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Look! Look at that! Oh woah

That’s soo cool. oh my gosh it hunts it. 


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Transverse optical section through villi of small intestine (900x)
The villi, little finger-like projections all over the intestine, provide increased surface area which allows for rapid digestion.
(via Transverse optical section through villi of small intestine | 2-photon | Nikon Small World)

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Cedric Bernard
: Organic-Light

The concept explores the use of bio-luminescent bacteria fed with methane and composted material (drawn from the Bio-digester in the same series). Alternatively the cellular light array can be filled with fluorescent proteins that emit different frequencies of light. Part of The Microbial Home series

My Amp Goes To 11: Twitter | Instagram

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This is one of the most gorgeous photos called NGC 6302 or the"Butterfly Nebula." This beauty is about 2,200 light years away from Earth and located right in our own Milky Way. The gasses you see here are travelling at about 1 million km per hour! 

You can’t see it right away but there is a dying star right smack in the middle. This star is 5 times the mass of our own Sun and is considered to be one of the hottest stars in our Milky Way. The surface temperature is about a scorching 222,204 C or 400,000 F. Our Sun’s surface temperature is about 5,526 C or 9,980 F, so just imagine the hottest day you’ve experience and multiply that by 40! It’ll give you a tiny bit of perspective.

Check out the full story behind how this Butterfly Nebula came to be at:

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Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip [video]

h/t hilker

Geeks play harder than others

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Fun Fact: A tiny mouse requires 25x more energy than an elephant.

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Apollo 16 

"Photo taken by astronaut Ken Mattingly aboard "Casper" showing the Lunar Module "Orion" shortly before astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke headed down to the lunar surface. Photo taken on this date (April 20) in 1972."

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The Revolution CT scanner can take a complete 3-D scan of an organ in speeds analogous to the shutter speed on a camera. Read more about its development at GE Reports

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Baffling Balloon Behavior

Not only does Destin have one of the best YouTube channels on this fair planet, but he is also a wizard. 

Just kidding, he just has an eye for science in everyday life. In the latest Smarter Every Day, Destin and his two adorable assistants make a helium-filled balloon do something very, very strange inside their accelerating minivan. So strange, in fact, that you might feel like his family car is a secret portal to a land where physics is broken.

Here’s an idea: After Destin shows you the trick, pause the video for a few minutes and see if you can figure out what’s going on. Then, if you don’t understand or agree with his explanation, head on over to Reddit to continue the discussion!


Sea Butterfly (Limacina helicina) | ©Andrej Spatak

Limacina helicina (Gastropoda - Limacinidae) is a shelled pteropod mollusk. It is a key organism in polar pelagic ecosystems, where it can can account for 50% of total zooplankton abundance.

Pteropods are strictly pelagic mollusks that are highly adapted to life in the open ocean. They are commonly referred to as ‘‘sea butterflies’’ due to their wing-like parapodia, which are evolutionary modifications of the gastropod foot. 


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Sources: Quote source, background image, citric acid molecule (top), potassium bitartrate molecule (middle), and corn syrup component (bottom).

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A sagittal section of the brain from Gray’s Anatomy (1918)
This plate shows a median section; the division between the two brain hemispheres.

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Dryocampa rubicunda - Rosy Maple Moth

You are not on shrooms (I’m pretty sure, anyway). This is a real thing. And it is awesome.

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Sulfur combusts on contact with air to create stunning blue lava-like rivers of light in the Kawah Ijen crater on the island of Java. (x)

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Speedy Satellite Beams Pictures Of Massive Floods Only Weeks After Reaching Orbit

After dodging space debris and living to tell the tale, Sentinel-1A is now being put through its paces for its primary mission: to beam back pictures of the Earth as quickly as possible, to provide officials with the information they need during natural disasters or weather events.

The picture above gives a taste of what the European satellite will do when it’s fully commissioned. The picture of flooding in Namibia was downloaded only two hours after acquisition and then made available generally less than an hour after that, the European Space Agency said. Not only that, believe it or not — the view was socked in by cloud when the image was taken.

“Sentinel-1A’s ability to ‘see’ through cloud and rain and in pitch darkness make it particularly useful for monitoring floods and for offering images for emergency response,” the European Space Agency stated. “In fact, this area of the Caprivi plain was shrouded in thick cloud when the satellite acquired the image on 13 April.”

The satellite can also monitor long-term but serious weather events such as climate change, as the picture below of Pine Island Glacier shows.

“As well as monitoring glaciers, Sentinel-1A is poised to generate timely maps of sea-ice conditions, particularly for the increasingly busy Arctic waters,” ESA stated. “Images from its advanced radar can be used to distinguish clearly between the thinner more navigable first-year ice and the hazardous, much thicker multiyear ice to help assure safe year-round navigation in polar waters.”

Read more about the Sentinel-1A mission in this past Universe Today story.

Source: European Space Agency

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