This is what happens when a thunderstorm meets a volcano. Photos were taken February 2013 at the Sakurajima Volcano by photographer Martin Rietze.
Microscopic images of the nervous system.
This is an excerpt from a newly released collection of over 1,000 letters from Charles Darwin to Hooker throughout the course of his life. They provide an unprecedented view of Darwin’s struggles and emotions, enriching the humanity of this great scientist.
Tour the letters at Cambridge University’s Darwin Correspondence Project, and read more at BBC News.
Regarding this post …
Any electron microscope image you have ever seen is falsely colored. They are imaged using electrons, not light, so everything you’re looking at was reconstructed by a computer in order to produce the beauty of smallness. It comes out in black and white, and then they are manually colored by artists. Sometimes, those artists get a little silly (and scary).
Same with all those Hubble telescope images, actually (check out this video to see how they make ‘em). Those are imaged in several different wavelengths, with sometimes hundreds of single images individually colored and edited to make all that gorgeous spaceporn.
These kind of things are a trade-off. They let us add a little imagination to that which is beyond our vision, but we have to make sure that the imagination is true to science.
(made rebloggable by request)
Dear Evolution: Letters of Gripe and Gratitude from some of life’s many odd forms to Mother Nature.
A hilarious little diversion from Scientific American and Mara Grunbaum, who rund the hilarious Tumblr WTF, Evolution? More at the link above, like this note from a giraffe:
(via Scientific American)
Mainly Microbe - Meet Your Microbiome | It’s Okay to Be Smart | PBS Digital Studios (by itsokaytobesmart)
Published on Mar 25, 2013
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Ever not felt completely like yourself? There’s a good reason for that. Because a large part of you … isn’t you. Our bodies are home to ten times as many microbes as human cells. We are walking ecosystems, each of us home to thousands of different species on and inside of us. Meet your microbiome!
Sure, some bacteria are dangerous, but without our tiny friends we wouldn’t be here (literally). Enjoy this introduction to your microbiome, and let me know in the comments if you’d like to know more about any part of your personal ecosystem!
References for this episode, and lots more microbiome goodies: http://dft.ba/-5eZy
Music in this episode: Chris Zabriskie’s “Divider.”
Image by Dr. Rowan Orme, Keele University.
“I’m an adult” I whisper as I try not panic while I’m filling in all those forms that I don’t understand.