April 23, 2014

They Live By Night

April 23, 2014

astronomy-to-zoology:

Mertensia ovum

Commonly known as the “Arctic Comb Jelly” or “Sea Nut” Mertensia ovum is a species of cydippid ctenophore that occurs in Arctic and polar seas. Like many other ctenophores M. ovum is weakly bioluminescent and can produce a striking rainbow effect by beating their eight rows of cilia. Mertensia ovum is a carnivore and will feed on copepods and other small crustaceans that are snagged by its two sticky tentacles. 

Classification

Animalia-Ctenophora-Tentaculata-Cydippida-Merensiidae-Mertensia-M. ovum

Images: NOAA and Giro720

April 23, 2014

pacegallery:

Earth Day with David Byrne: David Byrne's Tight Spot, presented under the High Line in 2011, is an inflatable audio installation of low frequency pulses, tremors, and rumbles which emanate from the 40-foot globe. Byrne has commented on the phenomenon of “humans squishing their planet,” noting that Earth is no longer a “planet of clouds, deep blue oceans, beige deserts and swaths of green jungle.” Read more about Byrne’s installation here

(via austinhays)

April 22, 2014
Word of the Day

gerontocracy |ˌjerənˈtäkrəsē|

noun

a state, society, or group governed by old people.

• government based on rule by old people.

April 21, 2014

prostheticknowledge:

Micro Robots

SRI International have developed incredibly small and fast robots that are capable of following building instructions - video embedded below:

SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.

sriinternational have a Tumblr blog here

(Source: youtube.com, via cloois)

April 21, 2014
astronomy-to-zoology:

Genus: Atopodentatus
…an extinct genus of unusual marine reptiles that are known from the early Middle Triassic of southwestern China. Currently the genus Atopodentatus houses only a single species A. unicus, which was discovered in Yunnan, China. A. unicus is noted for its bizarre upper mandible which has teeth running along its jawline and up a vertical split in the middle, giving it a zipper-like appearance. Due to A. unicus’ unusual dentition it is thought that is was likely a filter feeder, sifting invertebrates out of the ocean floor.
Classification
Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Atopodentatus
Image: Nobu Tamura

astronomy-to-zoology:

Genus: Atopodentatus

…an extinct genus of unusual marine reptiles that are known from the early Middle Triassic of southwestern China. Currently the genus Atopodentatus houses only a single species A. unicus, which was discovered in Yunnan, China. A. unicus is noted for its bizarre upper mandible which has teeth running along its jawline and up a vertical split in the middle, giving it a zipper-like appearance. Due to A. unicus’ unusual dentition it is thought that is was likely a filter feeder, sifting invertebrates out of the ocean floor.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Atopodentatus

Image: Nobu Tamura

April 21, 2014
Word of the Day

pluripotent |ˌplo͝oriˈpōtnt|

adjective Biology

(of an immature or stem cell) capable of giving rise to several different cell types.

April 18, 2014

Players

April 16, 2014
Word of the Day

bulwark |ˈbo͝olˌwərk|

noun

a defensive wall.

• a person, institution, or principle that acts as a defense: the security forces are a bulwark against the breakdown of society.

(usu. bulwarks) an extension of a ship’s sides above the level of the deck.

April 15, 2014
Word of the Day

opprobrium |əˈprōbrēəm|

noun

harsh criticism or censure: his films and the critical opprobrium they have generated.

• the public disgrace arising from someone’s shameful conduct: the opprobrium of being closely associated with thugs and gangsters.

archaic an occasion or cause of reproach or disgrace.

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