Paintings and installation by Amy Kunz.
honduran white tent bats roosting under a heliconia leaf, which they sever down the length of its midrib to create a ‘tent’ that provides a waterproof shelter and protection from potential predators.
Learning that caterpillars basically liquefy themselves before they turn into butterflies makes the whole process of metamorphosis so much more relatable.
SO I didn’t know this… but it’s really cool.
“Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It’s a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.”
Learn more from io9.
Messier Monday: A Cluster That Stands Out From The Galaxy, M23
"This cluster consists of some 150 stars that are definitely a part of Messier 23, and contain no O-class stars and only the dimmest and faintest of the B-class stars (B9), placing this cluster at around an age of 220-300 million years. This actually makes it one of the older open star clusters in our galaxy, as gravitation causes these clusters to dissociate on timescales of a few hundred million years (on average).
But how many more stars are there inside?”
When it’s cluster vs. plane, and you’re curious about which one a faint star belongs to, bet on the cluster!