photograph by NASA.


geometrymatters:

The geometry of diatoms, desmids and other algae.

http://www.micromagus.net/microscopes/pondlife_plants01.html

(via visualizingmath)


Sep 9
that-angle-of-refraction-though:

The movement of a single particle in an Ocean wave

that-angle-of-refraction-though:

The movement of a single particle in an Ocean wave

(via visualizingmath)