This member of the Tephritidae fly family has Ant-Mimic Wings… or do they look more like spiders? Either way these insects are awesome and there are plenty of other ones with intricate markings on their wings to try and avoid predation. “A sheep in wolf’s clothing”.
Maybe this one is trying to mimic spiders again, or maybe some kind of space-elephant-thing?
Aah, this one is definitely a spider.
This lady dipped snails into water and dropped in a bit of food coloring and put the snails on paper and they created ART
A turtle may be our mascot, but these snails are certainly winsome with their literal ‘slow art’ !
Inflating a set of cat lungs
Lungs are by most accounts mundane. Everybody has them, few give it much thought. But sequestered within darkness of the chest cavity, enveloping the fluttering heart, there’s a incredible wonder to this oddly inflatable organ.
Dissection is a destructive process. Rudely excised from membranous mooring and nourishing vessels, the deflated lungs appear little more than bloodied meat; amorphous and exposed…….until a breath of air unfurls its secret glory.
Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called aveoli, Mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air.
A debt of gratitude is owed to cyborgraptor for her assistance in creating these gifs, as well as the students that help me film this demo.
Image: Pink planet discovered.
This is an artists rendering of newly discovered exoplanet GJ 504b, which weighs in with about four times Jupiter’s mass, making it the lowest-mass planet ever directly imaged around a star like the sun.
The alien planet GJ 504b is a colder and bluer world than astronomers had anticipated and it likely has a dark magenta hue, infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii revealed.
"If we could travel to this giant planet, we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a color reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta," study researcher Michael McElwain, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said in a statement from the space agency.