The Featured Creature:
Okay, who’s ready to have their mind BLOWN?!
Check out this absolutely stunning Blue Cloud Forest Millipede (Pararhachistes potosinus) found only in the remote high altitude cloud forests of Mexico. The bright blue coloration warns predators about its ability to produce toxic secretions.
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Photo credits: Luis Stevens, George Grall
A Couple at a Dance, 1960
photo by Diane Arbus
I was reduced to someone who would stay in a room all day -windows closed, lights turned off- because there was nothing human that interested me. I would sit on the bed and think for days. In between I would cry or I would paint the walls using red wine and tea or anything else that would leave permanent marks. I was, and still perhaps am, haunted by the essence of something dark and unknown, it’s simply that at that time - I had the guts to genuinely begin searching for it. I was soul-searching; risking my mental health and still, soul-searching.
Sunrise at Lake of the Woods, Desolation Wilderness
like a month or so ago i finally decided what i wanted to do in life as a career. i’d like to go into environmental science and maybe work with policy because it’d be a rigorous, scientific career dealing with the most pressing issue of our time and that’d be satisfying and interesting to me and also because i’ve always had an invested interest in biology, ecology, and the environment dating back to when i was a kid.
Frost and Fire
In the constellation of Leo 33.1 light years away, a Neptune-sized planet orbits a red dwarf star at a distance of 4.3 million kilometres—15 times closer than Mercury is to our sun. It’s no surprise that the planet, Gliese 436 b, has an incredibly hot surface temperature of 439 degrees Celsius, but it’s definitely a surprise that the planet is also covered in ice. Since the boiling point of water is 100 degrees Celsuis, it seems impossible for ice to exist, but Gliese 436 b’s ice isn’t exactly conventional ice as we know it on Earth. It’s a phenomenon called “hot ice”, or “ice ten”—a kind of hot, solid water. It looks a lot like our ice, but if you touched it, it would pretty much melt through your flesh. It’s not kept in a solid state by a low temperature; instead, the planet’s gravity is so powerful that it pulls all its water vapour towards the core, forcing it together into a densely-packed, solid, hot layer. Even the incredibly hot temperatures can’t evaporate or melt it. Since the ice alone isn’t enough to account for the planet’s estimated radius, it’s thought that on top is an outer layer made up of hydrogen and helium. It’s puzzling, though, because planets with hot, hydrogren-dominated atmospheres are predicted to have significant amounts of methane and no carbon monoxide—but on Gliese 436b, it’s the other way around, and we have no idea why yet.
I like how the abolition of dueling came not because of moral repugnance at ritualized killing but because it was getting in the way of both civil and military beuacracy to have people legally getting incapacitated or killed over insulting someone’s mother
It’s just so strange. You used to love me, and now you’re a stranger who happens to know all of my secrets.
alright then, now who wants to talk about the brave future of cybercum
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