Ballet, Bugs, and Astrophysics

ianbrooks:

The Pink Underwing Moth Skull Larva

There’s something pretty distinct about the Pink Underwing Moth larva… it looks like the Angel of Death and I’m pretty sure it appears in the mirror if you say its name three times. It resides in the rainforests of Eastern Australia where its currently Endangered due to loss of habitat and haunting people’s dreams. Here it is in its evolved Pokemon form:

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(Larval photos by plant.nerd / moth photo by jeem123, available for purchase)

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

tybaltcapulets:

stormhornets:

pilgrim—soul:

youcantcancelquidditch:

gUYS VOYAGER 1 IS CONFIRMED OUT OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM WE’VE BROKEN OUT OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM THIS IS REALLY COOL

OH MY GOSH REALLY THIS IS SO COOL AUGH HUMANITY

Plus, there’s this incredibly scary but really fucking cool clip of what interstellar space sounds like

WHY AREN’T MORE PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT THIS????

lovejdforever:

Ballet shoes

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battlinggiants:

averymuether:

This is another info graphic I did advocating for snakes. When spring comes around snakes start to come out of hibernation and sometimes will end up in people’s backyards. Snakes around this time are killed left and right, whether it is completely harmless or venomous. I want to urge people to learn about snakes and also to leave snakes alone!

Snakes don’t “hibernate” actually they’re just less out and active

battlinggiants:

averymuether:

This is another info graphic I did advocating for snakes. When spring comes around snakes start to come out of hibernation and sometimes will end up in people’s backyards. Snakes around this time are killed left and right, whether it is completely harmless or venomous. I want to urge people to learn about snakes and also to leave snakes alone!

Snakes don’t “hibernate” actually they’re just less out and active

haenuli:

Haenuli - Ball of Starlight

reservation belows - http://haenulishop.livejournal.com/10634.html

xeiko:

high-ryanlion-flyin:

Just in case you weren’t on the moon last night. This is what earth looked like from the moon’s perspective 

WHOA

xeiko:

high-ryanlion-flyin:

Just in case you weren’t on the moon last night. This is what earth looked like from the moon’s perspective 

WHOA

pokemon-fans:

Real Life Pokémon More Probable Than We Think?pokemon-fans.tumblr.compokemonfans.net

pokemon-fans:

Real Life Pokémon More Probable Than We Think?
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ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

kaxeoun:

youngparis:

Cocoon and Evolved Metallic Mechanitis Butterfly Chrysalis from Costa Rica 

wow thats pretty

securelyinsecure:

Black Girls Rock: Twin Dancers Are Accepted to American Ballet Theatre’s Prestigious Summer Program

Twin sisters Nia and Imani Lindsay have been accepted into the prestigious American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Summer Program on scholarship. The young girls have been walking since 8 months and have been dancing ever since. At 10-years old the two are trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap dance. They are also fluent in English, Spanish and French.

While they reside in Canada they made a trip to New York City to audition for ABT’s Summer Intensive program and found time to sit down with Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes to discuss their big news, bullying, their beautiful natural hair and why they love Misty Copeland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ply4Rjz_UZM

Such an inspiration! I am so insanely proud of these girls.

prosthetic-dance:

Evgenia Obraztsova posing for Dance Magazine

h-azmat:

trappedinavelociraptor:

h-azmat:

oneiromania:

booping snakes: endless fun

oh goooood it`s so cuteeee

also: can someone explain what the nose hole things are for??? cuz their tongues do the smelling … cuz the snakes my brother has don’t have those …

The ridge of holes are, I’m told by my fiancee, ‘heat pits’. They detect infrared radiation, so snakes can ‘see’ heat.

FUCKING AWESOME

I hold a galaxy in a jar
An entire universe in my hands
Shining with life and beauty

I hold a galaxy in a jar
Swirling within its confines
Desperate to share its inspiration

I hold a galaxy in a a jar
Beauty that has long been forgotten
Inspiration that has been ignored

I hold a galaxy in a jar
Full of hope and wonder
Containing potential of a wonderful future

I hold a galaxy in a jar
And I pour all that I am into the world 
And put the galaxy into you

hobbit-queen:

rotifers:

ceruleanpineapple:

why do so many people think spiders are evil and out to get you
look at this fucking nerd run away in an overly dramatic cartoonish way just because something touched its butt

It’s hard to tell due to the grainy image quality, but that sort of looks like a wolf spider with an abdomen covered in babies.

"AH, something touched my butt! EW!"

hobbit-queen:

rotifers:

ceruleanpineapple:

why do so many people think spiders are evil and out to get you

look at this fucking nerd run away in an overly dramatic cartoonish way just because something touched its butt

It’s hard to tell due to the grainy image quality, but that sort of looks like a wolf spider with an abdomen covered in babies.

"AH, something touched my butt! EW!"