An Extraordinary Time Lapse Of Melting Ice Crystals

March 29, 2014

Cross polarized light and a keen eye for detail have culminated in this remarkable time lapse of melting ice crystals not un-reminiscent of a Kandinsky painting. Enjoy.

12 Bizarre Facts About Jellyfish That Will Blow Your Mind

March 29, 2014

1. Some have “immortal” properties.

The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) ages like Benjamin Button—when a crisis like starvation presents itself, the jellyfish’s cells transform and revert to their earliest form, a polyp, making this type of jellyfish potentially immortal. Keep reading for more incredibly bizarre facts about jellyfish!

2. They have no “sides”.

Jellyfish have no right or left side—only a top and bottom—as they are symmetrical around a central axis that runs the length of their bodies.

3. Jellyfish are a boon to cancer research.

Green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) from the Aequorea victoria jellyfish species have transformed bio-medical research. The glow-in-the-dark proteins can illuminate specific proteins within the human body to track microscopic activity (for instance, cancer growth).
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15 Shocking Photos Of The Mile-Wide Washington Mudslide

March 27, 2014

On Saturday, March 23, the hillside across from the small Washington town of Oso gave way to nature’s unstoppable demands. A startling 15 million cubic yards of clay, mud, trees and dirt let loose, crossing the Stillaguamish River and destroying any home, car or building that stood in its path, eventually covering state Highway 530.

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5 Terrible, Scary, Brilliant And Weird Parasites

March 25, 2014
Parasites Fish

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The dirty little secret at the heart of nature is the parasite. For every animal we humans regard as noble—your tigers, your dolphins, whatever—there are thousands of these horrifying little monsters. So numerous are these microscopic tyrants that naturalists believe that an actual majority of animals might be parasites. It’s entirely possible that life on Earth exists solely to provide adequate hosts for our many, many parasites. And you thought looking at a starry sky made you feel insignificant.

Here are five of the weirdest that we know of so far.

Weird Parasites: Cymothoa exigua: Worst. Kisser. Ever.

Weird Parasites Exigua Pale

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Human beings can come to terms with some parasitic diseases. Malaria, for example, is refreshingly straightforward. You get bitten by an infected mosquito, you get sick and you (maybe) die. The parasite is just trying to weaken you to the point that you can’t swat the next mosquito that comes to drink your infected blood. It’s nothing personal.

Some parasites, however, despite being harmless to humans, make their living in such a gothic horror show manner that we really can’t be comfortable sharing a planet with them. Meet Cymotha exigua, the marine isopod that thinks it’s a tongue.

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8 Of The World’s Weirdest And Most Beautiful Moth Species

March 24, 2014
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The phrase “like a moth to a flame,” has existed in some form since before Shakespeare referenced it in “The Merchant of Venice.” Why moths are drawn to bright light is still a mystery; though scientists do have theories, including the nocturnal insects’ reliance on bright celestial light, like the moon, for navigation. Moths are generally considered pests whose larvae eat clothing made from natural fibers like wool or silk. But lepidopterists are drawn to them like, well, like a moth to flame. There are some 160,000 species of moths identified in the world. Here are some of the weirdest and most beautiful.

The Oscar-winning film “Silence of the Lambs” did little to enhance the reputation of moths. It just made one in particular more creepy. Superimposed over Jodie Foster’s mouth in film posters, the Death’s-Head Hawk Moth played a central role in the movie, becoming a clue for the apprehension of a serial killer.

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Alexander Semenov’s Stunning Deep Sea Photography

March 20, 2014

The White Sea is frigid and unforgiving, but it holds vast amounts of life and biological diversity that simply beg to be photographed. Enter Alexander Semenov, a 2007 graduate of renowned Lomonosov’s Moscow State University. There, Semenov studied zoology, and specialized in the study of invertebrates such as squid brains, jellyfish, and worms. Semenov’s high-definition underwater photography quite literally brings to surface the vibrant world often hidden under dreary waters. While the wide array of colors and contrasts plastered on these rarely seen creatures captures the imagination and stimulates the senses, Semenov’s photographs also serve a functional purpose. As ost of Semenov’s subjects are very rare, images of them are invaluable to researchers and scientists.

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