Living Stones - Conophytum ricardianum
Conophytum ricardianum (Caryophyllales - Aizoaceae) is a species of succulent native to Namibia, commonly referred to as Living Stones (or Pebbles) because of its rounded shape. It grows in cliff-faces in rock crevices forming large clumps.
Photo credit: ©Mike Keeling | Locality: cultivated (2008)
The bush cockroach (Ellipsidion australe) is an Australian cockroach of the order Blattodea, of which about 30 species out of 4,600 total are associated with human habitats. Living in a wide range of environments around the world, cockroaches are among the hardiest insects, capable of remaining active for a month without food and able to survive on limited resources.
Photograph: Cyron Ray Macey
I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either
- scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
- the idea to put ants on stilts
- there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
- confused ants
600 Million Years and Counting…
I was pretty bored so I decided to make some GIFs of the last 600 million years of our planet’s plate tectonics.
The first GIF is a global mollewide projection. The second one is of the Colorado Plateau and the North American Southwest. The next GIF is of the entire formation of the North American Continent. The fourth GIF is of geologic and tectonic evolution of Europe. And finally the last one is the same as the first except in rectangular format.
I obtained the images from Global Paleogeography and them compiled them one by one into Photoshop with the end result being the above GIFs.
Torch Ginger - Etlingera elatior
The Torch Ginger is a terrestrial and perennial herb belonging to the species Etlingera elatior (Zingiberales - Zingiberaceae), native to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is also widely cultivated and naturalized in South East Asia.
Inflorescences of the Torch Ginger are truly stunning. The large, torch-like, up to 1.5 m tall flower stalks emerge from fleshy underground rhizomes. The inflorescences have waxy, red to pink, white-edged bracts and are pinecone-shaped with a skirt of larger bracts. The individual flowers emerge from between the colorful bracts and have a dark red labellum (lip petal) with a bright yellow margin. The flowers are followed by green to reddish fruit.
Beside its beauty this plant is edible. The showy pink inflorescences are widely used as cooking herb (in the curries), and eaten raw for its medicinal properties to treat earache; while the leaves are also used for cleaning wounds.
A research on the pharmacological potential of the Torch Ginger flowers shown that the methanol extract possesses broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal activity (in vitro).
An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t
I had no idea this was happening. Where are we going?
To fuck some shit up