Ballet, Bugs, and Astrophysics
beyonslayed:

radianthour:


A female Praying Mantis biting the head off of a male.

In a research project whose results were published in the journal Animal Behaviour in 1984, entomologists Eckehard Liske and W. Jackson Davis mated thirty pairs of praying mantises. They discovered that mantises engage in elaborate posturing rituals before mating, but not one of the thirty males had his head eaten during the mating process. They also noted that other scientists had observed the same thing; although female mantises sometimes ate their mates, the deadly act by no means was typical of the mating process. The behavior appeared to be influenced by captivity: female mantises were either jarred into unusually aggressive behavior by the laboratory setting and/or were simply not fed enough by their keepers.
Although the praying mantis is known for its cannibalistic mating process in actuality it only occurs 5-31% of the time. Especially in laboratory conditions of bright lights and confinement, the female is more likely to eat the male as means of survival. “In nature, mating usually takes place under cover, so rather than leaning over the tank studying their every move, we left them alone and videotaped what happened. We were amazed at what we saw. Out of thirty matings, we didn’t record one instance of cannibalism, and instead we saw an elaborate courtship display, with both sexes performing a ritual dance, stroking each other with their antennae before finally mating. It really was a lovely display”.

To observe is to interfere. 

beyonslayed:

radianthour:

A female Praying Mantis biting the head off of a male.

In a research project whose results were published in the journal Animal Behaviour in 1984, entomologists Eckehard Liske and W. Jackson Davis mated thirty pairs of praying mantises. They discovered that mantises engage in elaborate posturing rituals before mating, but not one of the thirty males had his head eaten during the mating process. They also noted that other scientists had observed the same thing; although female mantises sometimes ate their mates, the deadly act by no means was typical of the mating process. The behavior appeared to be influenced by captivity: female mantises were either jarred into unusually aggressive behavior by the laboratory setting and/or were simply not fed enough by their keepers.

Although the praying mantis is known for its cannibalistic mating process in actuality it only occurs 5-31% of the time. Especially in laboratory conditions of bright lights and confinement, the female is more likely to eat the male as means of survival. “In nature, mating usually takes place under cover, so rather than leaning over the tank studying their every move, we left them alone and videotaped what happened. We were amazed at what we saw. Out of thirty matings, we didn’t record one instance of cannibalism, and instead we saw an elaborate courtship display, with both sexes performing a ritual dance, stroking each other with their antennae before finally mating. It really was a lovely display”.

To observe is to interfere. 

chaoticwanderings:

wrath-fire-ice:

chaoticwanderings:

I’m tired of pagans creating this great binary between Christianity and Paganism, where Christianity is the “great evil” where everything bad happens and Paganism is the “great good” where everything good happens and everyone is accepted. I’m tired of people acting like hatred, discrimination, violence, and intolerance are things that only happen within Christianity. I’m tired of people turning a blind eye to the issues within our community just so they can put their faith on a pedestal and put down another. Stop.

I have a gif for this or this basic problem, made it months ago:

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This is an excellent gif!

rinwolfy:

Hey, everyone, I’m trying to raise some money to get to a Field School in Belgium next year. Since I’m an independent student and have to pay everything on my own, the cost of this trip is basically what I make in six months. Please donate if you can, every little bit helps! If you can’t donate, I’ll really appreciate a signal boost! 

butthurtherpetologist:

babydeathclaw:

I love this loaf.

Oscar is a saint.

butthurtherpetologist:

babydeathclaw:

I love this loaf.

Oscar is a saint.

unhistorical:

Detail of the celestial globe from The Ambassadors (1533), Hans Holbein the Younger

blacksapphiredragon:

down-sizing:

Let’s remember, Jesus was a Jewish man of color, born homeless to an unwed teenager, who spent his formative years as an illegal immigrant before returning to his home country to hang out with twelve men, prostitutes, and socially untouchable tax collectors while he taught a radical social doctrine of equality, love, and forgiveness that included paying taxes, free healthcare, and the sharing of resources within a community.

#CANON JESUS IS SIX MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN FANON JESUS

blacksapphiredragon:

down-sizing:

Let’s remember, Jesus was a Jewish man of color, born homeless to an unwed teenager, who spent his formative years as an illegal immigrant before returning to his home country to hang out with twelve men, prostitutes, and socially untouchable tax collectors while he taught a radical social doctrine of equality, love, and forgiveness that included paying taxes, free healthcare, and the sharing of resources within a community.

gaystripclub:

ultrafacts:

Awesome Space Facts

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the one about the moon and the earths rotation slowing down is terrifying 

anonymousnerdgirl:

canyoufeelmyxheart:

parkingstrange:

preria:

reiiling:

thegamesweplayinvain:

nyanruto:

beben-eleben:

Chocolate Solar System

my only chance to eat uranus

Smooth son

someone get me this

Where’s Pluto…

a whole generation still in denial.

damn right we’re in denial, its because those fucking adults took pluto away from us…. we still like pluto. pluto is cool. pluto is good. pluto Pluto PLUTO!!

