A beautifully animated description of what we know about the creation of the Universe, so far.
We can see most of the how, though who knows how long this can last. Does the universe build in enough time for the beings that study it, to reveal why it happened? We’ll see I guess. :D
A search for a photo of a miniature submarine took me to a government website, and as I browsed the tiny thumbnails, I saw something better than a tiny sub in the water. I found a picture of a man standing on the bottom of the ocean. And I’ve been staring at it for a week.
This is absolutely incredible. Read the entire article. We’re making greater strides in ocean exploration than we are in space. Believe that.
Jonathan Sparrow : pHantasy
With a monotone palette the work strips painting back to basics and puts an acute focus on the intricacies of the medium. Solid, conﬁdent brushwork creates an inviting depth that tempts the viewer through a window to another world, a world riddled with a surreal mix of truth and the absurd. Unnatural collisions of the beautiful and the awe-inspiring create pHantasy landscapes onto which humorous narratives are loosely thread.
Collaged reflective material adds an intriguing second dimension. Its precious appearance naturally sows seeds of desire in the mind. It also offers subtle, disjointed reflections of the viewer themselves, thus involving them both physically and mentally.
The result are paintings of nonsensical realities that through techniques of collage, reﬂection and suggestion become very real. The paintings are awoken when viewed and proceed to lure and urge the viewer to take that step out of their world and into the next.
This is Elysia chlorotica, a Photosynthetic Sea Slug
yes, an animal capable of harnessing energy from the sun and producing it’s own food, just like a plant!
these little guys feed on algae and can store the algal choloroplasts in their gut cells, using them for photosynthesis
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
they also steal and appropriate the actual genes of the algae responsible for producing the proteins needed to properly photosynthesize, and use them to photosynthesize food on their own! This process is known as kleptoplasty.
now, other animals exist that can harness “solar power” by eating plants, through absorbing entire plant cells. E. chlorotica, however, incorporates specific bits of algal DNA into its own genome, making it a truly hybrid creature!
and after consuming the algae it needs for the first few weeks of its life, it can survive the rest of it’s (year-long) life through photosynthesis alone!
(SOURCE) (same for the photo. there’s a nifty video there for you to watch, too!)
New Quasi-Particle Found:
Mysterious Quantum ‘Dropletons’ Form Inside Semiconductors Shot With Lasers
by Adam Mann
By shooting a semiconductor with ultra-fast laser pulses, scientists have discovered a new quasiparticle that behaves like a drop of liquid. They describe it as a quantum droplet, and named it “dropleton.”
These things were not predicted under any theory and surprised scientists when they appeared unexpectedly in extremely low temperature semiconductor experiments. They have properties unlike anything seen before.
“At first we scratched our heads,” said physicist Steven Cundiff of the University of Colorado and National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, one of the authors of a paper appearing today in Nature. “But then we came up with this idea that what we were seeing was this new thing we’re calling a quantum droplet.”
Now before you start asking questions like, “What?” and “Huh?” we probably need to break things down a little here…
(read more: Wired Science)
We need systems that are wiser than we are. We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them.Sam Harris and other thinkers on the greatest challenges we face as a society. (via explore-blog)