I love how this went from innuendo to outrage on the behalf of Pluto.

jumpingjacktrash:

teratocybernetics:

momothefiddler:

momothefiddler:

transagenda:

codeawayhaley:

According to the laws of physics, a planet in the shape of a doughnut (toroid) could exist. Physicist Anders Sandberg says that such planets would have very short nights and days, an arid outer equator, twilight polar regions, moons in strange orbits and regions with very different gravity and seasons.
Read more: http://bit.ly/1kPLXGT via io9

petition to turn the earth into a fucking doughnut

THE STORY POTENTIAL FOR THIS IS AMAZING YOU COULD HAVE TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CIVILIZATIONS SEPARATED BY DESERT ON THE OUTSIDE AND AN PERMANENT NIGHT-WINTER ON THE INSIDEYOU COULD (WITH A LITTLE FUDGING ON TIDES OR SOME STABILIZATION FORCE) HAVE MOONS THAT GO THROUGH THE FUCKING HOLE, WITH LUNAR-POWERED SORCERERS LIVING ON THE INNER EQUATOR IN GIANT ICE CASTLES WAITING FOR THE TIME OF THE MONTH WHEN THE MOON ILLUMINATES THE ETERNAL NIGHTTIME AND THEIR SPELLS HAVE THE MOST POWER
YOU COULD HAVE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SPECIES THAT EVOLVED ON OPPOSITE SIDES WHO ARE BASICALLY ALIENS ON THE SAME PLANET AND WHOEVER CROSSES THE GIANT DESERT OR ARCTIC CIRCLE (HEH) MAKES FIRST CONTACT
THIS IS SO COOL
THIS IS SO COOL
I WANT TO RUN FIFTY THOUSAND GAMES ON WORLDS LIKE THIS HOLY FUCK

THIS JUST IN IF I’M UNDERSTANDING THE MAGNETIC FIELDS CORRECTLY I THINK THE ETERNAL NIGHT ICE REALM WILL HAVE NEAR-CONSTANT ELECTRICAL STORMS

Re-reblogging for the additional stuff.

this is the coolest article oh wow

jumpingjacktrash:

teratocybernetics:

momothefiddler:

momothefiddler:

transagenda:

codeawayhaley:

According to the laws of physics, a planet in the shape of a doughnut (toroid) could exist. Physicist Anders Sandberg says that such planets would have very short nights and days, an arid outer equator, twilight polar regions, moons in strange orbits and regions with very different gravity and seasons.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1kPLXGT via io9

petition to turn the earth into a fucking doughnut

THE STORY POTENTIAL FOR THIS IS AMAZING YOU COULD HAVE TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CIVILIZATIONS SEPARATED BY DESERT ON THE OUTSIDE AND AN PERMANENT NIGHT-WINTER ON THE INSIDE

YOU COULD (WITH A LITTLE FUDGING ON TIDES OR SOME STABILIZATION FORCE) HAVE MOONS THAT GO THROUGH THE FUCKING HOLE, WITH LUNAR-POWERED SORCERERS LIVING ON THE INNER EQUATOR IN GIANT ICE CASTLES WAITING FOR THE TIME OF THE MONTH WHEN THE MOON ILLUMINATES THE ETERNAL NIGHTTIME AND THEIR SPELLS HAVE THE MOST POWER

YOU COULD HAVE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SPECIES THAT EVOLVED ON OPPOSITE SIDES WHO ARE BASICALLY ALIENS ON THE SAME PLANET AND WHOEVER CROSSES THE GIANT DESERT OR ARCTIC CIRCLE (HEH) MAKES FIRST CONTACT

THIS IS SO COOL

THIS IS SO COOL

I WANT TO RUN FIFTY THOUSAND GAMES ON WORLDS LIKE THIS HOLY FUCK

THIS JUST IN IF I’M UNDERSTANDING THE MAGNETIC FIELDS CORRECTLY I THINK THE ETERNAL NIGHT ICE REALM WILL HAVE NEAR-CONSTANT ELECTRICAL STORMS

Re-reblogging for the additional stuff.

this is the coolest article oh wow

whenyouwere-east:

thoselonelyeyes:

fullmoon-unicorn:

the starry sky on the himalayas

CLICK ON THE PIC BRO

Woah

whenyouwere-east:

thoselonelyeyes:

fullmoon-unicorn:

the starry sky on the himalayas

CLICK ON THE PIC BRO

Woah

fourismydoctor:

Cooper got to play on his favorite tree again the other day. This time he also got to play in the flowers. :3

baskingsunflower:

novas-grimoire:

venusinthefifth:

azilatihi:

This is a cool reference… a gemstone solar system!

Pluto looks so cute! Tiger’s eye (Saturn) is actually one of my favorites even though I’m Neptune-ruled.

I’m Mars-ruled and I LOVE Carnelian. 
I also love Amber, Tiger’s Eye, and Azurite. Though I’d argue that Earth should be Azure-Malachite. 

I’m Mercury-ruled being a Virgo and damn I want all of these on a necklace or something

baskingsunflower:

novas-grimoire:

venusinthefifth:

azilatihi:

This is a cool reference… a gemstone solar system!

Pluto looks so cute! Tiger’s eye (Saturn) is actually one of my favorites even though I’m Neptune-ruled.

I’m Mars-ruled and I LOVE Carnelian. 

I also love Amber, Tiger’s Eye, and Azurite. Though I’d argue that Earth should be Azure-Malachite. 

I’m Mercury-ruled being a Virgo and damn I want all of these on a necklace or something